Gary Wright, SJ
This coming week the Jesuits of our Midwest region will gather in Milwaukee for our annual “Province Days,” to renew our spiritual bonds with one another and celebrate the ordinations of our new priests. The education component will focus on addressing racism in ourselves and our ministries. This year holds a special joy for our parish, as one of our former parishioners–and physician for many east-siders–Dr. Kevin Embach, will be ordained on June 9. He will return home to Detroit to concelebrate our 11:00 mass on July 1, the feast of our parish patron saints.
The end of May brought with it the departure from Detroit the Jesuits who have been helping regularly with masses since Fr. Pat Peppard retired last December: Fr. Cyril Whitaker, SJ, and Fr. Stephen Wolfe, SJ. Many thanks to both of them for their generous assistance over the past months. Since no Jesuits are available to replace them, I have decided, after appropriate consultation, to adjust our schedule of masses. While we have been blessed with great growth at our Sunday liturgies, the Saturday vigil mass has remained a tiny congregation. After the June 16 mass, it will be suspended for now, perhaps to begin again when more people have joined the parish. I spoke personally with most of the regular attendees about this decision. Similarly, we cannot continue masses every weekday, and will have mass only on Tuesday and Wednesday for the foreseeable future.
Let’s give thanks to God for some recent milestones with our young adults. Two years ago we established the Detroit branch of a national Jesuit program in leadership development for young adults. This Saturday, June 2, marks the proud graduation of our first cohort of 16 young adults (ages 25-35). We are already well along in acceptances for our second cohort that will begin next September. There are still some openings, so if you know of any candidates in that age bracket, please let me know. In the short time that Mary Catherine Costello has been working with us this spring, she has established regular monthly community service days, and a summer spirituality series. The first event, on May 31, was a “teaching mass,” in which I explained the parts and meaning of the mass as we went along. We had a great turnout of 16 eager learners; the next event on June 14 will be on Ignatian Spirituality (see article below.)