All Are Welcome
St. Louise de Marillac
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Pray the Rosary
2500 Twelve Mile
Road Warren MI 48092
751-3340 Fax: (586) 751-0603
December 8, 2013
Welcome to St. Louise Church -
We wish to welcome all visitors, members and children today. We pray that worshiping with us will give you a sense of fellowship with Christ and with us as God's people, as well as comfort and strength for all your needs. If you have no church of your own, we invite you to make this your home church. But above all, we invite you to come to worship with us at any time.
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. " Now John wore a garment of camel's hair, and a leather girdle around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sad'ducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit that befits repentance, and do not presume to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. "I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."
Dear Jesus, Help us to remember that St. Louise is our parish that is composed of all types of people, all of which are children of God. Its pews will be filled, if we help fill them. It will do great work, if we work. It will make generous gifts to many causes, if we are generous. It will bring other people into its fellowship, if we bring them. St. Louise will be a Church of loyalty, love, faith, and noble spirit, if we who make it what it is, are filled with these qualities. Therefore, with the help of God, we shall dedicate ourselves to the task of being all the things that we want our Church to be.
MAKING CHRIST'S CHURCH
We love our Church, with all her limitations, and her riches too, she is our Mother. For this reason we respect her, and while we do so, we dream that she will never lose her beauty. May she be the Church where it is good to live, where your can breathe, and say what you think-a Church of Freedom. A Church which listens before speaking and welcomes instead of judging, forgives without wishing to condemn, and announces rather than denounces. A Church of mercy and of where the simplest of our brothers and sisters will understand what the others are saying. Our Church will be where the wisest of leaders will know that he doesn't know all, and where the people of God will be revealed in its entirety-a Church of wisdom.
May our Church be where the Holy Spirit will be able to feel at home because everything has not been foreseen, settled and decided in advance. An open Church, a Church where the audacity to do something new and will be stronger than the habit of doing things as they have always been done. A Church where everyone can pray in their own language and express themselves according to their culture, and live with their own history. A Church of which people will not say how well they are organized, but say see how they love one another. A Church of the city, a Church of suburbs, and of the streets.
Lift up you heads and look - the Lord is with us and with you.
-Adapted from a 1966 Pastoral letter of Bishop Guy Droubaix-SntDenis, France
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