September 23, 2022

Dear Friends,

Even though construction is ongoing, we will open for First Saturday on October 1—the Month of the Holy Rosary.  Doors open, Exposition and Confession all begin at 10:30 am, Mass will be at 12:00 pm followed by the Rosary and 15 minutes reflection on the Mysteries of the Rosary.  We do not know yet if the shrine can offer weekday Masses after October 1—stay tuned.

October 4 (Tuesday) is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi—a solemnity for Franciscans.  Holy Mass will be offered at 7:00 pm at Transfiguration Parish (25225 Code Rd., Southfield, MI 48033), followed by a general blessing with the relic of St. Francis and the option of individual veneration.  The Franciscan Crown (Rosary of the 7 Joys of Mary) will follow.  All are welcome!

PLEASE PRAY DAILY FOR THE DEFEAT OF PROPOSAL 3 and for the conversion of the abortion-minded.  One way to do this is to attend the Holy Hour for Life (for a Pro-Life Michigan) each Wednesday through November 2 at St. Mary’s Shrine Chapel at Orchard Lake after the 7:00 pm Mass (about 7:45 pm).  United prayer is powerful—the devil hates it.  But whatever you do, please pray more through November 8 for the battle of Michigan’s soul.

To communicate with me, please DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL but email me directly at or call/text me at (313) 727-9784.  Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States, pray for us!

In Jesus, Mary & Joseph,
Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM
Spiritual Director of Terra Sancta Ministries