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The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic faith, the point of contact where the faithful meet the divine.Fo...
05/20/2022
Worship directors strive to keep, expand on charisms within Families of Parishes - Detroit Catholic

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic faith, the point of contact where the faithful meet the divine.

For that reason alone, there is perhaps no more important question in Catholic communities than the way in which worship is conducted. Often, the style and setting of the Mass is a primary reason the faithful choose a particular parish community.

Under Families of Parishes, the new pastoral model instituted in the Archdiocese of Detroit that organizes parishes into groups to share resources and collaborate in order to better evangelize, family worship directors are tasked with ensuring such worship glorifies God and engages the faithful.

Parishioners shouldn’t expect change in Sunday experience, except more chances to share worship with neighboring parishes

05/19/2022
Detroit Stories Episode 32: 'Catholic Morality in the Age of Crypto'

#DetroitStories dives into the intersection of our Catholic faith and the ever evolving world of cryptocurrency. In this episode, learn what cryptocurrency is, how it started and what the appeal is for crypto miners and traders — all through a Catholic lens.

🎧Take a listen: detroitcatholic.com/news/detroit-stories-episode-32-catholic-morality-in-the-age-of-crypto-podcast

For nearly 66 years, Deacon Bob Tremmel has been devoted to the study of the Shroud of Turin, a length of cloth with the...
05/18/2022
After 66 years studying Shroud of Turin, deacon says image is 'God's love letter' - Detroit Catholic

For nearly 66 years, Deacon Bob Tremmel has been devoted to the study of the Shroud of Turin, a length of cloth with the negative image of a crucified man that is purported to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ.

Now 82 years old, Deacon Tremmel’s fascination began as a 16-year-old in 1956, when he read the book, "A Doctor at Calvary: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ as Described by a Surgeon," by the French physician Pierre Barbet.

Deacon Tremmel, who went on to become a research chemist for 55 years before he retired, was already fascinated with science in high school, and it was the compelling scientific perspective and research results on the Shroud of Turin that hooked him and have held his fascination ever since.

Deacon Bob Tremmel, a research chemist by trade, began studying the purported image of Jesus in 1956 and has not stopped since

Since Henry Ford and his family sold the land on which the current home stands for a $1 in 1957 to the Christ Child Soci...
05/17/2022
Christ Child Society blesses site of planned new home for child trauma victims - Detroit Catholic

Since Henry Ford and his family sold the land on which the current home stands for a $1 in 1957 to the Christ Child Society of Detroit, the Christ Child House has stood as a beacon of hope.

It will continue to stand — albeit in a newer location just down the road.

Since 1948, the nonprofit residential treatment center for boys ages 5 through 16 has served as a home in a time of transition for children navigating trauma, abuse and neglect — a place where kids who have been failed by the adults in their lives can rebuild their lives and focus on being kids again.

For 65 years, Detroit-based Christ Child House has helped boys ages 5-16 with temporary housing, loving support system

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this summer will launch a three-year grassroots revival of devotion and faith in...
05/16/2022
Two-mile procession June 19 to launch Eucharistic revival in Detroit archdiocese - Detroit Catholic

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this summer will launch a three-year grassroots revival of devotion and faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, culminating in the first National Eucharistic Congress in the United States since 1975.

Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit will have a chance to participate in such a revival on Sunday, June 19, the feast of Corpus Christi, when Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will lead a two-mile Eucharistic procession from the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

Corpus Christi procession from cathedral to seminary beginning of three-year campaign to revive faithful's belief in Real Presence

Deacon Michael Bruno Selvaraj’s ordination as a transitional deacon this year couldn’t have happened without others’ gen...
05/14/2022
Through Catholic Services Appeal, local Catholics support seminarians, ministries - Detroit Catholic

Deacon Michael Bruno Selvaraj’s ordination as a transitional deacon this year couldn’t have happened without others’ generosity.

Deacon Bruno is one step away from his dream of becoming a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and the faithful’s continued support of the Catholic Services Appeal is a big reason why. Nearly one-third of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s annual appeal supports the formation of clergy, students, priests and others primarily through Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

"As I started to realize the generosity of the people of God, it began to trigger in my heart that I also should be generous in discerning my vocation, just like the people of God were generous toward me,” Deacon Bruno told Detroit Catholic.

This year’s CSA appeal kicked off May 7-8.

Transitional deacon 'in awe' of faithful's generosity through annual appeal; this year's campaign kicks off with $16.68M goal

In a culture where people are deeply afraid of death and dying, Christ wants to use those tasked with burying the dead t...
05/14/2022
Funeral, cemetery workers are 'salve to those who are suffering,' Fr. Riccardo says - Detroit Catholic

In a culture where people are deeply afraid of death and dying, Christ wants to use those tasked with burying the dead to be a salve to those who are suffering and to remind them of Christ’s paradoxical message — that by dying on the cross, he has defeated death for all.

That was the message delivered to hundreds of funeral and cemetery workers May 12 during Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services' national town hall event hosted at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Executive director of ACTS XXIX delivers keynote during national town hall event for Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services

Maria Pia Palazzolo, a resident of Washington Township, recalled when her brother, Giovanni Bartolotta, miraculously liv...
05/12/2022
Local Italian Catholics have powerful connection to soon-to-be canonized saint - Detroit Catholic

Maria Pia Palazzolo, a resident of Washington Township, recalled when her brother, Giovanni Bartolotta, miraculously lived through a horrific motorcycle accident in 2003 near the northern Italian city of Ancona. After months of hospitalizations and confinement to a hospital bed, Palazzolo's brother was the saved through the intercession of Maria of Jesus, who lived in Palazzolo’s and her brother’s home town of Cinisi, she said.

“They told us that the accident was very, very grave,” Palazzolo told Detroit Catholic. “They called us to tell us it was so severe that the ambulance was not equipped to handle his needs — so they needed a helicopter to bring him to the hospital.”

Through tears, Palazzolo’s mother, Giuseppina Vitale, said in Italian that her son was saved after he saw a vision of Maria of Jesus as he was being wheeled into the hospital.

Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Maria of Jesus Santocanale on May 15, but local families have known her sanctity for years

In Wyandotte, the Catholic faith is an integral part of the public square.That's because parishioners of Our Lady of the...
05/11/2022
Wyandotte 'rosary boxes' guide pilgrims, declare neighborhood’s devotion to Mary - Detroit Catholic

In Wyandotte, the Catholic faith is an integral part of the public square.

That's because parishioners of Our Lady of the Scapular Parish for years have made a point of bringing their faith to the streets — literally — starting with their own front yards.

Throughout the month of May, a month traditionally dedicated to Mary, parishioners are praying the rosary in a unique way, while taking a leisurely Sunday stroll through the neighborhood. During the weekly walks, Our Lady of the Scapular parishioners stop at five "rosary box" stations along the route, praying the ancient prayer in people's front yards.

Twenty stations dot front yards of homes around Our Lady of the Scapular Parish, creating community rosary walking path

St. Charles Lwanga — formerly called St. Cecilia Church — sits near the corner of Grand River and Livernois in northwest...
05/10/2022
For St. Charles Lwanga and its pastor, Fr. Parker, a century of faith is worth celebrating - Detroit Catholic

St. Charles Lwanga — formerly called St. Cecilia Church — sits near the corner of Grand River and Livernois in northwest Detroit. Known for its famed Ceciliaville gym and a vibrant history of activism and service in the community, the parish is inviting past and present parishioners, priests and alumni of St. Cecilia School to celebrate the parish’s rich legacy and pray for a promising future.

Providence would have it that the St. Charles Lwanga community is celebrating 100 years at the same time its pastor, Fr. Theodore Parker, is celebrating 50 years as a priest.

As Detroit parish celebrates centennial of historic St. Cecilia Church, priest marks 50 years of ‘preaching Christ’ to community

Archbishop Vigneron promulgated a new set of norms for priests and parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit wishing to cel...
05/06/2022
Archbishop Vigneron issues guidelines for priests, parishes on traditional Latin Mass - Detroit Catholic

Archbishop Vigneron promulgated a new set of norms for priests and parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit wishing to celebrate Masses and sacraments according to the 1962 Roman Missal in accordance with Pope Francis’ July 2021 apostolic letter, Traditionis custodes, which restored some limits on the use of the traditional Latin Mass in dioceses worldwide.

At the time the pope’s letter was released, Archbishop Vigneron indicated he would study the document before issuing a formal policy on its implementation in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

The new norms, announced May 6 in a letter to clergy of the Archdiocese of Detroit, will go into effect July 1.

In his decree, Archbishop Vigneron acknowledged the “great gift and the great blessing that worship using the ancient rite of the Mass has been in the Archdiocese of Detroit,” while emphasizing that its celebration may continue on a limited basis “in a spirit of unity with and obedience to the magisterium of the Church.”

Archbishop grants permission for St. Joseph Shrine to offer extraordinary form; other priests may ask for special permission

05/06/2022
Detroit Stories Episode 31: 'Engineering and Empathy'

What if our struggles were visible to others? And what if everyone knew what we lacked?

For Gary Miracle, this is his reality. After a 1.7% chance of surviving sepsis, Gary now lives without arms or legs - and this vulnerability has brought him close to God.

Listen to the full #DetroitStories episode here: detroitcatholic.com/news/detroit-stories-episode-31-engineering-and-empathy-podcast

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron presented 105 certificates, diplomas and degrees to 97 men and women at Sacred Heart Major ...
05/03/2022
Sacred Heart Major Seminary sends forth 97 graduates to glorify God through work - Detroit Catholic

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron presented 105 certificates, diplomas and degrees to 97 men and women at Sacred Heart Major Seminary's baccalaureate Mass and commencement on April 30. The number of smiles in the seminary chapel that day, however, were significantly more.

Fr. Stephen Burr bestowed the degrees in his role as Sacred Heart's president and rector. Twelve graduates earned a baccalaureate or licentiate in sacred theology conferred by the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome through the faculty at Sacred Heart.

Archbishop Vigneron presents 105 certificates, diplomas and degrees during commencement exercises, baccalaureate Mass on April 30

Right to Life Michigan expressed "cautious optimism" in regards to the reported leak, noting that the organization's mis...
05/03/2022
With Roe reversal possibly imminent, pro-life leaders turn focus to road ahead - Detroit Catholic

Right to Life Michigan expressed "cautious optimism" in regards to the reported leak, noting that the organization's mission won't change if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned.

"Our mission wouldn't change too much; we would keep fighting for our 1846 abortion law, and we would continue to make sure Michigan stays a life-affirming state if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned," Anna Visser, director of communications and education for Right to Life Michigan, told Detroit Catholic.

Visser warned pro-life advocates to not celebrate too early, considering the official opinion hasn't been released and the final version might not reflect Justice Alito's.

Leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggests 1973 decision may be overturned, but Michigan's pro-life leaders know the work isn't done

In early April, 18 people from St. Clare of Montefalco Parish volunteered 10 days of their time in Poland to provide car...
05/02/2022
'They cry and you cry': Volunteers forever changed by service at Poland-Ukraine border - Detroit Catholic

In early April, 18 people from St. Clare of Montefalco Parish volunteered 10 days of their time in Poland to provide care and shelter for the thousands of Ukrainian refugees who have flooded into the bordering country since Russia first invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

What they saw, heard and experienced, none of them will ever forget.

“People just wanted to talk,” Fr. Andrew Kowalczyk, CSMA, said. “You don’t understand what they are telling you, but you just allow them to tell their story. At the end of the story, they cry and you cry. I gave a blessing to a woman who was talking to me, and I had no idea what she was saying; I just said in Polish and English, ‘I am praying for you, and I am sorry for what you are going through.’”

18 volunteers from St. Clare of Montefalco, led by Fr. Andrew Kowalczyk, CSMA, traveled to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees transition, resettle

Families are at the heart of unleashing the Gospel, because it's within the domestic church that individuals learn what ...
04/29/2022
Families helping families: How Families of Parishes will support the domestic church - Detroit Catholic

Families are at the heart of unleashing the Gospel, because it's within the domestic church that individuals learn what it means to be part of the universal Church.

With this in mind, directors of family ministry within the Archdiocese of Detroit's new Families of Parishes governance structure know their job is crucial.

“We want all of the families within each Family of Parishes to feel like they belong at their parish, to feel like they are seen and heard and cared for and loved by their church family,” said Nicole Joyce, associate director of family ministry for the Archdiocese of Detroit, whose job will be to support family-level directors in their ministry.

'As the family goes, goes the nation:' Directors of family ministries tasked with strengthening support for marriages, parents and children

“There were hundreds of people here, and we are so happy that Aidan will be a Detroit Lion,” said Fr. Bob McCabe, pastor...
04/29/2022
'We were going crazy:' Divine Child cheers as Lions draft '18 grad Hutchinson - Detroit Catholic

“There were hundreds of people here, and we are so happy that Aidan will be a Detroit Lion,” said Fr. Bob McCabe, pastor of Church of the Divine Child and Divine Child Catholic Schools. “We were going crazy — when we heard that he wasn’t No. 1, we knew what that meant.”

“We are blessed. We’re very blessed, and we anticipate great things,” Fr. McCabe said. “His character is something that is so admirable, and we’re so proud of him, not only for his athletic ability but his spiritual. We were proud to play a part in the development of this young man who embodies so much of what Divine Child stands for.”

University of Michigan standout led Falcons to Prep Bowl titles, Our Lady of Good Counsel to CYO championship: 'We're so proud,' pastor says

Four young men entered the Church on April 27 during an all-school Mass in Detroit Catholic Central High School's gymnas...
04/28/2022
Inspired by peers, theology classes, students join Church at all-school Mass - Detroit Catholic

Four young men entered the Church on April 27 during an all-school Mass in Detroit Catholic Central High School's gymnasium. Three of them were Catholic Central students — juniors Nick Lopez and Hayden Keeley, and sophomore, Chas Lewless — as well as one student from St. Mary’s Preparatory School in Orchard Lake, Dylan Magdich.

The RCIT program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens) at Catholic Central was co-founded by Basilian Fr. Bill Riegal, who died last August, Basilian Fr. Dennis Noelke and Kevin Walters, the school's campus minister and theology department head. Archbishop Vigneron approved the program, and for three years, Catholic Central has been giving young men who have encountered Christ within the school’s halls a chance to learn more and grow in their faith.

Special program at Catholic Central helps students interested in becoming Catholic finish sacramental prep during school hours

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The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Catholic faith, the point of contact where the faithful meet the divine. For that reason alone, there is perhaps no more important question in Catholic communities than the way in which worship is conducted. Often, the style and setting of the Mass is a primary reason the faithful choose a particular parish community. Under Families of Parishes, the new pastoral model instituted in the Archdiocese of Detroit that organizes parishes into groups to share resources and collaborate in order to better evangelize, family worship directors are tasked with ensuring such worship glorifies God and engages the faithful.
#DetroitStories dives into the intersection of our Catholic faith and the ever evolving world of cryptocurrency. In this episode, learn what cryptocurrency is, how it started and what the appeal is for crypto miners and traders — all through a Catholic lens. 🎧Take a listen: detroitcatholic.com/news/detroit-stories-episode-32-catholic-morality-in-the-age-of-crypto-podcast
For nearly 66 years, Deacon Bob Tremmel has been devoted to the study of the Shroud of Turin, a length of cloth with the negative image of a crucified man that is purported to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ. Now 82 years old, Deacon Tremmel’s fascination began as a 16-year-old in 1956, when he read the book, "A Doctor at Calvary: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ as Described by a Surgeon," by the French physician Pierre Barbet. Deacon Tremmel, who went on to become a research chemist for 55 years before he retired, was already fascinated with science in high school, and it was the compelling scientific perspective and research results on the Shroud of Turin that hooked him and have held his fascination ever since.
Since Henry Ford and his family sold the land on which the current home stands for a $1 in 1957 to the Christ Child Society of Detroit, the Christ Child House has stood as a beacon of hope. It will continue to stand — albeit in a newer location just down the road. Since 1948, the nonprofit residential treatment center for boys ages 5 through 16 has served as a home in a time of transition for children navigating trauma, abuse and neglect — a place where kids who have been failed by the adults in their lives can rebuild their lives and focus on being kids again.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this summer will launch a three-year grassroots revival of devotion and faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, culminating in the first National Eucharistic Congress in the United States since 1975. Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit will have a chance to participate in such a revival on Sunday, June 19, the feast of Corpus Christi, when Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will lead a two-mile Eucharistic procession from the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.
Deacon Michael Bruno Selvaraj’s ordination as a transitional deacon this year couldn’t have happened without others’ generosity. Deacon Bruno is one step away from his dream of becoming a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and the faithful’s continued support of the Catholic Services Appeal is a big reason why. Nearly one-third of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s annual appeal supports the formation of clergy, students, priests and others primarily through Sacred Heart Major Seminary. "As I started to realize the generosity of the people of God, it began to trigger in my heart that I also should be generous in discerning my vocation, just like the people of God were generous toward me,” Deacon Bruno told Detroit Catholic. This year’s CSA appeal kicked off May 7-8.
In a culture where people are deeply afraid of death and dying, Christ wants to use those tasked with burying the dead to be a salve to those who are suffering and to remind them of Christ’s paradoxical message — that by dying on the cross, he has defeated death for all. That was the message delivered to hundreds of funeral and cemetery workers May 12 during Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services' national town hall event hosted at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Maria Pia Palazzolo, a resident of Washington Township, recalled when her brother, Giovanni Bartolotta, miraculously lived through a horrific motorcycle accident in 2003 near the northern Italian city of Ancona. After months of hospitalizations and confinement to a hospital bed, Palazzolo's brother was the saved through the intercession of Maria of Jesus, who lived in Palazzolo’s and her brother’s home town of Cinisi, she said. “They told us that the accident was very, very grave,” Palazzolo told Detroit Catholic. “They called us to tell us it was so severe that the ambulance was not equipped to handle his needs — so they needed a helicopter to bring him to the hospital.” Through tears, Palazzolo’s mother, Giuseppina Vitale, said in Italian that her son was saved after he saw a vision of Maria of Jesus as he was being wheeled into the hospital.
In Wyandotte, the Catholic faith is an integral part of the public square. That's because parishioners of Our Lady of the Scapular Parish for years have made a point of bringing their faith to the streets — literally — starting with their own front yards. Throughout the month of May, a month traditionally dedicated to Mary, parishioners are praying the rosary in a unique way, while taking a leisurely Sunday stroll through the neighborhood. During the weekly walks, Our Lady of the Scapular parishioners stop at five "rosary box" stations along the route, praying the ancient prayer in people's front yards.
St. Charles Lwanga — formerly called St. Cecilia Church — sits near the corner of Grand River and Livernois in northwest Detroit. Known for its famed Ceciliaville gym and a vibrant history of activism and service in the community, the parish is inviting past and present parishioners, priests and alumni of St. Cecilia School to celebrate the parish’s rich legacy and pray for a promising future. Providence would have it that the St. Charles Lwanga community is celebrating 100 years at the same time its pastor, Fr. Theodore Parker, is celebrating 50 years as a priest.
Archbishop Vigneron promulgated a new set of norms for priests and parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit wishing to celebrate Masses and sacraments according to the 1962 Roman Missal in accordance with Pope Francis’ July 2021 apostolic letter, Traditionis custodes, which restored some limits on the use of the traditional Latin Mass in dioceses worldwide. At the time the pope’s letter was released, Archbishop Vigneron indicated he would study the document before issuing a formal policy on its implementation in the Archdiocese of Detroit. The new norms, announced May 6 in a letter to clergy of the Archdiocese of Detroit, will go into effect July 1. In his decree, Archbishop Vigneron acknowledged the “great gift and the great blessing that worship using the ancient rite of the Mass has been in the Archdiocese of Detroit,” while emphasizing that its celebration may continue on a limited basis “in a spirit of unity with and obedience to the magisterium of the Church.”
What if our struggles were visible to others? And what if everyone knew what we lacked? For Gary Miracle, this is his reality. After a 1.7% chance of surviving sepsis, Gary now lives without arms or legs - and this vulnerability has brought him close to God. Listen to the full #DetroitStories episode here: detroitcatholic.com/news/detroit-stories-episode-31-engineering-and-empathy-podcast