Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 16, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Greetings from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit! I have completed the first week of studies and although getting the academic juices flowing again has been challenging, it’s working. Please keep me in your prayers as well as the other 44 priests studying here this summer.
I want to give you a quick update with regard to Mass and pastoral coverage in my absence. The priest from Florida who was originally slated to be in residence here has, unfortunately, had some last minute health concerns and he won’t be able to join you. The Archdiocese is working diligently to find weekend coverage. My thanks to Deacon Derrel for helping us with the weekday services and thanks to all of you for your patience during my time away this summer.

The focus of this program is the new evangelization and in my readings, I came across a writing from St. John Paul II for young people preparing for World Youth Day 2016 and reminded me that last year at this time, I was in Poland! I feel the pope speaks to us today just as powerfully as he did for the youth at WYD last year regarding the need for each of us to be evangelizers. He said, “Dear young people, you ask a question that many of your friends often put to you: How and where can we come to know this life? How and where can we live it? You can find the answers by yourselves, if you really try to faithfully live in the love of Christ (John 15:9). Then you will personally experience the truth of His words, “I am … the Life” (John 14:6) You will be able to bring this joyful message of hope to everyone. Christ has made you His ambassadors, the primary evangelizers of your contemporaries … “Dear young people, with a spirit of generous self-giving, recognize that you are directly involved in the new evangelization which demands the involvement of all of us. Proclaim Christ who ‘died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him who, for their sakes, died and was raised up.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)

Queridos Parroquianos,

Saludos desde el Seminario Mayor del Sagrado Corazon aquí en Detroit. Ustedes y sus familias están siempre en mis oraciones! Gracias a Dios he cumplido la primera semana de estudios académicos. Para mi, cambiar el ambiente de una parroquia a un seminario académico no es fácil! Por favor les pido en sus oraciones por mi y por los otros 44 sacerdotes que estan estudiando durante este semestre de verano. Esta licenciatura que estudio es sobre la nueva evangelización; como predicamos y anunciamos la verdad de Jesucristo a nuestra cultura moderna y especialmente a nuestros jóvenes. Quiero compartir con ustedes un pasaje del Santo Juan Pablo II que el escribió a los jóvenes preparando para el Encuentro Mundial de la Juventud porque nos recuerda, cada uno, la importancia universal a ser discípulos misioneros de Cristo. “Queridos jóvenes, vosotros os hacéis intérpretes de una pregunta que, frecuentemente, os hacen muchos de vuestros amigos: ¿Cómo y dónde podemos encontrar esta vida, cómo y dónde podremos vivirla? La respuesta la podéis encontrar vosotros mismos, si tratáis de permanecer fielmente en el amor de Cristo (cf. Jn 15, 9). Vosotros podréis experimentar directamente la verdad de su palabra: “Yo soy… La vida” (Jn 14, 6), y podréis llevar a todos este gozoso anuncio de esperanza. Él os ha constituido sus embajadores, primeros evangelizadores de vuestros coetáneos.

Queridos jóvenes, con espíritu de gratuidad, reconociendo que ustedes estan directamente envueltos en la nueva evangelización, que nos compromete a todos nosotros. Anunciando a Cristo, quien “murió por nosotros a fin de que los que viven, ya no vivan mas para si mismos sino para el que murió y resucitó por todos nosotros” (2 Co 5, 15)

In Christ / En Cristo,
Fr. Christiansen

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Author: Very Rev. Cal R. Christiansen

Fr. Cal R. Christiansen is Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

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