Welcome to St. Joseph's home on the Internet. Located six miles south of Ypsilanti, hidden between pine trees and corn fields, Saint Joseph Catholic Church serves the growing community of greater Ypsilanti. Here you will find generous hospitality and living faith. We are a small parish with a unique pastoral situation (daily Mass isn't offered because our pastor splits time with Sacred Heart Major Seminary), but we are "full-service parish" where you can grow in faith and take part in Christ's mission in the Church. We boast an active youth group, weekly Children's religious education (and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the youngest ones), periods of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, an active Council of Catholic Women, Knights of Columbus, Bible Study, FORMED groups, and more. Above all, here you will find God's Word proclaimed in Holy Scripture and His Body and Blood offered and adored in the Most Holy Eucharist. Come and share in God's good work at Saint Joseph parish.

Letter from Father Pieter

May the peace of Christ be with you.

As you know, we face material and spiritual challenges in the coming weeks as our community confronts the COVID-19 (corona) virus. In addition to other neighborhood closures, public Masses are now canceled at St. Joseph, and throughout the diocese, for the foreseeable future. But even though we cannot come together for Mass, I pray we may still hold one another up in prayer, and support one another materially as much as possible. As we have heard in the Scriptures over the last weeks and months, we follow Christ as members of the Christian community in the Church as a parish. But how can we follow Christ as a parish family when the corona virus separates us? 

You can join our parish contact list so that we can keep in touch with one another and offer spiritual and material support as needed. The parish will reach out to you in the coming days to find out what is the best way to stay in touch (if you would like to be included). You are also welcome to take the initiative and call the office to do this! You may also stop in and pray at St. Joseph parish. The church will be open for private prayer during regular business hours during the week (9 am to Noon, Monday – Friday), and on afternoons through the weekend (12 pm – 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday). On Saturdays and Sundays confessions will be offered from 3 – 5 pm.

These will be difficult weeks for our country and our parish, but I pray that Christ will strengthen our unity as a parish through our faith in Him and the mutual support we will offer one another. May God the Father draw us together in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Pieter van Rooyen


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Coronavirus update from The Bishop

March 17, 2020
Feast of St Patrick
Dear Brethren,
After consultation with the priests of the diocese, who were of mixed minds on this matter, and out of deep concern for the health of all our folks especially our elders, and with due deference to medical and government authorities, it has been decided that all public Masses, events, and gatherings will be cancelled throughout the Diocese of Lansing beginning tomorrow morning (March 18, 2020) lasting, for now, through Wednesday of Holy Week (April 8, 2020).  
We will see at that time whether these plans will have to change.  Private Baptisms, Marriages, and Funerals may continue but only with immediate family present.  As a reminder, all Catholics in the diocese are dispensed from the obligation of Sunday Mass participation through Easter Sunday.  I ask our pastors to keep Churches open for private prayer.  
The Holy Mass is our way to render back to God our worship and thanks for his many blessings to and for us, his beloved sons and daughters.  We are blessed that all our priests will continue to offer daily private Masses in order to fulfill our blessed duty to God and to lift up our needs in prayerful petition to our Heavenly Father.  Many of these daily Masses have intentions applied to them and those will be honored; in addition, feel free to submit other needs to your pastors to include at the altar.  
The loss of the regular reception of Holy Communion is a great cross for many; during this fast from receiving our Lord in the Eucharist please pray that Jesus will enter your hearts in an act of Spiritual Communion. Sundays have always been a day of worship for us.  Please, let these coming Sundays be times of family prayer.
                We have three Confirmation Ceremonies scheduled in the next three weeks.   These are also cancelled.  I authorize the pastors of these confirmandi to confirm them in small groups, gathering no more than 10 people at a time, should they wish.  Otherwise, plans can be made to reschedule the Confirmation later in Spring through Julie Fech OR the confirmandi may join other scheduled groups in the later Spring.
Assuring of my prayers, I am sincerely yours in Christ,



Service Information:

Public Masses Cancelled due to COVID-19 Precautions
Personal Prayer in the Church, 
Monday – Friday, 9 – noon;
Saturday, 12 pm – 5 pm;
Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm;
Confession available,
Saturday and Sunday 3 pm – 5 pm
Online Daily Mass,


The Parish Office is open Monday-Friday 9 am - 12 pm
Office Phone: 734-461-6555




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