Catholic Services Appeal 2016 – Archdiocese of Detroit

By | August 24, 2019


BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL,
FOR THEY WILL BE SHOWN MERCY. POPE FRANCIS HAS INSPIRED US
WITH SEVERAL THEMES FOR THIS YEAR’S CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL
SO WE HAVE ADAPTED AS THE CENTRAL THEME FOR
THIS YEAR’S CSA— CELEBRATE THE JOY
OF THE GOSPEL. IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DETROIT,
THE CSA SUPPORTS A NUMBER OF SERVICES AND
MINISTRIES THAT HELP US, CELEBRATE THE JOY
OF THE GOSPEL. YOU ARE MY FRIENDS…I HAVE
CALLED YOU FRIENDS BECAUSE I HAVE TOLD YOU EVERYTHING
I HAVE HEARD FROM MY FATHER. ♪(MUSIC) FOR A NEW MEMBER WHO WANTS TO
COME INTO THE CHURCH WE HAVE A RITE OF THE CHURCH AND THAT’S
THE RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
OF ADULTS. AND IT HOLDS FOR THE WAY
ADULTS COME INTO THE CHURCH, BUT ALSO APPLIES TO CHILDREN WHO
HAVE REACHED CATECHETICAL AGE. AND, IT’S A PROCESS
–IT’S A JOURNEY. (HEATHER)
AFTER RCIA WE HAD COMPLETED
THE COURSE AND IT WAS TIME TO BE INITIATED INTO
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, OF COURSE, I WAS
A LITTLE NERVOUS, JUST BECAUSE OF ALL
THE—CEREMONY AND YA’KNOW EVERYTHING THAT
WE HAD TO DO. BUT I WILL TELL YOU, I
FELT A JOY━AN INNER JOY. AND, I FELT THAT
I WAS HOME. JESUS SAID TO THEM&
“PEACE BE WITH YOU. AS THE FATHER HAS
SENT ME, SO I SEND YOU”. ♪(MUSIC) THE PRIMARY MISSION OF THE
OFFICE OF PRIESTLY VOCATIONS IS TO HELP YOUNG MEN,
FIRST AND FOREMOST, UNDERSTAND THAT
THEY HAVE A VOCATION. COULD IT BE TO THE PRIESTHOOD? AND OUR OFFICE HAS A
VARIETY OF PROGRAMS, BOTH HERE AND IN THE SEMINARY
AND OUTSIDE THAT HELP YOUNG MEN BETTER UNDERSTAND, “WHAT IS GOD
CALLING ME TO DO WITH MY LIFE?” (MATTHEW)
I REMEMBER, WHEN
I FIRST STARTED THINKING ABOUT PRIESTHOOD,
I THOUGHT THAT THERE WERE NO OTHER GUYS MY AGE WHO’D
BE INTERESTED IN FOLLOWING THE LORD’S CALL AND SERVING
HIM AS A PRIEST. AND, SO I HELPED THE OFFICE
OF PRIESTLY VOCATIONS. AND, I SPOKE DURING
THE ARCHBISHOP’S DINNER. AND, MY GOAL DURING THAT TIME
WAS TO HELP SHOW THE MEN THAT THERE ARE YOUNG MEN ANSWERING
THE LORD’S CALL, TODAY. SANCTIFY CHRIST AS
LORD IN YOUR HEARTS. ALWAYS BE READY TO GIVE AN
EXPLANATION TO ANYONE WHO ASKS YOU FOR A REASON
FOR YOUR HOPE. ♪(MUSIC) SOME OF THE THINGS THAT
WE DO FOCUS ON IS TAKING OUR YOUNG ADULTS OUTSIDE OF
THE PARISH AND GOING INTO THE MARKETPLACE━GOING
INTO PLACES LIKE THE BAR. IT’S A LOT EASIER TO INVITE
SOMEBODY TO A BAR AND INVITE THEM TO A DRINK–ESPECIALLY
FOR THOSE THAT HAVEN’T BEEN TO CHURCH IN A WHILE, OR
HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A CHURCH. OUR ACTIVITIES, SUCH AS,
THEOLOGY ON TAP ARE BASED FOR ALL SECTS OF
CHRISTIANITY TO JOIN. AND, WE DISCUSS TOPICS THAT
ARE BASED MAINLY ON CHRISTIANITY ITSELF━THAT HAVE A
CATHOLIC VIEW ON IT. YOU CAN COME IN
WITH NO KNOWLEDGE, OR WITH ALL THE KNOWLEDGE I THE
WORLD AND BE ABLE TO DISCUSS, BE ABLE TO LEARN MORE
AND, ESSENTIALLY GROW. YOU ARE NO LONGER
STRANGERS AND SOJOURNERS, BUT YOU ARE FELLOW CITIZENS..AND
MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD. ♪(MUSIC) CSA GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY
TO REACH OUT, TO OUR HISPANIC AND LATINO COMMUNITIES IN
THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DETROIT. IT GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO
BRING ABOUT THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL. TO LET THEM KNOW THAT
THEY BELONG TO US, THAT THEY ARE PART OF
THE BODY OF CHRIST. TO BE ABLE UNDERSTAND AND KNOW
ABOUT THEIR BLESSINGS WITH OUR CHURCH, TO REACH
OUT TO OUR FAMILIES, TO OUR YOUTH, TO OUR YOUNG
ADULTS WITHIN THE ARCHDIOCESE. FOR THE HISPANIC PEOPLE IT’S
VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE THE SPANISH PROGRAM
AT THE CHURCH. IT IS A BLESSING, TO BE IN
A PARISH WHERE WE HAVE TWO COMMUNITIES IN THE SAME PARISH. AND WE SAY THAT IT IS
NOT TWO COMMUNITIES. IT IS JUST ONE COMMUNITY
WITH TWO LANGUAGES. LET THE CHILDREN COME TO
ME; DO NOT PREVENT THEM, FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD
BELONGS TO SUCH AS THESE. ♪(MUSIC) THE CSA DOLLARS TRANSFER,
WITHIN MY DEPARTMENT, INTO WHAT IS CALLED THE
SCHOOL OUTREACH FUND, OR SOF FUNDING. AND IT’S A GRANT PROCESS,
OUR SCHOOLS APPLY FOR IT–WITH WHATEVER SPECIAL PROJECTS THAT
THEY’RE THINKING ABOUT FOR THE COMING YEAR–THAT THEY HAVE
NO OTHER WAY TO TRY TO FUND. OUR SCIENCE BOOKS WERE
ABOUT 17 YEARS OLD, AS WE WERE LOOKING AT PROGRAMS,
I CAME ACROSS A SCIENCE PROGRAM THAT LOOKED LIKE–
A TEACHER’S DREAM. AND, THE SCHOOL OUTREACH
FUND RESPONDED INCREDIBLY, GENEROUSLY AND PAID
ALMOST A THIRD OF THE PRICE OF THE PROGRAM. BE MERCIFUL, JUST AS
YOUR FATHER IS MERCIFUL, THESE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES
OF THE CSA–WORKING THROUGH THE SPIRITUAL AND
CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY. I HOPE BY NOW, YOU ALSO KNOW
OF OUR ONGOING ARCHDIOCESAN EVANGELIZATION INITIATIVE,
–UNLEASH THE GOSPEL. I INVITE YOU TO DISCOVER MORE
DETAIL ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH SYNOD 16, OUR HOLY DOOR OF
MERCY AND OTHER CSA SUPPORTED MINISTRIES AT AOD.ORG. AS CHAIR OF THE
FINANCE COMMITTEE, I ALSO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP,
AND WAS ONCE ON THE STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE–AND, THE STEWARDSHIP
COMMITTEE LOOKED AT WHAT THINGS WE COULD DO TO BOTH HELP RAISE
FUNDS FOR THE PARISH AS WELL AS TO ASSIST THE PARISH MEMBERS.
WE HAVE A PARISH THAT IS VERY GENEROUS, BUT AT THE SAME
TIME NEEDS OTHER AVENUES TO TRY TO FIGURE OUR LEGACY. THE CSA DOES THINGS THAT HELP
THE PARISH IN MANY WAYS. I THANK YOU IN ADVANCE
FOR YOUR GENEROSITY, AND FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE
WORK OF OUR LOCAL CHURCH THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT OF THE
CATHOLIC SERVICES APPEAL. PLEASE BE ASSURED OF MY
PRAYERFUL BEST WISHES FOR YOU AND FOR ALL IN OUR ARCHDIOCESE
AS WE STRIVE TO CARRY OUT CHRIST’S MISSION IN AND THROUGH
THE CHURCH–AS WE CELEBRATE THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL. “YOU ARE THE LIGHT
OF THE WORLD. “A CITY SET ON A MOUNTAIN
CANNOT BE HIDDEN. “THEY DO NOT LIGHT
A LAMP AND THEN “PUT IT UNDER A
BUSHEL BASKET; IT IS SET ON A LAMPSTAND,
WHERE IT GIVES LIGHT TO
ALL IN THE HOUSE.” JUST SO, YOUR LIGHT
MUST SHINE BEFORE OTHERS, THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD
DEEDS AND GLORIFY YOUR
HEAVENLY FATHER. ♪(MUSIC) ♪(MUSIC)

One thought on “Catholic Services Appeal 2016 – Archdiocese of Detroit

  1. John Paul II Post author

    God the Father: Come into the Light for if you do not then you will be blinded by darkness for eternity.

    This would tear My Heart in two and I do not desire to lose any of you.

    .,888

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