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Men’s Summer Retreat

THE MEN’S SUMMER RETREAT will resume on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Franciscan Life Process Center, north of Lowell, MI. The Center offers a beautiful setting for hearing the word of God, silence, reflection, and mediation. Msgr. Gaspar Ancona is the presenter and the day includes conferences, Sacraments, Mass and quiet time for meditation and prayer. It is an excellent time to recharge your spiritual battery. For those who need transportation, a bus will be available at the IHM Church parking lot at Burton and Plymouth SE boarding 7:30 am – 8:00 am. Cost: $50 Please go to www.lifeprocesscenter.org for more information or to register. Questions? Call 616.897.7842

Holy Door Pilgrimage

Holy Door Pilgrimage 2016 video above.  Nearly 80 pilgrims from St. Robert’s took part in this Year of Mercy Pilgrimage which featured a walk from the Basilica of St. Adalbert to the Cathedral of St. Andrew as well as tours of each church.

Mortgage Burning

On Pentecost Weekend, we witnessed a special surprise:  the burning of the mortgage on the Parish Life Center!  We are debt free!  Many thanks to all of you who made this possible with your faithfulness and generosity.  Moving forward, with your support we can continue our ministries, programs, and maintain our wonderful facilities.  We are truly blessed. Watch the video above and make sure your speakers are on!  

Inquiry for the Diaconate

Diaconate Aspirancy Process:  Inquiry for the Diaconate

At this time, the Diocese of Grand Rapids is accepting inquiries from men interested in the diaconate. To be considered, an applicant must be a Roman Catholic at least 30 years of age (minimum age for ordination is 35), who is an active member of his parish (located within the Diocese of Grand Rapids) with the support of his Pastor. He must be in good health, of sound moral character, mature faith, regular practice in the sacramental life of the Church, and have a sense of vocation to service. If married, he must be in a valid Catholic marriage for a minimum of five years, have the support of his wife and family, and be in a strong, stable marriage. If unmarried, he must be willing and able to commit to celibacy. Although an upper age limit for application has not been established, the expectation is that ordained deacons will have the health and energy to provide a minimum of ten years of ordained ministry to the diocese of Grand Rapids.

The deadline for inquiries to the Diocesan Aspirancy Process is August 12, 2016. All men who are interested in more information and/or applying are asked to contact Reverend Mark Przybysz, Diocesan Director, Office for Ministry & Life of Permanent Deacons, Diocese of Grand Rapids, for an appointment:  mprzybysz@dioceseofgrandrapids.org or 616-453-8229, extension 100.

Stop the Christian Genocide

 The petition is available at: www.stopthechristiangenocide.org.

 

USCCB President Urges Support for Petition to Stop Christian Genocide

March 15, 2016

WASHINGTON—The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, issued an urgent call, March 15, to support a petition to stop genocide in the Middle East and convince the U.S. Department of State to include Christians in any formal declaration of genocide.

The call to action was issued days before the U.S. Department of State is expected to make a decision on the issue, and as a congressional resolution gains support in Congress.

“For months, the Catholic Church has been a voice for Christians and other religious minorities facing the evil of deadly persecution,” Archbishop Kurtz said. “Please, make sure your name is added to the witness. The very future of the ancient Christian presence in the Middle East is at stake.”

 The petition is available at: www.stopthechristiangenocide.org.

Archbishop Kurtz’ full statement follows:

 Join Me in the Pledge to Stop Christian Genocide

A Statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville,

President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Today, the people of God must speak up for our brothers and sisters facing genocide in the Middle East.  I urge every Catholic to sign the petition at www.stopthechristiangenocide.org.  As a people of faith, we must convince the United States Department of State to include Christians in any formal declaration of genocide.

For months, the Catholic Church has been a voice for Christians and other religious minorities facing the evil of deadly persecution. Now, the State Department is expected to make a decision within days.  A resolution, H. Con. Res. 75, is also gaining bipartisan support in Congress.  Please, make sure your name is added to the witness. The very future of the ancient Christian presence in the Middle East is at stake.

I am grateful to my brother bishops, the Knights of Columbus and all the faithful who have struggled to keep a focus on suffering Christians in the national debate. Rest assured of my continued prayers and support.

With each passing day, the roll of modern martyrs grows.  While we rejoice in their ultimate victory over death through the power of Jesus’ love, we must also help our fellow Christians carry the Cross of persecution and, as much as possible, help relieve their suffering. By doing so, the Middle East and the world will be made safer for people of every faith to live in peace.