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01/21/2021
The Church's Oldest Vocation: Life as a Consecrated Virgin

Michelle Piccolo was consecrated as a virgin in the Archdiocese of Detroit by Archbishop Vigneron in October 2020. She explains her journey to this rare and beautiful vocation — living in the world and committed to the Lord.

As Joe Biden prepared to be inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president o...
01/20/2021
USCCB president prays God grants Biden ‘wisdom, courage’ to lead nation

As Joe Biden prepared to be inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressed hope the incoming administration "will work with the church and others of goodwill" to "address the complicated cultural and economic factors that are driving abortion and discouraging families.”

"If the president, with full respect for the church's religious freedom, were to engage in this conversation, it would go a long way toward restoring the civil balance and healing our country's needs," Archbishop Gomez said.

For the U.S. bishops, the "continued injustice of abortion" remains the "preeminent priority," he said, but "'preeminent' does not mean 'only.' We have deep concerns about many threats to human life and dignity in our society.”

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As Joe Biden prepared to be inaugurated as the 46th U.S. president, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressed...

01/20/2021

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After a January that feels like the 13th month of a tumultuous 2020 in many regards, Spizarny said there is power in goi...
01/20/2021
Shrine looks to Eucharistic adoration to bring people together after a tumultuous year

After a January that feels like the 13th month of a tumultuous 2020 in many regards, Spizarny said there is power in going back to the basics, bringing Jesus to the people, adding it can do good for one’s soul.

“The heart of it is that Christ is the healer, seeking to unite people,” Spizarny said. “In a broad sense, we’re uniting them in worship and in Christ here. After so much separation, isolation and time apart from one another, we are able to unite together and pray.

“A lot of burdens and weights experienced this past year have been lifted,” she added. “People have borne most of these changes in isolation, so it’s really humbling, I think, to see people come to church, to bring their intention, their burdens, and bring them to Jesus.”

Royal Oak basilica’s ‘Ascend’ events offer environment where groups unable to gather can be together to pray and worship the Lord ROYAL OAK — When the world seems broken and divided, parishioners...

From Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron: "I stand with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop Gomez i...
01/20/2021

From Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron: "I stand with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop Gomez in his witness to the Gospel and its implications for our civic order. May God bless our leaders and beloved country."

Archbishop José H. Gomez's Statement on the Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr., as 46th President of the United States of America: http://ow.ly/TxQa50DdFjk #InaugurationDay

The suspect sought in connection with vandalism and a small fire at Toledo's cathedral early Jan. 18 and a 24-year-old p...
01/20/2021
Toledo cathedral vandalized; suspect and police officer killed in volley of gunfire

The suspect sought in connection with vandalism and a small fire at Toledo's cathedral early Jan. 18 and a 24-year-old police officer both died in a hail of gunfire later that same day.

Toledo Police Officer Brandon Stalker was shot when the suspect came out of a home blocks from Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral with two weapons and began firing, Police Chief George Kral said during a news conference.

Stalker was shot once while securing the area around the home. He was taken to St. Vincent Medical Center, where he died.

TOLEDO, Ohio (CNS) -- Police in Toledo, Ohio, are investigating an arson attack on Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral involving an attempted fire and a spray-painted message on the...

01/19/2021

In conjunction with the USCCB's Novena for Life, we invite you to join Fr. John Carlin and our High School students from Archdiocesan Catholic Schools as they lead us in praying a live-streamed Rosary for an end to abortion.

Tune in for the Rosary at Archdiocese of Detroit or aod.social/weekly-rosary!

***FROM FR. STEPHEN PULLIS***Whether we voted for him or not, we have an obligation as faithful Catholics to pray that G...
01/19/2021
Prayers for a Catholic president — our responsibility as faithful Catholics

***FROM FR. STEPHEN PULLIS***

Whether we voted for him or not, we have an obligation as faithful Catholics to pray that God gives President Biden the gifts he needs to be an excellent leader, reflecting in his words, actions and manner a sincere commitment to the common good and a particular concern for those who are most vulnerable. We pray that he holds fast to the truth of the Gospel, which he professes in reference to his Catholic faith.

In offering these prayers, we are heeding St. Paul’s words to Timothy: “I ask you that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity” (1 Tm. 2:1-2).

For only the second time in its history, the United States of America will have a Catholic president. This is significant in a country whose revolution and founding were in part influenced by a...

Despite the fact that racism still persists today, Fr. Parker said Christians cannot live without hope, joy and celebrat...
01/19/2021
At Mass honoring King’s life and work, Fr. Parker says to shed old way of thinking

Despite the fact that racism still persists today, Fr. Parker said Christians cannot live without hope, joy and celebration.

“Every time we hear the liberating words of our Lord, we know that goodness, truth and beauty are on our side. If we are preparing to become a family of parishes,” Fr. Parker said, referencing the archdiocese’s renewal of parish structures, “let us take off our old garments of misunderstanding, of racism and cultural superiority and put on the garments of justice, love and peace."

Pastor of St. Charles Lwanga Parish recalls listening to civil rights leader in 1960s, implores Catholics to renew their mindset in justice and peace DETROIT — After recounting his personal...

St. Charles Borromeo Parish, on Detroit's east side, partnered with nearby Nativity Parish. The two parishes share a pas...
01/18/2021
Keeping King’s memory alive: Parishes, teens serve homebound in MLK’s honor

St. Charles Borromeo Parish, on Detroit's east side, partnered with nearby Nativity Parish. The two parishes share a pastor, Fr. Ray Stademeyer, OFM Cap., and members of both parishes’ religious education classes put together gift baskets with the essentials, plus a note for recipients to let them know that even from a distance, the parish is still thinking and praying for them.

“This will help (seniors) know we are here for them, that we will help them out when they are in trouble or anything,” said Gregory Taylor, a teenage volunteer. “Also, when people see us doing this, they might help us do it on a regular basis, I hope.”

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service takes on different look because of social distancing protocols, but spirit of service reigns DETROIT — This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of...

Dave Feldman’s advice to kids and others always was, “Be awesome.” He practiced what he preached.Feldman lived an awesom...
01/18/2021
Marian AD David Feldman, an ‘awesome’ teacher, coach and mentor, dies at 65

Dave Feldman’s advice to kids and others always was, “Be awesome.” He practiced what he preached.

Feldman lived an awesome life of teaching, coaching, mentoring and devotion to the students under his watch in the Catholic League for nearly four decades. His watch came to an end Thursday, Jan. 14, when he lost a six-week battle, including the final two weeks on a ventilator, from the effects of COVID-19. He was 65.

Since 2004, he was the athletic director at Marian High School. “His death has shocked our community,” a statement from the school said. “We grieve together in remembrance of his vitality to Marian’s spirit and mission.”

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Dave Feldman’s advice to kids and others always was, “Be awesome.” He practiced what he preached. Feldman lived an awesome life of teaching, coaching, mentoring and devotion to...

It isn’t the way you want to lose a game: by not being able to play the game.But that’s the predicament the Everest Coll...
01/15/2021
Positive COVID-19 test squashes Everest’s hope for a state championship

It isn’t the way you want to lose a game: by not being able to play the game.

But that’s the predicament the Everest Collegiate football squad found itself in Thursday morning on the eve of a Division 8 semi-final showdown with the opportunity to play for a state championship at stake.

Everest was scheduled to play Centreville (10-0) tonight (Jan. 15) in what appeared to be its toughest test in the playoffs. But the upstart Mountaineers' season was abruptly ended after a player on the team tested positive for COVID-19, athletic director Ann Lowney said.

Mountaineers forfeit state semi-final against Centreville; ‘a lot of emotions, frustration, disappointment,’ coach says CLARKSTON — It isn’t the way you want to lose a game: by not being able to...

“If there is one word for what I am seeing, it is ‘isolation,’ and that is just not healthy. We are not made for that,” ...
01/15/2021
Hunger for community leads to formation of young adult groups despite pandemic

“If there is one word for what I am seeing, it is ‘isolation,’ and that is just not healthy. We are not made for that,” said Fr. David Pellican, associate pastor of Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn.

“I really think young adults are isolated now more than ever. A lot of them would be in college or even some of the older ones at work where they would have some sort of community, and that’s gone right now. They are mostly all virtual, whether that be for work or college, and they are just hungry for community.”

Isolation increases desire for community in Dearborn and Grosse Pointe Farms parishes, which have seen a renaissance of activity DEARBORN — For nearly a year, the pandemic has caused almost...

Those familiar with Dan McAfee’s work as the Archdiocese of Detroit’s director of worship for the past 25 years know of ...
01/13/2021
Longtime archdiocesan worship director McAfee, known for bowties and love of art, retires

Those familiar with Dan McAfee’s work as the Archdiocese of Detroit’s director of worship for the past 25 years know of his two great loves: bowties and liturgy.

There’s actually a third great love, too: art, which McAfee hopes to spend more time on, now that he’s retiring from his long-held post.

McAfee completed 27 years of service to the archdiocese on Dec. 31 — most of it as director of the archdiocese’s Office of Worship since 1996. In that role, he coordinated some of the Church’s most solemn liturgies as a key adviser to Cardinal Adam J. Maida and Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron and played a pivotal role in the formation of liturgists, RCIA directors and pastoral ministers throughout the archdiocese.

Chief liturgical adviser reflects on ‘wonderful blessing’ of serving Church over the past 25 years, citing joys and challenges DETROIT — Those familiar with Dan McAfee’s work as the Archdiocese of...

It’s been 48 years since the Supreme Court effectively legalized abortion in all 50 U.S. states in Roe v. Wade. Since th...
01/12/2021
COVID-19, tumultuous times will give March for Life a different look in 2021

It’s been 48 years since the Supreme Court effectively legalized abortion in all 50 U.S. states in Roe v. Wade. Since then, more than 60 million babies have lost their lives.

And for that reason, the 2021 March for Life will go on.

Admittedly, this year’s march will look quite different, thanks to coronavirus concerns and a hesitancy among many to gather in large groups. While fewer Michiganians will travel to Washington, D.C. — still reeling from Jan. 6’s Capitol tumult — separate pro-life demonstrations are being planned locally and throughout the country.

Alternative marches, prayer vigils highlight 2021 March for Life, while others still plan on traveling to D.C. to speak up for the unborn LANSING — It’s been 48 years since the Supreme Court...

***FROM Fr. Charlie Fox***All the good things we do with our bodies, receiving the sacraments and praying, fasting and p...
01/12/2021
What really matters? Our bodies? Our souls? Yes.

***FROM Fr. Charlie Fox***

All the good things we do with our bodies, receiving the sacraments and praying, fasting and performing acts of penance, serving people in need, working hard at our jobs or in school, showing love and affection in holy relationships with other people, in the gifts of marriage and life-giving sexuality, even things like physical exercise and pursuing good hobbies, sports and recreation, all bring us closer to God. They are not just good, but they can be holy.

At the same time, every bad thing we do with our bodies — skipping Mass or our prayers, asking God in my heart to forgive my sins but not getting my body into the confessional, being lazy instead of helping others or doing my share of work at the office or at home, using our bodies for pleasure apart from God’s purpose, sexually or with excessive food or drink, wasting time or looking at the wrong things on the internet — all drag us away from God, corrupting not only our bodies but our souls.

We Catholics have the strangest religion that has ever existed. There have been a lot of religions in the history of the world, and there are lots of different kinds of religion today. Some of...

As a Catholic apologist, Tom Nash has made a career of explaining the faith. Throughout that career, Nash has discovered...
01/11/2021
Local apologist answers tough questions about the rosary in new booklet

As a Catholic apologist, Tom Nash has made a career of explaining the faith.

Throughout that career, Nash has discovered one of the more common misconceptions involves the role of Mary, whom many mistakenly claim Catholics worship when they pray the rosary.

But as Nash points out in his newest booklet, “20 Answers: The Rosary,” published by Catholic Answers, the rosary is about following Mary’s instructions to the waiter during the wedding at Cana: “Do whatever Jesus tells you.”

Tom Nash’s latest publication, ‘20 Answers: The Rosary,’ highlights connection between Our Lady, Scripture and the life of a disciple AUBURN HILLS — As a Catholic apologist, Tom Nash has made...

Local Catholic radio host and author of more than a dozen books, Teresa Tomeo has taken notes for years of “Godwinks” in...
01/08/2021
Tomeo shares various ways God can speak to people in latest book

Local Catholic radio host and author of more than a dozen books, Teresa Tomeo has taken notes for years of “Godwinks” in her own life — instances of God speaking to her in different ways, whether through another person, Scriptures or during Mass.

After hearing similar stories from others, particularly over the course of 2020, she set about writing her second book of the year: “Listening For God: Discovering The Incredible Ways God Speaks To Us” (Sophia Institute Press).

Local radio host gathered stories from fellow Catholics about the ‘God-cidents’ in their own lives, especially during a tumultous 2020 ANN ARBOR — For many, 2020 was a year of reckoning. For some,...

The community at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary is in mourning following the recent passing of longtime educators Fr. ...
01/08/2021
SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary mourns loss of two faithful priests

The community at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary is in mourning following the recent passing of longtime educators Fr. Louis Madey, 76, and Canon Stanisław Flis, 75, in close succession.

Vice rector Fr. Przemyslaw J. Nowak expressed his sadness at the passing of both priests and the void that their deaths will leave with the seminary.

“I have a lot of respect for them, how they lived out their priesthood, how they were faithful; faithful to prayers, and always serving the people even on the weekends,” Fr. Nowak said. “They were always available.”

Longtime educators, formators Fr. Louis Madey and Canon Stanislaw Flis were ‘always available’ to Polish-American seminary students, staff ORCHARD LAKE — The community at SS. Cyril and Methodius...

For two years now, the St. Joseph Center of Hope has been a soft landing ground for those struggling with addiction. And...
01/07/2021
Monroe’s St. Joseph Center of Hope a game-changer in fight against addiction

For two years now, the St. Joseph Center of Hope has been a soft landing ground for those struggling with addiction.

And from there, the road to recovery begins.

The 24/7 facility at 222 Colonial Drive in Monroe is only an entry point, but a vital one in a comprehensive process designed to lift people from the doldrums of dependency.

“Prior to the center being in place, it was challenging for individuals who would call somewhere, wait for a call back and not know where to go,” said Wendy Klinski, director of behavioral health for Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. “If I’m someone who has struggled with addiction for some time, and if I’m ready to get help, I need to get help now, because I might change my mind four hours from now.”

As the first 24/7 crisis intervention center in Monroe County, Catholic Charities-run program an emergency call for those seeking to get clean MONROE — For two years now, the St. Joseph Center of...

Stephen Ministry — which takes its name from St. Stephen, one of the Church’s first deacons — traces its roots to the Lu...
01/06/2021
Stephen Ministry offers confidential companionship in moments of struggle

Stephen Ministry — which takes its name from St. Stephen, one of the Church’s first deacons — traces its roots to the Lutheran faith, but today has thousands of ministries established across many denominations.

Stephen Ministry shouldn’t be confused with counseling or as a substitute for clinical therapy, but rather about establishing a relationship with a neutral party who can confidentially listen, and pray, with someone going through a struggle.

“They are there for you, just as a soundboard with no judgment. They are not trying to fix things; they are there to be a companion,” said Sue Buckley, co-leader of the Stephen Ministry at St. Clare of Montefalco Parish in Grosse Pointe Park. “A lot of people have friends who fill that void. But there are certain topics, certain situations you don’t want to share with a friend. A Stephen Minister is the confidential person you know you can trust.”

Ministers reflect on being the ‘after people’ who help parishioners in need of counsel and support, especially during an era of solitude GROSSE POINTE PARK — Life often presents lonely...

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