Vincent Bocher a Jesuit Brother use to organize social projects helping mission places in India. In 2012, he inspired some youth in France to raise some funds and come to do mission projects in India. These were students from France pursuing medicine. We were fortunate to have them come down to our Parish for their field mission experience. They spent a month helping the poorest of the poor in missions constructing fresh rooms for families.
They had themselves trained in the most effective way of communicating the Gospel message. Taking time off from their studies, they travelled to the area chosen and spent a month giving themselves completely to this work. Things like this are happening all over the world. There are indications that we are now in the age of laity. Throughout the church today our lay people are feeling the stirring of the spirit. They are no longer content to be passive members of the church. They want to play an active role in the church. They play a large role in having an effective say in the running of the church affairs. For instance, taking part in decision making, knowing what money is received and how it is spent, having a greater part to play in liturgy, etc.
In today’s Gospel passage we find Jesus sending out seventy-two of his disciples on a missionary journey. These seventy-two are distinct from the 12 Apostles who had already been sent out on a similar journey (Lk.9). They are committed followers of Jesus but do not appear to have held any position of authority. They belong to the body of Jesus’ followers that today we would call the laity. Later, in the Acts of the Apostles, we find these followers of Jesus leaving Jerusalem during the persecution that broke out after the martyrdom of Stephen. They travel north to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, “Preaching the Lord Jesus”, and a great number believed and are received into the church.
Friends, this is not surprising for the whole Church is missionary, as we have been reminded so strongly by Vatican II. Today’s Gospel reminds each one of us that every Catholic is called and commissioned by his baptism and confirmation to be sent forth to spread everywhere the Good News proclaimed by Jesus. As we understand more clearly this truth and respond to it, we can see a glorious period of evangelization opening up for the Church.
The question for us today: Do I volunteer and participate in Parish apostolate?
Fr. Kishore Battu SAC
Sudden Cardiac Arrest /AED Awareness Presentation
Combat Sudden Cardiac Arrest— Help Save a Life!
All are invited to an Awareness Presentation for the AED’s located in the Church and 2 in the School. The presentation will take place on Thursday, July 18th at 7 p.m. in the School Gym.
This presentation provides general knowledge of the lifesaving capabilities of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use.
Please contact Bonnie at 313-532-4394 x201 if you will be attending.