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To: Bulletin Editors fast will be offered, and this year’s Of particular concern are certain Fm: Joe Kohn Rose Lecture will be presented by attempts being made to limit that 313–237–5943 Fr. John F. Tuohey, Ph.D., the most cherished of American Dt: Feb. 23, 2012 founder and regional director of freedoms, the freedom of religion. Re: Announcements available the Providence Center for Health Many of you have pointed out for parish bulletins in the Care Ethics at the Providence St. that concerted efforts have been month of March. Vincent Medical Center in made to deny the right of Pgs: 4 pages Portland, Oregon. The title of his conscientious objection on the lecture is: “Physician Orders for part of Catholic individuals and Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) institutions with regard to March 3-4 and Catholic Health Care: Is There cooperation in intrinsically evil Really Reason For Concern?” practices. Others have spoken to Support the Respect for All Catholic health care me of a worrying tendency to Rights of Conscience Act professionals are welcome. There reduce religious freedom to mere We are encountering serious is no charge for the event and no freedom of worship without threats to religious liberty in the registration is necessary. The guarantees of respect for freedom United States. Under the First seminary is at 2701 Chicago of conscience.” Amendment to the Constitution, Boulevard in Detroit, with the ~Pope Benedict XVI, Address to we should be left free to love God entrance off of Linwood. the Bishops of the United States according to our conscience. The For further information, con- on their Ad Limina Visit, January government should not force us to tact Michael Hovey at (313) 237- 19, 2012 choose between violating our 4678 or firstname.lastname@example.org. consciences, or violating the law. Living Stations of the Cross In response to a mandate from Return to the Cathedral the U.S. Department of Health This Lenten season, the Living and Human Services which would Stations return to the Cathedral force the Church, and many of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Catholics, to choose between Detroit for 36 performances violating the law and violating running March 16 – April 1, 2012. “This is My beloved Son. their conscience, the bishops of More than 11,000 people attended Listen to Him” (Mark 9:7). Is Michigan are joining with the the 2011 performances. Group Christ calling you to be a priest? U.S. Bishops in their support of rates available on select dates & Are you listening to Him? If you the Respect for Rights of times. Weekday matinee shows think God is calling you to be a Conscience Act. are ideal for school field trips and priest visit our website at To learn what you can do to other ministry groups. www.detroitpriest.com or contact support this legislation to protect “When people are brought to Fr. Tim Birney, Director of our religious freedom, visit the foot of the cross to experience Priestly Vocations, by e-mailing www.usccb.org/conscience. Jesus’ final hours in this way, it email@example.com or calling 313- becomes a personal and profound 237-5875. Annual Rose Mass for encounter with our Savior.” Health Care Professionals Purchase tickets by calling The 13th annual Rose Mass for (800) 585-3737 or visiting Word of Life Catholic health care professionals “[It] is imperative that the www.livingstations.org. The will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Cathedral is at 9844 Woodward entire Catholic community in the Sunday, March 18 (Laetare Ave., between Chicago Boulevard United States come to realize the Sunday) at Sacred Heart Major and the Davison. grave threats to the Church’s Seminary in Detroit. public moral witness presented by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron a radical secularism which finds will preside at the Mass and will -- MORE -- increasing expression in the be the homilist. Following the political and cultural spheres… Mass, a light continental break- 2 the Choir or to participate in the a.m.) at the Solanus Casey Cen- Mass as readers, greeters, gift ter, 1780 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit. bearers or flag carriers, please Secured parking is available. email firstname.lastname@example.org The cost is $25 per person and Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter, (There will be one practice at includes lunch, rosary, free time, Parish Alignments Shared 12:30pm, prior to Mass). closing Mass, and two conferences Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s There is no fee for this event; with guest speaker Fr. Larry pastoral letter on Together in however, a $2.00 commemorative Weber, OFM Cap., director of the Faith, Phase Two has been mailed patch featuring the Cathedral will Solanus Casey Center. to all Catholic households in the be is available for preorder ONLY Register in advance with Archdiocese of Detroit. “Forward at the time of registration on the payment to: Attn: Mary, Fr. in Hope to Share Christ” addres- GSSEM website (gssem.org). We Solanus Guild, 1780 Mt. Elliott, ses the life of the Church in the would also request our Girl Scout Detroit, 48207 (confirmation will Detroit archdiocese. “We cannot guests to bring a personal hygiene be by e-mail), or by phone with simply continue without significant item as a donation. credit card: call Mary at (313) changes,” the Archbishop writes. 579-2100 ext. 169. Accompanying the pastoral let- Solanus Casey Center ter is Archbishop Vigneron’s Sponsors Lenten Series decisions on parish alignments, A Mass and Lenten reflection informed by recommendations from with soup and bread are offered lay leaders, the Archdiocesan each Wednesday of Lent at the Pastoral Council, and consulta- Solanus Casey Center, 1780 Mt. tions with others including pas- Elliott Street, Detroit. Secured tors and the auxiliary bishops. God gave us the command- parking is available. The theme of Plans specific to our parish ments to lead us on the path to the series is “A Journey Toward and vicariate, in context with the life (Exodus 20:1-17). What path God and Personal Conversion.” seven mission priorities of Together will you choose to walk? Pray for Mass is celebrated at noon. The in Faith, have been included in the wisdom to know God’s path for Lenten reflection with soup and mailing. Details for every parish you. If you think God is calling bread is at 12:30 p.m. There is a in the archdiocese are now posted you to be a priest visit us on our free will offering. For additional on the archdiocese website at website at www.detroitpriest.com information, visit the Web at www.aodonline.org/TogetherInFaith. or contact Fr. Tim Birney, www.SolanusCenter.org or call For questions regarding your Director of Priestly Vocations by (313) 579-2100 ext. 0. parish or local vicariate, email e-mailing email@example.com or TogetherInFaith@aod.org or call calling 313-237-5875. A Family Perspective (313) 237-5971. by Bud Ozar The apostles thought they Mass to Celebrate the A Family Perspective th knew Jesus, but when he changed Girl Scouts’ 100 Anniversary by Bud Ozar in front of them at the Trans- Please join Catholic Youth Today’s Gospel says Jesus figuration, they were “afraid.” In Organization and the Girl Scouts chased the merchants out of the families we cannot freeze relation- of Southeastern Michigan at 2 temple, it doesn’t say He was ships because change and growth p.m. on March 11th to celebrate angry. Jesus teaches us to act are inevitable. Children grow up, the 100th Anniversary of Girl from conviction and not from parents grow old and spouses Scouting with Bishop Cepeda at anger. He didn’t condemn the change. Transfigurations are all the Cathedral of the Most Blessed merchants, only their business around us and within us. Relation- Sacrament. Attend with your practice. Attack the behavior and ships can only grow when we em- family, your troop or on your own not the person. brace the new and let go of the old. — all scouts past and present are invited. As part of this celebration all girls and adults in attendance who have ever March 10-11 received a Catholic Religious Medal will be recognized. Current Fr. Solanus Guild Holds -- MORE -- and former members are Day of Reflection and Prayer encouraged to wear uniforms, All men and women are invited sashes/vests, and GS pins. to a Day of Reflection and Prayer We are also organizing a Girl on Thursday, March 29, from 9 Scout Choir. To be a member of a.m. to 3 p.m. (check-in at 8:30 3 The grateful recognition that life ~ Cardinal Timothy Dolan, is an inestimable gift, then, leads Archbishop of New York, President to the discovery of one’s own of the USCCB, “ObamaCare and profound dignity and the Religious Freedom,” The Wall inviolability of every single Street Journal, Jan. 25, 2012 person. Hence the first step in education is learning to recognize A Family Perspective Catholic Men’s Conference the Creator’s image in man, and by Bud Ozar Men of all ages are invited to consequently learning to have a Today’s Gospel speaks of light attend the annual Archdiocese of profound respect for every human and darkness. Often a parent is Detroit-sponsored Catholic Men’s being and helping others to live a deliberately “left in the dark.” Conference to be held April 21st life consonant with this supreme Darkness can be comforting for it on the campus of Oakland dignity.” makes no demands on us. Light University in Rochester. ~Pope Benedict XVI, Message for can be disturbing for it forces us This year’s conference will the World Day of Peace, January to take action. Parents walk a feature the inspiring Crossing The 1, 2012 delicate balance of when to “sit in Goal ministry team of Danny the dark” and when to “turn on Abramowicz, Peter Herbeck, Curtis the lights.” Martin and Brian Patrick. Through March 17-18 inspired talks on conversion, transformation and evangelization, March 24-25 the speakers will motivate men to go on and make a positive difference Word of Life in their homes, parishes, workplaces “This is government by fiat and communities. that attacks the rights of The conference day begins with everyone – not only Catholics; not the sacrifice of the Holy Mass “For God so loved the world only people of all religion. At no celebrated by Detroit auxiliary that He gave His only Son, so that other time in memory or history Bishop Michael Byrnes. The everyone who believes in Him has there been such a govern- sacrament of reconciliation will be might not perish but have eternal mental intrusion on freedom not offered during the conference day. life” (John 3:16). How do you only with regard to religion, but Wives send your husbands. receive and share this gift of even across-the-board with all Fathers bring your sons. Men Love? If you think God is calling citizens. It forces [nearly] every bring your parish priest. Invite you to be a priest visit our website employer to subsidize an ideology your friends, neighbors, teachers, at www.detroitpriest.com or or pay a penalty while searching coaches and co-workers to attend! contact Fr. Tim Birney, Director for alternatives to health care Learn God’s winning playbook for of Priestly Vocations by e-mailing coverage. It undermines the you – you don’t want to miss this firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 313- whole concept and hope for health inspirational day! 237-5875. care reform by inextricably The conference will be from 8 linking it to the zealotry of pro- a.m. until 3 p.m. at the O’Rena Word of Life abortion bureaucrats.” Athletics Center. Cost is $40 for “As a result [of the Admini- ~Bishop David A. Zubik, Bishop adults and $25 for students. For stration’s mandate], all but a few of Pittsburgh, Statement on HHS complete conference information employers will be forced to contraceptive mandate. and to register go online to purchase coverage for contra- www.aodonline.org/men or call us ception, abortion drugs, and at 313-596-7325. sterilization services even when they seriously object to them. All Word of Life who share the cost of health plans “This is the fundamental that include such services will be question that must be asked: who forced to pay for them as well. is man? Man is a being who bears Surely it violates the freedom of within his heart a thirst for the religion to force religious min- infinite, a thirst for truth – a istries and citizens to buy health -- MORE -- truth which is not partial but coverage to which they object as a capable of explaining life’s matter of conscience and religious meaning – since he was created in principle.” the image and likeness of God. 4 A Family Perspective by Bud Ozar The Passion of Jesus makes it clear, no one escapes suffering. Suffering is inevitable but no one should suffer alone. That is one of “Whoever serves me must the primary roles of families, to follow me, and where I am, there stand with and support each also will my servant be. The other in suffering. Father will honor whoever serves me” (John 12:26). How is God calling you to follow and serve Making a Report of Sexual Abuse Him; as priest? If you think God To inform the Archdiocese of is calling you to be a priest visit Detroit regarding the sexual www.detroitpriest.com or contact abuse of minors by priests, Fr. Tim Birney, Director of deacons, and other Church Priestly Vocations by e-mailing personnel and/or to speak to the email@example.com or calling 313- Victim Assistance Coordinator, 237-5875. contact 866–343–8055. A caller will be requested to provide his or A Family Perspective her name and telephone number. by Bud Ozar All calls regarding complaints of Relationships come with a sexual abuse will be returned in a price tag. We must be willing to timely manner. This toll–free entrust ourselves to another, to telephone number has been let go of our autonomy and die to established as part of an effort by our independence. It is in dying to the Detroit archdiocese to protect our independence that we find children, young people, and other interdependence with others. vulnerable people in our schools, parishes, and ministries. This line is for reporting suspected sexual March 31-April 1 misconduct or child abuse within archdiocesan institutions and ministries only. Persons with complaints not involving clergy or church personnel should refer to the archdiocesan web site at www.AODonline.org/Protec&Heal for contact information for civil authorities. Jesus “did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, He emptied Himself… ### becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:6-8). Are you willing to empty yourself of selfishness and become obedient to the call of God in your heart? If you think God is calling Note to Bulletin Editors: If you you to be a priest, please visit our would like to receive these website at www.detroitpriest.com monthly announcements via or contact Fr. Tim Birney, email, contact the Archdiocese Director of Priestly Vocations by Public Relations Office at e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com or call 313– calling 313-237-5875. 237–5943.
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