October 24, 2021

Of Mind and Heart

​ This Wednesday, October 27th, we are hosting an evening of a Diocesan Novena to St. Joseph in this Year of St. Joseph. The plans are not all finalized yet, but confessions are planned at 5:00 p.m. and mass at 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph in Alger. They’re trying to involve every church named after St. Joseph in the Diocese. There are some details on the Diocesan website www.saginaw.org . We are the only church in this area hosting this event. As I get more information, I’ll’ pass it along.


I want to thank Dan Goick for his excellent presentation at mass on the Christ’s Mission Appeal Collection recently. We want to get back to our winning ways as a parish and meet our obligation of support to the Diocese. Our target is $ 53,107. As you receive the mailing from the Bishop, you’ll see there are several ways you can contribute. Checks should be made out to “Diocese of Saginaw” and sent to the Diocese. This will avoid us handling it at the parish. Any amount over our target comes back to the parish. As I saw once on a church sign, “Give God what’s right, not what’s left”.


I want to thank you for your support of the Tootsie Roll Drive that the Knights of Columbus conducted in the community. This year I invited them to come to our masses and we collected $ 105.75 after the 4:30 mass and $226.50 after the 8:30 mass and $ 116.10 after the 10:30 mass, for a grand total of $ 448.35. They were elated at your generosity. Overall, they raised $ 2,838.50 after expenses from all the various sites where they were stationed. Thank you, thank you. Thank you.


We hosted the Arenac County Right to Life event on October 12th. Featured speaker was Ed Rivet who has worked with the Michigan Legislature on drafting various pro-life legislation the last 30 years. Ed spoke of the upcoming Supreme Court hearing in December that may change Roe vs. Wade. He spoke of all the implications from however the Court may rule on this. It was a very informative talk. He said that the Roe vs. Wade decision is the only decision the Supreme Court ever made that has been protested from day one (48 years and counting now.) He also mentioned that in Michigan currently 85 children are aborted every day. Let’s pray for God to make the impossible, possible. On a side note, I found Ed Rivet and his sister had been on youth retreat I helped with in the early 1980’s. It’s a small world.


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Peace,

Fr. Ron

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