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Show Notes

0:18 – Archbishop Vigneron begins by invoking Blessed Solanus Casey’s admonition to thank God in advance for all the good He’s going to bring out of this pandemic. Mike asks about the upcoming priest and deacon ordinations and the unique format they will take this year.

The discussion pivots to the situation going on in our nation and our city with the protests and unrest. The Archbishop acknowledges the great hurt shared by George Floyd’s family, their community and African Americans in general. Mary brings up the process of reopening our churches, how it’s being monitored and how the Archbishop came to the decision to resume public masses.

15:56 – Archbishop Vigneron explains the newly announced Family of Parishes plan, how it was developed and how it will begin to be implemented. Mary asks how FOP will differ from previous merging and clustering of parishes. The Archbishop goes on to explain how we must remain a missionary church in spite of fewer available resources.

Mike wonders about the effect on parish culture and the Archbishop reminds us that even the Apostles and St. Paul had their plans changed and how God was able to do a great work through them as they adapted. Archbishop Vigneron asks us to remain in prayer so that the Kingdom of God can grow, “from Jerusalem, to Judea, to Southeast Michigan.”

43:04 – Collected from all over the Archdiocese of Detroit, this episode includes questions about the current Mass restrictions, masks, social distancing, etc., what the Church has to offer African Americans and how it can help that community, and how the laity can support the transition to Families of Parishes.

50:47 – Archbishop Vigneron asks us to pray that we remain faithful to the inspiration of the Synod and for the implementation of Families of Parishes.

51:20 – The Archbishop gives his blessing.