Unleash the Gospel and the RCIA
The initiation of adults is the responsibility of all the baptized (RCIA #9)
"To follow Jesus is to be in a constant process of growth, like the seed that fell on rich soil. We seek to be more like Jesus, to treat others as he did, to pray as he prayed, to love as he loved, and to honor God in every area of our lives, including marriage, family life, finances, work, and leisure activities. Growing as his disciple demands a daily surrender to the one who loved us and gave his life for us: “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20) Archbishop Vigneron, Unleash the Gospel, Marker 9.2
For me, the key word in this passage is growth…to be in a constant process of growth. All growth involves change. The seed does not remain a seed. It grows and changes and produces something new. This is the challenge of Unleash the Gospel. The discernment question becomes: What in me, about me, needs to change?
Question:Is there anyone that I refuse to reach out to?Why?
In Agents for the New Creation, his first Pastoral Note, Archbishop Vigneron has chosen to help us reflect on our attitude of racism.
- Christ was concerned about all people. He healed them, he fed them, and he sat and taught them. He reached out to the poor, the destitute, the scholars, the hopeless, the criminals, the wanderers, the abandoned, the hungry, the young, and the old, those who would follow him and those who would walk away. He wanted to reach out to all.
- Do we truly believe that “All have been created in the image and likeness of God”
- That each person bears within himself the very image of God
- “Racism produces three evil fruits:
Unleash the Gospel invites everyone in the Archdiocese to move beyond the ways we have always done things and think about new ways. As we truly become a community of believers and live daily with the same concern for all people that Jesus had, it is that attitude that will catch the attention of those in our communities whom God is calling to join this band of joyful disciples. Truly all the baptized will seriously become an initiating community.
- It harms the recipient of these racial prejudices
- It harms society as a whole transmitting attitudes of injustice to others
- It harms the perpetrator of racial prejudice by disfiguring his/her own understanding of right and wrong”
The RCIA Topics will be offered at Sacred Heart Major Seminary August 13 – 17th, 2018. See flyer for registration and more information.
News from the Vatican
IX World Meeting of Families ~ August 21 – 26th, 2018
Pope Francis is offering the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence to those who participate, either in person, through television or radio, or through a spiritual participation, in IX World Meeting of Families. The attached decree outlines how this indulgence can be obtained.
For Pastors and Worship Commissions
Society of St. Pius X
The Office for Christian Worship has received some calls from faithful Catholics asking about some churches in the Archdiocese of Detroit that claim to be Roman Catholic but in fact at this time are not in full communion with Rome. Pastors are asked to share the attached list of these churches so that our faithful are fully informed.
Blessed Solanus Casey Events
July 30, 2018 will be the first time that the feast of Blessed Solanus Casey will be celebrated in the Archdiocese.
The Solanus Casey Center will be hosting a number of events from July 22nd – July 30th. See the full schedule here.
All the faithful are urged to continue praying for the canonization of Blessed Solanus Casey.
O God, I adore You. I give myself to You.
May I be the person You want me to be,
and May Your will be done in my life today.
I thank You for the gifts You gave Father Solanus.
If it is Your Will, bless us with the Canonization of
Father Solanus so that others may imitate
and carry on his love for all the poor and
suffering of our world.
As he joyfully accepted Your divine plans,
I ask You, according to Your Will,
to hear my prayer for….(your intention)
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Imprimatur: The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit
Mass Prayers for the Feast of Blessed Solanus Casey
Please click here to download the prayer to be used at the celebration of the feast of Blessed Solanus Casey if you have not done so yet.
Also, all priest will be receiving a copy of the Readings and prayers for the feast that they can insert into their breviary. Additional copies are available from the print office if you need.
Pastoral Theology for a Post-Modern World, Bishop Robert McElroy
Attached is a copy of an address delivered by Bishop Robert McElroy at the meeting of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests meeting in Albuquerque June 25-28, 2018. In it Bishop McElroy gives a reflection on the theology of Pope Francis that I hope is interesting and informative.
Parishes around the Archdiocese are offering workshops and other experiences for adults who are interested in growing their faith. These are advertised in Parish Mail. You may request to be placed on the list of those receiving the news at aod.org/parishmail.