Browsing the January 2017 archive of NOTES FROM THE DESK OF....

January 21-22, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 1/23/17

One of my favorite parish events is just around the corner: our adult volunteer appreciation dinner on February 3rd. We have been reminding our volunteers to sign up for the past two weekends. I am always thankful for you who expand the ministry of the parish through your hard ... Read More »

January 14-15, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 1/16/17

Our pastoral council meeting this coming Monday will continue a discussion about our spiritual theme for 2017. At our November meeting, the council proposed that we follow up the Year of Mercy with another guiding theme to enrich our parish spiritual life. The council wanted this theme to connect ... Read More »

January 7-8, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 1/10/17

This coming Tuesday one of our Franciscans, originally from Detroit, will be buried here. Fr. Rock Travnikar was one of the first friars I got to know when I came to Southfield in 1968 to begin my college studies. He began as a brother, but discerned a call to ... Read More »

December 31-January 1, 2017

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 1/01/17

One of the calendar oddities about this year (it began with Christmas and New Year falling on Sundays) is need to move the Feast of the Holy Family to this past Friday. Usually the feast occurs on a Sunday, when families have the opportunity to reflect upon their call ... Read More »

December 24-25, 2016

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 1/01/17

The parish staff and our Franciscan community wish you all a very blessed Christmas! We hope that the Christmastide will be more like holy days than holidays. Many of you made these days holy through long hours at work in our Franciscan Outreach. Both the number of people served ... Read More »

December 17-18, 2016

Posted by Father Bill Farris, OFM on 1/01/17

We don't have four full weeks of Advent every year. Usually this fourth week lasts only a few days. The calendar gives us the complete experience of waiting, and leads us into the weekend for our Christmas celebration. I hope the younger members of our parish will find the ... Read More »