VICARIATE PENANCE SERVICES
Thursday, April 6
1:00 p.m. St Paul on the Lake
7:00 p.m. Our Lady Star of the Sea
Monday, April 10
1:00 p.m. St. Margaret of Scotland
7:00 p.m. St. Joan of Arc
whose beautiful name signifies LIGHT,
by the light of faith
which God bestowed upon you
increase and preserve His light
in my soul
so that I may avoid evil,
be zealous in the performance
of good works
and abhor nothing so much
as the blindness and the darkness
of evil and sin.
Obtain for me,
by your intercession with God
perfect vision for my bodily eyes
and the grace to use them
for God’s greater honor and glory
and the salvation of souls.
Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr,
hear my prayers
and obtain my petitions.
I feel like I’ve had a vacation from being homeless!”
“Thank you so much for everything.
MCREST Week 2017 is past and gone. It was St. Lucy's 29th year of serving the homeless through this Macomb County program. And what a week! Because the kids had President’s Day off from school, we agreed to allow our guests to choose to remain at St Lucy’s all day. We learned a few lessons, should that “opportunity” arise again. The weather was crazy during the week. Remember the day the skies opened and rain fell in torrents, causing instant flash flooding? Yep, that was right about the time the guests were arriving for the day and many were soaked to the skin. Learned a few lessons that day too. But in our 29 years, St Lucy’s has learned how to adapt to just about any situation. There may have been a bit of drama and periods of high emotion, but always there was welcome, respect and compassion, safe and warm shelter, nutritious meals, fellowship and fun. this past and gone. It was St Lucy’s 29
These were the faces of MCREST:
A mother and a 5 year old daughter.
A mother with four daughters, ages 5, 6, 13, and 15, and two sons ages 2 and 16.
A mother with a 14 year old daughter.
A mother with a 1 year old son.
A mother with a 3 year old daughter.
A mother with a 2 year old son.
A mother with two sons, ages 2 and 9.
A mother with a 15 year old daughter and a 9 year old son.
And 9 women with no children. 17 women and 15 children all told.
And these were the faces of the volunteers – dozens and dozens of women and men, youth and children. St Lucy parishioners along with their relatives, friends and neighbors; visitors from other parishes and persons from the community. Volunteers who provided welcome, safe and warm shelter, nutritious meals, fellowship and fun and much, much more. Shopping and delivering, cooking and cleaning, telephoning and laundering and let’s not forget praying. You name it, someone likely provided. Front and center, in the wings, behind the scenes, at Lucy’s and at home.
It took the time, talent and treasure of so many to make our 29th year a success. And just how do we know the week was a success? For many if not all volunteers, there was a sense of fulfillment in doing for others who have so little, a week of living the Gospel in a most profound way, as Jesus himself taught. We also know the week was a success by the gratitude verbalized by the guests. One woman, a mother with a toddler, gave us perhaps the most eloquent compliment we have ever received. She said, “Thank you so much for everything. I feel like I’ve had a vacation from being homeless!”
On behalf of Fr. Jim, Donna Belli and myself, please accept our heartfelt thanks!
O loving and gracious God, Father of all, you bless your people in every time and season and
provide for their needs through your providential care.
Your Church is continually in need of priests, sisters and brothers to offer themselves in the service
of the gospel by lives of dedicated love.
Open the hearts of your sons and daughters to listen to your call in their lives.
Give them the gift of understanding to discern your invitation to serve you and your Church.
Give them the gift of courage to follow your call.
May they have the spirit of young Samuel who found fulfillment in his life when he said to you,
"Speak Lord, for your servant is listening."
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.