Greetings in Christ!
I pray that these warm days in Michigan bring you great joy, productive work and wonderful time with you family. Speaking of family, it is Father’ Day. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Lord for my dad. The older I get the more I realize I will probably never finish learning all the beautiful things he has to teach me. Let’s all pray for our dad weather living on earth or in heaven.
This is going to be an unusual week at our parish families……
The bad news is that Tammy, Fr. Tomy and Deacon John are all going to be away and you guys are stuck with me!
The good news is that Bishop Sean will be here throughout the week and we will carry the mass schedule as best we can, as well as any emergencies that may pop up.
Bishop Sean is going to offer Bible Study this week at Sacred Heart on Wednesday night at 6pm. I haven’t asked him what topic he would like to cover, but I’m sure that he will knock it out of the park as he usual does!
On Thursday of this week, we celebrate St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a Jesuit priest. Here’s a little bit on him from Catholic.org:
¨ St. Aloysius was born in Castiglione, Italy. The first words St. Aloysius spoke were the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. He was destined for the military by his father (who was in service to Philip II), but by the age of 9 Aloysius had decided on a religious life, and made a vow of perpetual virginity.
¨ A kidney disease prevented St. Aloysius from a full social life for a while, so he spent his time in prayer and reading the lives of the saints. Although he was appointed a page in Spain, St. Aloysius kept up his many devotions and austerities, and was quite resolved to become a Jesuit. His family eventually moved back to Italy, where he taught catechism to the poor. When he was 18, he joined the Jesuits, after finally breaking down his father, who had refused his entrance into the order.
¨ He served in a hospital during the plague of 1587 in Milan, and died from it at the age of 23 after speaking the Holy name of Jesus for his last words.
¨ He received his First Holy Communion from St. Charles Borromeo and his Last Rites from St. Robert Bellarmine. St. Robert went on to write a book about the life of St. Aloysius.
May God bless us to hunger for Him like St. Aloysius did and pour ourselves out in loving service to those in need!
God bless you all