JUNE 2015 edition of The Domestic Church publication
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          The Church, in this month of June, giving us the solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday, June 12th), wishes us to understand the consequential devotion to Our Lady traditionally lived in the Marian month par excellence: the month of May. The Heart of Jesus is the See and Throne of Divine Mercy, revealed to the world in the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.

          The call which comes from this important feast day is first of all a call to Eucharistic adoration, because in the Sacred Host the Lord Jesus is truly present and He offers each of us His Heart, His Merciful Love. To spend time in the Presence of the Eucharistic Lord, to adore Him, is the best expression of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which, as we know, spread all over the world thanks to Jesus' revelations to Saint Margherita M. Alacoque in the 17th century: “Behold the Heart which so loved mankind”!

          Close to the Heart of the Son is the Heart of the Mother whom the Church celebrates the day after the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI illuminates us with regard to this mystery: “The heart that resembles that of Christ more than any other is without a doubt the Heart of Mary, his Immaculate Mother, and for this very reason the liturgy holds them up together for our veneration. Responding to the Virgin's invitation at Fatima, let us entrust the whole world to her Immaculate Heart, which we contemplated yesterday in a special way, so that it may experience the merciful love of God and know true peace” (Benedict XVI, Angelus 5 June 2005). — Rev. Luciano Alimandi, Agenzia Fides 13/6/2007

     “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12
 One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say...
A Father’s Prayer for Patience with Children

          While your children bring you pride and joy, they also cause you great consternation. Don’t they understand that you are telling them the truth? Don’t they understand that you know best?

          First, you must change your attitude. You are not always right. And even when you are right, you must understand that your children are autonomous individuals, walking their own paths. You made mistakes, and they will make mistakes. They cannot always see things the way you do, because they are not you.

          If you wish to teach your children, you must do so with love. Then you must pray and wait. Lack of patience will only lead to further misunderstanding and resistance. To grow in patience you must grow in love and faith: love for your Lord and love for your children, faith in your Lord and faith in your children.

Lord Jesus, you know my great pain: My children do not understand my direction, and I have run out of patience.
This hurts because I love my children very much.
I cannot raise them well on my own. I need your help. These children are more yours than mine.
Help me trust that, in your love for them, you will protect them.
I ask for the grace of patience. Even if my children do not understand my opinion, may they know that I love them.

Saint Joseph, father of my Lord, intercede for me, that I may be a good father.

From Prayers for Catholic Men, by Mike Pacer (Servant Books, 2008).

What does authentic fatherhood look like? An authentic father is a father of faith, strength, character and courage. A father who prays for wisdom in guiding his children along life's journey; that they may grow in faith, hope and love.

Unleashing Your Inner St. Joseph
Come and learn more about the hidden life of St. Joseph, with many stories taken from mystics and historians. Men will be challenged to consider how St. Joseph is the model man, and how his mission, courage, chastity and paternity are just what they need in today's world.
WHEN: Saturday, June 13th
9 am - Mass
10 am - Talk

Simple Lunch to follow
WHERE: St. Monica Parish & Community Building
4408 South Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo
WHO: Catholic Men
No Cost - No RSVP necessary
Deacon Kurt Lucas
269-903-0183 or

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CONGRATULATIONS to ALL Students and Schools who participated in the
"Family Fully Alive" Student Contest!!!

Diocese of Kalamazoo announces student contest winners

          Winners of the inaugural student contest, “The Family Fully Alive”, have been chosen by a panel of diocesan judges. The contest was launched last fall to encourage students in both Catholic schools and religious education programs to explore the topic, “how is my family fully alive in the faith” through a variety of art mediums from painting, drawing, writing, music or video. Entries were received both locally and nationally.  St. Charles Borromoeo, Coldwater; Holy Angels Parish, Sturgis and Lake Michigan Catholic Elementary School were honored with having the most local entries.
Winners receive a monetary scholarship award donated by the Michigan Knights of Columbus and an official Diocese of Kalamazoo award signed by +Bishop Paul Bradley. Visit the diocesan website,, for a full list of winners or contact Socorro at
Kalamazoo Diocese and National First Place Awards
ART Division 1 (Grades 4-8):
1st Place WINNER:
“Alive and Filled with the Spirit” by Maxine Poage, 8th grade, St. Monica School/St. John Bosco Parish, Kalamazoo, MI
1st Place WINNER: “Faith Collage” by Serena Fontecchio, 7th grade, St. Joseph Parish, Downingtown, PA
WRITING Division 1 (Grades 4-8):
1st Place WINNER:
“My Family is Fully Alive in the Faith” by Kathryn Wertheimer, 7th grade, St. Basil Catholic School, South Haven, MI
1st Place WINNER: “My Faith Alive in the Arts” (poem) by Joshua Schutte, 8th grade, Emmanuel Parish, Beaver Creek, OH
VIDEO Division 1 (Grades 4-8):
1st Place WINNER:
"My Catholic Family" by Samantha Ochoa, 5th grade, Mother Seton School, Union City, NJ

WRITING Division 2 (Grades 9-12):
1st Place WINNER:
“My Family Fully Alive” by Amanda Lawrence, 11th grade, Hackett Catholic Prep, Kalamazoo, MI

1st Place WINNER: “In Faith and Family” by Molly Schutte, 12th grade, Emmanuel Catholic Church, Dayton, OH

Joy Filled Marriage Weekends for the Engaged
 We are excited to announce the 2015 schedule for this new marriage preparation program in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. The weekends with registration openings in 2015 are September 19-20, and November 14-15. To register for a weekend, please visit our website here: or contact Socorro at: via phone at: 269-903-0199
   The family is the domestic church...
the home is the church in miniature - St. John Paul II 
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