After carefully consideration, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron is extending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021 for people living in or visiting the Archdiocese of Detroit. As we have from the beginning, we will continue to closely monitor the situation in our region, with an eye on the day – hopefully in the not-to-distant future – when all of us are able to safely reunite in our normal patterns of worship. Whether or not they are able to attend Mass, all baptized Catholics are reminded of the grave necessity they have to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Lord God, we adore you because you have come to us in the past. You have spoken to us in the Law of Israel. You have challenged us in the words of the prophets. You have shown us in Jesus what you are really like.
Lord God, we adore you because you still come to us now. You come to us through other people and their love and concern for us. You come to us through men and women who need our help. You come to us as we worship you with your people.
Lord God, we adore you because you will come to us at the end. You will be with us at the hour of death. You will still reign supreme when all human institutions fail. You will still be God when our history has run its course.
We welcome you, the God who comes. Come to us now in the power of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Caryl Micklem, “Contemporary Prayers for Public Worship”
Greetings and Salutations, Let us remember the two greatest commandments Jesus gave us… You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. In your prayer time this week visit in the Bible Luke 10:27. We as Catholics can change the world living these words!
Attention All Faith Formation Families…Materials are ready for pick up for GRADES 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 on Monday, October 19th from 6:00pm-7:00pm. If a family is not available on this day and time; please call me and we will set a day and time that you are available. Thank you! Grades 2, 7, 8 materials will be ready on Monday, November 23rd their first day back. Thank you! Also, FF Families please know; our class session times for grades K-7 have changed by 15 minutes beginning on November 23rd and continuing for the new year. Class time will be for the 2020/21 year 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Grade 8 remains at the regular time of 6:00pm to 7:15pm.
Last weekend three RCIA candidates were given the Sacrament of Confirmation and brought into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. We would like to congratulate Daniel Cosman, Ian Quinn, and John Zasa. Normally this would have taken place at the Easter Vigil, but was delayed this year because of Covid-19.
We would like to thank Kathy Birchfield, and everyone else who assisted in our RCIA program this last year.
In this time of uncertainty, I hope this note finds you happy and safe. At the end of August we will be saying good bye to Fr. Joe Plawecki, our long time Priest in Residence. Fr. Joe will be taking over as administrator of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westland on the first of September. While we are happy for Fr. Joe to get his new assignment, this will also mean that he will not be available to help me cover Masses on the weekend.
This leaves us in a sticky situation. I have also been looking into the option of paying a retired priest to say a Mass every weekend. While this is an option, it will get very expensive quickly. With the low Mass numbers so low during this time of Covid-19 era, I can not justify that we need three Masses on Sunday.
I have been praying about this problem for months, and have spoken to both our staff, and parishioners to get input. At this time it seems like the best route is, starting in September, to change the Sunday Mass schedule to 9:00 and 11:00 am. When restrictions are lifted, and people are returning to Mass we may revisit this schedule, but I feel that this if the best move for our parish at this time.
Please remember in your prayers today those who were involved in the 2009 Gojra Riots. On August 1st of that year eight Christians lost their lives in anti-Christian riots. Many of us have heard Fr. Shafique speak of the events that happened in Gojra town in the Punjab province of Pakistan while he was the Pastor at the time.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest…”
On the 4th of July, Americans celebrate the gift of freedom which we believe is a gift from God, a gift which many Americans have died to protect. Many countries around the world like to speak of rights and freedoms, but perhaps only in the USA is it truly, in actual fact, a land of opportunity. I have lived in a few countries, and the more I travel the more I realize the United States of America must be a gift from God where anyone can come and seek life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in a singularly unique way.
We therefore owe the Lord Jesus Christ our gratitude, who died on the cross that we might be set free from sin. The most holy Eucharist is not only a sacrifice of expiation but one of gratitude, and how appropriate we should thank God for our country through the sacred liturgy. We should be grateful to all our troops who have served, and some have even given the very high cost of their lives, dying to protect our freedom.
On this Independence Day weekend, we reflect upon the great gift of freedom God has bestowed upon our country and we take time to say, “Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to be free. May we always cherish this gift of freedom and never take it for granted. May we make responsible decisions, decisions that will reflect our love for you and all your creation. May we continue to work for peace and justice, not just here in our own land but for all people throughout the world. You created us and we know that we are brother and sister to each other. Help us to treat one another accordingly. Amen.”