RCIA

10-28-2012Weekly ReflectionDolores Wright

Dear Parish Family,

In the musical, The King and I, the king of Siam tries to reconcile his thinking with that of Anna, the English governess: "Tis a puzzlement!" he says. Several weeks ago I was asked to write a letter for this week's parish bulletin on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), but I have to admit that I am a procrastinator. If I had immediately written on the RCIA as directed, I would not have ended up with a "puzzlement" of my own. Instead, I put RCIA on the "back burner" and started thinking about all the things going on in our parish: the Year of Faith in which we are to focus on and reaffirm our beliefs found in the Apostles Creed, the New Evangelization that Father Tim is studying at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, our new parish website, the impact of the upcoming election and religious freedom, bible studies, etc. Then we have such a great calendar for this coming week: Halloween (which means holy evening), All Saints and All Souls Days, followed by the Stewardship Ministry Expo next weekend. How was I ever going to put all of that together along with RCIA? 'Tis a puzzlement!

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Answer Jesus' call in your own life

10-21-2012Weekly ReflectionMr. G. Stricklin

Dear Parish Family,

As I look out the window today at the rich fall foliage - orange and crimson and brilliant yellow - can't help but notice that many of the leaves have already started to fall. Of course this reminds me of the colder days ahead, the inevitable dormancy which is a necessary part of the cycle of seasons. But that time is not here yet! We still have a few more weeks of this glorious milder weather which seems to invigorate us for our fall projects - planting and seeding, repair jobs on the house, schoolwork, a new exercise program, bike rides outside! The fall is a time that seems to inspire us to grow and get better and accomplish things.

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New Evangelzation

10-14-2012Weekly ReflectionFather Jack O’Kane

Dear Parishioners,

This past Thursday, October 11th, kicked off the Year of Faith declared by the Holy Father to be a year for learning the richness and beauty of the Catholic Faith. Every Saturday night or Sunday we profess the Nicene Creed and we pray "I believe in…", and this Year dedicated to the faith is meant to be a time of reflection, prayer, observance, and promotion of the faith that we hold strongly at our core. Our parish and our diocese have many different opportunities during this year to help the faithful learn about the faith, and grow in their love and understanding of all the Church teaches.

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October is Respect Life Month

10-07-2012Weekly ReflectionDeacon Mike Bachynsky

Dear Parish Family,

I was on vacation last week. We visited my wife's Aunt and Uncle down in South Carolina. They are in the their mid 70's and could be considered "snowbirds" since they return back to their other home in Long Island for part of the year. They made a nice dinner for my wife, son and I (spaghetti, my favorite!). Just before we left, she asked me about the requirements to become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. I told her that she needed to contact her parish, that the process is usually not a big undertaking, but that most pastors looked for candidates with an active faith life and devotion to the Eucharist, which she has. Later I thought about why she asked me. She said she wanted to help some of the homebound people she knew and of course she knew that I am a deacon. But I wondered why now, why now at this particular time of her life. And this is the question we all need to ask ourselves. How are we called to make a difference? How are we called to come and follow Him?

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