When he entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith ... You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.” And at that very hour his servant was healed. (Mt 8:5-10, 13)
HACE 2,022 AÑOS fue el primer adviento, donde Dios se hizo uno de nosotros para restaurar, nuestra naturaleza humana, desfigurada por el pecado. “Nacido de la Virgen María, Jesús se hace uno de nosotros, la naturaleza humana ha sido en Él asumida no absorbida. Por esa razón nuestra naturaleza humana ha sido dignificada”. (Cfr. Concilio Vaticano II Gozo y Esperanza)
2,022 Years ago was the first Advent, where God became one of us to restore our human nature, which was disfigured by sin. “Born of the Virgin Mary, Jesus becomes one of us, human nature has been assumed in Him, not absorbed. For that reason, our human nature has been dignified.” (Vatican Council II, “Joy and Hope”).
Today, Monsignor Michael Hazard resides peacefully at St. Ambrose Parish in Parchment when he isn’t caring for the needs of patients at Ascension Borgess Hospital, where he serves as hospital chaplain. But almost 50 years ago, he was the second priest ordained for the newly founded Diocese of Kalamazoo.
This prestigious award was inaugurated July 21, 2021, in observation of the Diocese of Kalamazoo’s 50th Anniversary of its establishment, along with the 50th Anniversary of the Episcopal Consecration of our first Bishop, the Most Reverend Paul Vincent Donovan (1924-2011). Bishop Donovan served as the first Shepherd of the Diocese from July 21, 1971 until his retirement in January, 1995. He chose as his Episcopal Motto: “To Serve rather than be served.” (Mt. 20:28)
The day started by being placed in Mary’s hands. We dedicated the diocese to Mary in 2017, and we dedicated the day to her guiding hand and entrusted our care to Jesus through Mary. A few joined together to process from the Cathedral to Arcadia Creek Festival Place, praying the rosary along the way.
Hunger and thirst are powerful states. They are the concrete expressions of the body’s innate desire for life. They indicate a need that demands to be satisfied. They are incessant, calling out for our attention continuously and in ever greater intensity through discomfort and pain. Ultimately, the price for failing to satisfy our hunger and thirst is death from starvation or dehydration.
Catholic Charities expands services with transition of select Diocese of Kalamazoo pastoral ministry offices - Beginning July 1, 2021, several Diocese of Kalamazoo pastoral ministry outreach offices joined the Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo (CCDOK) agency. The transition allows for an expansion of resources for Catholic Charities in the areas of immigration assistance, outreach to the Hispanic/Latino and migrant population, social services to the Benton Harbor community, as well as advocacy and programs related to pro-life and persons with disabilities issues.
I’ve always been one to make “to-do” lists for just about everything, from grocery needs to daily tasks, to upcoming events to be scheduled. There’s a great sense of accomplishment, not only when the groceries are bought, when the task is accomplished and when the event is past, but also, in checking off each of those from the “to-do” list.
On May 21, 2021, Pope Francis surprised the Church by announcing that the Synod of Bishops, postponed due to the pandemic, will be preceded by a synodal process that includes "listening to all of the baptized" in every local diocese before the bishops gather again in 2023.
Once a month, we set aside a day to cook a multicourse meal as a family. But just as fun as making the meal is the research beforehand. We have the kids go through our collection of cookbooks the day before the big feast. Recently, we’ve explored Asian cuisine and enjoyed Korean Beef Bulgogi. It’s a recipe that has been around for centuries! And in reading up on Korean history, I came face-to-face with something I did not expect to discover — the rich and saintly lineage of Korean Catholic martyrs.
A recent Pew study* revealed nearly two-thirds of Catholics do not believe in transubstantiation — the changing of the wine and host to the true presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood. As Bishop Bradley wrote in his letter to the faithful last June, “It should amaze us every time we come before the Eucharist, how God desires so much to be intimate with us.”
What was life like for a typical 25-year-old man in 1971? For those who weren’t drafted and serving in Vietnam, they were likely working a job, bringing home a respectable $10,000/year (average annual income), and saving for a house. For entertainment, they might catch the popular “Fiddler on the Roof,” splurging the $1.15 for the movie ticket. Or that year you may find them gathered around the television with family and friends, captivated by the Apollo 14 moon landing. And for Pittsburgh Pirates fans, they might be spending time cheering on their team during what would become their World Series winning season.
Camille DeLano’s day begins like so many educators. She’s up early and out the door by 6 a.m. to start her hour-long commute to Saint Basil Elementary School from her home in Dorr. She never tires of the view of Lake Michigan that greets her each day as Saint Basil sits just feet from the shoreline in South Haven. “I love the lake — it’s different each day.”