Christ the King Church:

9596 Reed Rd, Howard City, MI 49329

St. Francis de Sales Church:

829 East Richardson, Lakeview, MI 48850

We are very pleased to announce that we have new apparel for our altar servers. The old albs were becoming worn and discolored. We now have sharp looking servers dressed in black cassocks with white surplices. This project of acquiring new garb began multiple years ago when parishioner Gordie Humm passed away. A fund was started at that time by the generosity of many family and friends to get these new garments. Then Covid hit; the supplier was unable to fulfill orders; too much time passed. Finally this spring, with the contributions of many others along the way, we have purchased new vestments for both church locations. Pictured are two of our altar servers and Diana Jacobs, Gordie’s wife. Thank you for persevering on this project. Thank you to everyone who donated.

We would like to welcome Camila Faye to our parish family. She was baptized at Christ the King Church in Howard City on November 13th. She is pictured with her parents, Nolan and Valeria Adamski, and her godparents, David Tarin and Violeta Tarin, along with Fr. James VanderLaan and Deacon Rick Dubridge. Welcome, little one, and may the Holy Spirit be upon you!

The Diocese of Grand Rapids has been notified that the Michigan Catholic Tribune, a newspaper purporting itself to be Catholic, is being mailed to parishioners within the diocese. The paper includes a photo of and quote from Bishop David Walkowiak along with other politically-related content. The publication also has an accompanying website, This publication and its accompanying website are not endorsed by nor are they affiliated with the Diocese of Grand Rapids or the Catholic Church. Information about the publisher is not apparent in the print publication.

The Diocese of Grand Rapids wants to assure parishioners that the publisher did not receive mailing information from the diocese or its parishes. The diocese does not sell its database of parishioner contact information.

If you have questions about the above information, please contact our Diocesan Director of Communcations: Annalise Laumeyer

Congratulations on your Baptism, Ryleigh Elizabeth! We know you’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. Welcome to the Catholic faith.

Due to Father James being assigned as pastor at St. Bernadette of Lourdes/St. Margaret Mary, the Stanton/Edmore parish, in addition to his appointment as pastor here at Christ the King-St. Francis de Sales, the Howard City/Lakeview parish:

New Mass Schedule beginning October 23, 2022:

Sunday, 9 am at St. Francis de Sales Church, 829 Richardson St., Lakeview, MI 48850

Sunday, 11 am at Christ the King Church, 9596 N. Reed Rd., Howard City, MI 49329


There will no longer be a Saturday, 5 pm Mass at Christ the King Church in Howard City, however, Fr. James will celebrate Mass on Saturdays at 5 pm at St. Bernadette of Lourdes, 991 E. Main St., Stanton, MI 48888

For more information, please read the letter Father James sent out to all registered parishioners. doc01094020220907142140

We would like to welcome Cedric Thomas and Dawson Matthew Glowacki, twin sons of Matt and Brooke Glowacki. They were baptized on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at Christ the King Church in Howard City. The family is shown with the boys being held by their godparents.

We are saddened to announce the passing of parishioner Lavonne Rehfus. Her funeral will be on Friday, May 20th at 11 am at Christ the King church. There will be no 9 am Mass in Lakeview on that day. Please see her obituary for more details.–Elizabeth-Rehfus?obId=24862200#/obituaryInfo

We are saddened to announce the passing of Nyra Goetzel, sister of Bob Dubridge and aunt of Deacon Rick Dubridge. Services are being provided by Howard City Funeral and Cremation Services (formerly Heckman Funeral Home.) Visitation will take place there on Thursday, October 7  from 4-8 pm. There is also visitation from 10-11 am on Friday, at Christ the King Church in Howard City. The Funeral Mass will take place on Friday at 11 am. A Luncheon will take place immediately after the Funeral Mass. Committal at Resurrection Cemetery in Wyoming, MI will occur after the luncheon. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.