Holy Family Parish
4011 Co. 416-20th Road, Gladstone MI
Faith Formation



Nature’s evidence of the Real Presence:  On the evening of the last day of St. Pope John Paul II’s 1995 visit to the United States was scheduled to greet the seminarians at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.  It had already been a busy day with Mass, a parade downtown, a visit to the Basilica of the Assumption, the first cathedral in the country; lunch at a local soup kitchen run by Catholic Charities; a prayer service at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, and finally a quick stop at Saint Mary’s Seminary. 

            The Pope was simply to greet the seminarians while they stood outside on the steps.  But the Pope made his way through their ranks and into the building.  He wanted to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.  As soon as his plans were made known, security flew into action.  They swept the building, paying close attention to the chapel where the Pope would be praying.  For this purpose, highly trained dogs were used to detect any person who might be present.

            The dogs are trained to locate survivors in collapsed buildings after earthquakes and other disasters.  These highly intelligent dogs quickly went through the halls, offices and classrooms and were then sent to the chapel.  They went up and down the aisles, past the pews and finally into the side chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved.  Upon reaching the tabernacle, the dogs sniffed, whined, pointed, and refused to leave, their attention riveted on the tabernacle, until called by their handlers.  They were convinced that they discovered someone there.  We as Catholics know they were right – they found a real, living Person in the tabernacle.

            We can believe in the Real Presence not just because of stories like this, but because Jesus tells us so:  “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.  For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”

            There is class for Grades 1 through 8 this Wednesday, February 20, 2019, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.  And Confirmation class is on Sunday, February 24, 2019, after the 10:00 a.m. Mass.


Congratulations Tyler Retlich, Gabe Smith, Bishop John Doerfler, Daniel Martin, and Karly VanDrese (missing is Kristin King) on your confirmation!

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