Archive for September, 2012

Bruce S., parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Temperance (April 2012)

September 20, 2012
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Bruce S., parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Temperance (April 2012)

This is a difficult story to write, because taken in the wrong context, it appears that I am beating my own drum. In no way is that my intention, rather to place this in the perspective of good feelings of having done something to help someone else. I was returning home after attending a Sunday evening Mass, and decided to stop at the local ice cream store for a cone. As I sat at one of the outdoor tables a family of five drove in, and three young children rushed out of the car, obviously ready to enjoy their ice cream. Dad approached the window and placed their order. When the total was announced, he pulled out his wallet and handed the clerk his debit card. I saw the joy in his eyes quickly change, as he was told that it was a 'cash only' place of business. He turned to his wife, who looked through her purse, coming up with some small change. She then returned to the car, and rummaged in the console, and under the seats, but came back with nothing. With disappointment in on his face, he informed the children that they would have to come back another time. I approached the man, and quietly handed him a twenty dollar bill. He tried to decline the offer, but I explained to him that I had just come from Mass, and I insisted that he take the money. He wanted to take my name and address so that he could mail me a check when they got home. I instead suggested that he pay it forward, and that when he saw someone that needed some help, he could repay me by helping the ones in need. To this day, I have no idea who this family was, but I went home with a really good feeling inside me, knowing that I had done the right thing.
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Sandra A., parishioner at St. Barbara Parish, Dearborn (April 2012)

September 19, 2012
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Sandra A., parishioner at St. Barbara Parish, Dearborn (April 2012)

It is a blessing for me to help my church of St. Barbara where there is hope for so many including myself. This campaign is worth the effort. Our priest, Rev. Zbigniew Grankowski, is truly an inspiration and knows us all by name. Through him and with him we will remain a shining light in the community. I feel blessed to make a difference in Changing Lives Together. God Bless!
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Laura and Ray S., parishioners at St. Edward on the Lake Parish, Lakeport (April 2012)

September 18, 2012
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Laura and Ray S., parishioners at St. Edward on the Lake Parish, Lakeport (April 2012)

My husband and I are firm believers in tithing to God and the benefits that one receives from following His way. So, when the Changing Lives Together campaign came to our parish, we started praying about what to give. We came up with the best figure that we could manage, but still feeling the importance of the project, we prayed that if God willed it that we might be able to give more, it wasn't a week later when we received a check that blessed us with additional funding and we were able to tithe an additional $800.
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The Center Family, parishioners at St. Vincent Ferrer, Madison Heights (February 2012)

September 17, 2012
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The Center Family, parishioners at St. Vincent Ferrer, Madison Heights (February 2012)

We praise God for His wondrous deeds and pray for wisdom, as we seek His will in working on the Changing Lives Together Campaign, to make our church an effective witness to the love of God. Let us always be bearers of good news and join Fr. Esper in proclaiming that God is love, love is truth and Jesus is God.”
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