Cast out into the Deep

LIFE lines from Lucy

“Cast out into the Deep” were the last words we heard as we ended the CHRIST LIFE program. Sharing Jesus, the last of three- seven week sessions, challenged the participants to move out of their comfort zone, and discern how they could better share Jesus in the world. We learned how everyone has their own special gifts and that we should work within those gifts to better serve God. For example, not everyone is comfortable walking the neighborhoods inviting people to parish events. Some people really enjoy that kind of work. These are the people who should do this work. Some are better at praying. Some are better at sending notes and writing letters. Some are better at acts of kindness.

Through prayer and discernment we are all commissioned to build the kingdom in the way that we have been called. Whether you attended CHRISTLIFE or not, we are all called to do our part of the mission.

Jesus challenged the disciples to cast their nets out from the other side of the boat. Try something new, step out of your comfort zone, stretch your imagination. Jesus calls us to do the same. Cast out our nets into the deep. What is the one thing that you will do to step out of your comfort zone? How is God calling you to build the kingdom?

In a world steeped in evil, we must toughen up and live for Jesus. We can no longer stand by the wayside and think that we are not worthy. God calls us, and we must go. If we don’t teach our children about God and our faith, who will? If we don’t stand up for injustice, then who will? If we don’t become the voice, then who will? God said GO! We can’t afford to disappoint. How will you cast out into the deep?

Keep movin’ in the Spirit…….

Protecting God’s Children

All parish volunteers are required to attend a free workshop titled: Protecting God’s Children

Hosted by the Office of Safe Environments from the Archdiocese of Detroit. (Your CSA funds at work).

Several are being offered in the area!

July 11, 2015 @ St Mary Queen of Creation/New Baltimore
9:00 a.m. until Noon (Light breakfast will be served @ 8:30).

August 11, 2015 @ St Edward On The Lake/Lakeport
6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

September 12, 2015 @ Holy Cross/Marine City
8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

You can register online by going to aodonline.org and clicking on the Safe Environment tab (or clicking here).

Called To Care For Creation

by Sr. Gloria

We know that both St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI established a rich tradition regarding the stewardship of creation. Now we know that Pope Francis has continued it to the point of writing an encyclical: “LAUDATE SI: SULLA CURA DELLA CASA COMUNE.” (“PRAISED BE: ON THE CARE OF THE COMMON HOME.”) (This reflection is being written on the Sunday before the encyclical is being released, in five languages on Thursday June 18, so by the time you read this, you know that it has made the news worldwide.)

We share some background information, in case you haven’t heard it. We know that Pope Francis said, in March of 2013: “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” “How can you have wealth if it comes at the expense of the suffering and death of other people and the deterioration of the environment?”

A papal encyclical is a teaching document that discusses a wrong that needs to be addressed. This one will raise the obligation to address connections between environmental degradation and human health, ecology and human security, ecology and the poor and environmental destruction. It will be a theological, not a political argument. All this should influence the global talks in Paris next December.

The encyclical is likely to make a strong connection between the environment and the poor and the vulnerable. Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana has said, “Much of the world remains in poverty, despite abundant resources, while a privileged global elite controls the bulk of the world’s wealth and consumes the bulk of its resources.” Pope Francis has already spoken about the crucial vocation of cultivating and protecting natural resources, to feed humanity and to ensure that all may be freed from hunger.

Pope Francis has said that “increasing reliance on biofuels is also dangerous when it supplants food production and exacerbates global hunger.” Biofuel production is driving a new wave of deforestation and reducing the land devoted to food crops. “According to Oxfam International, in 2012 the amount of crops consumed as biofuel by G8 countries, could have fed more than 441 million people for an entire year.”

We have heard of Sr. Dorothy Stang, an American missionary nun who was assassinated in Brazil in 2005, for defending the rights of poor farmers in the Amazon forests.

You have heard of millions of bees that have been found dead because of the use of pesticides, and GMO additives in crop fields: corporations making money as the bees lose their territory. We already know of the critical part bees play in our food supply. What can be done?

Pope Francis says, “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world problems, or, for that matter, to any problems. Markets should be regulated so that their tendency to cause massive financial harm is blunted.”

Patrick Carolan, director of the Franciscan Action Network says: “And the greater issue is our lack of connectedness, our viewing ourselves as separate from creation instead of as part of creation.”

You will be reading this after June 18, and will be aware of the publicity and commentaries spurred by Pope Francis’ call: “May the bounty of earth meet the needs of all.” There is work to be done by the Christian community. Where do we start?

Vacation Bible School

kids baseball clipart
Playing for God’s Team
Come join in the fun…
All are WELCOME! K & 1st grade – Angels
2nd & 3rd grade – Padres
4th & 5th grade – Braves
Team Owner: Jesus our Savior
Team Manager: Fr. Brian
Asst. Manager: Fr. Jeff

July 13-17, 2015     9 a.m. – noon

Adult Bible School     9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

To be held at St. Stephen School
2865 Henry St.
Port Huron, MI 48060

Registration forms are available in the churches.
Registration forms can be returned by mailing to the
Religious Ed office, 2865 Henry St, Port Huron MI 48060 or
by placing in the collection basket at Mass.

Please call or email Karen Clor, Director of Religious Education,
if you have any questions. 810-985-9069 moc.o1511291984ohay@1511291984erneh1511291984petst1511291984s1511291984

Please call Amy Miles at 810-987-5819 for information about Adult Bible School.