Who is in charge of your life?

Last weekend’s snow storm reminded me once again how beautiful our world is. I know that many people don’t like the snow and cold weather. We are Michiganders; God made us hearty people. I think that many people don’t like the winter because they like to complain about the weather. St. Theresa of Avila is one of my favorite saints, mostly because she has some great quotes. About this she said, “There is no such thing as bad weather. All weather is good because it is God’s”. I like to remind children when they tell me that they are bad, that “there is no such thing as a bad child. You came from God and everything from God is good”.

The storm also reminded me that every so often God reminds us that it is He that is in charge. We had great plans for the early morning celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday morning. Las mañanitas, the morning prayers to honor the Virgin of Guadalupe, with Mass, is a common tradition that we had planned. Because of the snow, we judged it best to cancel the celebration, although we did have a nice quiet 8:30am Mass with 20 or so faithful. Yes, God is in charge. Maybe our celebration was meant to be simple, humble, unassuming, as Mary is. We have to learn, over and over again, to put everything in God’s hands and trust.

As your preparations for Christmas become more hurried, take a few minutes each day and realize who is in charge of your life. Do you have to have control? Or can you leave it up to God?

Fr. Ken

Happy Thanksgiving from Fr. Ken

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. And it’s not even a religious holiday. There is no real decorating of homes necessary, no crazy rush to buy and exchange gifts. It’s a time to enjoy the company of others, eat well and probably too much, watch some football, and be thankful. “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens”, Abraham Lincoln declared when he officially proclaimed the fourth Thursday of November as a national holiday in 1863.

We know the story of the pilgrims who celebrated their first harvest. Their feast lasted three days, attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 pilgrims. It’s not just about what we eat and drink, but also about whom we share the day with. For that, we are thankful.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for YOU. Yes YOU. For all of you, for the dedicated staff members, the many volunteers on all levels, all of you who participate in the life of our parish by helping out on commissions, committees and in the various groups and clubs. I am thankful for ALL of YOU, those who challenge me, those who strive to raise our parish to the next level, and to those of you who share comments and sentiments because you want our parish to be even greater in serving the Lord and all of God’s children. Thank you.

“Father all-powerful, your gifts of love are countless And your goodness infinite; As we come before in Thanksgiving With gratitude for your kindness, Open our hearts to have concern For every man, woman, and child, So that we may share your gifts in loving service. Through Christ our Lord. Amen” – (From the collect prayer of Thanksgiving Day Mass)

Fr. Ken

Liturgy training sessions and other news

The liturgy training sessions for our Eucharistic volunteers are nearly completed. Thank you to all who have participated, and to those who prepared the sessions, and to the coordinator who is working hard to prepare the schedules. The openness of all of you to listen, to learn and to share your views was very helpful. This is a big step in the growth of our young parish community.

Hopefully now we are all on the same page. We can always use more volunteers. If you have any concerns, please contact the team captain (coordinator) of your specific ministry; they either will be able to help you or will bring the issue to one of us.

The Parish Pastoral Council has been meeting monthly since July. I am pleased to report that most of the members of the transition team agreed to stay on as Council members for the year. Thanks to all of you for your willingness to help. I know that some of you have been asking about public meetings; we discussed this at the last meeting and have decided that, first of all, it is important for us to gel as a group and to get to know each other and how each of us acts and reacts. This is allowed according to the regulations of the Archdiocese. After that time, some of the meetings will be open meetings; we will let you know ahead of time which ones they are. If you have a concern and want to bring it officially to the PPC, please send an email. That email address will be made available in the future in the “Joyful News”.

I am very much aware that one of the major concerns of many of you is that you cannot hear well in the church. We have been working to fix this. We thought that just adding a couple more speakers would help fix it, however it seems that is not the case. We have been in contact with the local company that installed the system a couple of years ago to get the right answer to the situation. I know that it is frustrating for you; it’s frustrating for me as well. Please pray that we can find the right solution quickly and economically. God Bless you for helping our young parish to grow and develop into an active, joyful and faith-filled community.

Fr. Ken

Next JOYFUL WOMEN meeting!

JOYFUL WOMEN

Fostering Faith Fun & Friendship

While Joyfully Serving Our Parish & Community

Jesus in response to a criticism of his disciples not fasting and praying as often as the followers of John the Baptist,told the Pharisees a parable about new and old ways (Luke 5:33-39).

He said new wine couldn’t be poured into old skins ,and he also said no one drinking old wine desires new, because the old is good. The type of fasting and praying done by John’s followers was good,but Jesus was here to transform it into something new and better.The merging of our three former parishes is challenging us to learn how to cherish the old way while embracing the present and preparing a new way.

Our Joyful Women group is willing to take on the challenge. If you are interested in learning what we are about,contact me or come to our next meeting:

Wednesday October 19, 2016 at 7PM

In the Small Social Hall

 Leslie Johnston

Cell: 734-502-2219

Email: lajddj@gmail.com

Trunk or Treating Sign Up

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2016 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy Parking Lot! We would like to invite your family to dress up and join us for some ghoulish games, freaky fun, and frightening good food.

What is Trunk-or-Treat?

Trunk-or-Treat is a fun-for-the-whole family Halloween Alternative Event. Families are invited to come to the parish parking lot between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th with your children to trick-or-treat. Our wonderful parishioners will be decorating their car or van trunks and passing out treats for all the trick-or-treaters who stop by (or you can team up with other parishioners or neighbors to decorate your car).

After you trunk-or-treat, please come inside the Social Hall and participate in games and crafts and enjoy some food. There will be prizes for the best decorated trunks and children’s costumes.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Complete the form below and return it to the Parish Office or in the collection basket at the weekend Masses by October 25th. Sign up as soon as you can!!

Event is hosted by St. Mary, Cause of our Joy High School Youth Group (Teens & Parents) and Young Adults. Questions, please contact, Carol Nelius, Coordinator of Youth Ministry by e-mail at youthministry@stmarycooj.org or phone: 734-765-5525 or here: