I invite all veterans from every branch of the armed forces to join us at the 8:00am Mass TOMORROW Saturday November 11th for our Veterans Day Mass.  We will call out the various branches and invite the veterans to come forward for a blessing and recognition that is richly deserved.  In an age when too many of our young people are being taught to hate America and rewrite and revise its history, we recognize those who loved life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness so much that they risked their lives in the defense of our flag and our freedom.  


We will have a gift from our school children for all of our veterans at the end of Mass.  


We honor all those who served in the United States Army, Navy. Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard.  



The Parish Life Commission invites all of you to join us in Vincentian Hall this Sunday November 12th for Coffee and Donuts.  They start serving after the 7:30am Mass and it continues until noon.  


The 10:30am Mass this Sunday will be celebrated by Fr. Tyler Arens of St. Mary’s.  I am doing the 7:30, 9 and noon here but running (perhaps racing) out to St Catherine in Concord for their 10:30am Mass this weekend.  Fr. Tyler enjoys very much coming to Queens, please give him a warm welcome. 


The Parish Life Commission is always looking for new members.  If you like the events they sponsor, like coffee and donuts, let them know you want to join them in planning more family oriented events in the parish.   



Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Then it is a race to Christmas.  With a short Advent this year, I need to start earlier than usual recruiting volunteers for the Queens Community-Wide Christmas Dinner, now celebrating its 25th year!  This meal doesn’t happen without the involvement of dozens of business sponsors and church groups, and hundreds of volunteers.  


Christmas is the season of giving, and it especially blesses the Lord and others when we can make a merrier Christmas for those who are struggling.  This dinner brings together those who have no one to celebrate with and those who lack the resources to celebrate with food and gifts.  


Please consider signing up to help.  We need on average 150 people to make each community dinner happen.  There are shifts for set up, serving  and clean up.  You can make it easy to sign up by using the link below:



The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Public Affairs released this updated statement on the violence erupting in Israel and Gaza:


WASHINGTON – In response to the escalating Israel-Hamas war, Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on International Justice and Peace, renewed his call for peace.

“The war in the Holy Land is playing out in real time before us with its mounting casualties, the growing humanitarian disaster, and the potential for violent regional and international escalation. The October 7 terrorist attacks of Hamas which initiated this war must be condemned. We renew the call for the release of hostages and protection of civilian populations. At the same time, we affirm continued efforts to allow humanitarian access, including corridors for those seeking safety, and urge Congress to provide support for relief efforts. As Pope Francis reminds the world, ‘War is always a defeat; it is a destruction of human fraternity.’

“We continue to pray for the victims caught in this cycle of violence as well as the regional and international actors who are being drawn into the conflict. We must not grow weary of offering our prayers and support for peace and justice for all concerned. A lasting solution respecting the rights, needs, and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians remains essential to these ends.

 “With passions enflamed in our own communities, online, and around the world, we must guard against any tendency to sow hatred against other people or faiths. As the Second Vatican Council teaches, ‘The Church reproves, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against men or harassment of them because of their race, color, condition of life, or religion.’

“As Christians, we look to Our Lord and unite our prayers to those of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who in his recent letter to his flock, recalls the words of Christ, ‘In the world you will have tribulations, but take courage, I have conquered the world.’ (John 16:33)”


Here at Queens I can thank you for your generous response to this crisis.  The free will offering taken up during my father’s concert last Sunday raised over $6,600 for Catholic Relief Services who will provide direct relief on the ground with these funds. 

For those who missed it or who want to watch and hear it again, the piano dedication concert can be seen on our Facebook page and YouTube channel under the date November 5th.   



You are welcome to join us for Thanksgiving Masses at Queens:  6:00pm on Wednesday November 22nd and 9:00am on Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 23rd.  At each of these Masses you will be invited during the offertory to bring up to the altar steps bags of non perishable food items to fill local pantries and feed hungry families.  


Every Mass is a Thanksgiving and the Eucharist is the perfect way for us to begin celebrating this day of gratitude to God for His many blessings to us.  





Fr. Tim MacDonald




Queen of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church

606 S. Wisner St.  Jackson, Michigan 49203

(517) 783-2748