Gary Wright, SJ
Parish Pastoral Council. I am happy to announce the four new members of our Council: Martin Lulek, Joanne Petz, Tom Schuelke, Korin Visocchi. Parishioners nominated over 30 people. Most of those who declined did so because they already had a significant role serving the parish in some other way. About 14 accepted nomination; the current council considered them in prayerful discussion and deliberation before selecting the four named above. The other 10 will be invited to serve the parish in other ways! The Council will take on updating the parish strategic vision and plan in the coming year, searching out the Lord’s call for us as a community of disciples on mission.
Parish Life Director. As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, with the consultation of the Pastoral Council and approval of the Finance Council, we began a search in August for a new pastoral ministry position in the parish, which has successfully concluded with the hiring of Mara Rutten, currently living in New York. She will move to Michigan and join our ministry here in mid-October, when she will be introduced more fully. Her role will include developing and coordinating pastoral programs and activities. She will also focus on helping everyone in the parish find how they can be engaged and involved, with special attention to young adults and new parishioners. While it is a stretch for us financially to take on another staff position, we know it is essential for our growth and vitality to provide meaningful opportunities for spiritual development and ministry activity for all of our people. Recent experience has shown we have a great potential to engage others in the mission of the Lord here in our corner of Detroit – but we can’t do that without additional leadership. Please commend Mara and her work to God in your prayer as we welcome her and enter into an exciting new stage in our parish life!
Current Events. Catholic Relief Services
is accepting donations to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. CRS is one of the most effective charities you can support for this kind of emergency. There are many great programs and events coming up in the Detroit area in the next few weeks, highlighted in the listings below. Meet your spiritual hungers by indulging in them!