Summit 2019. Our Story. Created. Captured. Rescued

2019 Summit. Our Story. Created. Captured. Rescued.

I know that we are just beginning to enjoy the summer, but I wanted to take a minute to encourage you to look toward the fall for a minute.  I wanted to share with you my excitement about this year’s Summit which will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Terra Sancta.  As I work on the promotional materials and each time I listen to our speaker, Fr. Riccardo, I am more excited than ever that he is coming to be with us.  He truly has a gift for sharing the Good News of Jesus in a way that touches people’s hearts.

This year, we will once again have a Youth Track so that this day can be an enriching day for the whole family.  We will offer childcare for 1-3 year olds.  Our PreK-5th grade guests will be treated to a day to experience Jesus in the Eucharist through lessons and activities drawn from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Lastly, our Middle Schoolers will have a program designed just for them but exploring the themes of Fr. Riccardo’s talks given to high school students and adults.  Once again, we will be utilizing a wonderful team of trained catechists for the program.

Last year, we drew 525 people to this event.  I truly believe that is due to two things:

1.  Many people were fervently praying for the success of the Summit and asking Mary’s intercession on our behalf.  I would once again encourage everyone to pray for the success of this event.  We have created a prayer card that allows you to track how many Memorares you have offered for this effort.  If you would like one, please stop by our office to pick one up or scroll down to send us an email and share your address and we will gladly mail you one.

2.  Over 100 people from all over the Diocese attended an Ambassador’s Training last summer.  They had an opportunity to come to a much deeper understanding of our role in spreading the Gospel and they were inspired to begin practicing their newfound skills by inviting other parishioners to the Summit.  In May, the Office of Stewardship invited over 150 people from almost every parish in our Diocese to attend.  We have 29 people registered from 16 parishes.  Would you prayerfully consider coming to one of the three trainings being offered?  Would you invite others from your parish to come with you? 

Our goals for this half-day training are:  to deepen our understanding of the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus, to help participants embrace the idea that inviting others into that relationship is an essential part of being a disciple and lastly to give participants all that they need to spread the word about the Summit in their parish.  To learn more or to register, click here.

Would you like to have an idea of the talks Fr. Riccardo will present? Below are a few short clips that give you a sense of Fr. Riccardo’s style and content.  Lastly, if you would like to know more about the Summit, please visit our registration page at:  www.CatholicWayOfLife.org/events.

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10 Ways to Practice Hospitality at Christmas

10 Ways to Practice Hospitality at Christmas

This past weekend we saw an article published by the Catholic News Agency on the efforts being made in the Archdiocese of Detroit to welcome people to their parishes this Christmas.  The Communications Director for the Diocese says in the article, “We target at Christmas knowing there are people who come there for the first time or they haven’t been with us for a while,” he said. “One of the things is we want to be unusually gracious and hospitable for people that come to our churches.”  In preparation the Archdiocese hosted a one-day training for parish leaders.  One of the speakers, Fr. Steve Pullis, offered 10 ways to practice hospitality this Christmas:

I found his talk inspiring and a good reminder of the importance of practicing Generous Hospitality as the Christmas season approaches.  Fr. Pullis’ talk can be found here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CPV0oEFJyM&list=PLN5kNnZkZI1AINxNZhH9t4XI8l2cf19M3&index=4&t=0s

While you are on You Tube, I would encourage you also to take a look at the talk given by Fr. John Riccardo.  Fr. Riccardo will be our keynote speaker at the Summit in 2019.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS for SEPTEMBER 28, 2019.  I am excited to have him here.  I think his talks will be inspiring! 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgArb7bBUFs
Fr. Riccardo will be our keynote speaker at the Summit in 2019!
Mark your calendars for September 28, 2019

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The Summit is Stewardship

The Summit is Stewardship

Sometimes people wonder how an event like the Summit is connected to Stewardship and why this office coordinates what is clearly an event whose primary goal is evangelization and time for renewal for the faithful.  However, the Summit and its goals fit perfectly into both the definition of stewardship given to us by the US Bishop’s Conference in the Pastoral Letter, “A Disciple’s Response” and in our own pillars of stewardship as outlined in the “Characteristics of a Stewardship Parish”.  A Disciple’s Response defines a Christian steward as one who “receives God’s gifts gratefully, cultivates them responsibly, shares them lovingly in justice with others and returns them with increase to the Lord” (p. 42).  One who receives God’s gifts gratefully . . . What is the greatest gift we have received from the Lord?  It is our salvation and the grace and mercy which He so generously offers us each day.  Therefore, the Summit was, for all who attended, an opportunity to receive this gift from God once again.  The Summit also provided an opportunity for many to share this gift lovingly in justice with others.  The Ambassadors in particular, intentionally invited and encouraged many parishioners to come to the Summit.

The Summit also gave us the opportunity to practice many of the aspects of our Stewardship initiative.  The Ambassador’s training in June was, among other things, an in-depth training in the art and importance of invitation (Generous Hospitality:  Welcome, Invitation, Fellowship) and the Summit, an opportunity, for those trained to develop that practice in their lives.  One of the characteristics under “Key Characteristics of an Inviting Parish” reads in part, “our parish offers . . . planned, regular evangelistic retreats and/or programs.” The Summit itself was also an opportunity to practice intentional Welcome and to look for ways to schedule time for Fellowship.  In our second pillar, Lively Faith, we read, “The fundamental mission of the Church is to lead people to encounter Jesus Christ in a way whereby they are changed and transformed into His Body.”  In our planning, this was our guiding principle, we were striving to provide a place where those who came could encounter Jesus.  Our primary reason for offering a youth track was to be faithful to the characteristic which says, “Our parish leaders conscientiously work to make parish formation opportunities accessible to young families.”

Our challenge now is to accompany those in our parishes who did have a real and concrete encounter with Jesus at the Summit.  This accompaniment is crucial to Formation.  Tony Brandt shared with the
Ambassadors on the night before the Summit that it isn’t enough to provide those who came to the Summit with a powerful experience of Jesus.  In fact, it could actually be harmful to their faith if they have a powerful experience but we fail to follow-up with them afterwards and help them to incorporate the experience into their daily life.  We run the danger of having people begin to question whether or not what they experienced was real.  We also run the danger of inadvertently encouraging people to seek one “big moment” after another in their lives, relying only on the emotional feelings attached to such an event to base their relationship with God on.  Instead, we must continue to encourage one another to teach, lead and support one another in a deeper discipleship.  I hope and pray that the Summit was a wonderful beginning for some and a true renewal for others. But it is just that and nothing more. 

The real work of “making disciples” happens now and it doesn’t happen because of any parish or diocesan sponsored “event”.  It happens in the day-to-day walk with one another; in relationship.  I am praying for all of us, that we know clearly how to return with increase the gift and graces of the Summit to the Lord. And “Do not be afraid!”  As we were reminded in the Liturgy of the Hours on Tuesday, the Feast of the Guardian Angels: “He has given his angels charge over us to guard us in all of our ways. . .Even though we are children and have a long, very long and dangerous way to go, with such protectors what have we to fear?  They who keep us in all our ways cannot be overpowered or led astray, much less lead us astray.  They are loyal, prudent, powerful.  Why then are we afraid?  We have only to follow them, stay close to them, and we shall dwell under the protection of God’s Heaven.” (Office of Readings, Sermon of St. Bernard)

 

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Summit 2018 – Quite the Party!

Summit 2018 – Quite the Party!

 

 

 

 

As the saying goes, it must have been quite a party!  I know the picture is a bit dark, but hopefully you can get the sense that I could hardly walk into my office on Monday.  We wanted the school spaces that St. Elizabeth Seton so graciously allowed us to use for the Youth Track at the Summit, to be cleaned out and ready to go for them Monday morning, so we just stashed most of the materials we used in my office.  Other evidence that it was “quite a party” from the kitchen:

  • 1200 lbs of ice
  • 1200 sliders
  • 1200 cookies
  • 1400 water bottles
  • 75 lbs of rice
  • 400 lbs of beef/chicken

Final numbers (our best guesses):

  • 526 Attendees (includes over 100 children 1-14)
  •  32 Ambassadors
  • + 37 Volunteers, Catechists, Musicians, Speakers, etc
  • 595 Grand Total

There are some wonderful pictures of the day on our Facebook page (@RC Stewardship).  It was truly a blessed day.  The staff at the Retreat Center were absolutely amazing, serving two meals for over 500 people without a glitch, keeping all restrooms clean, trash cleaned up; all with friendly and helpful smiles. 

Registration and parking went quickly and efficiently thanks to the wisdom and hard work of Reeny Wilson and Dan Brechtel. As one of our speakers commented, “The quality and presentation of the food was amazing.  And delicious too.  And for 500 people?!?!  I never get food like this, usually we get pizza and popcorn.” Speaking of our presenters, they were wonderful as well.  All of them eloquent, passionate and faithful men of God.  The music was beautiful.  Several people commented that they were “blown away” by the music at the healing service.  My heart is full of gratitude for
the service given by our catechists, caregivers and other volunteers, who pitched in and gave it their all for the day.  10 priests and the Bishop Gruss heard hundreds of confessions and many, many people came forward during the healing service to be prayed over.  The weather, too, was beautiful.  To what do we owe so many graces and blessings?

First, to the inspirational leadership and training provided by Casting Nets Ministries and Fr. Mark and to the hard work of so many who were inspired by them.  In the end, though, I believe primarily to prayer, to the dedicated prayers of so many.  Over 50,000 Memorares were prayed between mid-June and mid-September for the Summit.  The Ambassadors came on Friday night and kept vigil with the Lord in Adoration all night prior to the event.  The faithful asked Mary and Jesus to bless this event and their prayers were answered.  I pray that the event continues to bear great fruit in our parishes.  May we all continue to live faithful and dedicated lives of prayer and continue to say yes, in imitation of Mary, to the promptings of the Holy Spirit who desires to lead us and all we encounter into deep communion with the Father and His son, Jesus. Let’s encourage one another to keep the momentum and move forward in His footsteps.

 

 

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“Come to Me, All Who Are Weary”

“Come to Me, All Who Are Weary”

Today’s Gospel reading contains this quote from Jesus from Matthew chapter 11:28-30:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

If you haven’t seen them yet, you might be surprised by this year’s Summit promotional materials.  They have a new look!  The Summit, too, will be different this year.  This ad, and the other four we have created attempt to capture what I often see as I look around, in my parish, in my workplace, in my children’s schools, in my friendships.  I do not see, in large part, people who walk as if their burdens are light.  Too often, I witness over scheduled, overburdened, tired people who feel as if they are being pulled in too many directions.  Their response to the question, “How are you?” is almost always, “BUSY.”

“Coming to Jesus is the condition for finding relief.  All we need to do is choose to enter the sphere of his presence, and the unnatural pressures borne down upon us by both the world and ourselves begin to dissipate.” (from Fire of Mercy, heart of the Word:  Meditations on the Gospel According to St. Matthew).

This year’s Summit has been designed to offer an opportunity for you and those you love to “come to Jesus”.  It, like our promotional materials, has been completely re-designed.  It will not focus on information; it is not a conference.  Instead it is an opportunity to come and spend the day being inspired and renewed by the saving message and presence of Jesus.  The day will feature inspiring talks, adoration, confession, Sunday Vigil Mass, good food, music and fellowship.  I would invite you all to register and come.  Be inspired. Be renewed.  For more details, visit:  www.The2018Summit.com

But we don’t have to wait until September 22nd to find relief for life’s burdens.  I believe Jesus desires to give us his yoke daily; to give us His rest daily.  How do we find it today and take it upon our shoulders?  Living a Catholic Way of Life means being “stewards of everything the Lord has created and given to us, receiving it joyfully with gratitude and then sacrificially sharing with others from what we have received” (Characteristics of a Stewardship Parish, Introduction). This includes our time.  All 1,440 minutes of every day have been given to us by God as a gift.  Do we receive them as such?   Two practical habits help me to receive time as a gift:

  • The very ancient practice of the Morning Offering.  When I wake up, I begin my day by thanking God for the gift of the day and then I offer it to him, “all my works, joys and sufferings of the day”
  • I spend ½ hour at the beginning of my day in silence and with the Word of God (usually the daily Gospel).  I ask the Lord what he would have me do with the Time he has given me this day.  I lay the heavy yoke of my own expectations and the world’s demands at the foot of the cross and I strive to receive from Him, His Yoke, His plan for the day.  When I do this well, my burden is light, the yoke is easy.  God is faithful, He keeps his promises.
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

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