Diocesan Assembly: Got questions? Get answers!

The Diocese of Lansing Assembly, “Made for Happiness,” is coming on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. More than 10,000 people, including over 500 Christ the King parishioners, have registered to take part in this historic event. If you haven’t yet registered, just go to www.madeforhappiness.org.  It’s free!

This page is designed to answer some of the questions that Christ the King parishioners may have about the Assembly. Simply click on the question below to be taken to the answer. The Diocese also has an extensive “frequently asked questions” page. To check it out, just go to www.madeforhappiness.org/faq.html.

What is the schedule?

What should we wear?

Are we taking buses? Or carpooling?

How do we get to the Breslin Center from Ann Arbor?

Where do we park? Is there a parking fee?

How do we get to the Eucharistic Procession?

Can we have a tailgate picnic in the parking lot?

Do we need a ticket to get in?

What can we take into the Breslin Center?

How can we access accessible seating?

What activities are there for the kids? Is childcare available?

Does the Mass with the Bishop count for Sunday?

Where can I get more information?

What is the schedule?

Here is the basic schedule for the day:

  • 7:00 am-8:00 pm: Breslin Center activities, including remote viewing of the Eucharistic Procession, religious displays, Catholic vendors and ministries, Adoration, Confession opportunities, kids’ activities and games, and food concessions. (Not all activities will take place for the entire time.)
  • 9:00-11:30 am: Eucharistic Procession from St. Mary’s Cathedal to the Breslin Center
  • 1:00-4:30 pm: Inspiring speakers and music
  • 4:30-6:00 pm: All Diocesan Mass with Bishop Boyea

For more information, go to www.madeforhappiness.org.

What should we wear?

For the Eucharistic Procession, plan to wear comfortable walking shoes. Casual clothing is acceptable. Because we will be walking with our Eucharistic King, please use good judgement when selecting your clothing.

Parishes were given the option of designing and wearing T-shirts for the day, but in an effort to keep costs as low as possible, Christ the King decided not to do that. However, if you own one of the many other Christ the King T-shirts — “belong,” Life Teen, VBS, Jaguars, etc., etc. — feel free to wear it (assuming it’s in good enough condition to pass the “good judgement” test :-)).

Note: We still have some “belong” T-shirts in stock available to purchase for just $10. To buy one, visit the Parish Office during normal business hours, M-F, 9 am to noon and 1-5 pm or contact our Parish Secretary, Sharon Messiter, at 734-929-0975 or smessiter@ctkcc.net.

Are we taking buses? Or carpooling?

Christ the King chose not to rent buses for two main reasons:

  • To keep costs as low as possible.
  • To give people the option of accessing their vehicles during the day. As you’ll see below, there are significant restrictions on what you can bring into the Breslin Center, so we felt that many families would want to be able to access their vehicles.

That said, we would encourage carpooling. If you have space in your vehicle and would be willing to have someone ride with you or if you would like to ride with someone to the Assembly, please contact Theresa Hofer (thofer@ctkcc.net) by Friday, Sept. 21, at noon. Please indicate the number of seats you have or need and where you live. She will do her best to put drivers and riders in touch with each other. (Subject to availability, of course.)

9/18/18 Update: We just learned that, as of right now, Old St. Patrick’s on Whitmore Lake Road has about 20 spaces available on their bus, which they are making available to non-parishioners. The bus will leave at 7:15 am; cost is $15/person. For more information, call Parish Secretary Debbie Welch at 734-662-8141.

How do we get to the Breslin Center from Ann Arbor?

Click on the link below for the map from Ann Arbor to the Breslin Center. Depending on where you live in the Ann Arbor area and traffic conditions, it should take roughly an hour. If you have a GPS, the address is Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Map from Ann Arbor to the Breslin Center

Where do we park? Is there a parking fee?

There are a number of parking lots and structures in the area of the Breslin Center (see map below). There is a parking fee of $10 CASH per vehicle.

How do we get to the Eucharistic Procession?

Please park in one of the Breslin Center lots (see previous answer) and take the free shuttle which will pick up people on Birch Road north of Shaw Lane. From 7:00-9:30 am, the shuttle will take people to the procession start point at St. Mary’s Cathedral. After 9:30 am, the shuttle will take people to the halfway point, the Church of the Resurrection.

Can we have a tailgate picnic in the parking lot?

Yes, you are welcome to tailgate at the Breslin Center by bringing lawn chairs, picnic lunches, etc., as long as you

  1. are not obstructing drive lanes or blocking access,
  2. do not take up more than one car spot, and
  3. do not set up a grill.

Note: No grills or alcohol are allowed on MSU property.

You are also welcome to picnic elsewhere on the grounds or take advantage of one of the many eateries within a one-mile walk of the Breslin Center.

Please keep in mind that the Eucharistic Procession likely will arrive at the Breslin Center around 11:30 am and the afternoon Assembly Gathering will begin promptly at 1:00 pm.

Do we need a ticket to get in?

Advance registration to attend the Assembly is required, but no tickets will be issued or checked. You will, however, have to go through a metal detector.

Note: No pocket knives are allowed in the Breslin Center

What can we take into the Breslin Center?

As with many sports venues, security concerns are such that event-goers cannot enter the Breslin Center with a purse, handbag, bookbag, diaper bag, or cooler. (A clutch purse that is no larger than wallet size, and therefore able to fit into a back pocket, is acceptable).

The Breslin Center does allow event-goers to bring in strollers (which must be left with a platform attendant), cameras (without cases), and seat cushions (without pockets, pouches, or zippers). Also, medically necessary items or child-care items can be brought in provided that they are in one or more clear one-gallon plastic bags.

In addition, you may NOT bring any food, bottled water, or other beverage into the Breslin Center. You may picnic at your vehicle or on the grounds (see above); take advantage of one of the many restaurants within a one-mile walk of the Center; or purchase food at the Breslin Center concessions during the Assembly.

Food options and prices at the Breslin Center are as follows: water: $4.00; candy: $3.50; caramel corn: $4.00; fried chicken sandwich: $6.50; chicken tenders: $6.50; coffee/cocoa: $3.50; 22oz fountain soda: $4.50; French fry: $4.50; ice cream products: $5.00; hamburger: $6.50; cheeseburger: $7.00; hot dog: $4.50; kosher dog: $5.00; bratwurst: $5.50; veggie burger: $6.50; nachos: $4.50; pizza slice: $5.00; popcorn box: $4.00; pretzel: $5.00.

Sorry, but the staff will not be able to store prohibited items for you at the Breslin Center. For the safety and enjoyment of all attendees, please leave such items at home or in your vehicle. If you have any questions, please call the Breslin Center Administration Office during standard business hours, 517-432-1989.

How can we access accessible seating?

Go to Guest Services and request a ticket to sit at the Wheelchair Platforms on the Concourse Level. Those in need of accessible seating are allowed to be accompanied by one other person. Also, the top row of most sections in the concourse level bowl will be reserved for accessible seating.

What activities are there for the kids? Is childcare available?

There will be outdoor activities for kids such as inflatables and lawn games. Inside the Breslin Center, there will also be educational displays of the Shroud of Turin, Eucharistic Miracles, sacred relics, and the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A map of the area in and around the Breslin Center is below:

Although childcare was offered at the Breslin Center, as of early August, they had reached full capacity for childcare.

Does the Mass with the Bishop count for Sunday?

Yes, the 4:30 pm Mass with the Bishop will be the Vigil Mass for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Where can I get more information?

The Diocese has an extensive “frequently asked questions” page. To check it out, just go to www.madeforhappiness.org/faq.html. If you can’t find the answer to your question there, contact Theresa at thofer@ctkcc.net, and she will try to find the answer for you.