The second season of ChristLife begins this Tuesday evening. I hope you've prayerfully considered joining us for the first seven sessions, Discovering Christ. Although the material covered is very basic, you'll find yourself discovering Christ anew as the weeks proceed. Thanks for all who have signed up so far. You can still sign up at the information desk in the gathering room.
October is just around the corner, and the first weekend will be a busy one, with more to come after that. Next Saturday begins with a Day of Mercy prayer service at 8:30 am in the church. The day of mercy has been set aside for parishes to engage in any one of the corporal or spiritual works of mercy. Several nearby parishes are invited to our prayer service before the works of mercy begin.
Later that same morning we will have our annual pet blessing in the prayer garden at 11:00 am. I enjoy meeting the pets of the parish and their owners. Sometimes we have people who don't belong to our parish but like the idea of some extra help for their pets! All are welcome.
Few people need to be reminded that, when the pets are blessed, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi is not far away. On Monday night, October 3, the eve of the feast day, we are hosting the Transitus service at 7:00 pm which commemorates the passing of St. Francis into eternal life. It is a beautiful and meaningful ceremony and I hope you can all come to us. There will be refreshments afterwards. Many of the Detroit area Franciscans, men and women, come together for this service.