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Holy Week schedule

In Community Happenings on April 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM

There are a lot of things happening at SS. Peter and Paul Parish, so be sure not to miss anything!

Tuesday, April 19 — 5:30 p.m. rehearsal for Triduum services. (Pizza provided!) Please plan to attend if you are participating in any of the Triduum services.

Thursday, April 21 — 5:30 p.m. potluck dinner, followed by Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 p.m.

Friday, April 22 — noon Good Friday liturgy, followed by confessions and quiet prayer until 3 p.m., when Stations of the Cross will be held.

Saturday, April 23 — NO 4 P.M. MASS. 9 p.m. Easter Vigil.

Sunday, April 24 — Easter Mass 11 a.m. NO 7:30 P.M. MASS.

Also, remember — Saturday vigil Mass moves to 5 p.m. the Saturday following Easter, April 30.

Together in Faith meeting of April 14

In Community Happenings, Parish Transition on April 15, 2011 at 4:02 PM

The Renaissance Vicariate’s Together in Faith II group met again the evening of April 14. For this session, the breakout groups focused on the buildings belonging to each of the parish communities.

Within our planning group — SS. Peter and Paul, St. Aloysius, St. Patrick, and Our Lady of the Rosary — there aren’t any properties (old convents, rectories, schools) for sale or lease, although there are a number in the rest of the vicariate. St. Aloysius is moving their parishes offices out of one building owned by the archdiocese and into another, but that’s not part of the parish itself. At SS. Peter and Paul, we lease office space to the University of Detroit Mercy Law School clinics, but that space is currently in a lease. (Meaning, we’re not currently looking for tenants.)

We also discussed the seating capacity of the parishes. With an official total of 500 seats, SS. Peter and Paul can easily accommodate more Mass-goers. And although daily Mass draws a handful and each of the weekend Masses draws a few dozen, the church does still occasionally fill up for holy days and law school events, among other occasions.

Then, the groups took a look at the Mass times within the planning group. SS. Peter and Paul and St. Aloysius have daily Mass, with St. Patrick’s offering weekday Mass twice a week. Actually, SS. Peter and Paul has the second-busiest Mass schedule in the vicariate, with only Old St. Mary’s in Greektown having one more weekend Mass. Although, with the upcoming changes in parish leadership, there’s no way to tell if we’ll continue with the current Mass schedule long after July 1.

Because of Easter, the group doesn’t meet again until May 12. As always, we ask that you keep the committees and the archdiocese in your prayers as the data is analyzed and potentially difficult decisions are made.

-Kristin Lukowski, parish council member, Together in Faith II committee member

Fr. Kesicki submits letter on SS. Peter and Paul’s future

In Parish Transition on April 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

If you haven’t seen the recent letter from Fr. Kesicki yet about the future of our parish, here it is below:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Thank you for your patience and support as we have worked through the status and leadership challenges facing Saints Peter and Paul. With the approval of Archbishop Vigneron, I am able to share with you the outcome of our deliberations.

Effective July 1, 2011, Fr. Robert J. Scullin, SJ, will serve as the Priest Administrator of Saints Peter and Paul in addition to his current responsibilities as Pastor of Gesu Parish. Br. Denis Weber, SJ, will be missioned to Saints Peter and Paul as the next director of the Warming Center, and will also assist Fr. Scullin as Pastoral Coordinator for the parish.

Many of you already know Fr. Scullin. Prior to his current mission as pastor of Gesu, he served as the Provincial for the Detroit Province. He has a passion for parish ministry and for the people, city and church of Detroit. We are grateful to Fr. Scullin for taking on administrative responsibilities for SsPP in addition to Gesu.

Br. Weber entered of the Society of Jesus in 2004 after 13 years in Social Work. He has an MA in Social Science from Case Western Reserve University. Most recently, Br. Weber is completing Regency formation where he has served 3 years as Pastoral Associate at Gesu Parish in the Diocese of Cleveland. His focus has been on liturgy, adult faith formation and pastoral care. We look forward to the combination of pastoral experience and a heart for the poor that Br. Weber brings to this new mission.

With Fr. Scullin’s seasoned oversight, Br. Weber’s experience and your on-going support and participation in the life of the parish, we anticipate a solid foundation going forward. We are in the process of identifying a few local Jesuits to assist with Masses.

I am grateful to Fr. Mark George, SJ, and Fr. Ben Jimenez, SJ, for the leadership and service they have shared at SsPP Parish and Warming Center these past two years. Their new missions will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, they will be working with Fr. Scullin and Br. Weber to plan for a smooth transition.

Let us continue to keep one another in prayer during this time,

Very Reverend Timothy P. Kesicki, SJ
Provincial, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits

Friday Stations of the Cross

In Community Happenings on April 6, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Don’t forget — this Friday and the Friday after that, SS. Peter and Paul is hosting a Stations of the Cross service at 5:30 p.m. Take a break from your week and spend some quiet time in prayer during this Lenten season.

Afterward, join the group for a visit to one of the neighborhood fish fries.

Come honor these Lenten traditions with your SS. Peter and Paul family!