Monday, August 05, 2013

Feast of St. Anne - Juventutem Michigan

This news from Juventutem Michigan:

On July 26th, Juventutem Michigan gathered for a Solemn Mass for the Solemnity of St. Anne (patroness of the Archdiocese of Detroit). Friday's Mass brought together more than 100 young adults (dozens of whom were attending the TLM for the first time) for the first public Traditional Latin Mass to be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Counsel since the Plymouth parish moved to its current sanctuary in September 2000.

Fr. Lee Acervo, the Clerical Guide of Juventutem Michigan and a former associate pastor of OLGC, celebrated the Solemn Mass, which was prayed for the recovery of Thomas Peters. Fr. Acervo (blog) was assisted by Fr. Clement Suhy, OSB, a current associate pastor at OLGC, and Fr. David Bechill, the associate pastor at Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn. Fr. Steve Mateja, another associate pastor at OLGC, assisted in choir, as did Fr. Ben Hawley, SJ.

Fr. Acervo preached on St. Anne and encouraged us young adults to follow her example of living life with Christian patience and of welcoming Jesus into our lives courageously. After the homily, Father led the faithful in the prayers for the Year of Faith plenary indulgence (pdf: Archbishop Vigneron’s explanatory letter).

The Mass was beautifully assisted by members of the choir from Windsor’s St. Benedict Tridentine Catholic Community, under the direction of Joseph Balistreri, pastoral music director for the Archdiocese of Detroit. At the end of August, Juventutem is headed to the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Facebook), where Joe will once again direct the sacred music.

After Mass, many of the young adults gathered in the parish hall for a fun social, a celebratory meal, and an introduction to the mission of Juventutem Michigan and various other activities for young adults in the southeast Michigan area.
More pictures here.

The month of August will see Juventutem Michigan come together with auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese on at least two different occasions:

On Saturday, August 3rd, Bishop Michael Byrnes, episcopal vicar for the Northeast Region of the archdiocese, joined members of Juventutem for an 8:00 a.m. First Saturday parish Mass celebrated by Fr. Lee Acervo at St. Edward, Lakeport, in the northeast region. Facebook

On Friday evening, August 30th, at 7:00 p.m. at Detroit's Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Bishop Donald Hanchon, episcopal vicar for the Central Region, will celebrate his first Traditional Latin Mass for members of Juventutem. Clerics and faithful of all ages are welcome to attend this Mass. Facebook

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