Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,
A big thank you to Phil Marry, Matt Shaffer, and Steve Wright for getting our bell working again! It is a blessing to have parishioners who take such good care of our beautiful church.
Fr. Tomy will be taking some time for vacation and will be gone Jan 17th-Feb 16th. Those Mondays while he is gone, we will not have Monday morning Mass at Sacred Heart: Jan 20th and 27th, Feb 3rd and 10th. Fr. Tomy is still working on getting his green card, so he isn’t able to go home quite yet. Hopefully by this coming fall he will have his green card and will be able to see his family after a few years of being away. I will be taking some vacation time this week (14th-16th) to go to a farm show with my twin brother and my folks.
I had a wonderful time this last Sunday baptizing my newest nephew, Owen. What made it especially exciting was the fact that there were 12 kids there as well—11 years old and under. They outnumbered the adults and so had a great time running all over the place during the baptism! I imagine that this is probably how many scenes unfolded from the Gospel whenever there were crowds that gathered to hear Jesus. He talked with the gathered adults and parents while kids ran all over the place in the background. The life of grace often looks much more like that than the peaceful serenity we see in holy cards!
There are two upcoming events that I want to put on your radar.
Accept the Challenge 2020: Diocese of Lansing Catholic Men’s Conference
For years, this conference has been helping Catholic men courageously live a Christ-centered life in today’s world. That’s the most important challenge of our lives. Come and be equipped to accept the challenge!
When: February 22, 2020
Where: Oosterbaan Field House, 1202 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Time: 9 AM – 6 PM
What to Expect:
* Motivating messages from Fr. Larry Richards, Bart Schuchts, Dan DeMatte
* Adoration and confessions
* A mouth-watering pig roast BBQ lunch from Stick-A-Pig-In-It
* Excellent music
* Mass with Bishop Boyea (12 PM)
Registrations are now open. For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit
Mission Retreat: Wixom, MI.
This is a retreat for 8-12th graders at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Wixom. It is a powerful retreat in which God speaks His love to all who come. This retreat does a great job providing space for those who come to encounter the Lord and can be healing and transformative.
When: March 6-8, 2020
Where: St. Catherine of Siena, Wixom, MI
Registration details will be coming soon. I would love to bring a bunch of our teens to this retreat.