Gary Wright, SJ
We have entered the Easter Season! – when we take 50 days to contemplate the wonder of our life with the Risen Christ in the Holy Spirit. A grand Thank You to all who contributed their time and energy to make the celebrations of the Easter Triduum so beautiful and prayerful for all who came –ministers of the altar, musicians, decorators… and potluck organizers! We also congratulate Drew Schauer, Anne Choike, and Sam Jennings who celebrated their Rites of Initiation at the Easter Vigil.
This coming Sunday, the octave of Easter, is also Divine Mercy Sunday, the favored Polish devotion of Pope St. John Paul II. In a world so torn by violence, hatreds, fears and prejudice, insulting and divisive sound bites, the image of Jesus as Divine Mercy flowing out to all people is a compelling call for us as his followers to conduct ourselves differently, as bearers of Divine compassion and understanding.
This past week marked the 50th
anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The U.S. bishops issued a statement
, while our own Arbp. Vigneron amplified their voice with his own message
: “In the Archdiocese of Detroit, we must never forget the generations of institutionalized racism and neglect that have happened here. God calls us to persevere in working to overcome that shameful past by the power of His grace.”
In this light, the people of Gesu, our sister Jesuit parish, have been working for months to prepare an intriguing workshop on April 14 (9am-2pm) entitled “Advocating for Reparations: Connecting Faith, Facts and Fairness.” A half-dozen local luminaries will address various aspects of racial reparations including its history and politics, legal issues, and economics. Register by THIS MONDAY, April 9, by contacting Sr. Angela Hibbard, IHM <firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome a new part-time temporary staff member, Mary Catherine Costello (daughter of parishioners Bob and Michelle Costello). She has been working in ministry at the Jesuit high school in Cleveland, and will start next August at U of D Jesuit High. In the intervening months, she has some time to contribute to our efforts. She will be helping people to become more engaged in our parish life. See her own article below.
Opportunities abound! Last call for the Jesuit Parish Justice Summit
, June 17-18 in Denver. CLICK HERE
for more information; contact me
if interested. See notices herein about our upcoming parish Bible study; talks by Fr. Howard Gray, SJ; and CLA, our Ignatian leadership program for young professionals, just covered in a Michigan Catholic article