Dreaming and Planning

Fr. Paul Oggioni entertains families with the harmonica.

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Grass Lake – In an effort to give a more effective presence of our Guanellian Vocation and Mission in this local church, we are planning a series of Family Day meetings inspired by the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis “The Joy of the Gospel.”

Pope Francis called for an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops that will reflect on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of the Evangelization.”

Every 3rd Sunday of the Month we are undertaking two activities; one for families including a special program for children, teenagers and adults with moments of formation and fellowship; the other activity is the monthly “Come and See!” weekend for Vocation Discernment of students and workers. The two experiences conducted at the same time give more opportunity for an integral formation of the participants.

The January 19th “Family Day” was the starting point of this new pastoral experience. During summer the Latino workers will also be involved in the “Family Day” experience with their children with a program fit for them.

The main purpose of these activities is to offer more opportunities for our participants to be formed and involved in the Guanellian Lay Movement.

We also welcome pastoral groups from throughout the Diocese of Lansing seeking days of recollection for teenagers and adults. Recently a group of teens had a day a recollection accompanied by their parents and sponsors at the Shrine of St. Joseph as part of their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. This joint experience with their parents was very fruitful for their personal decision to learn more about Jesus and to commit themselves better throughout their life.

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