Fr. Stan’s Article
Welcome, Summer! Now that we’re officially in the season that many of us long for, let us give God thanks for the longer daylight and the warmth of the suns rays. While school children are on vacation (or on holiday as some say), the pattern of family life is probably changed. Summer allows for more “together” activities of adventure and discovery especially outdoors. A pilgrimage to a religious site like the “Cross in the Woods” can combine the beauty of travel in northern Michigan with the joy that springs from grateful hearts. Allow your summer to be a time of recreation, relaxation and renewal that includes your faith and church. Don’t forget to pray and worship.
We celebrate this weekend the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christ). Every time we come for Mass we are present to and receive a great gift from God, the Body and Blood of Jesus in communion. Eucharist, which means thanksgiving, can refer to the bread and wine that is transformed by the priest’s words of consecration, or to our communal worship. At Mass we acknowledge that we are God’s beloved who are redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus offers Himself for us and to us and sends us forth to be His body and blood in the world. Let our reverent and frequent reception of Jesus in the Eucharist draw us closer to Him and to one another.
Our Vacation Bible School was a great success with 120 children participating along with 70 teens and 20 adults assisting. Thank you to all who provided our children a fun and memorable way to experience the joy and truth of the Bible. I hope that parents will take the time to listen to their children’s reports of what they did and learned and reread the bible stories together.
SAW (SMYG – St. Mary’s Youth Group – at Work) begins today and we pray that this week will help our youth see how we are all made for more. In Jesus we have a special relationship to God that calls us to share our gifts with others. Any offering of time, talent or treasure that is made in Jesus’ name is returned many times over. When we offer ourselves in gratitude for God’s gifts, God’s blessings extend both to the receiver of our gifts and to ourselves. Thank you to all who are making such sacrifices this week.
Rochester Hills anticipates the celebration of our Independence Day (July 4th) this week Wednesday with a great fireworks display. Once again our youth group will be parking cars and raising money for the charitable projects of SAW. Our Evangelization committee will be manning a tent at Borden Park and inviting people to stop in at our church to light a candle (Night Fire) and spend a moment of prayer and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Mass will be celebrated Wednesday evening at 9:00 PM followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
The display of crosses on our front lawn reminds us that thousands of lives are snuffed out daily before birth. The Church teaches that human life begins at conception and is therefore sacred from that moment. Many challenge this statement as being strictly religious and therefore not applicable to everyone. They should brush up on their human embryology.
Peace and joy,
Fr. Stan Ulman