Faith in Action

Putting mission into action in the Archdiocese of Detroit

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…

Atlanta Mass honors ‘extraordinary heroism’ of 9/11 first responders

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory blesses Fire Chief Joel Baker and Police Chief George Turner of Atlanta Sept. 11 during the archdiocese's first Blue Mass. (CNS photo/Thomas Spink, Archdiocese of Atlanta)

By Nichole Golden Catholic News Service ATLANTA — With a large American flag suspended from fire trucks outside, the Archdiocese of Atlanta held its first Blue Mass for police officers, firefighters and other first responders at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta on Sept. 11. Public safety officials from Atlanta police and fire…

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…

New parish in Dearborn starts with people, buildings, funds and 120 years of history

Bill Blaul Special to The Michigan Catholic Dearborn — In just more than four months since St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Dearborn was formed, nearly all of the parishioner households from its predecessor parishes -– St. Martha on Oakwood Boulevard and St. Joseph on Rotunda Drive –- have signed up at St. Kateri, offertory contributions…