Changing Lives Together

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,…

Immaculate Conception, Archbishop Vigneron’s boyhood parish, gets new roof, repairs through Changing Lives Together

Bill Blaul Special to The Michigan Catholic Anchorville — The first Catholic church building in Anchorville, a wood frame structure, burned to the ground in 1917. Less than a year later, parishioners at Immaculate Conception Parish built a brick church, which is now receiving a new roof and other repairs funded through a successful Changing…

Macomb County parish starts, sustains prayer ministry through Changing Lives Together

Bill Blaul Special to The Michigan Catholic Washington Township — As the Changing Lives Together initiative at SS. John and Paul Parish brings the Washington Township parish closer to building a new parish center, the campaign has also been the catalyst for starting a parish prayer ministry now involving hundreds of the faithful. “Before we…