August 2, 2012

Parishes put campaign funds to work as initiative exceeds $52 million

Archbishop Vigneron and Bishop Hanchon with the Changing Lives Together leadership team from Holy Redeemer parish in southwest Detroit. About 300 Holy Redeemer parishioner households pledged over $1.5 million to the parish campaign, exceeding their target by more than 450 percent.

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. Over 36,000 pledges have been received from parishioners at 125 parishes.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Beverly Hills is receiving a new parking lot with funds from the parish Changing Lives Together campaign.

“From a new roof and windows at St. Edward Elementary School in Lakeport and a new parking lot at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Beverly Hills to a growing school endowment fund at Sacred Heart in Dearborn and strengthening community evangelization efforts at Gesu Parish in Detroit, we’re now seeing Changing Lives Together pledges producing tangible results, said Mike Vlasic, chairman of the Changing Lives Together Steering Committee. “The momentum is extraordinary and humbling,” he said. “The extent of collaboration and mutual support among parishes, parishioners, and the Archdiocese is really inspiring and is showing what we can accomplish working together as one people in Christ,” Vlasic concluded.The 43 parishes in the third wave that launched their campaigns earlier this year are now at 86 percent of their goal. Nearly forty parishes in the second wave have reached 84 percent of their combined target and a small group of parishes that piloted Changing Lives Together last year surpassed their combined goal.

Updated August 2012

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.