Fr. J.J.’s Jottings

Feast of Corpus Christi
Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. (Jn 6:53 54)

These words of Jesus remind us as clearly as  possible of the centrality of the Eucharist to our Catholic Faith. The Eucharist is, in the simplest yet most profound of terms, the source of life. In giving us the Eucharist at the Last Supper, Jesus gave us His very own body and blood. It is a priceless gift, one that enriches our spiritual lives here on earth and leads us eventually to the perfection of eternal life in heaven. I invite you to take an opportunity to spend some extra time with the Eucharist this week.  You could attend daily Mass, or stop in our Divine Mercy Chapel on your way home from work and take a little quiet time with “our Life”.

Health Care Mandate  
After Mass this morning, a very intelligent person stated that they did not understand the issue about the health care mandate. I was surprised and believe we need to educate ourselves on the issues. To update you on some things, last week a lawsuit was filed in federal court by the Michigan Catholic Conference in an attempt to prevent the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing what has come to be known as the Health care Mandate. After efforts to work with the Administration, and then the Congress, failed to adequately address the constitutional and religious freedom  deficiencies in the mandate, the Board of Directors of the Conference voted unanimously to pursue this matter through the courts. The mandate requires faith-based employers, such as the Michigan Catholic Conference, to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and artificial contraceptives, and, as such, uniquely positions our state Conference to  argue its case. The Conference currently provides medical benefits to more than 1,100 Catholic institutions and approximately 10,000 employees. As Archbishop Vigneron reminds us, the issue here is not about contraception. The issue is about religious freedom; it is an affront to our constitutional guarantees. The Church does not desire to impose its values on society. Rather, it’s the government seeking to impose its views upon the Church. That is where the conflict lies. Defending our religious liberties has never been more challenging. The stakes are high. We should be proud of our associate pastor, Fr. Eric. He spoke at the Stand Up for Religious Liberty Rally in Detroit last Friday. Beginning on June 21 the Fortnight for Freedom, a 14-day period of prayer, education, and action in support of religious freedom begins. Given the importance of this issue, please educate yourself and keep this issue in your prayers. 

Additional details and commentary are posted on the NEW website of the AOD

Stick Your Tongue Out and Say… “OK, I’ll Help”
Our Parish Health Ministry has been an active and growing group in our parish for many years. I would love if it continued to grow and expand. Pam Pipas has headed up this group for quite some time and has helped it grow to its present success. Thank you, Pam. What does this group do? They oversee the senior citizen exercise program, blood pressure screening, CPR, babysitting classes, attend Faith Community Nurse meetings at St. John Mercy, and run our Health Fair. We are looking for input and prayer from other health professionals within our parish family. Are you a retired or active nurse, physician, physical therapist, student in the medical field, a nurse’s assistant, or exercise physiologist? Please let us know if you would like to be a part of this ministry. Please contact Kim Houseman, Christian Service Coordinator, by Email  

God bless,
Fr. J.J.