Weekly Update – 16 March 2012

Generation Christ – Ann Arbor at 530 Elizabeth Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 US

03-16-2012                                                     The Weekly Update is typically mailed out at noon on Fridays. Email paulcschultz at gmail dot com, if you would like to subscribe

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Friday of the Third Week in Lent (OF/EF)

Greetings GenChrist,

This Sunday will see a variation from our typical Generation Christ. We will meet in the Church for a Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00. Starting at 8:00, St. Thomas repeat-guest Stanley Villavincencio will share the story of his recovery from being dead and of God’s Divine Mercy. In the alternative, some of us will be meeting in the Kingsley Street vestibule immediately after the Holy Hour and walking/going to Old Town, in lieu of the typical social hour.

If you arrive after 7:00 p.m., please enter through the Kingsley Street doors.

In Christ,
Paul Schultz

News in Brief
Today: Adoration at St. Thomas
Today: Lenten Friday – Abstinence from meat
Tonight: Bread & Soup Supper, Stations of the Cross at St. Thomas
Tonight: Young Adult Adoration and Stations of the Cross – fb
Tonight: Frassati Holy Hour, Royal Oak – fb
March 18: Laetare Sunday / Bp. Boyea at St. Thomas for the Rose Mass
March 18: Byzantine Liturgy Invite
March 18: Story Telling (in the Irish tradition) @ Conor O’Neill’s – fb
March 18: Sunday Vespers
March 19: Solemnity of St. Joseph – Monthly Mass & Dinner in Detroit
March 23: Rallies for Religious Liberty (Detroit and Ann Arbor)
March 23-24: Statewide Young Adult Conference, Lansing
March 25: Works of Mercy: Delonis Center
March 30-31: Students for Life activism conference – fb
April 28: Save the Date: St. Francis Home Repair – website

GenChrist Notes: Michigan Catholic news: Bp. Sample; Br. Raphael on God’s love song to us; Papal news: Mexico and Cuba Trip; Ypsi rental opportunity



Fridays in Lent at St. Thomas

6:00-6:45 p.m. – Lenten Bread and Soup Supper, in the parish hall, benefiting Children Waiting Everywhere – serving the poor in Uganda and Kenya. Donation: $20 / family.

7:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross.

Laetare Sunday

This Sunday is Laetare Sunday, which takes its name from the beginning of the entrance chant assigned to this day: “Laetare Ierusalem” = “Rejoice, Jerusalem!”

As Gaudete Sunday is the rose Sunday of mid-Advent, so Laetare Sunday is the rose Sunday of mid-Lent: when the celebrations and preparation are somewhat less subdued than during the rest of the penitential season.

More info: Wikipedia, FishEaters, NewAdvent

Rose Mass / Bp. Boyea

While he will probably not be wearing rose vestments, Bp. Boyea will be at St. Thomas this Sunday at 12:30 to celebrate the Rose Mass – the annual Mass for nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers, that is organized by the local guild of the Catholic Medical Association.


Next Thursday, Bp. Boyea will be meeting with students in Holy Trinity Student Parish, Ypsi, at 7:00 p.m.

In a month, Bp. Boyea will be back in Ann Arbor to celebrate a Traditional Latin Mass at Old St. Patrick. Facebook.

Byzantine Liturgy Invitation

This Sunday, a few of us will be visiting St. Michael’s Melkite Catholic Church in Plymouth, MI. This parish is a Byzantine Rite Catholic church. In case you’re unfamiliar with the Byzantine Rite, it is one of the five Eastern liturgical rites used within the Catholic Church, in addition to the Western or Roman Rite. The Byzantine Rite is also used by the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Eastern Catholics, including Byzantine Catholics, are in full communion with the Pope, and Roman-Rite Catholics are free to visit an Eastern Catholic parish and receive Holy Communion. Attending a Byzantine Divine Liturgy (aka Mass) will fulfill your Sunday obligation.

The Eastern Catholic Churches represent a distinct spiritual heritage within the Catholic Church, and experiencing that heritage allows one to better experience the fullness of the Catholic faith. Pope John Paul II strongly exhorted Roman Rite Catholics to be familiar with the Eastern Rites of the Church. As the Holy Father said in his apostolic letter Orientale Lumen, “Since, in fact, we believe that the venerable and ancient tradition of the Eastern Churches is an integral part of the heritage of Christ’s Church, the first need for Catholics is to be familiar with that tradition, so as to be nourished by it and to encourage the process of unity in the best way possible for each.”

There are many differences between the Byzantine Divine Liturgy and the Roman Rite Mass. You may want to read this over as a brief primer: http://www.saintelias.com/ca/etiquette/liturgy.php Also, here is a video about Byzantine Catholicism: http://www.easternchristianmedia.com/breifexp.html

Where: St. Michael’s Melkite Catholic Church
585 N. Mill St. Plymouth, MI 48170

When: The Liturgy starts at 10am, and may last from 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

I realize that Bishop Boyea is coming for the 12:30 Mass at St. Thomas this Sunday as well, and that many people will want to go to Mass with the Bishop. However, one could easily do both. The Liturgy at the Byzantine parish starts at 10am, and it will probably be around 1 1/2 to 2 hours in length (more likely 1 1/2). It’s about a 30 minute drive between the two, so I think that one could easily make it to both. I know that at least one person is planning on attending both.

We’ll be meeting up behind the Fr. McGivney and St. Catherine Houses at 9am for carpooling. Feel free to e-mail Jeff, if you want more info. Just as a heads up, since Melkite Catholics originate in Syria, the Liturgy is partially in Arabic, but there’s a good amount of English as well (about half and half).

Sunday Vespers

This Sunday evening, 5 p.m., will see a group of interested persons getting together sing Sunday Vespers (Extraordinary Form), somewhere on campus at St. Thomas the Apostle. If you’re interested, come to the parish on Sunday afternoon and call Paul.

St. Joseph’s Day: Mass & Dinner in Detroit

On Monday, March 19, more than two dozen young adults will gather at St. Joseph, Detroit, for the 6:00 p.m. Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of the St. Joseph. After Mass, we will take supper at Roman Village, near Detroit’s border with Dearborn.


If you would like a ride from Ann Arbor at 4:55, contact Paul for more information.

STAND UP for Religious Freedom

As you may know, the Executive Branch of our federal government has declared that the Catholic Church and other employers must finance (directly or otherwise) the provision of contraception, procured abortion and other evil things. In the past, the government has found ways to provide these evil things without forcing Catholics to assist in providing them (though, in point of fact, plenty of baptized Catholics have been happy enough to assist in providing them…)

This week, our nation’s bishops addressed certain supposed ‘compromise’ efforts by the Administration and explained the Administration’s continued failures to respect the Constitution and the moral law.

This coming Friday will see rallies all across our nation concerning religious freedom, including local rallies in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Pre-Rally Mass and Pre-Rally March to the Rally
On Friday, March 23rd, Holy Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 530 Elizabeth St, Ann Arbor at 10:15 a.m. and Fr. Bill Ashbaugh will be preaching. Immediately following mass (between 11:00 and 11:15), those gathered will be marching to the Federal Building, 200 E. Liberty Street for the Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally which begins at 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Signs and balloons will be available! Everyone is welcome!

Fr. Bill will then travel to speak at the similar rally in Detroit.

Ann Arbor Rally (with Fr. Dennis Brown)
Detroit Rally (with Bp. Byrnes and Fr. Bill)

A variety of related documents can be found at this website.

Young Adult Conference: “1 God; 1 Church; 1 Mission”

March 23-24
The Causeway Hotel & Conference Center (Now known as Best Western)
6820 South Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48911

If you’re coming for just Saturday, an additional item on the schedule:
7:30 a.m. – Fr. Pieter van Rooyen will celebrate an Extraordinary Form daily Mass in one of the conference rooms.

“Whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me.”

Center to help cook, serve and clean up following the Sunday meal. Four hours in the kitchen helps to serve over 200 hungry adults and children. GenChrist serves there each month from noon-4:30 p.m., and you can join us for a single shift (12-2:30 to cook or 2:30-4:30 to serve and clean up) or for the entire afternoon. Please let me know if you are interested. Thank you!


GenChrist Notes

Catholic News: Bishop Sample
Alex Sample, Bishop of Marquette, is traveling to Denton, Nebraska, today, to celebrate a Traditional Latin Mass and ordain seminarians of Fraternity of St. Peter to the diaconate, according to the more ancient rites.

Papal Trip
Starting next Friday, Pope Benedict XVI will be making an Apostolic Journey to Mexico and then to Cuba, from March 23-29. Follow it at the Vatican website.

Brother Raphael Forbing
FMH-alum Br. Raphael (“Andy”) Forbing has been published today, on the blog of the students at the Dominican House of Formation: The Heart: Agony and Ecstasy

Room for Rent
There is a room available at the St. Patrick’s house in Ypsilanti (AKA Aaron Harburg’s house) starting March 2012. Rent is $360 plus utilities or if you know someone you want to share it with, $180 plus utilities.

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