July 26, 2013

Redford parishes pay down debt, improve facilities

Our Lady of Loretto CLT

The Changing Lives Together leadership team at Our Lady of Loretto, where parishioners have pledged 99 percent of their $280,000 goal.

Redford — Despite parishes in Redford experiencing demographic and financial challenges, parishioners in the suburb bordering Detroit’s west side have generously responded to Changing Lives Together. Fundraising at three of the four parishes in Redford is helping to reduce debt, while facility improvements continue at the other parish.

The parish debt at St. Robert Bellarmine has been cut by 20 percent in recent months, and a storage room in the church was converted into a handicap-accessible restroom.

“This is our 60th anniversary year, and getting out from under our debt would be a great gift for the parish community,” said Fr. Richard Leliaert, now in his seventh year as pastor. About 900 families are registered at the parish, which has reached almost 90 percent of its $516,000 pledge goal.

Read full article at TheMichiganCatholic.com

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.