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Updated daily, this web page and bulletin will have additions and deletions.

A site filled with varied commentaries and religious news of the day is:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/WhctKJVqssczKzqrQmdfhNzSxjBrWqlqTqFgHLWGlFFTcMBQmmTvNFZRWwgJdtMxkfQSzJq

Another site (at least for Facebook users) is that of James Martin–Jesuit priest and frequent guest on the Stephen Colbert show.  As with any site, material addressed may appeal to some and not to others.   Mainstream religious news and thought is provided on this web page.

https://www.facebook.com/FrJamesMartin/

“Pastor’s Pen”

Hi!

The following is from Bishop Gruss.

Given the nature of what confronts us, the Church does its best to adjust to new information that daily arises.  In that spirit, Bishop Gruss has written what’s below to the diocese.

“In following directives that were issued in Governor Whitmer’s “Stay At Home” Executive Order of March 23, 2020 and in place through Easter Monday, April 13, 2020, [all daily and weekend masses are canceled].  I am [also] deeply saddened to inform you that Holy Week celebrations will not be offered publicly this year in the Diocese of Saginaw.

With this in mind, I am asking that . . . all communal Penance Services, public Stations of the Cross, and any unnecessary parish gathering and meeting be canceled. 

[Funerals may take place with numbers limited.]  Priests, deacons and lay ministers are asked not to participate in Vigil (Wake) Liturgies.  Funeral rites may also be graveside with the scheduling of Memorial Masses after the restrictions have been suspended. Family members in vulnerable populations should be encouraged to stay home. Social distancing is to be followed.”

Visit the Diocesan website at www.saginaw.org for updates.

Sacrament of reconciliation

Until the “social distancing” period has passed, Pope Francis offered the following.   According to the Catholic News Service, the Pope said that “People who cannot get to confession because of the coronavirus lockdown or another serious reason can go to God directly, be specific about their sins, request pardon and experience God’s loving forgiveness.  This is the right time, the opportune moment.  An act of contrition done well, and our souls will become white like the snow.”  He made this announcement on March 20 during his live-streamed morning Mass.   When regular order is restored, the sacrament of reconciliation can again be scheduled.

Spiritual reflections during this period.  

I will post material here when something notable comes to my attention.

There are numerous resources flooding the airwaves–some of which I’ll place on our parish web page.

I noticed an Internet site offering actor Patrick Stewart (Captain PIcard in Star Trek Next Generation) reading sonnets.  Someone apparently thought home-bound souls might find this entertaining or thoughtful or uplifting.  However, when I consulted the site, I did not think it would cast appeal 🙂  When I find material that I think might be a spiritual shot in the arm, it will appear on the parish web page.  Such as what follows:

Readings for the daily mass can be found at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.  It also offers a homily drawn from each day’s reading.    http://www.usccb.org/bible/

Another daily reflection can be found at Franciscan Father Richard Rohr’s website:    cac.org

The Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has a number of sites–one being:   https://jesuits.org/index

EWTN is a cable television network (and on Sirius radio 130) that broadcasts year-round.

The Catholic Channel can be found on Sirius radio 127.

Current news and happenings can also be found on the parish’s Facebook page and via the Archdiocese of Detroit’s newspaper:

https://detroitcatholic.com/newsletters/subscribers/new

The parish Facebook site:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-John-XXIII-Catholic-Church/274400419417093

The Other Side of the Virus,
An Opportunity to Awaken…

Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

But,

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.

Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighborhood
so that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary.

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting.

All over the world people are looking at their neighbors in a new way.

All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So we pray and we remember that

Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.

Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.

Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.

Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul

Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.

Today, breathe.

Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic-
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.

Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

Sing.

– Written by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM, March 13th 2020

A Prayer for Our Uncertain Times

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country, let us choose love.

And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.  Amen.

Submitted by Fr. Michael Graham, S.J. (President, Xavier University of Cincinnati)

 

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