July 4-5, 2015

Blessings on all of you on this Independence Day Weekend! May the days be joyful for you and an opportunity to praise God as Pope Francis does in his new encyclical Laudato Sifor the beauty of our Sister Mother Earth.

We have special fervent prayers for our country and all Catholic families after the decision of the Supreme Court to redefine marriage. Archbishop Vigneron and Michigan’s Catholic Bishops affirm two important truths: 1) “That every human person deserves respect and compassion. The experience of same-sex attraction is a reality that calls for attention, sensitivity and pastoral care. 2) …That marriage is and can only be the union of one man and one woman.” For the full text go www.micatholic.org.

There were several significant events this past week. July 1 was the feast of Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan who in 1769 founded San Diego, the first of nine California missions he founded. Pope Francis will declare him a saint when he visits Washington, D.C. in September. Also on July 1 Thomas Basset was installed at Grand Knight of our Duns Scotus Council No.14928. We welcome and pray for him and for all the Knights of Columbus who serve our parish and Church in many ways. Our hearty thanks to Tim Cahoon for generous service as Grand Knight.

Thanks for your welcome and your generosity to Fr. Koos Walters for the missions of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Peace!

Fr. Jeremy