Jottings from Fr. J.J.

Responding to an appeal from Bishop Borgess in 1883, five Sisters of the Good Shepherd arrived in downtown Detroit to establish their first home. The industrial revolution brought progress and success to the area but left thousands of young girls and women behind, most of them living and working in desperate conditions. By the turn of the century, 33 sisters were caring for more than 200 girls and young women in their facility.

Over the years the Vista Maria’s focus evolved to provide abused and neglected girls with emotional, educational, psychological and spiritual guidance to facilitate their transition to adulthood as productive, contributing members of society. Their mission is to help vulnerable girls, as well as at-risk children and families, to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by providing them with the education, daily living assistance and supportive social connections critical to their sustained success.

We can help them do just that by providing them with Bibles. We are having a Bible drive this weekend where you can drop off new and gently used Bibles so that these young women can have a connection with the Word. If you have any extra Bibles lying around in your cupboards, or stuck up on a shelf that has not been touched for years, then, shame on you! Grab them, blow the dust off, open ‘em up and read them. If you have an extra one, bring it to us and we will get it to one of the residents at Vista Maria. What a gift to share the Good News!

On Monday we find out if we get to keep the $50,000 Holy Trinity statue. But if you have not voted, please do so.  Just visit the Mt. Elliot Cemetery Association website before Monday and it can be ours to keep.

Speaking of Monday, August 15 is the Feast of the   Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the primary feast of our Lady. Normally a Holy Day of Obligation, this year it falls on a Monday, so it is a Holy Day, but not of “Obligation”. I have a great love for Our Lady, and we do not want to slight her since her feast falls on a certain day of the week, so tonight (Sunday) after the 5 o’clock Mass we will have a procession with the recitation of the Rosary.

FYI, last Monday, I was awakened from sleep at about 4:45 a.m. It was a call from Portugal of all places. “We can’t find Fr. Eric!” It was one of the pilgrims from St. Anastasia. Fr. Eric arrived on a different flight and it was delayed and because of a language difficulty, they couldn’t find out if he arrived or was to coming later. After a few texts back and forth, they found Fr. Eric, celebrated Mass, filled their bellies with good food, and were on their way to Santerem, a place where Eucharistic miracles have taken place. I asked them to pray for all of us and assured them of our prayers.

 God bless,
 Fr. J.J.