“We do not want the events we will live
to be limited to meetings that study and approve the
text of the Constitutions or Statutes, or to be limited
to a cursory review of our way of life. We feel an appropriate spiritual preparation is also
necessary, a personal and community journey to “renew our love,”
and we want to begin it with the celebration of
the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of
Jesus…The renewal of the Legion and Regnum Christi in holiness
depends upon our capacity of living up to the truth
in our own lives and of being open to embracing
the grace of conversion to the Heart of Jesus.” (May 28, 2013 letter to
the members of Regnum Christi and the Legion of Christ
from Fr Sylvester Heereman LC, vicar general of the Legion,
and the heads of the RC consecrated women and men,
respectively, Gloria Rodríguez and Jorge López.)
In response to this
letter, the Detroit, Michigan, area Regnum Christi family gathered in
the chapel at the Boys’ School of Everest Academy in
Clarkston, Michigan for a concelebrated Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and fellowship
in honor of the feast of the Sacred Heart June
In a June 2, 2013 email from Fr.
Michael Brisson LC to the local coordinators of apostolate and
their locality teams, he suggested one way localities could follow
the recommendations of Fr. Sylvester and prepare spiritually for the
upcoming 2014 General Chapter and related meetings was to hold
a concelebrated Mass on the Sacred Heart feast day, inviting
all the Legionaries, consecrated men and women, and first and
second degree RC members to participate.
|Seventy-five people attended the Mass in celebration of the feast of the Sacred Heart.|
Though they had only
a few days to organize an event, the Detroit family
took on the invitation. “Fr. Aaron (Smith – the
Detroit locality LCA) responded by sending an email out to
all of us asking for our help to organize,” said
RC consecrated woman April Pickett, who put together a flyer to promote the event via email and Facebook. The team quickly planned a Mass, Eucharistic Adoration
and a fellowship brunch to follow at Everest Academy.
Lorenzo Gomez LC celebrated the Mass, which was concelebrated by
Fr. Aaron, Fr. Thomas Flynn LC, Fr. John Curran LC,
Fr. Daniel Pajerski LC and Fr. Joseph Gillespie LC. Brothers Joshua Thompson and Adam Zettel assisted. Music
was provided by RC consecrated woman Sarah Lang.
Lucia Westrick, a member of the Immaculate Conception Program
and student at Everest Collegiate Girls’ High School, and Mike
Nalepa, executive director of Everest, served as lectors.
Mass, RC consecrated woman Jana Crea gave a reflection during
Eucharistic Adoration. She spoke about why Jesus reveals his Sacred
Heart to us. “It shows Jesus’ vulnerability,”
she said. “Just like He is here in the Eucharist. Jesus is …offering us His heart.
He is OK being vulnerable with us.Are we
OK being vulnerable with Him?”
Marge Mancuso, head of the
Detroit locality RC Women’s Section, called the entire experience “amazing.”
“We had 75 people attend Mass,” she said. “Many stayed
for the Eucharistic Adoration and confession. Then
we had 55 for brunch afterwards.”
"See what a team
is capable of in basically 24 hours!" said Fr. Aaron.