Deacon Corner, June 10 2018

In the next few weeks, over 3.6 million high school students will walk across the stages in America to collect their diplomas.   Somewhere among the Baccalaureates, open houses, and commencements is the reality that change is coming for these young men and women.  Whether they continue their education, serve in the military, or join the workforce; they will encounter new people of all backgrounds, religions, lifestyles, beliefs and worldviews.  No matter the role we play in their lives, we can pray for them as they begin this new journey.  So, let us pray…..

¨ Pray for wisdom and guidance so they know God gives them a godly purpose.  Pray they will trust in the Lord.  Pray they will seek to know and do the will of God and follow Christ fully (Proverbs 3:5–6).

¨ Pray they develop good and godly habits.  Pray they make good choices.  Pray they connect with a local parish and be involved in serving Christ on and off their campus or workplace.  Pray for friends who will encourage and support them; friends who will lift them up and not drag them down.  Pray they are not deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

¨ Pray for their finances.  Pray they will be responsible for credit cards, student loans, travel, clothing, entertainment and personal expenses.  Pray God will provide for their needs. Pray they will spend wisely and give generously.

¨ Pray they remember what they learned at home and in church as they face new temptations, hardships, and dangers.  Pray for their safety.  Pray they will be witnesses for Christ in the way they speak, serve, love, and live.  Pray they be an example in faith, purity and devotion to God. “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

¨ Pray for their teachers, professors, counselors, and bosses.  Pray these people will build them in strength of character and ability to think and act in a way that pleases God.

¨ Pray for their parents and siblings. Pray family ties remain strong and that these young adults will continue to honor their parents and love their family.

¨ Pray for their witness.  Pray our graduates become influencers, leaders and missionaries on campuses, in the market place, and workplaces. Pray they receive the power of the Holy Spirit to be bold, confident and eager witnesses sharing their faith wherever they go.  (Acts 1:8).

Today’s graduates are the next generation of workers and leaders, spouses and parents, to navigate an unbelieving world.  May we pray for them to be up to this challenge and never forget their Baptism and Christian walk.  May they grow in the peace and love of Christ to become the person God wants them to be.

Adapted from a June 3, 2018 Fox News commentary by Prof. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and the host of PowerPoint Ministries.

 

Fr. Joe Bulletin, June 10 2018

Greetings in Christ!

I gotta tell you, I simply can’t believe how fun and successful our Food Fair was.  We are going to set next years date ASAP so we can get the word out to get more cooks in to lose to me and my World Famous Coney Sauce.  🙂

We have closed out the Easter Season and celebrated the Trinity and Corpus Christi…one of the my favorite seasons has come to a close.   Now, we enter into a rather longish stretch of Ordinary Time.  Every year, I remind us that the Church does not use the word “Ordinary” the way we Americans do.  We are using the Latin word for a progression of numbers.  Thus, this is the 10th week of Ordinary Time and next week is the 11th, all the way through to the end of the year.

I’ve got a couple things to run by us…

First of all, we will be starting the restoration of our Church floor in the first week of July. Because of all the moving around and adjusting, we won’t be celebrating mass together that week, except for July 4th, when I’ll offer mass at St. Mary at 9:00am.

Our town hall meetings broke down what we will be attempting and how far we hope to stretch our dollars, so I won’t go into that too much. The basic idea is this: we will get new carpet in the area where you all sit and pray during mass (that area is called the Nave), we will be ripping out the platform in front of the communion rail and the elevated area where the altar is.  Depending on what we find underneath the altar area, our plan is to restore the original terrazzo/marble flooring.  We are also replacing the carpet in the front entryway, and removing the carpet in the sacristy to restore the original wood floor.  This is made possible because of your generous response to the Witness to Hope Campaign and I am so excited about it.  Because the money is pledged over 3-5 years, we may have to secure a bridge loan from the diocese to take care of the payments that will be due right away.  We thought we had qualified for a no interest loan should such a thing pop up, but as it turns out, we didn’t.  It’s not that big of a deal, thank God, as the interest on such a diocesan bridge loan is very low.

Please pray that God bless our efforts and help everything to go well.  While these restorations are going on, we will pray mass in the Parish Hall.

The second thing I need to run by you concerns our Altar Rosary Society.  These marvelous ladies do more for our Parish Family than you can imagine…they take care of our altar linens, pay for various mass needs that pop up, they clean our Church and give their all for us.  Usually, they host a large rummage sale to fund their activities throughout the year, but this year our renovation work makes that sale an impossibility.  As a result, we are going to take up a second collection for them this summer, on  August 4-5.  Please be generous to them, they’ve been crazy generous with us.

So that’s what I’ve got for you, beyond a plea for patience and understanding.  This summer will be a very challenging stretch for us all and, when we get impatient or irritated with the process and all the accommodations, its a good time to reflect in gratitude for the gift of being able to worship in such a holy, beautiful space.

Over the next couple weeks, I need to submit the bulletins very early and, as a result, they probably won’t be too personal in terms of our schedule, what’s going on, etc.  I’ll use those times to let us know what Saints are coming up in the weekly celebrations.  It’s always nice to remember our Saints great examples and wonderful prayers.

I pray that God bless our efforts to be His People.

fjk

 

DSA Update, June 10 2018

Go and Announce the

Gospel of the Lord”

Thank you to everyone who has made a gift or pledge commitment to our Diocesan Services Appeal.  Our parish goal is $23,297.00.  To date, we have reached 74% of our DSA goal.  Thus far 70 families have pledged $17,144.00 to this year’s appeal.  I am grateful for these contributions and invite others to join me and join together to push us over goal for the benefit of our parish and the wider church.

You can submit your DSA pledge envelope during Mass this weekend – or take your DSA envelope home, prayerfully consider your gift decision.  Those paying by cash or check are invited to return your completed pledge form, in the DSA envelope, to our parish office. Those who wish to pay by credit card or electronic funds transfer (EFT) may enter your gift online at www.dioceseoflansing.org/dsa.  I encourage every one of our parish households to reflect on the many blessings we have received from the Lord and share these blessings through a generous gift to our DSA.

2018 DSA Prayer

Loving and gracious God, we praise you and we thank you for the bountiful gifts that you have bestowed upon us.

Instill in us the courage to “Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord.”

Help us to understand that we are called to discipleship, to grow actively in faith and to go and share the good news with the world.

Please bless our unified efforts and help us to bring Christ’s love to all we encounter.

Give us the grace to be generous in our support of the Diocesan Services Appeal, so that we may faithfully participate as missionary disciples in the work of Your Holy Church.

 

Fr. Matt Hartley returns!

We are happy to announce that Fr. Matt Hartley will be home this weekend and will be hearing confessions and celebrating Mass on Saturday, June 2 at Sacred Heart.

Please note:

Mass will be at 4:00pm, rather than 4:30.

Confession will begin at 3:15, rather than 3:45.

 

Following Mass, please join us for the Food Fair & Raffle from 5:00-8:00pm.