May 22, 2012

More than 100 parishes now participating

Wave III Kickoff Mass

Archbishop Vigneron celebrates Mass at Sacred Heart Major Seminary with pastors from parishes in the third wave of Changing Lives Together.

Invigorated by 31,000 Catholic households in more than 100 parishes now participating in Changing Lives Together, over $46 million has been pledged in a capital stewardship initiative that will ultimately involve every parish in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Parishes in the pilot wave, launched in early 2011 recently surpassed their goal raising more than $12 million in pledges, which will primarily support parish-identified priorities. Parishes in the second wave of Changing Lives Together are at 83 percent of their collective goal with over $21 million in pledges. The campaign’s third wave, started earlier this year, is gaining momentum with more than $12 million in pledges, 63 percent of the goal for the 43 parishes involved.

“This depth of generosity and commitment among parishioners throughout metro Detroit is inspiring and humbling”, said Mick Vlasic, chairman of the Changing Lives Together Steering Committee. “We’re still enduring a bad economy and ongoing cultural challenges to our beliefs and values,” he continued. “Catholics in southeast Michigan are responding to Archbishop Vigneron’s call to recommit to their parishes. We’re showing that faith and parish life continue to be relevant and important in our lives,” Vlasic concluded.

Changing Lives Together is a series of parish campaigns to generate resources to fulfill parish-developed plans and priorities. Learn more about the initiative in your parish.