January 31-February 1, 2015

This weekend marks a milestone for our parish Knights of Columbus council as it celebrates its 5th anniversary. We are truly blessed to have this group of dedicated men at the service of the church, our parish, and our community. Space in our bulletin is too limited to list everything that the K of C does, bet me give you a recent example.

Last weekend our council collected food for the Franciscan Outreach program at a local supermarket. This involved teams of four taking three-hour shifts at the store on Saturday and Sunday, and bringing home over 4500 pounds of donated groceries. I wanted the parish to hear from the Knights of Columbus on their anniversary, which is why you heard a short message about their presence in our parish at mass today. Even though our council is only five years old, it has made its mark in the Detroit area already. Men, have you considered becoming a Knight of Columbus?

Last week we had 35 registered for Christlife. As of January 27th, we now have 103! Our first session will begin this coming Tuesday. As I have frequently mentioned, your prayers are needed so that all participants will have a grace-filled experience. Thanks to those who have responded to our unexpected need for more table facilitators.

From Pope Francis: "A Church which 'goes forth' is a Church whose doors are open. Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way. At times we have to be like the father of the prodigal son, who always keeps his door open so that when the son returns, he can readily pass through it." [par. 46]