Archive for October, 2012

Pastor puts it all “in the Lord’s hands”

October 29, 2012
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Pastor puts it all “in the Lord’s hands”

Earlier this year, Rev. Richard L. Treml marked ten years of ministering to the faithful as pastor of two parishes and a chapel in North Branch, a rural community in the Archdiocese of Detroit’s northern reaches in Lapeer County. More recently, he became pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in nearby Brown City. “I know my parishioners and they know me,” said Father Treml of his growing flock. “They’re down to earth folks who support parish improvements when the needs are clear and there will be something to show for it.” That decade-long relationship between pastor and parishioners in the Catholic Churches of Northern Lapeer County helped the Changing Lives Together campaign to exceed archdiocesan expectations this year at SS. Peter and Paul and St. Mary Burnside parishes in North Branch as well as the nearby St. Patrick Chapel.
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Corktown parish reinvigorated by campaign

October 29, 2012
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Corktown parish reinvigorated by campaign

Though parishioners at Most Holy Trinity parish in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood quickly surpassed the fundraising goal of their Changing Lives Together campaign and the material results are being accomplished, the enthusiasm and involvement among the parish faithful continue to buoy Rev. Russ Kohler, pastor of the historic parish. “I’ve never been happier or more energized,” said Father Kohler. “Changing Lives Together helped to reinvigorate our parish councils, committees, and ministries. Our people are coming forward and pulling together,” he continued. “They’re proud of their faith, committed to their parish, and much of this is a result from how we came together through the campaign.”
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Pastoral leadership and lay involvement result in campaign success

October 28, 2012
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Pastoral leadership and lay involvement result in campaign success

Archdiocesan leaders thought it was feasible for parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Beverly Hills to raise nearly $1 million through their Changing Lives Together campaign. Father Scott Thibodeau and his team of parishioner volunteers felt they could generate even more funds to accomplish several parish priorities. After just over a month of active fundraising, they surpassed their campaign pledge goal of $1.5 million.
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Archbishop encourages parishioner involvement as next wave of campaign begins

October 19, 2012
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As 67 parishes in southeast Michigan launch their Changing Lives Together campaigns, Archbishop Allen Vigneron joined parishioners at St. Fabian in Farmington Hills on October 9 to ask for prayers and involvement. Rev. Jeffrey Day, pastor of St. Fabian hosted the public update.
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Holy Name School Essays: Change

October 1, 2012
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Holy Name School Essays: Change

As a school project in 2012 to support the Changing Lives Together campaign at Holy Name Parish, students were asked to write brief essays on moments of profound change and inspiration in their young lives. From a child experiencing the adoption of a new sibling in China to a student reflecting on the loss of his beloved grandfather, these essays embody the experience of change in life, and the importance of Christ as those changes occur.

 
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