What they’re saying about The Michigan Catholic

DETROIT — Here is a sampling of some of the messages The Michigan Catholic has received on the occasion of its 140th anniversary:

From Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit: “The Church carries out her mission to a great extent by means of communication. God has spoken His Word to us—sending us His beloved Son, who is God’s Word of truth and love. And God has entrusted us with the mission of sharing the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ with a world so badly in need of truth and love. We fulfill this mission by means of preaching and other forms of teaching and evangelization, including the effective use of the various media.

“For these past 140 years, our local Church of Detroit has especially relied upon The Michigan Catholic to serve as a critical instrument of evangelization. Through The Michigan Catholic, we have been able to share with our Catholic faithful and with other readers vital information concerning the Catholic Church, analysis of current events, and articles aimed at fostering the spiritual formation of our readers.

“Our diocesan newspaper has also served as a forum in which Catholics could share their own insights about our faith and the life of the Church. In these ways and many others, The Michigan Catholic has been of invaluable assistance in the work of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and building our communion in his Body, the Church.”

From Deborah Bloomfield, pro-life activist and member, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Wyandotte: “Congratulations on the 140th anniversary of the Michigan Catholic. Not only has the newspaper helped to keep my family informed on the news from the archbishop and around the archdiocese, but it has been a vehicle to share information on the many activities I have personally been involved with that are of great interest to Catholic readers.

Over the years, those activities have included pro-life activities, such as the Life Chain (coming up again on Sunday, Oct. 7) and the work of the Couple to Couple League for Natural Family Planning, as well as performances of dramas about the saints by Leonardo Defilippis and St. Luke Productions, and the Call to Holiness conferences (with the next one on Oct. 13), as well as features of our children’s school and sports teams.

The Michigan Catholic has been a vehicle to unite Catholics in parishes and vicariates across the Archdiocese. The online stories are a feature that now allow us to share across the country as well.”

From Fr. Joseph Gembala, pastor, St. Malachy Parish, Sterling Heights : “The only way people can understand that we are truly a community of faith in the archdiocese is through perspective they get from reading The Michigan Catholic. Otherwise, they tend to become isolated in their own parish.

“The Michigan Catholic helps with the Catholic Services Appeal and with the Changing Lives Together campaigns by helping people understand what the archdiocese does.

“This summer, I visited more than 500 individual houses to talk about Changing Lives Together, and what I got the most resistance on was that 30 percent of their pledge should go to the archdiocese. But then I would mention something the archdiocese does, and the person would say, ‘Oh, yes, I want to support that. I read about that in The Michigan Catholic.’”

From Socorro Truchan, coordinator for marriage, family and pro-life activities, Archdiocese of Detroit: “It has been already three years since the pro-life initiative, Life is a Gift, began with its debut via The Michigan Catholic newspaper.

“When we were asked by Archbishop Vigneron to come up with a pro-life activity or event that would bring the message of the Gospel of Life to families, youth and to all the people in the Detroit area, we started with the Life is a Gift Student Contest, in which students in grades 4 to 12 could use the arts to bring to life the message for life. Right away, The Michigan Catholic was instrumental in helping to launch this campaign.

“I’m grateful for The Michigan Catholic newspaper. It has been instrumental in reaching new audiences with its coverage of the annual student contest and Life is a Gift Conference.”