C O M M U N I T Y   N E W S L E T T E R
A Church for the City In the Heart of Downtown
April 6, 2018
Volume  2, Issue 7
Table of Contents
  
Announcements
 
Young Adult  social-This weekend young adults are invited to join in a social following the 7:30pm Mass.
 
Tour of the church will be given after Mass.  Those who are interested, please gather in the front pews.
 
 
 
 
 
Solidarity on Tap is a simple gathering at a local pub for socializing and social justice. Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, and Ignatian Solidarity Network along with local partners welcome those connected to the Jesuits and the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Detroit. (21 and over please!).
 
SSPP folks, please email Mary Catherine if you are attending so we can meet up for some Core Conversations beforehand!

The event begins at 6:30pm on April 23 - Around 7:15 PM we will have reflections on the theme “WALKING TOGETHER TOWARD A JUST, HOSPITABLE WORLD” by Fr. Phil Cooke, S.J.  See more here.
 
 
 
 
 
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Prayer List               
Please remember the following community members in your prayers:
Mary Payette
Alice Lamont
Josephine Marino
Pamela Milbrand
Jeffery Whitty
Norman & Jean LeVasseur
John (Jack) Schmelzer
Ember Rose Miller
Norman C
Frieda Boyd
Joe V
Marty
Virginia K
Special Intention for the Milbrand Family
Dale Locklear
 
 
 
Lord Jesus, I come to you today and thank you for the privilege of praying for others. I pray for the lost, the hurting, the lonely, the sick, the bereaved, and those who are imprisoned.  Send your comfort, your peace, and your calming presence to those who are on our prayer list. Protect them and hold them close to your heart. In your name I pray.  Amen.
 
  
Mass Intentions      
All intentions are listed on our website and updated as needed.
 
 
  
Minister Schedule   
To better serve the community, our Volunteer Schedules will be posted on our website and at the following links:
 
 
 
 
Pastor's Pen 
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 <gesuamh@aol.com>, 862-4400.
 
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.
 
 
Ignatian Leadership Program
Fr. Wright is now accepting applications through April 30, 2018, for Contemplative Leaders in Action, a leadership development program for young professionals, integrating secular leadership skills and Ignatian/Jesuit spirituality.  If you are in your mid-20s to mid-30s, consider applying now!  If you are an older accomplished leader, please nominate any younger adults you know who would benefit from this successful national program which Fr. Wright began here in Detroit two years ago.  For information, nominations, or applications, contact CLADetroit@gmail.com, or view/download our flyer.
 
Pulse of the Parish 
Lydia Maola
 
St. Paul - Letters from Prison 
Join us for 7 Weeks - Tuesdays, April 17 to May 29
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. in the Parish Office – 2nd Floor
 
This Bible Study will use the widely acclaimed Little Rock Scripture  series video program and study guide, along with the New Collegeville Commentary. We will study the letters to the Philippians, Colossians and Ephesians, all letters written from prison and addressed to these early Christian communities. 
 
Come and discover St. Paul.  Learn how he taught and inspired the earliest Christians – and how they gave him joy and challenges. Come, learn and be inspired yourself to help build up our Christian Community!
 
To register click HERE.  Registration is required.  We ask that each registrant cover the cost of materials ($16 for Commentary and Study Guide). Please don’t let cost prohibit your involvement, contact the office to register by phone at 313.961.8077 x 219. 
 
Ministerial Minute 
Mary Catherine Costello
 
   A new face at Ss. Peter and Paul!
 
Welcome Mary Catherine Costello to Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Parish. Although born and raised in Detroit, Mary Catherine comes to us from Cleveland, OH where she worked in Campus Ministry at St. Ignatius High School. She studied Theology and Spanish at John Carroll University and continued her education at the University of Dayton where she obtained her Masters in Counseling. She will be working part time as our pastoral minister, coordinating parish life and young adult ministry. She is thrilled to return to Detroit and continue her ministry at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish!
 
She can be reached at parishlife@ssppjesuit.org and 313-961-8077, ext.204.
 
Hello Ss. Peter and Paul!
It's been a long term goal to return to my hometown of Detroit and an added bonus to begin my ministry work at Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Parish. It's a true honor and privilege to serve this historic parish. I look forward to meeting each parishioner to understand your desires of the parish while feeling inspired by great work already accomplished through your gifts and talents.
 
I will begin my work by meeting with the young adult parishioners to discuss their hopes of the parish while identifying where their gifts can best help Ss. Peter and Paul. Expect an email or phone call from me in the next few weeks to schedule a Core Conversation!
 
May the peace of our Lord be with you until we meet!
 
 
Liturgy Notes 
Julie Ford
 
Dear Liturgy Committee friends,
Please let me begin by expressing how grateful we are for all of the work you did to ensure that our Holy Week services ran smoothly! THANK YOU for all of your work securing ministers and doing other behind the scenes tasks. I am so thankful for all of you!
 
Special Guest Musicians on April 15 - We are excited to welcome the Junior Choir from St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso, IN. They will be joining us for our 11:00 am service on Sunday April 15, and singing several special anthems before and during the mass. Previously they sang for Pope Francis' New Year's Day 2017 Mass in Rome. Their visit to Ss. Peter and Paul will be the conclusion of their tour to our great city, so we hope you will worship with us that morning and help us give them a warm welcome to Detroit! 
 
 
 
Happening Around Town
National Jesuit Alumni Service Day 
This spring, Jesuit colleges and universities will host service projects in their local communities for alumni to volunteer together during the 2018 National Jesuit Alumni Service Days. Register online at
community.udmercy.edu/dayofserviceregister  or call 313-993-1540 to participate in the local efforts in the Fitzgerald Neighborhood where we will work with the San Juan Block Club on clearing lots, alleys and beautifying the neighborhood.
 
 
Spirit of Manresa Banquet at Shenandoah Country Club, West Bloomfield. 6:00 PM Thursday, May 3. Keynote speaker Chris Lowney, best-selling author of seven books, including Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads. Event includes a "Super Silent Auction" and 50/50 raffle. Doors open at 5:00 PM for guests to enjoy the Chaldean Cultural Center. Tickets from $150 at www.manresa-sj.org/BanquetTickets or phone 248.644.4933 Ext. 100.   Click here for more information.
 
 
The Challenges and Graces of Friendships:
An Ignatian Perspective
The tradition of friendship was a pivotal theme in St. Ignatius of Loyola’s approach to God, and in his pastoral and apostolic works. As the founder of the Jesuit Order, St. Ignatius’ emphasis on friendship has been fundamental to the life and work of Jesuits throughout the ages. What does this emphasis on friendship mean for women and men involved in Ignatian Spirituality today?

Presenter: Fr. Howard Gray, SJ
When: April 14, 2018
Where: Manresa Jesuit Retreat House
Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: $40 includes lunch (due at registration)
 
 
Pope Francis Center 
 
We cordially invite you to the Second Annual Dinner to help feed Detroit's Homeless.  This year we will honor Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, CSsR.
 
Dinner and Silent Auction will be held the MGM Grand Ballroom in Detroit on Wednesday, May 16.  For Ticket Information and to learn more about the Pope Francis Center.
 

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