Daniel Meloy

Bikers blessed before riding in ‘God’s great church of the outdoors’

Deacon Franz Hoffer, "Deacon Harley" to some in the community, blesses bicyclists and motorcyclists June 12at St. Michael Parish in Sterling Heights. The deacon, who blessed bikes for eight years at his former parish, hopes to continue the tradition at his new assignment.

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‘Deacon Harley’ blesses motorcyclists, bicyclists in new tradition at Sterling Heights parish Sterling Heights — Bikers of all kinds were revved up with the Holy Spirit at St. Michael Parish in Sterling Heights. On June 12, St. Michael Deacon Franz Hoffer — “Deacon Harley,” as he is known to some in the community — invited…

Reading between the lines


Gospel experts speak at 20th annual Castelot Summer Scripture Series Lake Orion — For almost 2,000 years, Christian communities have gathered together to read and reflect on Scripture. Written by those who were closest to Christ, the Gospel still serves as a relevant guide for Christians today. From June 20-23, Scripture scholars and teachers from…

‘To dust you shall return’

Fr. Charles Morris, left, and Russ Burns, director of All Saints Cemetery, stand before the memorial wall at The Preserve at All Saints Cemetery, which offers the option of natural burials for Catholics who seek a simpler way to say goodbye to loved ones. Natural, or "green," burials still afford the deceased a full Catholic funeral and rites, bu tburials are done without embalming and using a simple shroud and casket.

Photos by Dan Meloy | The Michigan Catholic

Cemetery offers ‘green’ burial as spiritual, environmental option for Catholics Waterford Township — Every Ash Wednesday, Catholics are reminded that one day their bodies will return to the Earth: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” While the Christian life contemplates where one’s soul will end up in the afterlife, more…