|Ten-year-old Luke Luttinen walks alongside seventeen-year-old Kyle DiSalle during missions.|
By Kelly Luttinen
August 5, 2010. Pontiac, Michigan -- On one
of the hottest days of the summer in the metro-Detroit
area, 17 missionary families brought the message of Christ’s love
to a local neighborhood. At the request of Fr. Jim
Kean, pastor of St. Damien of Molokai parish, the Regnum
Christi families visited about 100 homes on the border between
the cities of Pontiac and Waterford to invite people to
Mass at the local parish. The missionaries also represented the
parish earlier in the year, inviting local residents to Holy
During a morning Mass on July 17, 2010, Fr.
Jose Rivas, LC, commissioned the missionaries at Everest Academy in
Clarkston, Michigan and blessed the crosses they wore around their
necks. Then the missionaries braved over 90 degree temperatures and
barking dogs to go door to door to visit residents.
Most were “warm and welcoming” according to those who participated.
Though mostly Baptist, some Catholic residents who had not settled
into a parish received helpful information, including the bus route
to one of St. Damien’s three church locations.
|Missionary families walk the neighborhood in 90+ degree heat.|
children also found a dying bird in one of the
resident’s yards that they placed in a small box and
cared for during its last hours. “It had an injured
wing,” said 10-year-old missionary Luke Luttinen. “It made us feel
good to take care of it.”
For more information on participating
in the future Detroit missions, contact Kim and Tony DiSalle