The Bishop's Annual Appeal 2021: This year's theme for the Bishop's Annual Appeal is "Shining Christ's Light: Together as One Family in Faith." Bishop Bradley's letter (found here) as well as the explainer video above (also found at this link), illustrate some of the many ministries, programs, and services that are made possible by your generous support of the Appeal. More information on the Bishop's Annual Appeal can be found here: https://diokzoo.org/bishops-annual-appeal
Diocese of Kalamazoo Caregivers Connection: Are you a caregiver for someone with a disability? Do you sometimes feel alone or overwhelmed? You are invited to a virtual gathering on Sunday, May 2 from 1:00 – 2:00p.m. The focus is to build relationships, share faith and experiences, and create a supportive community. To learn more or to register go to https://diokzoo.org/caregivers or contact Lisa Irwin at the Diocese of Kalamazoo 269-903-0177 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Zoom link will be sent to those who register by April 29th
Creative Connections: Persons with Disabilities are invited to a virtual gathering from 1:00 – 2:00p.m. on Sunday May 16th. The focus is to build fellowship and have fun. We’ll spend some time getting to know each other and catching up, have a brief reflection on Sunday’s scripture passage and end with prayer. To learn more or to register go to https://www.diokzoo.org/personswithdisabilitiesor contact Lisa Irwin at 269-903-0177 or email@example.com by May 13th. Zoom link will be sent to those who register.
Catholic Guidelines for End of Life Decisions Offered by MCC -- Discussing end of life decisions can be difficult. Whether you are the patient, a family member, or chosen Patient Advocate, there are a number of things to consider when deciding upon and executing, or accepting, an advance health care directive. To aid individuals and families making these decisions, Michigan Catholic Conference offers a variety of resources that are consistent with Catholic Social Teaching. On a new webpage launched in December, MCC provides its Guidelines for End of Life Decisions booklet and accompanying Designation of Patient Advocate forms. Learn more at http://bit.ly/34nG4z8.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 619) has again been introduced in Congress to protect babies from infanticide. Our action is needed to urge our Representatives to sign a discharge petition that would allow this vote to occur. Read through this Action Alert or take a look at the resources on the USCCB website for more information.
Special Jubilee Mass with Bishop Bradley
During the Masses, Bishop Bradley will install the following Priests as Pastor of their Parish or respective Parish Collaborative. We'll also give thanksgiving in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Diocese.
Please check with the Parishes for more information and to find out whether or not the Mass will also be livestreamed.
April 25th - 9:00 a.m. - Fr. James Richardson - St. Philip Parish, Battle Creek [St. Philip, St. Ambrose, Our Lady of Great Oak Parish Collaborative]
May 9th - 9:00 a.m. - Fr. Evelio Ramirez - SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish, Gun Lake (Wayland) [St. Therese Lisieux and SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish Collaborative]
May 16th - 9:00 a.m. - Fr. Andrew Raczkowski - Holy Angels Parish, Sturgis [Holy Angels and St. Joseph, White Pigeon Parish Collaborative]
May 23rd - 11:00 a.m. - Fr. Thomas McNally - St. Ann Parish, Augusta
June 20th - 10:00 a.m. - Fr. Jose Haro - St. Mary Parish, Kalamazoo
June 27th - 10:00 a.m. - Fr. John Fleckenstein - St. Joseph Parish, St. Joseph
Fr. Joseph Xavier, MSFS
St. Mary Parish, Paw Paw
April 22nd, 2021
Join us in congratulating Fr. Joseph Xavier, MSFS on 25 Years of Priesthood!
We will celebrate his Silver Jubilee with a Mass on April 22nd at 6PM at St. Mary's.
Fr. Xavier was ordained on April 23, 1996.
Please pray for him and for vocations.
God Bless You Fr. Joseph!
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