Deacon’s Corner, December 8 2019

Over the past three months, our Confirmation students have been working hard preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in May.  As you may remember, our two parishes joined together again this year with a combined class of young adults to learn about their Catholic faith and how the Holy Spirit works within them to fulfill the plan God has for their lives.

This year’s class has 14 students: 10 from Sacred Heart and 4 from St Mary on the Lake.  Back on October 19, they attended a one-day retreat at the Judson Collins Retreat Center in the Irish Hills.  The Confirmation classes from St. Joseph Shrine, Holy Family (Adrian), and Light of Christ parishes also joined in.  Fr. Todd and I spent the day with the group, prayed Mass with them, and finished the evening with Eucharistic Adoration.  I am always so impressed by how much the kids enjoy these retreats every year, especially spending quiet time with the Lord during Adoration.

Jen Loar, a catechist from St. Mary on the Lake, has graciously volunteered to lead our combined program this year.  The following is an update from Jen on what the class has been doing…..The Confirmation students have been busy with their service and mercy work! We had lots of fun helping at the Sacred Heart Gala and bowling and social time afterwards was really good time together.  We also spent a few hours at the Catherine Cobb Shelter organizing boxes and PILES of donations. The kids worked SO hard and we all wished we could have done more, but they really appreciated our many hands of mercy!

Keep these students in your prayers as they discern their Confirmation Sponsor. If you are asked, please keep your heart open to saying YES! It means they look up to you as a person of faith in their lives. They are also choosing a Patron Saint name.

On Sunday, December 15, we will Christmas Carol to a few of our parish shut-ins after we help prepare cookies for the Kiwanis food baskets. If your family would like to join in the caroling as well, please meet us at St. Mary on the Lake at 5 p.m. I am also in need of a few helpers to get some hot cocoa and food ready for us when we return at approx. 6 p.m.

Please contact me if you would like to help in this night of caroling around the lakes! God bless you for your prayers and support of our youth!   Jen Loar – 517-673-1185  or email me:  jenloar@yahoo.com.

Thank you, Jen, for all that you are doing to serve our parishes.  Please keep our young adults in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Please also consider joining us to celebrate their Confirmation Mass with Bishop Boyea on the evening of May 28th in St. Dominic Chapel at Siena Heights University.  Thank you!

Deacon John

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