Together In Faith

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…

Southwest Detroit parishes prioritize financial stability, begin merger planning

Bill Blaul Special to The Michigan Catholic Detroit — One-half mile from each other in southwest Detroit, Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish and St. Stephen / Mary Mother of Our Church Parish have withstood decades of economic, demographic and social change. Founded respectively in 1915 and 1917, both parishes have taken a step forward in…

New parish formed from merger rejoices after first anniversary

Sheila McAfee Special to The Michigan Catholic Ecorse – A joyful, standing-room-only congregation recently celebrated the first anniversary of St. André Bessette Parish in Ecorse, a testament to the journey of faith parishioners have taken in merging two beloved parishes. “It was wonderful,” said Sharon Resst, St. Andre bookkeeper. “Parishioners even filled the aisles.” The…

Unique approach to Gospel preaching, Eucharistic adoration attracting hundreds of faithful

Bill Blaul Special to The Michigan Catholic Metro Detroit — An idea inspired by the traditional Catholic practice of Eucharistic adoration has grown into a series of parish events attracting as many as 500 lay faithful on Sunday evenings. Awaken Ministry, co-founded by Maureen Dierkes, a parishioner at St. Mary of the Hills Parish, Rochester…