October 16, 2020

The SsPP Inclusion Committee would like to invite parishioners to join in the courtyard outside the church entrance TOMORROW Saturday, October 17th from 1pm - 2:30pm for a socially distanced meet-up with light refreshments to discuss ways we as a parish can build inclusiveness and work in solidarity to encourage mutual respect and recognition of God's love for all. Covid-19 safety protocols will be observed. Advance sign up is requested. RSVP to Amy at amador.amy@gmail.com 

THIS Sunday, October 18 Our 11 AM mass will include special prayers and a blessing for athletes.  The Detroit Marathon had been scheduled for this date, but it must take place virtually this year.  Nevertheless, we want to keep up our tradition of the “Sneaker Mass” anyhow, where we bless the runners (and their shoes!).  Mass will include a guest homilist, Fr. Patrick Kelly, SJ, internationally known for his work in the area of spirituality and sports.

Don't forget—we offer drive thru Holy Communion THIS Sunday October 18 at 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot directly behind church.  Father Gary takes the time to pray with each and every car as they wait in line. It's a truly powerful scene! Details: https://fb.me/e/1KRmAayDY
As always our young adult communion ministers will be armed with hand sanitizer to keep you safe. If you are a healthy young adult, please consider volunteering. Those interested can contact Julie Ford at music@ssppjesuit.org.

Young Adults will be collecting granola bars and fruit cups for the Pope Francis Center before Mass in the Loveley Room and after Mass at the Larned Door at the street THIS SUNDAY. 

On October 18, the Church celebrates the annual World Mission Sunday for the Missions and missionaries around the world. Proceeds from this collection, administered by the Pontifical Mission Societies, help support the merciful work of local churches in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, Latin America, and parts of Europe.  To make a donation to the Pope's Mission, CLICK HERE.
In our Catholic tradition, November is our month for remembering the communion of life that we have with our beloved deceased. We will have our parish commemoration of the departed on Sunday November 1 at our 11:00 am mass.

If you have lost a loved one (family member or close friend) within the past year we want to include them in our parish remembrance. On November 1 we will light a memorial candle bearing your loved one's name, and their name will be read aloud during the liturgy. On that day we encourage you to join us either in person or via our livestream.

To include your loved one in our parish remembrance, click here to submit their name. Please complete this form by Tuesday October 27.


Young Adult Retreat at Manresa: "Principle and Foundation: Growing in Spiritual Freedom", an overnight retreat for 20- and 30-somethings using a short excerpt of St. Ignatius' writing as a tool to help us find purpose and navigate the complexities of our rapidly changing world. 5:00 pm Friday Oct. 30 - 5:00 pm Saturday October 31. Held at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House. $90 registration fee. Click here for more information, including registration.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUNG ADULTS AT SSPP with information about upcoming Social, Service and Spiritual opportunities including Cider and Donuts after Mass on October 25, Podcast Discussion, Virtual Bible Study and collecting donations for the Pope Francis Center.

Laudato Si-Caring for Our Common Home

It is autumn in Michigan and we are being treated to a changing, breath taking kaleidoscope of colors in the trees. Unfortunately, these same colors are being viewed on the west coast and in the Amazon in the form of wild fires which are taking peoples’ breath.

•   This year’s fires in California have already burned through 1.4 million hectares (3.4 million acres) of land, and the fire season isn’t set to end for at least a couple of months.

•   The fires have already generated more than 91 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is about 25% more than the state’s annual emissions from fossil fuels.

•   Higher carbon emissions contribute to a multipart climate feedback, accelerating climate change which then sets the stage for more fires that will emit an increasing amount of carbon dioxide, experts say.

•   While the California fires are small in comparison to the fires in the Amazon — a region 13 times as big as the U.S. state — CO2 emissions from the California fires are already about 14% of the CO2 emissions from the Amazon fires in 2019.   Source: Mongabay
    Scientists from the Woods Hole Research Center and IPAM-Amazonia say the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by fires burning in the Amazon rainforest could hasten the effects of climate change. New estimates suggest the fires have produced as much as 140 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Sep 6, 2019

    Off setting this amount of carbon dioxide may take decades if left to nature. It is imperative that we do what we can to decrease our carbon footprint. One can calculate their carbon foot print at https://www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/. Other sites are available from Google.

    Both DTE and Consumers Power have green energy programs to help reduce our carbon foot print. Visit their websites or call to learn what they have to offer. It may cost a bit more but it may be worth the benefit. (migreenpower.com and dtecleanenergy.com)

    Remember to follow all the energy saving tips we have heard many times. Remember to pray for the environment and conversion as presented in our last article.

    The Green Team


Solidarity on Tap is a bi-weekly series of online events that focus on different social justice issues from a Jesuit perspective, on Wednesdays at 9:00 PM.   Upcoming dates are 11/8 and 12/9
More information


Congratulations to the Blasius and Fishbeck Family on the baptism of Cecelia (10/11) and the Butler and Peters Family on the baptism of Chloe (10/25).

A memorial mass will be held for Nate Pollard, son of choir member and cantor, Brendan Pollard on Saturday, October 24 at 11am at SSPP.  Click here for more about Nate.

So much more...

Oct. 21 at 8:00 AM.  The annual Mass for Commerce will be celebrated at the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit. Register at massforcommerce.org to attend in person, or to watch the livestream.

Oct 23-31 All Saints Novena for Racial Justice, the Jesuit and broader Catholic network is invited to unite in prayer for nine days, framed in the example of Catholic saints and servants of God who provide a witness and example for us in our work for racial justice. https://ignatiansolidarity.net/novena-for-racial-justice/

Oct. 24-26 Save the date! – to participate in the virtual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, the largest Catholic social justice gathering in the US, featuring notables such as Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, Fr. James Martin, SJ, and Rev. Bryan Massingale. Registration, schedule and information at https://ignatiansolidarity.net/iftj/ 

When we Gather together in church to worship and enjoy our connectedness; we Inspire each other; this food for our spirit then grows into the desire to give back, Volunteer, get involved, donate; these all help us to Envision our shared mission as a church for the city in the heart of downtown. GIVE today!

The entire parish is very grateful to those who have contributed generously over recent weeks. Our parish continues its mission and our staff continues to work from home. This requires your ongoing support!  You can Contribute online, or with the Givelify App, or by sending a check to the parish office (438 St. Antoine, Detroit MI 48226).

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