After setting record temperatures in Michigan during the month of March, many motorcyclists have already taken the wraps off their bikes to hit the road and enjoy our gift of an early spring. For riders of faith however, there’s one thing they haven’t had yet, and that’s a formal blessing from our local clergy to invoke God’s grace for a safe riding season.
That of course, is the reason the priests of the Servants of Charity in Chelsea, MI have agreed to host the 6th Annual Blessing of the Bikes at St. Louis Center on Sunday April 29, 2012.. Not only does it provide for a special blessing from Fr. Enzo Addari for everyone who attends, but it also provides a destination for motorcycle riders to go where they can have some fun in a “family friendly” environment; then take a ride throughout the beautiful Waterloo Recreation Area.
Sheila Fitzgibbons of Jackson, is a Co-Chair of the event along with her husband Richard Ellison, and the event is now in its sixth year. “As riders ourselves, we started this event to raise awareness for St. Louis Center, and to help them make a little bit of money in the process. We know that as these events grow, some in the state can have several hundred bikers in attendance, and that’s what we’re hoping for someday,” said Fitzgibbons.
The St. Louis Center is located at 16195 W. Old US-12 Highway in Chelsea, MI, and is five miles west of the City of Chelsea. A $5 donation per person is requested at the gate, and the blessing takes place at 1:30 p.m. Classic Rock band Massasagua will be providing the entertainment, food will be available to purchase, and there will be prize drawings and other contests throughout the afternoon. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., and the event ends at 3:00 p.m.
St. Louis Center is a residential care facility for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilies, and has been run by the Servants of Charity for the past 52 years. For more information, please visit www.stlouiscenter.org and click-on the events page, or contact Public Relations Director Joseph Yekulis at 734-475-8430.