Renewal of Vows

Chelsea – On a feast very important to the Guanellian Family, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, fifteen Guanellian Cooperators joined the seven Servants of Charity priests of the Chelsea Community in renewing their vows and promises to the Congregation. Salvatore Bessaccia made his first Promise as a Guanellian Cooperator. Fr. Joseph Rinaldo celebrated Mass in the St. Louis Center chapel giving a homily on the ‘Joy of Love.’ A time of fellowship followed Mass.

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Village Progress Continues

Chelsea – Here in Michigan, we were finally able to say goodbye to our cold winter weather during the month of April, and an explosion of activity took place in the creation of St. Louis Guanella Village. Because of all of the preparation work that had been done, the first children’s home began going up fast during the third week of the month, as exterior and interior walls were built on top of the foundation, and roofing materials were added to the roof joists. The foundation was poured for the second home, and tangible results can now be seen on a daily basis.

Holy Hour for Life

In an effort to bring the Guanellian Cooperators together spiritually, a Holy Hour was planned for January 26th. To help deepen each Cooperator in the Guanellian charism, the hope is that each month a Holy Hour will be offered.

The first Holy Hour was held as pilgrims were headed to Washington DC for the 2017 March for Life, the Guanellian Cooperators gathered in the St. Louis Center Chapel to pray for their safety, a successful March and for an end to the evil of abortion. Fr. David Stawasz, SdC, offered Adoration and Benediction for the occasion. Jerome, an SLC resident, played hymns on the organ and Cooperators read scripture that reminded us of the importance of choosing life. Deuteronomy (30, 15-20) tells us that God always gives us the opportunity to choose Him and implores us that by doing so we will be abundantly blessed.  The second reading from Romans (12, 1-2, 9-18) urges us to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice not to be conformed to this age but to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. We are to give ourselves fully for the good of others and to live in peace with all.

The Gospel of John (15, 9-17) about loving your neighbor as yourself was the backdrop for Fr. David’s homily.  He wanted to convey how much the Church values life from conception to natural death. Though most everyone understands the Churches views on abortion, he taught that in cases of persons with terminal or debilitating illness the Church does not require any extraordinary means to sustain life, but what is basic for the dignity of a human person.

Judy Koenn gave her personal testimony as a mother, wife and Christian. Because of her personal trials and hardships she wants everyone to understand that, “God is the restorer of all things. There is nothing that God won’t forgive us of. The only thing that can separate us from God are the sins of our past.” She encouraged everyone to seek His forgiveness; to turn and follow Him. She even spoke of the experience of sitting on a bench in Grand Rapids with a full size statue of Jesus reclined there. She said that you can nestle in close and feel His embrace in a moving way. She encouraged us to imagine ourselves, especially in our darkest moments, to be in the arms of Jesus. She used the gift of her beautiful singing voice to enliven her message.

The Holy Hour, which attracted 25 participants, was very moving and a great kick-off for more spiritually enriching activities sponsored by the Guanellian Cooperators. Special thanks to Sr. Andrea Curran, DSMP; Fr. Amal, SdC; and Fr. Franklin, SdC for their assistance in preparing the Holy Hour.

Families Support St. Louis Center — stlouiscenter

Chelsea – Begun as an outing to teach their sons the meaning of charity, the Dad & Lad Golf Outing celebrated its 19th year at Twin Lakes Golf Course in Rochester Hills on August 3rd. Along with the 144 golfers who filled the course, another 106 patrons came for dinner to support the residents of […]

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St. Louis Guanella Village: Ground Blessing — stlouiscenter

Nearly forty people gathered on the morning of Friday, June 24, 2016 to witness the leadership of the Divine Providence Province of the Servants of Charity bless the grounds of a vacant field where the new St. Louis Guanella Village will be constructed beginning this summer. Guests included seven priests, twelve residents, and the direct […]

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Patriotic Parade — stlouiscenter

Chelsea – Caitlin Blomquist, Fitness Specialist with the Fitness for Life program, planned a Fourth of July parade for all of the participants of St. Louis Center. Sarah played the recorder as everyone marched around the Special Needs Playground and the kickball field. Each person decorated a t-shirt for the festivities with the best designs […]

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Golfers Raise Funds for St. Louis Center — stlouiscenter

Chelsea -Golf outings are some of the most highly attended fundraising events for St. Louis Center during the summer, and this year was the 29th Annual Memorial Golf Outing at Pierce Lake Golf Course in Chelsea, MI. The outing took place on Saturday, July 16th. There were 96 golfers who came out to participate on […]

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St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea presents $100,000 to St. Louis Center — stlouiscenter

READ: St. Joe’s Chelsea presents $100K to @St_Louis_Center for new #EMR https://t.co/L5inn3mcOE #PeopleCentered pic.twitter.com/5I8EoLN7dS — St. Joe’s Health (@stjoes_health) July 7, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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Baseball, Hot Dogs and Detroit — stlouiscenter

Detroit – Thanks to the generosity of the Detroit Tigers Foundation, the residents of St. Louis Center received 40 tickets to enjoy a Tigers game against the Minnesota Twins on the night of Tuesday, July 19th in Downtown Detroit at Comerica Park. While sitting in the third deck of the stadium, the fans from SLC […]

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Dinner with Friends — stlouiscenter

Chelsea – Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Michigan Center has become very supportive of St. Louis Center in recent years, and their Knights of Columbus Council has been actively seeking opportunities to interact and do things for the residents. This summer, Grand Knight Bill Roller proposed another barbeque for our residents, and on a […]

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