Our Lady of Hope – Hispanic Section Dedication

June 24 – Blessing and Dedication
Hispanic section of
Our Lady of Hope Cemetery

Brownstown Township — Bishop Arturo Cepeda, Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit, will bless and dedicate a new Hispanic section at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery following a 10 a.m. Mass on Saturday, June 24. The opening of this section marks a significant milestone for the Hispanic Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Detroit and for the Brownstown cemetery which is owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit and managed by Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Detroit.

Families will have the opportunity to include the names of their loved ones in a Book of Remembrance both before and after the outdoor Mass. Following the Mass, Bishop Cepeda will dedicate the new area, which honors Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego, both important figures for the Hispanic Catholic community. Both events are open to the public. Complimentary bus transportation will be provided from Holy Redeemer Church (1721 Junction Street, Detroit). Buses depart Holy Redeemer at 9 a.m.

The new section of the cemetery, which includes an outdoor garden and reflection area, features statues of both Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego. The area will also include sitting areas for prayer and reflection.

“It is our privilege at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe with the designation of this new section and the placing of her beautiful statue,” said Rev. Timothy Babcock, the Archdiocese of Detroit’s delegate for Catholic Cemeteries. “We will welcome our fellow Catholics who will find it comfortable to place their loved ones in this special place where they will be remembered and constantly lifted up in prayer.” Bob Hojnacki, director of Archdiocese of Detroit Cemeteries and Deanna Cortese, location manager for Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, said that “Along with Our Lady of Hope Cemetery and the Archdiocese of Detroit, we both are thrilled to share such an exciting outreach to our Hispanic community. The Mass and Dedication on June 24 will provide a wonderful opportunity to be one family in Christ and we invite all members of our faith to join us on this special day.”

Our Lady of Hope Cemetery is at 18303 Allen Road, between Pennsylvania and Sibley roads. Call Our Lady of Hope Cemetery at (734) 285-2555 for further directions and information. Members of the media are invited to cover this event. Photographers and videographers are asked to heed any directions from cemetery and Archdiocesan personnel.

Pentecost Sunday

On June 4, Christians around the world will observe Pentecost Sunday.

In the Christian world, this day signifies the day that Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and the Holy Spirit descended to bless His apostles.

The word “Pentecost” refers to the time when the resurrected Christ appeared in front of His apostles and promised the baptism of the Holy Ghost after His ascension, rather than the event itself.

Some Christians believe this event represents the birth of the Church.

Our Lady of Fatima Feast Day

Pope Francis in Fatima for 100th anniversary of the  appearance of Mary

1917 – 2017

100 years of grace

Catholic TV broadcasts:

  • Friday May 12 at 4 pm | Rosary and Candlelight Procession (rebroadcast 11 pm)
  • Saturday May 13 at 5 am | Canonization Mass for Francisco and Jacinta Marto (rebroadcasts 11 am & 8 pm)

The story of Our Lady of Fatima

During World War I, Pope Benedict XV made repeated, but forlorn, pleas for peace. Finally, in May 1917, he made a direct appeal to the Blessed Mother to intercede for peace in the world. Just over a week later, Our Lady began to appear at Fatima, Portugal, to three shepherd children: Lucia dos Santos, age 10, and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, ages 9 and 7. However, it was in the previous year, 1916, that the children had their first supernatural encounters with an Angel as a means of preparing them to receive the Queen of Heaven.

The Angel of Portugal

In the spring of 1916, as the three shepherd children tended their sheep in a property called Old Chousa, a drizzling rain began to fall, so they climbed the hill to find shelter in the crevices of a rock. Suddenly a strong wind began to shake the trees. They looked up and saw coming toward them a dazzlingly beautiful young man, seemingly made of light, who told them, “Do not be afraid. I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me.”

Kneeling on the ground, he bowed down until his forehead touched the ground and had them repeat three times: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love you. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love you.”

Then, rising, he said, “Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.” Leaving them absorbed in a supernatural atmosphere, the angel disappeared.

The angel appeared to them again later in the summer and in the fall, encouraging them to pray and to make sacrifices for the reparation of sin.

The first apparition of Mary

On May 13, the three children took their flocks out to pasture in the area known as the Cova da Iria. There they suddenly saw a bright flash of light in the clear blue sky.

They looked up to see “A lady, clothed in white, brighter than the sun.” She said, “Do not be afraid, I will not harm you. I come from heaven.” She asked them to come to the Cova for six months on the 13th day of the same hour

She ended the visit by saying, “Say the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war,” and began to rise serenely towards the east until she disappeared.

Monthly apparitions

Mary continued to appear to the children throughout the months, and encouraged the children to pray the rosary for the reparation of sins and the conversion of Communist Russia. As word spread, large crowds gathered to witness and pray.

The secrets

The children said they had been told a three-part secret. Lucia wrote down the third part of the secret at the order of her bishop, but it was not divulged until 2000, just after the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco.

The Vision of Hell — First Part of the Secret

As she spoke these words she opened her hands. The light seemed to penetrate the earth and we saw, as it were, a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened and burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves, together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. Terrified and as if to plead for succor, we looked up at Our Lady, who said to us so sadly:

“You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.

The Request for the Consecration of Russia — Second Part of the Secret

To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”

The Call to Penance — Third Part of the Secret

Obeying an order from her bishop, Sister Lucia wrote the last part of the secret on January 3, 1944. It was not made public until the year 2000, after the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco:

“At the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire, but they died out in contact with the splendor that Our Lady radiated toward him from her right hand. Pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’ We saw an immense light that is God, something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it, a bishop dressed in white (we had the impression it was the Holy Father), and other bishops, priests and men and women religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork tree with the bark. Before reaching there, the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins, and half trembling with a halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met along his way. Having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other bishops, priests, men and women religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in their hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.”)

The Miracle of the Sun – during the October apparition

The greatest miracle to occur since the resurrection is also the only miracle ever precisely predicted as to date, time of day and location. It is popularly known as “The Miracle of the Sun” and October 13, 1917 has come to be known as “The Day the Sun Danced.” The miracle was viewed by 70,000 or more people at the Cova that day, and is reported to have been seen from as far as 25 miles away. Doubters and skeptics had become believers. Even the secular newspaper O Seculo’s chief reporter, Avelino de Almeida, who had written satirically before, now reported affirmatively, and stood by his story later on in spite of harsh criticism.


News from the Vatican

Solanus Casey … on his way to Sainthood

8p84zfep6t2mwb8243rlr2vx9t1tveisThere is much celebration in Detroit.  Pope Francis has authorized that a decree be released recognizing the miracle attributed to the intercession of Solanus Casey, a member of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit and one of the co-founders of the city’s Capuchin Soup Kitchen.
He will be beatified  here in Detroit later this year.

“The beatification of Father Solanus Casey is an incomparable grace for the Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit and for the whole community of Southeast Michigan,” stated Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Archdiocese of Detroit. “He is an inspiration to all us Catholics – and to all – of the power of grace to transform one’s life.”

“Long before we knew and loved Pope Francis, we had the example of Fr. Solanus who lived the Gospel of Mercy,” said Fr. Michael Sullivan, OFM Cap. and Provincial Minister of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph. “Known for his compassion and simplicity, he drew many thousands to God.”

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be observed on Sunday, May 7, also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.”

The purpose of this day is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).

Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.

2017 marks the 54th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Fr. Tommy Ryan, S.A.C. and Raymundi

UPDATE From Fr. Tommy… 

Watch this YouTube video which shows the great work completed by Doctors for Raymundi. Many Thanks to all our benefactors to this project.

Raymundi is a 16-year-old young boy from Tanzania, he suffers from a severe spinal disability, also known as Scoliosis- a condition that causes the spine to curve to the side. It can affect any part of the spine, but the most common regions are the chest area (thoracic scoliosis) and the lower section of the back (lumbar scoliosis). One of the Pallottine Projects was to support Raymond’s recovery.

Many Thanks to all who continue to support The Irish Pallottine Fathers Missionary Projects.




Malambo Water Project

Dear Friends,
A very Special THANK YOU to St Vincent Pallotti Parish and all who contributed to the construction of the water tank and cattle trough in Malambo, Tanzania East Africa.
This project has already brought great relief and happiness to the Massai people in the area as they now have access to water for their families and their livestock.
So we say “ASHE NA LENG” (Thank you in Massai) from all of us to all of you.
Fr Mike O’Sullivan, S.A.C.

Happy Birthday Pope Francis

On Saturday, Dec. 17, Pope Francis will celebrate his 80th birthday, which he will spend doing what he normally does: offering Mass and meeting with various heads of State and members of the Roman Curia.

However, as a novelty of this year’s papal birthday festivities, the Vatican has invited faithful from around the world to send their well-wishes to the Pope through a special email address in different languages.

According to a Dec. 13 communique from the Vatican, Francis will kick off his special day by offering Mass as usual. However, instead of the 7 a.m. celebration in the Saint Martha Guesthouse, he’ll hold Mass inside the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace with all of the resident cardinals in Rome.

The rest of the day business will proceed as usual, since Pope Francis has several meetings on his agenda.

Among those he’ll meet are Marie Louise Coleiro Prec, President of the Republic of Malta; Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Bishop Vitus Hounder of Chur, Switzerland and the Nomadelfia Community of Italy.

The Vatican is also promoting the Pope’s birthday on social media, encouraging users to take to their accounts with the hashtag: #Pontifex80.

For those who want to send Pope Francis a note, they can write to him at following email addresses, divided by language:

Latin: Papafranciscus80@vatican.va
Italian: PapaFrancesco80@vatican.va
Spanish/Portuguese: PapaFrancisco80@vatican.va
English: PopeFrancis80@vatican.va
French: PapeFrancois80@vatican.va
German: PapstFranziskus80@vatican.va
Polish: PapiezFranciszek80@vatican.va

While the Pope’s birthday this year might be a “normal” day on the job, he will likely be greeted by a chorus of “Happy Birthday” at some point, and could be given a cake, which has happened in previous years.

When he turned 78 in 2014, shouts of “Tanti auguri” – or, “Happy Birthday!” – filled St. Peter’s Square as Pope Francis circled around throngs of pilgrims on his popemobile during his weekly general audience.

He stopped to blow out candles on a giant cake given to him by group of Legionaries of Christ seminarians. He also paused to take a sip of mate tea – a traditional South American drink popular in Argentina – offered to him by pilgrims.

As he turned 79, he was greeted a burst of ‘Happy Birthday’ and the smell of birthday cake as a crowd of young people from the Italian lay movement ‘Azione Cattolica’ gathered to festively wish him a happy birthday.