Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s on the Lake,
This coming weekend, we are restarting the DSA. I am deeply grateful for all those who have already given a contribution that helps the wider Church in the Diocese of Lansing serve our community. Part of that supports the 13 new seminarians entering this coming year for the Diocese.
I am very happy to also announce that our own Amber Czeiszperger has been accepted to postulancy for the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. They are a Dominican order based out of Ann Arbor. She will be entering on August 22nd, the feast of the Queenship of Mary. Please keep her in your prayers even as we continue to pray for more vocations.
This coming July, Deacon John will begin helping at St. Joseph Shrine in Brooklyn in conjunction with serving us here at St. Mary’s on the Lake and Sacred Heart. The current pastor, Fr. Bob Pienta, has had to retire early due to serious and ongoing medical reasons. He is being replaced by Fr. David Hudgins. Fr. David works full time at the Tribunal in Lansing and will only be at the Shrine on weekends. Deacon John will be helping as Pastoral Associate and Director of Operations to help during the week. In all of this, his main work will still be with us. I am very grateful for his ministry with us and I know he will be a blessing for the Shrine as well.
We have a ministry opportunity in our own backyard: Share the Warmth in Adrian. I have included a letter from Bill Linsner, a parishioner from St. Mary’s on the Lake.
A NEW OPPORTUNITY awaits you! I am anxious and excited to see who takes advantage of this chance to serve the Lord.
My final service to Share the Warmth of Lenawee was providing dinner at the shelter on June 16th. As of that date, I have stepped down as volunteer coordinator, a position I have held for 10 plus years. My wife, Diane, has always been very supportive of this ministry and has helped at every step of our journey. Our two sons tell me I am too old to continue this ministry. I don’t think of myself as old, but at 82 maybe it is time for someone with new ideas and a fresh approach to take over. I pray that one or more of you will answer God’s call to this important ministry. I am positive that it will be an enlightening and humbling experience, far outweighing any energy you may expend.
I want to thank the many parishioners who have helped over the years. A simple “thank you” seems so inadequate to convey the admiration and love I have for all of you. You were the “face of Jesus” to the guests at the shelter, who struggle every day just to survive.
I ask you to give this ministry some prayerful thought. If you feel or hear the call to serve, say yes! That’s the answer we are all called to give.
God Bless all of you,
This is a great ministry. If you have been feeling a nudge from the Lord, this might be it. I know Bill would be happy to walk you through what it entails.