Weekly happenings and events in the Diocese of Kalamazoo 
Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo
Volume 6, Issue 34       September 18, 2017

Bishop ordains 13 Permanent Deacons 

Bishop Bradley ordained 13 men as Permanent Deacons on Saturday. Click here for our Facebook photo album. Click here to read Bishop Bradley's homily. Immediately following the Mass Bishop Bradley gave the new Deacons their parish assignments (which are listed after their name). Shown above, front row: Front row from left: Deacon Alan Sosinki, Collaborative of St. Charles Borromeo, Coldwater, St. Mary’s Assumption, Bronson and Our Lady of Fatima, Union City; Deacon Alberto Rivera, St. Gabriel Parish, Berrien Springs; and Deacon Philip Sirk, Holy Maternity of Mary, Dowagiac, Sacred Heart of Mary, Silver Creek and Holy Family, Decatur; middle row, from left, Deacon Jason Aiello, St. Monica, Kalamazoo, Deacon John Wielgos, Collaborative of St. Mary’s Assumption, Bronson, St. Charles Borromeo, Coldwater and Our Lady of Fatima, Union City; Deacon Ed LaRoche, Collaborative of St. Mary’s Visitation, Byron Center, St. Stanislaus, Dorr and Sacred Heart, Watson, Bishop Emeritus James A. Murray, Deacon Timothy Kistka, St. Joseph Parish, Kalamazoo; Deacon Ed Nickel, Collaborative of SS John and Bernard, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, St. Joseph and St. Joseph, Watervliet; and Deacon Don Bouchard, St. Augustine Cathedral.  Top row, from left, Deacon Brian Kaluzny, St. Catherine of Siena, Portage; Deacon Duane Poage, Collaborative of St. Mary, Paw Paw, St. Jude, Gobles, St. John Bosco, Mattawan and St. Margaret Mary, Marcellus, Bishop Paul J. Bradley, Deacon Jim Bauer, Collaborative of Blessed Sacrament, Allegan and St. Margaret, Otsego; and Deacon David Krajewski, Collaborative of St. Joseph and St. Jerome, Battle Creek.

Blue Mass 2017

Bishop Bradley celebrated the annual diocesan Blue Mass yesterday at St. Catherine of Siena, Portage, honoring First Responders. Click here to read Bishop’s homily.

Immaculée Ilibagiza coming to Kalamazoo October 17th
“LEFT TO TELL – A Story of Forgiveness, Faith & Hope” will be presented by Deacon Louis Zemlick with the blessing of Bishop Bradley and the Diocese of Kalamazoo at Miller Auditorium Oct. 17th at 7 p.m.

Immaculée Ilibagiza is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that took the lives of nearly one million Tutsi men, women, and children, including her entire family except for one of her brothers. She found shelter at a pastor's home, where she and seven other women hid from deadly rebels in a 3 x 4-foot bathroom for 91 days. During those days of unimaginable suffering, she found her faith and taught herself English using only a bible and dictionary. Remarkably she committed herself to a life of peace, hope, and forgiveness, even for those who had murdered her family.

Immaculée has gone on to work at the United Nations, has received five honorary doctoral degrees, and written seven books about her faith and life journey. Left to Tell was released in March of 2006 and quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. To date, Left to Tell has been translated into seventeen languages and has sold over two million copies.

General Admission is $15 and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the Miller Auditorium box office, over the phone at (269) 387-2300, or online at Parking is free and a book signing will follow.
KALAMAZOO UNITED Pre-Event Rally September 24th
Calling all ministry leaders! Next Sunday, September 24th at 4:00 pm, we will be gathering leaders from every Christian ministry in the area for a pre-event rally for KALAMAZOO UNITED. You will meet Christian leaders from all over the city and will receive promotional material to help spread the word about the KALAMAZOO UNITED effort. The All-City event is October 29th at 4:00 p.m. at Wings Event Center. Go to our Facebook page or for more information.

New Evangelization Convocation October 13 and 14th
Calling all Catholic leaders!  Come grow in the faith at the Annual New Evangelization Convocation.  The Convocation is for all Catholic leaders, the theme this year is Missionary Disciples, with the Keynote given by Damon and Melanie Owens.  It is being held October 13th and 14th at Hackett Catholic Prep, you may attend one or both days. Click here for more information including breakout talks for each day.
Update from Catholic Charities USA:
The devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey and Irma continues to be felt by millions of people. Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) continues to work with Catholic Charities agencies in the affected communities to meet their needs.  Please remember in your thoughts and prayers the workers in Catholic Charities in Florida, Texas, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico who are responding to the needs of their communities.

CCUSA has dispensed our new Mobile Response Center to Texas distributing supplies to over hundreds of families.  CCUSA, the official domestic relief agency of the Catholic Church, will continue working with the local Catholic Charities agencies to assist families and individuals impacted by both of these devastating natural disasters now and for the long-term.

Here is how you can help:

Pray: God of hope and mercy, we lift up to you all victims of Hurricane Irma and Harvey, and those responding with assistance and aid. Protect all who are in any form of danger; provide practical help to all those in need; strengthen the weary; console the grieving and heal the suffering; and bless those engaged in disaster relief efforts with safety and courage. Help all people of goodwill to respond with compassion and generous hearts. Amen.

Give: Help support our disaster relief efforts by texting CCUSADISASTER to 71777 or clicking this link. You can also give by calling 1-800-919-9338 or by mail to PO Box 17066 Baltimore, MD 21297-1066 and put "hurricane relief" in the memo line of the check. 100% of the funds raised will go towards Catholic Charities agencies' efforts to assist families and individuals with shelter, food, and other immediate and long-term recovery needs.

We thank you for your time and generosity.

Parishes in the Diocese have been asked to take up an emergency collection over the next few weeks.
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Bishop’s Calendar: 
Sept. 18-21 – Priests’ Convocation
Sept. 22 – Northern Region Back-to-School Mass, St. Rose of Lima Parish, Hastings, 10 a.m.
Sept. 23 – Instituto San Agustín Graduation, 10 a.m.
Sept. 24 – St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Wayland (with SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish), 11 a.m.
Sept. 24 - Kalamazoo United Pre-rally Prayer Event, 4 p.m., St. Augustine Cathedral's Crowley Center
Sept. 30 – Immaculate Conception Parish, Three Rivers, 4 p.m.
Prayer Service for Hope and Healing
September 25
The founders of Healing Voices Magazine are hosting a virtual prayer service, in response to Pope Francis' call for a day of prayer for survivors of abuse by clergy and others with authority in the Church. Prayer will be led by survivors. Service starts at 8:30 p.m. EST and 5:30 p.m. PST. You can attend by phone and/or computer. For more information or to RSVP click here.
Mary as Warrior - October 1st
Blessed Sacrament Parish
On this 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima, come and take a prayerful and scriptural look at the role of Mary as WARRIOR in our story of Salvation. Presented by Fr. Dan Doctor from St. Monica Parish, we contemplate Mary’s virtues and discover new ways to imitate her in grace. Supper is at 6 p.m. with the presentation to follow at 6:30 p.m. Bring a friend!


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