St. Mary of the Lake Church
2013 Holiday Schedule
The St. Mary of the Lake Church 2013 Holiday Schedule is now available! (READ MORE)
The Festival of Christ The King
Today we close out the Year of Faith in our celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe. (READ MORE)
Thanksgiving Mass will Tuesday, November 26th at 8:30 am. (READ MORE)
Notes from Fr. Craig Lusk on the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 11, 2013
Wow, our preciouis summer is moving much too quickly. If you are like me, you delight in this time of year and hate to see it over with so fast! It has been inspiring to witness the greate overflowing crowds at Holy Mass throughout......(READ MORE)
Statement by Bishop Bradley on the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA
As Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo, I am deeply saddened today by the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions declaring part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and electing not to rule on Proposition 8. In spite of thesetroubling decisions, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to the truth-s-a truth recognized...(READ MORE)
Notes from Fr. Craig Lusk on Mother's Day 2013
On this Mother's Day I want to extend my prayers and best wishes to all mothers for a day filled with love and family. A mother's love for her and children and family plays such an indispensable role in our lives. Today is a day to offer our gratitude for the love our mothers give us from the time of our birth through all the years...(READ MORE)
Fr. Craig LuskFr. Craig was born and raised in the Detroit metro area and had a strong family life which he still maintains. His mother (Alda Jean Paxton-Lusk) still has a home in Plymouth, MI where she and her husband (Ted Paxton) split their time between Michigan and Florida. His father (Wayne Lusk) passed away in 2000. He also has two married brothers, two nieces, and three nephews all living in the greater Detroit and Ann Arbor area.
Fr. Craig was baptized and raised in the Lutheran faith tradition and was very active in youth choir and youth groups while growing up in South Redford, MI. He is a graduate of Concordia University with his BA in Music with concentration in organ performance and choral conducting. Fr. Craig has a deep love for classical and liturgical sacred music. Additionally, he worked in Customer Service and Human Resources for many years at Hewlett Packard Co. and Software Services Corp.
Fr. Craig’s first experience with the Catholic Church was after he graduated from college and became the Organist-Director of Music at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Livonia, MI. This planted the seeds for his conversion and coming home to the Catholic Church many years later in 2001.
It was a glorious day when Fr. Craig was received into full communion with the Catholic Church on Pentecost Sunday of 2001 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Plymouth, MI. Shortly after entering the Church, he felt the Holy Spirit calling him deeper into his faith and ministry. Fr. Craig entered the seminary in 2004 and was ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ on May 3, 2008. Prior to coming to St. Mary of the Lake, he served as Parochial Victor at St. Joseph Parish in Battle Creek. There he was very involved in the elementary, middle and high schools, RCIA program and hospital ministry.
Fr. Craig is eager to serve the people of St. Mary of the Lake Church and School, and community of New Buffalo. Reflecting on how God worked so mightily in his life, moving from a life without a faith commitment to a life of complete faith commitment, Father Craig states, “I thank God for His mercy, love and forgiveness. Without these, I would be nothing.”
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