Reverend Lawrence Farrell, 77, Pastor, St. Monica Parish, Kalamazoo, entered into eternal life on March 20, 2022. Fr. Farrell had been challenged with declining health in recent months. FUNERAL SERVICES FOR REV. LAWRENCE FARRELL Sunday, March 27, 2022: The Rite of Reception of the Body will be held following the Noon Mass at St. Monica Parish, 534 W. Kilgore, Kalamazoo. Fr. Farrell’s body will lie in state at St Monica’s until 6 p.m. The Rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2022: Reception and Visitation at Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2022: Visitation at St. Augustine Cathedral, 542 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial – St. Augustine Cathedral A private burial will be held immediately following the Mass at Mt Everest Cemetery.
In a Letter to the Faithful entitled, Protecting the Fundamental Freedom to Live, Bishop Paul J. Bradley is urging the Faithful to be informed on the current petition drive for a proposed amendment to the State Constitution that would secure the legal pathway to abortion. This effort is being conducted in anticipation that the Supreme Court may overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. In his letter the bishop also affirms and applauds the many efforts within the Church to walk alongside mothers-in-need and efforts to protect the unborn.
The Lent/Easter edition of the quarterly diocesan magazine offers resources and inspiration for your Lenten journey. Cover person, Sandra Rayas, works to build a youth ministry at her parish while juggling a full-time job and coursework for her pastoral degree. Check out the digital issue.
"Called to the Joy of Love" "Llamados a la Alegria del Amor" is the 2022 theme for celebrating National Marriage Week. The observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 13) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.
En colaboración con varias oficinas de pastoral familiar en Michigan y Ohio, hemos creado estas herramientas para celebrar familias durante este tiempo dedicado a familias anticipando el Congreso Mundial de Familias en Junio 2022.
Due to the severe snowstorm in Southwest Michigan, the Diocesan Pastoral Center building is closed on Wednesday, February 2, 2022. Members of staff are working remotely and may be reached via email. Staff directory may be accessed here: www.diokzoo.org/diocesan-directory
Each year on the last week of January we celebrate the "Faith, Service and Excellence" of the 21 Catholic Schools in our diocese during the national celebration. In his letter to Educators/Staff, Bishop Paul J. Bradley applauded the heroic efforts of our Catholic school staff.
Bishop Bradley writes: "Every year on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd, our Holy Father asks each Diocese to observe the “World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life”, so that we can pray in a special way for the men and women whom the Lord has called to a special consecration within the Church, and who bring the unique and irreplaceable charisms from the Holy Spirit in helping to build up the Church and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On that Day, we give thanks to God for the Gift of Consecrated Life, and we pray for and promote vocations to Consecrated Life."
La Cuaresma de este año, nos ofrecerá otra gran oportunidad de tomarnos un tiempo para meditar las páginas del Evangelio y adentrarnos en los escenarios de la vida de Cristo, como un personaje más, y así nos ayudará a sentir y contemplar con amor, el verdadero sufrimiento.
As we celebrate families leading up to the World Meeting of Families, and beyond... we have put together a free toolkit for parishes to celebrate family love and the vocation to holiness, with 3 simple ideas: Family Prayer Challenge, Family Small Groups, and a Family Gather at the Table (Parish Potluck). Spanish edition also available...
December 21, 2021 (KALAMAZOO, MI) Bishop Paul J. Bradley released the following statement in light of the announcement on the appointment of the Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord: “On behalf of the entire Church of Kalamazoo, in this Advent Season of Hope, we rejoice in today’s announcement by our Holy Father Pope Francis, naming Rev. Jeffrey J. Walsh, a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, as the Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord. We join in prayers of thanksgiving with our Sister Diocese, as they prepare to welcome their new Bishop during their 50th Jubilee Year. I look forward to the opportunities we will have to collaborate with all the other Bishops for the good of the Church throughout Michigan. May Bishop-elect Walsh and all those entrusted to his Episcopal care be assured of the prayerful support of the Diocese of Kalamazoo during these weeks of transition.”
Bishop Bradley is urging all Catholics and all people of good will to pray for all those impacted by these devastating events and to prayerfully consider financial assistance to those in need by supporting the disaster relief efforts of Catholic Charities USA
Pensando en la felicidad de ustedes y en el bienestar futuro de sus familias, la Diócesis ofrece esta formación de un fin de semana. El programa de Matrimonio Lleno de Alegría es un retiro de preparación matrimonial para parejas comprometidas. El programa está enraizado en las virtudes y en la Teología del Cuerpo, e incorpora una rica teológica católica con una solida psicología.