Resources for a successful Lenten Season
For frequently asked questions about Lent, click here.
During these 40 days of Lent, may our spiritual check-up help us to find our own prescription and treatment plan. May our adherence to that plan strengthen and deepen our relationship with God, neighbor and ourselves, just as Jesus intends for each of us to have, united with the Body of Christ. And may our Lenten journey be done with joy knowing we are on our way to realizing the glory of of the Easter message – a new and eternal life in the Risen Lord.
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to read the full version.
Click here to read his Ash Wednesday homily
Diocesan-wide consultation continues in preparation for upcoming Ordinary Synod
Bishop Bradley invites all parishioners within the Diocese to respond to Pope Francis' request for input leading up to the XIV Ordinary Synod of Bishops, which will be held to discuss "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World." Within the Diocese of Kalamazoo, responses can be gathered by filling out the questionnaire, available here. All responses must be received by Friday, February 27th, in order to be included in the diocesan summary.
Annual Diocesan Retreat focusing on the Eucharistic Celebration
This year’s Diocesan Retreat, titled “Heart and Summit: Outlining the Eucharistic Celebration”, will be held February 28th through March 1st. The Eucharistic celebration is called the heart and summit of the Church’s life; all is centered on the loving self-sacrifice of Christ made present in bread and wine, flesh and blood. Join us for a time of prayer, adoration and education. Registration forms are available here. For more information, click here.
Bishop opens Year of Consecrated Life in diocese
Read his homily from the opening Mass at Holy Family Chapel, February 2, 2015
More resources on the USCCB website.
Bishop Bradley calls for time of hope and renewal during 2015 liturgical year
In conjunction with the release of his pastoral letter,
The Church: A Center of Hope,
Bishop Bradley has called all the faithful to enter into this new liturgical year for a time of hope and spiritual renewal.
"I urge all Catholics in a particular way to observe
the Fridays of this new church year
, (beginning November 30, 2014) until the last day of this Liturgical Year, November 28, 2015, as days of special prayer and sacrifice," said Bishop Bradley, "voluntarily making all Fridays days of abstinence from meat (as we are obliged to do on the Fridays of Lent), and to find ways on those Fridays especially, as families/households, parishes and communities, to offer times of prayer and sacrifice for these special intentions. While it is important that we remain actively engaged in the political process to work for change, we must put even more emphasis on the power of prayer and sacrifice to root out the influences of evil at work in our world.