This weekend is the CMA commitment weekend.  You will be invited to make a pledge to support St. Rita School for the deaf, retired priests, seminary formation, Catholic Charities and Catholic Social Services, the Center for the New Evangelization, and chaplaincy in hospitals, college campuses and in prisons.  If we exceed our parish goal 50% of the donations over the goal come back to our parish.

In our second reading, Paul writes to the Corinthians, “I have an obligation to preach the gospel, and woe to me if I do not preach it!”  That verse, that sense of purpose inspires the young adult ministry of Renewal Ministries in Ann Arbor.  We invite young adults, and all parishioners, to our next Praise and worship night at St. Peter’s, this Thursday at 7pm.  I am thankful for the many ways that Deacon Jeff continues to say “yes” to his ministry of the gospel; he will speak during the Praise and Worship night.

After last weekend it was brought home that “God did not make death nor does he rejoice in the death of the living.” (Wisdom 1:14)  St. Joseph buried three long-time parishioners on Friday and Saturday of last week, including Bud Brown, from the local funeral home.  What really stings was the death of a 58-year-old mother of five.  Her children are grown, but she is dearly missed.  Our hope is for eternal life, and that does give us courage and consolation born of hope.  In our grief, it is good to know that God did not make death, nor does he delight in the death of the living.  My prayers continue to be with all widows and widowers.

Lent will be here soon.  It is a time to renew our walk of discipleship.  It is a time to lay aside some comforts, so as to seek God’s face with greater ardor.

What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God,