A citizen’s initiative petition drive to prohibit the dismemberment abortion procedure in Michigan began this summer. Dismemberment abortion is a particularly gruesome procedure which involves tearing a live baby apart limb by limb inside the womb and individually removing each of its body parts. This petition drive, operating under a committee named Michigan Values Life, is organized by Right to Life of Michigan and is supported by the Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC). Bishop Bradley asked all pastors to choose a parish representative to assist with the petition and in gathering parishioners’ signatures.
IT’S A LONG-AWAITED WARM DAY and Jesús Hernández, like many twenty-somethings, is hanging out with his friends. On this particular Sunday afternoon, Jesús, his brother Oscar and a friend, Alex, are commiserating about Michigan State University’s loss in the Final Four while they swap light-hearted quips about a host of things from girlfriends to wardrobe choices. They’re soon joined by another person who they greet with big smiles.
Associates, Congregation of St. Joseph MEET AT HOMES THROUGHOUT THE DIOCESE Daily life: Always moving toward profound love of God and neighborwithout distinction In a nutshell: “In response to God’s great love and mutual support, we aredeeply engaged in living the Congregation of St. Joseph’s mission of unityand inclusive love of God and the dear neighbor without distinction.” Contact: Leah Hinman — email@example.com Mary Rita Sayers, CSJ — firstname.lastname@example.org
With the school year finished and family vacations dominating the schedule, it can be easy to let your faith commitments take a back seat to summer fun. However, with a little planning, you can keep your summer both faith-focused and fun-filled. Here are some ideas and resources.
It was standing room only as the St. Clare Parish community gathered with Bishop Bradley and honored guests for the dedication Mass of the new church building. Despite the blustery winter day, the joy-filled occasion was the culmination of more than two decades of the community’s perseverance and dedication to realize its vision for a new and expanded church home.
When Joe sings the famous song “Old Man River” in the musical “Showboat,” a lot of people can relate to the line, “I’m tired of living and scared of dying.” But Catholics don’t need to fear death. In fact in St. Joseph, whose feast day we celebrate March 19, we even have a patron saint who can help us obtain the grace of a happy death.
Cursillo is more than the weekend retreat it appears to be. “The Cursillo weekend is the doorway into the movement,” said Rev. Daniel Hyman, pastor, St. Thomas More Student Parish, Kalamazoo, and the English Cursillo spiritual advisor, who made his Cursillo in 2013. “The weekend is just the beginning of what is to come.”
by Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP and Father Charles Irvin
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the bedrock fact of our faith. It is the heart of the Good News about Jesus. The Easter triduum, which marks the end of Lent, begins at the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper and spans three days — Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.
As Jesus often took time to do during his three-year public ministry, we too are called to retreat from our everyday routines. Lent is a time to simplify as we focus on the three pillars: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. Following are some simple ways for both you and your family to enrich your Lenten journey.
As we know, this holy season of Lent is a time when we focus, in a devoted way, on the three pillars of the penitential season: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Certainly these are practices we should be observing all of the time; however, Lent gives us a short window of 40 days to concentrate more intensely on these three areas to remind ourselves of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Whether you learn best at at 2 a.m. sitting at your laptop or within a group setting with live discussion, an innovative and new diocesan faith formation institute offers a course for your learning style. The diocesan Institute of Missionary Discipleship (IMD), launched this past August, offers an array of courses, classes and retreats for those looking to deepen their faith knowledge and grow in their spirituality.