Letter from Father Ben * March / April, 2017
KNOW LOVE SERVE JESUS MARY CHURCH WORLD
My Dear Parishioners, Moji milí farníci!
Pochválený buď Ježiš Kristus! = Praise be to Jesus Christ!
“JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF JESUS”
APRIL – NOVEMBER: WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, ONCE A MONTH
This year, 2017, our parish is dedicated to the theme: KNOW LOVE SERVE JESUS. After launching two courses, Alpha and the Adult Catechism Course in January, hosting powerful presentations on Miracles in February, and the Lenten Symposium on March 11th, I am inviting you to spend 1 hour with Jesus, beginning on April 5th and each month on selected Wednesday nights at 6:30PM. During this hour you will be introduced to, and an explanation will be given on, one of the JESUS-centered devotions, some that you are familiar with and perhaps some less known, (e.g. Stations of the Cross and Light, Eucharistic Adoration and Eucharistic Saints, Holy Name of Jesus, Divine Mercy, Holy Face, etc.). There will be additional time to spend in prayer and to receive Eucharistic Benediction. The dates for “Journey into the Heart of Jesus” are: May 17, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 6, October 18, and November 15 from 6:30 – 7:30PM. This series will be led by Bobby Hesley, our RCIA teaching team member.
APRIL – JULY: FRIDAY EVENINGS, 10 WEEKS
This is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. This series, prepared by Bishop Robert Barron (author of the Catholicism series), will consist of watching an episode each week with discussion. Pivotal players will be led by Mary Bann, our parish Evangelization team member. The kick off date is: Friday, April 21, at 6:30PM.
“GENESIS TO JESUS” BIBLE STUDY
APRIL – JUNE: THURSDAY EVENINGS, 8 WEEKS
This Bible Study looks at the whole Bible story from the perspective of the covenants that God has made with people from Creation through the present time. You will learn what a covenant is and how all the covenants that God made with His people in the Old Testament are fulfilled in Christ and the Church. After this study, you won’t feel lost in the Bible ever again. This series will be presented live, led by Nick Jorgensen, parishioner and Associate Director of the Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Detroit. The kick off date is Thursday, April 20, at 7:00PM.
BOOKS ON JESUS
Since reading books can expand our knowledge and lead us to both a deeper love and service, here is a list of Jesus-themed books that I highly recommend. Pick one to read for Lent or Easter or, at least, for this year of 2017:
“Jesus of Nazareth” by Pope Benedict XVI, “The Life of Christ” by Bishop Fulton Sheen
“A Brief Life of Christ” by Fr. Leslie Rumble, “The Lord” by Romano Guardini
“The Case for Jesus” by Brant Pitre, “Jesus Hypotheses” by Vittorio Messori
“The Case of Christ” by Lee Strobel, and “Rediscover Jesus” by Matthew Kelly
Young Mother Teresa, or Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was deeply influenced by three things:
1) The example of her parents (especially their love, service and generosity towards the poor in their home town);
2) The priest in her school who taught her to ask these questions daily: What have I done for Jesus? – What am I doing for Jesus? – What will I do for Jesus?; and,
3) A missionary from India.
Who or what will influence you? Don’t miss out on living for Jesus!
God bless you! Fr. Ben
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