Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary Families,
I want to say thank you to the families who donated money last fall to redo the basement entrance of Sacred Heart Church. The money left over from that is being used to redo the flooring in the central multipurpose room in the school basement. Dan and Randy have been working with a parishioner to help install it- all part of their pastoral training!
Last week a group from St. Mary on the Lake came to the farm for the day. It was an auction item at last years Sacred Heart School Gala. We had a beautiful day and a great time. It came up that I have only once ridden a cow- here is the photographic evidence!
I want to continue the theme of concrete ways to grow in your faith. This weekend I want to mention the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan. This is a four-year study taking you through the whole Bible. They are just about to start another session with a campus being held in Adrian (at Holy Family Parish‘s St. Mary Campus) — Tue 7-9 pm
What is the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan ?
CBSM (Catholic Biblical School of Michigan) is a lay apostolate incorporated as an independent non-profit organization [501 (c) 3 status] listed in the Official Catholic Directory,with a Board of Directors approved by the Archdiocese of Detroit.
CBSM exists to invite Catholics to encounter Jesus in and through the inspired Word of God and grow as missionary disciples, fueled by daily connection to God in His Word.
What’s a lay apostolate?
The Church speaks of the lay apostolate in two ways: one is the apostolate common to all of the baptized laity, “spreading the kingdom of Christ throughout the earth for the glory of God the Father, to enable all men and women to share in His saving redemption” (Pope St. Paul VI, Apostolicam Actuositatem, 1965). We do this seemingly spontaneously, led by the Holy Spirit as individuals to bring the Good News to the world and strengthen the faith of fellow believers. The other form of a lay apostolate is a specific organization of (mostly) laypeople ministering in a specific way in a cooperative relationship with ordained Church leaders. CBSM is exactly this, an organization entrusted with a ministry of teaching and proclaiming the Word of God, so that all of us as baptized believers might be strengthened and become more confident, bold, and loving in spreading the kingdom of God.
CBSM operates with ecclesiastical approval from the Archbishop of Detroit and the Bishops of Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo. Our Board of Directors includes clergy and lay leaders. Like many lay apostolates, we operate without financial support from Arch/dioceses, giving us a spirituality of seeking to bless the Church through the ministry of teaching, prayer, and proclamation of the Word we offer.
Ask the Lord if this is the way He is calling you to grow, to take the next step