Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,
Last week, I got an email from our diocesan lawyer. He let me know that someone had made up an email address under my name and tried to scam some money from the Attorney General’s office. I must say whoever it was went right to the top! (I should also mention that the Attorney General’s office declined to send the $500 in gift cards they were asking for!) Another first in my pastoral life that makes for a good laugh.
On a more serious note, a difficult reality that many people are touched by in one way or another is divorce. This can be the person who has been through a divorce themselves or someone whose parents are divorced. The diocese is trying to help heal some of the wounds this creates.
The Diocese of Lansing’s Marriage and Family Life office is offering a special retreat called Recovering Origins: A Healing Retreat for Adult Children of Divorced or Separated Parents.
Recovering Origins is a three-day retreat at St. Francis Retreat Center in DeWitt, Michigan that invites participants to move through the broken image of love that appeared to them in their parents’ divorce to their deepest origin and identity as God’s beloved capable of great love. The retreat gives participants a greater understanding of the wound of divorce and the ways it affects their lives, offers advice about the difficulties concerning love and trust of others, and explains how the Catholic faith, spiritual practices, and the Sacraments are essential to self-knowledge and healing. This retreat has something for any adult child of divorce or separation no matter how much healing you have already received or need!
The retreat begins on November 22 at 7:00 p.m. and ends on November 24 at 3:00 p.m.
For those who have themselves been through a marriage that ended in divorce, there are numerous resources to help. I want to mention a couple of them here.
Lisa Duffy works to help people work through recovery after a divorce. She has numerous books that you might find helpful. More information can be found at her website: https://www.lisaduffy.com/.
Rose Sweet has developed a program called Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing for the Catholic family. You can find more information at her website: https://catholicsdivorce.com/.
Even if these do not apply to you, please think of someone in your life for whom they do and consider passing some of this information along to them. You could be a catalyst to greater healing in their life.
You may have noticed that Sacred Heart’s bell has not been ringing this past week. Our bell is rung in two ways. The first is an external hammer that strikes the bell as it is immobile- this produces the first, quieter tone. The second is the internal hammer that rings the bell as it swings- this produces the second, louder tone. The internal hammer has fallen out because the large nut that holds it on the bell worked itself loose. I have turned the bell mechanism off until we can get that fixed.
Thank you to some generous parishioners who donated money for lights at Sacred Heart Church and School. The two lights flanking the school steps are now working again. The bulbs in the upper level of Sacred Heart are replaced with LED’s and will be regularly used.