We have just completed our first year as the Resurget Cineribus Family of Parishes. Much has been done to further our collaboration over the past twelve months of which we should be proud. Some of our accomplishments include:
- Monthly weekend clergy rotation
- Family priest coverage on days off, vacations, and retreats
- Family picnic on Belle Isle in September (mark your calendars for September 11, 2022)
- Naming of family directors and regular meetings
- Family Commissioning Mass
- Lenten Family Mission
- Called and Gifted
- The establishment of the Family Pastoral Council
- Collaboration on Alpha and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
- The establishment of a Mental Health Ministry
- Collaboration on Christian Service initiatives (groceries, hygiene items, etc.)
- Collection of donations for Ukraine
I am grateful to Fr. John, Fr. Casimir, Fr. J.J., Fr. Matt, Deacon Mike, our wonderful directors, parish staffs, and parishioners for their effort, patience, and open hearts as we have transitioned into our new reality as a family. We move forward always confident that the Holy Spirit is with us and that the love of God urges us on.
You have no doubt heard that in its decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the United States Supreme Court said the United States Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, overturning Roe (1973) and Casey (1992). In God’s providence, this decision came down on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! It is a huge step in the right direction in protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, especially the unborn.
One of the criticisms that the Catholic Church and those in the pro-life movement often receive is that we advocate for the protection of life in the womb and do nothing for women, children, and families when a child is born. This is simply not true. I’d like to share one resource from here in the Detroit area that we should be shouting from the rooftops so that mothers (and fathers!) know that help is available. The services of Walking with Moms in Need include: Pregnancy help, Housing and Residential Programs, Helplines, Adoption Resources, Abortion Healing, Support following a Prenatal Diagnosis, Help after the loss of a baby, Medical Professions, Resources for those experiencing infertility.
While it’s always good to direct people to certain organizations that offer assistance, we must never forget our Christian duty as individuals to support and walk-with anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy.
May peace reign in our city, country, world, and especially in our hearts!
Fr. Mario Amore