Faith in Action

Putting mission into action in the Archdiocese of Detroit

Beverly Hills parish completes total overhaul of worship space

The worship space of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish in Beverly Hills is seen with new pews, flooring, baptismal font and more after the parish’s successful Changing Lives Together campaign.

BEVERLY HILLS — With Bishop Michael Byrnes presiding, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish in Beverly Hills celebrated the rededication of its church Sept. 11 following improvement projects funded by the Changing Lives Together campaign. The parish not only met its campaign goal, but nearly doubled it, raising more than $1.7 million in pledges and…

Year of Mercy pilgrimage to show fruits of Changing Lives Together in action

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DETROIT — Thousands of Catholics already have seen benefits of the Changing Lives Together capital initiative in their parishes — often recognized in building improvements, added religious education programs, or simply the peace of mind of having paid down parish debt. But the spiritual benefits of Changing Lives Together still are coming. On Sept. 17,…

Macomb County parish continues 10-year legacy of growth, facility improvements

St. Paul of Tarsus Parish in Clinton Township is debt-free and growing, thanks to a master plan established in 2006 and help from the archdiocese's Changing Lives Together campaign.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Fr. Ron Essman remembers back in July 2003 celebrating his first wedding as pastor of St. Paul of Tarsus Parish in the pouring rain. That’s not usually supposed to happen inside a church. “A heavy rainstorm caused water to gush into the church through the outer walls and our copper-encased towers,” the…

Saving steeple at St. Josaphat a race against time

Meanwhile, spires at Sweetest Heart of Mary also twisted, ‘slowly collapsing’ Detroit — The fate of St. Josaphat Church’s leaning steeple and Sweetest Heart of Mary Church’s two twisted spires depends on financial assistance to save the lofty structures from complete removal. These two historic churches, which along with St. Joseph Church on Jay Street,…

Parishioners often surprised, seminarians inspired by parish visits

Bill Blaul Special to The Michigan Catholic Detroit — The visits happen a few times each year and have become among the most uplifting ways of elevating the visibility of priestly vocations in the Detroit Archdiocese. Twice annually during Lent and on one other occasion, about 100 seminarians studying at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in…

Messengers in Midtown: Wayne State University’s Catholic campus ministry grows through Gospel message

Bill Blaul Special to The Michigan Catholic Detroit — It’s a challenge to help Catholic students keep their faith while enrolled at a large public university, where moral relativism often dominates. It’s an especially daunting task on an urban campus amid an enrollment of 30,000 with the added objectives of finding Catholics receptive to returning…