THE PASTOR’S DESK
By Fr. Terry Kerner
When the bus pulled
into the St. Kateri parking lot last Saturday evening, our
parish pilgrims, a little tired, still knew they had a
meaningful week in Canada. Forty-two of us had the
privilege of worshiping at St. Anne-de-Beaupré in Quebec.
The Shrine of St. Anne is the oldest pilgrimage site in
North American. We celebrated Mass in French and took time
to explore this magnificent basilica. Montreal, the next
day, saw us visiting the Oratory of St. Joseph and being
awed by the largest domed church also in North America.
Amidst the grandeur and large scale beauty of St. Anne and
St. Joseph was the humble and tiny mission church of St.
Francis Xavier, south of Montreal and burial site of St.
Kateri Tekakwitha. Spending a few hours in prayer and
offering Eucharist at this site was the highlight for me.
All of you were remembered in our prayer in this very
peaceful and sacred place I encourage you to seek the very
real peace that St. Kateri Tekakwitha can bring either in
her special place in Canada or right here in Dearborn!
Of course, at every
stop along the way our trip folks had to check out the
gift shop! Our own gift shop managers, Barb Cataldo and
Pat Urban noted the merchandise and prices and were happy
to announce that no shop had an advantage over our own
back home in Dearborn. Anything that could be purchased on
the trip is also available or could be ordered from our
shop. One unique feature that our gift shop has to offer
is PRAYER. Let me explain. Folks visiting our St. Kateri
shop often are there because of a specific need for
something that offers hope and consolation. They are
invited to mention the need and a request for prayer. Each
Monday morning our over twenty helpers are emailed the
first name of the person requesting prayers for the next
three months. Know that you are not alone and feel free to
request the spiritual support from our holy volunteers.
The prayer they offer follows:
Loving God, we
celebrate St. Kateri Tekakwitha, “Lily of the Mohawks,”
as one of Your Son’s most faithful followers. Help us to
turn away all evil and walk in her footsteps, sharing our
love and concern with others. Let us revere Your mystical
presence in the poor and suffering as did she. Through St.
Kateri’s powerful intercession, we confidently ask You
to grant us this special favor we ask for in her name (
mention the intentions). Share Your healing and peace
especially with family, friends and the sick, whom we
commend to Your loving care. We ask this through Your
crucified and risen Son our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal
Word, Who lives with You forever and ever. Amen.