Those who read, listen, and reflect on the readings probably caught this as quickly as I did. Saint Paul writes to Timothy: “I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” Right now, we need do this fervently, don’t we? I’ll leave the rest to our personal reflection.
Last week, in a memo dated September 12, Bishop Bradley released a “Clarification on Priestly Suspension” that he has asked parishes in the Diocese to communicate. I am well aware that this statement is particularly important for our parish. He asked that we share the following:
“On June 11, 2016 it was publicly announced that the Rev. Edmund “Ted” Martin, a priest of the Diocese of Kalamazoo who was on leave from active ministry, incurred the penalty of canonical suspension of his priestly ministry. In light of a number of questions that have been raised as to what a Decree of Suspension means, Bishop Bradley has issued the following clarification.
A priest who is suspended is restricted from the exercise of all priestly ministry and activity, including but not limited to the celebration of the sacraments, preaching of the Gospel, public teaching of the faith, and counseling the faithful. He remains a priest, but due to the suspension, is not a priest in good standing with the Church. While he is certainly free to receive the sacraments and practice his faith as every Catholic is encouraged to do, he may not publicly exercise anything that is proper to Holy Orders as long as the canonical suspension is in effect.
Any questions in this regard should be directed to the Office of the Bishop.”
Again, I know this will be of particular interest of many of our parishioners. We should all remember to continue our prayers for all those who have been affected by this. As the Bishop’s statement says, any questions should be directed to his office.
I have mentioned this before, but I continue to be delighted at seeing the number of young families and young adults in our parishes. So for you “younger” adults and families, please know that I hope to involve you more and more in the parish as your time allows. We are grateful to all those who share their time and talents with the parish, but most will say how important it is to add “new blood” to our many activities and ministries.
Finally, I am excited to announce that we have developed “branding” for our parish and school. With the assistance of Sr. Danielle Lussier, whom I have worked with before, we now have a “logo” that will be used on all stationery, business cards, our web page, etc. Sr. Danielle is a Novice at Daughters of St. Paul. Part of their mission is described as being “called to live as Apostles in today’s world of communications.” In fact, they even call themselves “media nuns.” So this work was done professionally… and at no cost. So we thank the sisters. You see an example of it above. It’s exciting for the parish, and so badly needed. More on this soon…
Praised be Jesus Christ!