SAINT AUGUSTINE SAINT MONICA
THE DAY OF THE LORD
An Unleash the Gospel Pastoral Note
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Archdiocese of Detroit is in the midst of a “missionary conversion, a change in our culture, such that every person at every level of the Church, through personal encounter with Jesus Christ, embraces his or her identity as a son or daughter of God and, in the power of the Holy Spirit, is formed and sent forth as a joyful missionary disciple.”1 This conversion requires a re-examining of the way we live collectively as a community of faith. The Church in Southeast Michigan is responding to graces of Synod 16 and actively seeking to Unleash the Gospel in our personal lives, our families and through our institutions.
One of the clearest calls from Synod 16 was for our Church to reclaim Sunday as a day set apart for the Lord, for family and for works of mercy. There are many necessary and worthwhile pursuits which occupy our time and energy all throughout the week but from the earliest days of the Church, Sunday was unique for Catholics. In our time, Sunday has slowly lost its pride of place. In the Archdiocese of Detroit, we are committed to setting aside this day as much as possible for God-centered pursuits.
First and foremost, Sunday is the day of the Resurrection of Jesus to new life. It is the day that definitively marked Jesus’ victory over sin and death, and it is the day that represents that in Jesus we too share in this same victory through our baptism. Therefore, Sunday is not an ordinary day, not just another day of the week. Every Sunday is a mini-Easter Sunday! It is right then to say that Sunday is truly the Lord’s Day.
The first way we keep Sunday holy is through our worship of the Triune God. This is done most perfectly in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, where we offer back to the Father the very life of the Son in the power of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, the disciples of Jesus made it a hallmark to gather as a community of believers on this day. The Code of Canon Law and the Catechism of the Catholic Church state that “on Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass.”2 This obligation to attend Sunday Mass-either on the day or on the vigil in the evening—is the most essential way we individually and collectively worship the Lord who gave himself for us.
IMAGE OF GOD CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTER, Gloria Page, Director
Thurs. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. & Sat. 10:30 a.m - 1 p.m.
Located in the rectory basement - Tel: (313) 923-8018
PINGREE PARK COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Deacon Chris Rabaut, Director
Monthly meetings, 2nd Saturdays, 4:00 pm in the parish Social Hall
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD PANTRY/Clothing Shelter/THAW
Ms. Jackie Marshall, President
Tues & Wed 10:30 am - 1 p.m.
Located in the rear of the social hall - Tel: (313) 401-2549
Building on a strong tradition in education excellence, CCA East serves students and their families on Detroit's East Side.
• Diverse, caring and Highly Qualifed staff
• Music, art & gym
• Technology & online resources
• Small class sizes
• Common Core Standards
• PBS behavior program
• Free breakfast & lunch
• Full day 7:45 a.m.- 3:15 p.m.
• FREE: Two complete uniforms, backpack & supplies
Cesar Chavez Academy East Campus is accepting Enrollment Applications for 2018-19, Grades K-5,
at 4130 Maxwell St. Detroit
We are a historical landmark located on Detroit's East side. Call for a tour or schedule a visit during regular business hours, Monday- Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Our address is:
Detroit, MI 48214
Phone: (313) 921-4107
Fax: (313) 921 - 1115
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