NOVEMBER 9, 2014
Assumption Grotto
Parish - 1832 -
Our Lady of Lourdes
Shrine - 1881 -
A Pastor’s Descant
oday we will conclude our parish
Forty Hours Devotion. It is a
special time of grace for us. Even though
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is a
daily occurrence in our convent chapel,
are we then to tire over the largess of
Christ who makes Himself available to
us so readily and so often? Are we to be
likened to the rebel Israelites in the
desert who complained of weariness
with the heavenly manna, desiring
instead some other fare? The very
suggestion of tedium before the most
august Sacrament offends, and yet, when
one considers the rather sporadic
attention He receives in visits to the
church or the chapel, we may not think
the comparison too far off.
I’m aware of a phenomenon that often
attends adoration time. It’s best to be
frank about it. It applies–with the needed
adjustments–to nearly all experiences of
prayer. It is simply that adoration is hard
work. While it’s true that the Lord in His
graciousness often imparts to the adorer
a certain sweetness in His Presence, it is
yet often that He prefers to have us mark
the time with little so-called consolation
before His Eucharistic Self. I note a
related experience in saying the Divine
Office. While there are times I am
transported by the involvement of my
mind in some deep thought or happy
subject of meditation, perhaps it is
equally common for me to pray the
prescribed prayers out of sheer
obedience, with no seeming payback for
the investment of my time. The degree of
pleasantness felt has nothing whatever to
do with the supernatural effectiveness of
being with God. We weaklings crave for
an occasional delightsome feeling in
coming before the Lord, expecting to be
To those who sold doves he said, "
these out of here, and stop making my
Father's house a marketplace."His disciples recalled the words of Scripture,
Zeal for your house will consume me. Jn 2:16-17
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass
©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD.
compensated in this way for what we
may reckon our generosity in doing
something over and above our prescribed
I am hopeful for a huge blessing for all
those who made time to come this week
during the Forty Hours period to “pay
respects” to the good Lord merely for
His being among us. Some of you, I
know, make adoration a regular part of
your week. You already know the
benefits of this practice. It is those who
do not avail themselves of adoration time
that need to be convinced of the
immense good that can be derived from
it. The rewards for adoring the Blessed
Sacrament can’t always be felt in any
immediate way. It’s rather the long
familiarity with the Lord that reaps the
richest harvest. We need to be patient
and allow the graces of Christ to make a
transformation in us through regular and
frequent closeness to Him. These
fleeting days of the parish Forty Hours
are relatively little. Everyone should
however have done at least that much by
way of expanding the heart in love for
n the pragmatic side. It seems that
our whole parish plant is, at one
and the same time, nagging for repairs of
various kinds. Failing sump pumps in our
school, clogged drains in our sewers,
crumbling steps and porch of the church
front, fissures in the masonry on the
exterior–these, in addition to our regular
needs, help advance the aging process of
your pastor. Pity him. We do what we can
with the resources available to us. I do
want you to know that we address these
problems so as to keep our fine structures
and grounds in good condition.
Assumption Grotto Church must be here to
help generations yet to come. Like a parent
who must think not only of himself and of
immediate needs but of his children’s
welfare even long after he will be gone, so
we ought to provide for those who will
follow us. We have benefitted from the
sacrifices of people who bequeathed this
parish to us. We must now make
allowances for those who will come after
us. If only we can survive the city’s blight
and the spiritual dissolution of a once
vibrant American Catholic culture, we will
leave behind us a parish with a legacy of
vibrant faith and with these solid structures
(mens sana in corpore sano: a healthy
‘soul’ in a sound ‘body,’ as Juvenal might
have phrased it), for the benefit of later
Fr. Perrone
MONDAY, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 10, 2014
7:30 a.m. - Gertrude Preis (D)
7:00 p.m. - Dana Steinhaus (L)
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
7:30 a.m. - Anthony Ferrantelli (D)
7:00 p.m. - Steve Howson/Vanessa
Jones (L)
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
7:30 a.m. - Coleman Family D)
7:00 p.m. - Catherine Pardington (L)
Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:30 a.m. - Rose & Nicholas Korzeniewski (D)
7:00 p.m. - Alex Barter/Lauren Jackson
Friday, November 14, 2014
7:30 a.m. - Scribner Family (L&D)
7:00 p.m. - Dolly Ann Stults (D)
Saturday, November 15, 2014
7:30 a.m. - Faithful Departed in Grotto
4:00 p.m. - People of the Parish
Sunday, November 16, 20`14
6:30, 9:30 a.m. and Noon - People of the
Wedding Banns
Philip Haapala & Jennifer Brown,
Saturday, November 15, 2014
4:00 p.m. D. Bastuba, , R & J. Praet, J.
& J. Williams, R. Grado
Sunday, November 16, 2014
6:30 a.m. R. Jacek, C. Kolomjec, M
9:30 a.m. K. Garavaglia, D. Schuster,
K., D. Dux, J. & E. Lang, J. Prevo, G.
Heffernan, R.& A. Santine, A., J. & S
Coates, J. & J Simpson, H. Wisniewski,
B. & J. Newby,
12:00 p.m. B. & S. Sharp, J., P. I. & M.
Doyle, C. & M. Chambers, G & J.
Venditti, A. & M. Arrigoni, A. & J.
Kopke, F. & W. Remske, J. Gallagher, P.
Cooper, C. G. & J. Rochon, D & L
Gethsemane Eucharistic
Adoration Chapel
The Chapel, located in the Convent, is
open 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday-Friday,
and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We need more people to be adorers. If
you can commit to one hour, or be a sub
when someone is absent, please call the
Convent at 313-527-4416.
Open Hours: Monday, 5:00 p.m.,
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m., Thursday, 11:00
Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014
Assumption Grotto Gift Shop
Email:[email protected]
Parish Council President
Anna Graziosi ..................................586-775-3228
Organist, Ray Long ........................313-372-0762
Email: [email protected]
SUNDAY MASSES: Saturdays at 4:00; Sundays
at 6:30, 9:30 (Tridentine), & Noon
HOLY DAY MASSES: 6:30, 9:30 (Tridentine),
Noon & evening at 7:00 p.m.
WEEKDAY MASSES: Monday-Friday 7:30
a.m. (Tridentine), . & 7:00 p.m. , Saturday. 7:30
a.m (Tridentine)
CONFESSIONS: Saturday 2:30-3:30 ., Sunday
9:00 & 11:30 a.m.
BAPTISMS: Every Saturday after the 4:00 p.m.
Mass or Sunday after the Noon Mass. Arrange at
the Rectory Office.
After the Noon Mass on the first Sunday of the
REGISTRATION: Come to Rectory 9-5 p.m.,
Mon-Fri. If not possible, call for a registration
form to be sent out to you.
HOLY CROSS - 313-884-1121
Join us for refreshments in the vestibule
of the gym after Mass.
For information on graves or our
cremation burial site, call the Rectory,
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday ............................. 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday........................... 9:00am-2:00pm
Evening hours ............................... by appointment
313-372-0762, FAX 372-2064
Website: www.assumptiongrotto.com
e-mail: [email protected]
313– 527-1739 Office
313-527-4416 Sisters
Elizabeth Richards..….November 6, 2014
13770 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48205
Pastor, Rev. Eduard Perrone
Associate Pastor, Rev. John Bustamante
Deacon James Wilder
Weekly Holy Hours
Wednesday: after the 7:00 p.m. Mass,
“for all our Priests
Thursday: after the 7:00 p.m. Mass, in
commemoration of the Passio Domini
Friday: after 7:00 p.m. Mass - for the
souls in Purgatory
Saturday: after the 4:00 p.m. Mass - for
all our Military
First Sunday of the Month: K of C
Holy Hour after the Noon Mass, Benediction, prayers, Holy Rosary for vocations
Readings for the Week of
November 9, 2014
Sunday: Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/1 Cor 3:9c11, 16-17/Jn 2:13-22
Monday: Ti 1:1-9/Lk 17:1-6
Tuesday: Ti 2:1-8, 11-14/Lk 17:7-10
Wednesday: Ti 3:1-7/Lk 17:11-19
Thursday: Phlm 7-20/Lk 17:20-25
Friday: 2 Jn 4-9/Lk 17:26-37
Saturday: 3 Jn 5-8/Lk 18:1-8
Next Sunday: Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 3031/1 Thes 5:1-6/Mt 25:14-30 or 25:1415, 19-21
©Liturgical Publications Inc
Purgatorial Society - You will find
envelopes in the pews today to write in
the names of your deceased loved ones
for two special Masses that will be said
for them. This year’s Masses will be
said Sunday, November 2nd, All Souls
Day at Noon, and Sunday, November
9th, at the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
--------------------********----------------K of C Monthly Pancake Breakfast,
TODAY Sunday, November 9th in the
gym after the 9:30 a.m. Mass until 2:00
p.m. All you can eat pancakes, eggs,
sausage, juice and coffee.
-----------------*************-----------Assumption Grotto Knights of Columbus will be collecting supplies for
veterans at the VA Hospital. Items
needed are sample size; toothpaste,
toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner,
combs, hairbrushes, deodorant, razors,
board games, card decks. Please be generous for our veterans. Items can be
dropped off in the vestibule of the
school building in the blue decorated
boxes. We will be collecting until November 10th. Thank you
--------------------********----------------The Book of Life is set up on the podium in the middle of the church starting this weekend for the month of November. Register your deceased loved
ones in the book to be remembered at all
Masses during the month of November.
-----------------*************-----------Forty Hours Devotion began Friday,
November 7th after the 7:30 a.m. Mass
and closes at the Noon Mass on Sunday, November 9th with a procession,
litany and benediction.
Assumption Grotto St. Vincent de
Paul Helpers thank you for your generous donations. If you wish to earmark a
donation for a particular individual or
family, you may do so. St. Vincent de
Paul Helpers will get your donation to
that individual or family. Your donations are tax deductible. St. Vincent de
Paul, pray for us. Thank You.
We are in need of Lectors for the 4:00
p.m. Mass and the Noon Mass. We
would like to see some of the younger
men of the parish volunteer. Normally we would have 4 men for these
masses so that it would only be a once
NOVEMBER 9, 2014
a month commitment. Call the rectory
to volunteer.
--------------------********------------------Parishioners are invited to have your
home consecrated to Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary and receive his
special graces for this devotion and the
twelve promises. Call Tom Ulrich at 586
-775-8138 or Deacon Jim Wilder at 586776-7774. Men of the Sacred Heart:
--------------------********------------------“So you could not keep watch with me
for one hour?” Matt. 26:40: Here is another request that asks for an hour of prayer. Could you please come to a neighborhood abortion clinic and spend one hour
with us? As we pray for pregnant mothers
and their babies, we ask that Jesus will
protect them. For more information, call
Dan Goodnow, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, 313-530-4539.
--------------------********------------------The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge was a big hit. Thank you to all of
the Knights and parents that helped to
make this a successful event.
Congratulations to all those that won their
age group at the Grotto as well as Oliver
and Vincent Ward and Matthew and
Christian Chambers for winning first place
in their age group at the regional Championship. Christian Chambers also went on
to win first place in the State Championship. Congratulations Christian, Way to
--------------------********------------------Chant Workshop - A Chant Workshop
will be held in the school of St. Charles
Lwanga Parish (St. Cecilia site), Detroit,
on Saturday, November 22, 6327 Burlingame St., Detroit, MI 48204 from 8:30
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by Dr. Ron Prous.
The workshop will include instruction in
both Latin and English Gregorian Chantwith the goal of helping both beginners
and those with experience to sing the Ordinary Form Mass and the Extraordinary
Form (Latin) Mass with beauty and confidence. All ages are welcome. Contact
http://vit.ly/St. CeciliaDetroit. Cost is
$25.00. A Traditional Latin Mass follows
at 5:30 for St. Cecilia’s Day.
Assumption Grotto
Gift Shop
[email protected]
Hours: Mon.-Fri.: 8:30-10:30am
Sunday: after the 9:30 & Noon Mass
The Gift Shop has many fine items to
choose from if you are in need of a gift or
are looking for something special for
A good selection of books is also available . Come in and browse. Hours: MonFri. 8:30-10:30 a.m., Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. Call 313-332-4432
The Dedication of
the Lateran Basilica
"When he was raised from the dead, his
disciples remembered that he had said
this, and they came to believe." Jesus predicted his resurrection in today's Gospel.
But it wasn't until after the disciples witnessed the miraculous event that they
realized what he had been talking about.
At the time, Jesus' words seemed mysterious, even confusing. Those who heard
him understandably thought his reference
to "this temple" was about the Jewish
house of worship. But it wasn't. He was
talking about his body. This only became
clear later.
As the saying goes, "hindsight is twentytwenty." How often do we find ourselves
in the midst of a situation that doesn't
make sense at the time? We question the
"meaning" of a sickness, a lost job, a betrayal, or a disappointment. But then, after
time has passed, we can begin to see it
from another angle. In fact, many times
we begin to see how good came out of
these tough situations. St. Paul says, "We
know that all things work for good for
those who love God," (Rom 8:28).
Sometimes it's hard to trust in God's
promises, especially when his plan seems
mysterious or confusing. But just as the
disciples learned that Jesus knew what he
was talking about, we can believe that
too. He tells us that he is "the way and the
truth and the life" (Jn 14:6). Although the
way may seem indirect, Jesus' perspective
is bigger than ours. He knows how to lead
us to the fullness of life, in this world and
the next. The path may not be one that we
would choose. Even Jesus had to journey
through the cross before his resurrectionthe temple of his body was destroyed before it was rebuilt. But looking back, it's
obvious that God's plans really do work
out for the best.
©2014 Liturgical Publications Inc