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Waterford parish and school completely renovated, tech-friendly, and green

December 16, 2015
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In 2014, Our Lady of the Lakes completely replaced its parking lot and lighting, largely funded through a parishioner bequest.

Home > News > Changed Lives > Waterford parish and school completely renovated, tech-friendly, and green The pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes in Waterford says the parish and school communities have now completed every major facility improvement detailed in a master plan written 14 years ago. Since then, the Our Lasting Legacy and Changing Lives Together campaigns at Our Lady of the Lakes have transformed the shared campus through building and infrastructure improvements intended to enhance worship and learning as well as to attract new parishioners and students. The first two phases of Our Lasting Legacy built a parish social hall and repaired the church building. The third phase of the Legacy effort was targeted at upgrading Our Lady of the Lakes School facilities and was timed to coincide with Changing Lives Together, in which nearly 550 parish households made pledges. The resulting funds covered the replacement of five old boilers and the installation of a state of the art wireless computer system enabling all students at the school to simultaneously work with the latest technology. Every light bulb in the school was replaced with high-efficiency lights, and every square inch of flooring with new tile and carpet.
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$7.6 million boosting K-12 tuition assistance, clergy and lay leader education, evangelization

December 14, 2015
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More than $6 million contributed by the faithful through their parish-based Changing Lives Together campaigns is now making Catholic K-12 schools more affordable, providing training and education opportunities for clergy and laity, and furthering urban evangelization initiatives.
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Pilgrimage to Monroe’s Historic Catholic Churches

September 1, 2015
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Visit three beautiful, historic Catholic churches in Monroe, enjoy lunch at the IHM Sisters of Monroe Motherhouse, and join the celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament with Bishop Francis Reiss! Reservations are now being accepted for this unique local pilgrimage on Saturday, October 24.
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Hundreds gather on September 29 in a Cathedral Mass of rejoicing for success of Changing Lives Together

October 9, 2013
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On September 29, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron was joined Bishops Michael Byrnes, Arturo Cepeda, dozens of pastors, and more than 400 lay faithful in a Cathedral Mass of Thanksgiving for Changing Lives Together at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. Those attending the Mass were parish leaders in the archdiocesan-wide capital stewardship initiative through which nearly 72,000 Catholic households in southeast Michigan have pledged almost $109 million.
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Archbishop Vigneron reflects on campaign, what’s beyond

September 30, 2013
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In remarks on July 31, 2013 at St. Michael Parish in Livonia, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron reflected on the success of the Changing Lives Together initiative, reforms to archdiocesan Central Services operations, the Together in Faith pastoral planning process, and how all lead to the real work ahead – evangelization.
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Changing Lives Together tops $106 million as campaign continues

August 7, 2013
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Tens of thousands of Catholic households throughout metro Detroit have now pledged more than $106 million to the Changing Lives Together capital stewardship initiative. On July 31, Father William Tindall and parishioners at St. Michael the Archangel in Livonia hosted Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Bishop Donald Hanchon, Bishop Francis Reiss, and many others to an evening prayer event in thanks for the success of Changing Lives Together. St. Michael was the first of more than 250 parishes to conduct the changing lives together campaign, and the first to use campaign funds for parish improvements.
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Initiative Updates

April 12, 2013
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More than 55,000 Catholic households have committed over $80 million in to Changing Lives Together. Learn more about what’s being achieved through this archdiocesan-wide initiative…
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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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Parishes put campaign funds to work as initiative exceeds $52 million

August 2, 2012
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Parishes put campaign funds to work as initiative exceeds $52 million

As nearly 70 more parishes prepare to launch their Changing Lives Together campaigns this summer, the archdiocesan-wide campaign has received more than $52 million in pledges from generous parishioners in just over a year of fundraising efforts.
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Campaign surpasses $50 million in pledges

June 7, 2012
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Campaign surpasses $50 million in pledges

As 67 more parishes prepare to launch their Changing Lives Together campaigns this summer, the archdiocesan-wide campaign has received more than $50 million in pledges from generous parishioners in just over a year of parish fundraising efforts. Over 35,000 pledges have been received from parishioners at 124 parishes.
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