Happy Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity!
On behalf of the clergy of the Resurget Cineribus family of parishes, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Father Godfrey Mgonja, C.S.Sp., who has recently been assigned as a priest in solidum to Old St. Mary’s, St. Aloysius, and the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Father’s primary responsibilities will be working alongside Fr. John at Old St. Mary’s. We thank Fr. Casimir Nyaki for his presence in our family and for all the good work he has done, and we wish him well as he returns to Tanzania to teach in the seminary.
Please mark your calendars for our second annual family parish picnic which will take place on Belle Isle on Sunday afternoon, September 11. Watch the bulletin for more details.
Last Saturday, our family clergy joined Archbishop Vigneron at the Cathedral for a holy hour to kickoff the Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations in response to the sad reality that, for the first time in recent memory, zero men were ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Detroit. The Archbishop has released a pastoral letter entitled, “Forming Men of the Hearts.” This pastoral note explains why we are embarking on a Year of Prayer for Priestly Vocations: reflecting on the ministerial priesthood and its importance to the life of the Church, looking at our current situation in the Archdiocese in reference to priestly vocations, and offering to all the faithful a word of encouragement as we take up this most crucial task. I would ask that everyone spend a few minutes reading the note (it’s only 5 pages long) which can be accessed under the “Pastoral Notes” tab at unleashthegospel.org.
Next Sunday, we celebrate the beautiful feast of Corpus Christi—the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. As part of the celebration, two parishes in our family will be hosting Eucharistic processions through the streets of Detroit. The procession at Old St. Mary’s will begin following the noon Mass and make its way through Greektown and the procession at the Cathedral will begin following the special 1:00 PM Mass at 2:30pm and travel from the Cathedral to Sacred Heart Major Seminary. If you are available, please do plan to join in one or both! It would also be a beautiful activity for families to take part in on Father’s Day.
Let us continue to pray for an end to violence in our city and around the world. May, Jesus, the King of Peace, forever reign in our hearts.
With my prayers,
Fr. Mario Amore