August 3, 2020 (Kalamazoo, Mich.): The Most Rev. Paul J. Bradley has announced the following clergy appointments as well as the formation of a new Parish Collaborative. Changes are effective August 10, 2020 unless otherwise noted.
My dear friends, as we all are painfully aware, we’re living in a very tumultuous, anxious, and greatly divided time in our country. Tensions are high, anger is great, peaceful protests against racism and social injustice are widespread, and sadly, some of those protests have turned violent, and destructive, including here in our own community. I’m reminded of St. Paul’s words to the Corinthians, and us, to “mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Cor. 13:11).
The Most Reverend James A. Murray, Bishop Emeritus for the Diocese of Kalamazoo (1998-2009) has died. The retired bishop had recently experienced declining health and passed away peacefully this morning. He would have celebrated his 88th birthday on July 5, 2020.
This Pentecost Sunday is an especially joyful day in our beloved Diocese. Today we begin the gradual return to full participation in the life of the Church through our first weekend in Level 1 for the public celebration of Masses in a very modified manner. Although we know we still have a long way to go, it’s a joy-filled experience to finally welcome people back to celebrate the Holy Mass together.
Bishop Bradley has announced the decision to resume the public celebration of the Holy Mass beginning on May 27, 2020 with daily Mass and in anticipation of the Feast of Pentecost on May 31, 2020. Parishes will need to be ready in order to re-open by following the diocesan "Preparation Plan." Guidelines for the Faithful will be released in the coming days.
Bishop Paul J. Bradley on behalf of the Diocese of Kalamazoo has created the "Forward in Faith: Parish Support Fund" to raise money for Parishes impacted by the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic. All gifts to this special online fund will directly benefit the Parishes.
A special letter from Bishop Bradley: On this first Sunday of 2020, as we join with the Universal Church in celebrating the Solemnity of the Epiphany when Jesus was made manifest as Lord to all the world, I take this occasion to wish you all a very Blessed and Happy New Year!
Bishop Paul J. Bradley released the following statement regarding the motu proprio (new Church law) “You are the Light of the World” by Pope Francis: “We welcome Pope Francis’ motu proprio, “You are the Light Of the World” which establishes new laws governing the Catholic Church’s standards for protecting all her people from the evil of sexual abuse.
On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception this year, Bishop Paul J. Bradley consecrated the Diocese of Kalamazoo to the protection and intercession of our Blessed Mother. In this consecration he called upon all the Faithful to do an individual Act of Consecration and to continue to remember 10 specific prayer intentions he detailed in his homily during the Mass.