November 8-9, 2014

This weekend we welcome Friar Colin King from Chicago. He is one of our friars in formation (training) that you can see on the vocation poster in the gathering room. He is here to seek your help for a student mission trip to Jamaica for a group of Chicago area college students. Read more about it in the bulletin insert. Colin spent a year at our mission in Negril, Jamaica, and he will have many personal experiences to share. I hope you can help Colin this weekend. And we can always pray that a new Franciscan vocation will emerge from this mission trip!

This Wednesday will be the third meeting of our new St. Vincent de Paul conference. If you were unable to attend the prior meetings, you are still very welcome to join this lively group at 7pm in the Duns Scotus room. Thanks for all who have supported this project by your presence at earlier meetings. I know that our parish will be blessed through a new opportunity to serve the poor.

Also coming this week is a series on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel. You may have heard Fr. Jeremy and me refer to this document in our preaching. Having a good understanding of our Pope's spiritual foundations will go a long way to promote a healthy balance in the debates that the Synod on the Family have kindled. Mike Dillon will lead the four week series on this document, beginning this Thursday, November 13th. It will run weekly, except for Thanksgiving day, for four weeks.

The annual ecumenical Thanksgiving service takes place on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 23, at the Covenant Presbyterian Church on 10 Mile Rd, just past Lahser Rd. The service begins at 7pm. Singers are welcome to join the interfaith choir.