Faith in Action

Putting mission into action in the Archdiocese of Detroit

Archbishop: Changing Lives Together shifts to evangelism as campaign tops $106M

Livonia — Changing Lives Together, the archdiocese-wide capital stewardship campaign started in 2011 to help strengthen Catholic parishes and other mission priorities in the Archdiocese of Detroit, has achieved a major milestone by surpassing $100 million in pledges, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron announced July 31. The archbishop made the announcement during a Vespers service at…

Pastor wraps pro-life effort, parishioner home visits, and 200-mile pilgrimage into campaign success

Bill Blaul Special to The Michigan Catholic Sterling Heights – The pastor of St. Malachy Parish in Sterling Heights decided last year that his parish volunteers were doing enough, and it would need to be his responsibility to conduct the parish Changing Lives Together campaign. Fr. Joseph Gembala made it an intensely personal effort. After…

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…