A merger of faith communities from St. John, St. Columbkille, St. Joseph, and St. Ignatius.

If anyone is in great need of the Sacraments of Healing (including Reconciliation/Confession, and Anointing of the Sick), or if anyone is dying and in need of Final Holy Communion, please call the rectory 989-658-8145.  Home Prayer Service (as alternative to Mass until you are able to return)

Diocesan Updates on the Coronavirus

MISC. UPDATES (for other updates like our facebook page)

Since the Feast day for St. Ignatius of Loyal is July 31, Mass will be offered at St. Ignatius Church, Freiburg, on Sunday July 26, at 9:30am, followed by an outdoor breakfast (with social distancing) hosted by the Lions Club. Mass Schedule for July 26:
Mass at St. Joseph will be 8:00am NOT 8:30am
Mass at St. Ignatius will be 9:30am
Mass at St. Columbkille will be 11:00am NOT 10:30am

*Fr. Nate’s Update August 9

*Fr. Nate’s Update Page 2

*Family Fun Night Drawing Prize Winners

*Homily 19th Sunday Ordinary Time

*Fr. Nate’s Update July 5


Reconciliation Location Change: It was suggested at a Parish Vision meeting that Confessions be offered at St. Columbkille. On July 11, the location for Reconciliation/Confession Saturdays at 11am-12pm will change to St. Columbkille, Sheridan Corners. Reconciliation/Confession will continue on Tuesdays at 4-5pm at St. John Church, Ubly.


Fr. Nate’s Update June 20/21


Homily: Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord


Fr. Nate’s Update June 13/14


Homily: Most Holy Trinity


Fr. Nate’s Update June 6/7


The Mass schedule will be normal June 6/7, we will NOT have 3:00pm Mass on Sunday as there is no need. St. Joseph will again meet in the hall next to the church.


Weekly Thursday 7:00pm Mass at St. Columbkille starts tonight. Tomorrow, Weekly Friday 9:00am Mass at St. John with Eucharistic Adoration following till 11:00am. (Please remember your face coverings)


NOTICE about resuming Holy Mass May 30/31


Re-opening Parishes in the Diocese of Saginaw 

It will be done in phases. All parishes are receiving instructions from the Bishop on the specifics of each phase, and we’ll be getting this information out to parishioners gradually.  The exact dates of when phases 2-4 may begin have not yet been determined. Please pray for our bishop and Office of Liturgy as they make plans.

PHASE ONE: This is the current phase we’re in.  Masses continue being live-streamed from the Cathedral (see saginaw.org) while parish leaders and staff members work to get information out to parishioners about new developments and what the next phases will look like. Baptisms for the time being must be private, with fewer than 10 people present.  Weddings and funerals and burials may have a maximum of 10 people present. Social distancing must occur at all these events, and if possible, live-streamed for those who cannot attend. At these small gatherings those over 2 years old should wear masks, and no one with symptoms of illness should attend. Confessions and Anointings are permitted.

PHASE TWO: The celebration of public daily Masses may resume, with protocols to ensure limited and restricted attendance in keeping with distancing and safety protocols as presented by and following civil and health authorities.

PHASE THREE: The celebration of public Sunday Masses may resume, with limited and restricted attendance increasing over time, as presented by and following civil and health authorities. Even when Sunday Mass is available, the Faithful will remain dispensed from any obligation to attend Mass on Sunday because of the continuation of restricted attendance.

PHASE FOUR: The celebration of Sunday Masses at full capacity may resume, with a return to a state resembling Catholic life before the beginning of the pandemic.

A few Pastoral Council members will be ending their terms. We are looking for nominations; before you nominate, please read the requirements


Fr. Nate’s Update May 16/17


Homily for 6th Sunday of Easter: 

Video: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZKm1o8DqYIN0kaFot2SFjaNwm4m2qhXNiTEYuVYytBk/edit?usp=sharing

Text: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HjsTBF8EVWMX3XPFSB9GRri5HMmB4snjcWC-kRSsYXs

New Song Based on Today’s Gospel:

“The Spirit of Truth” https://youtu.be/3SmWU5Y9lz8

“Jesus: the Way into Our Father’s Embrace” Homily 5th Sunday of Easter
Text: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZKm1o8DqYIN0kaFot2SFjaNwm4m2qhXNiTEYuVYytBk
Video: https://youtu.be/BAK5a8at6I0

*Update from Fr. Nate May 9/10

*Update from Fr. Nate May 2/3

*Expanded Church Open Hours and Sunday Reconciliation*
Our churches will be open limited hours for SILENT prayer and adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. Anyone with fever/flu-like symptoms/new cough please do NOT visit church. Follow safety instructions posted in church, also listed below.
Open Hours for silent prayer: St. John, St. Columbkille, and St. Joseph: Sundays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 8:30am-5:00pm

Reconciliation/Confession: Sundays 10:00am- 12:00pm at St. John Church, Ubly, Fr. Nate will be available for the sacrament of Reconciliation in area next to front (East) doors of church. Enter church through side/North door. Fr. Nate will be sitting behind a screen. Either stand anonymously behind screen, or sit in chair near screen. For alternative arrangements for Reconciliation, call rectory 989-658-8145.

Please follow these precautions to prevent infection (per diocesan medical advisor):
1. Face coverings recommended for all and REQUIRED for those with risk factors (including but not limited to age 60 yrs, or those with a history of asthma, diabetes, heart disease- “medical mask” required for Reconciliation)
2. BEFORE entering church, use hand sanitizer on table by door
3. Don’t talk while in church
4. If necessary, use disinfectant wipes (provided in church) to wipe down any pews you might touch with your hands, etc.
5. BEFORE you exit church, use hand sanitizer by door.

If you visit a church, please pray for our parishioners’ prayer requests, for those suffering and deceased from Covid, for healthcare workers, etc. Thank you!

***Youth from our parish are invited to apply for the “Good Shepherd Parish CHRISTIAN MOTHERS COLLEGE TEXT BOOK FUND AWARD”. Application deadline: before May 29, 2020. The recipients will be announced at the Graduation Mass (date TBD). Click here for application

***Fr. Nate’s first letter to parishioners during this crisis

***We continue to rely on your generous financial stewardship. You can:
1. mail in donations to 4470 N. Washington St. Ubly 48475
2. drop off at Office Tuesdays 8:30am-3:30pm
3. donate online: https://saginaw.org/donate
4. call office 658-8824 to setup recurring online donations via bank transfer

***During this difficult time where we do not have access to the grace of the sacraments, I invite you to watch in your home this powerful video study on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. First, you need to register for FORMED:

  1. https://signup.formed.org/
  2. enter your parish name/zip
  3. enter your name and email
  4. Check that email account for a link to begin using FORMED
  5. Watch PRESENCE and use the guide for discussion in your family: https://watch.formed.org/presence