June 6, 2013
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Royal Oak parish pays off debt, rejuvenates prayer outreach ministry

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Fr. Steven Wertanen, pastor of St. Mary in Royal Oak, tapped into skills he developed in his previous career in advertising to develop a logo for the parish Changing Lives Together campaign, a goal of which is to air condition the church building.

Royal Oak— More than a year after the pastor and parishioners at St. Mary Parish in Royal Oak launched their Changing Lives Together campaign, they continue to seek and receive pledges to achieve their priorities, with one already accomplished — eliminating the parish debt.

St. Mary parishioners, with an archdiocesan target of $544,000, have pledged more than $710,000 toward a $910,000 goal for the 1,400-household parish, which continues to grow under the leadership of Fr. Steven Wertanen, its pastor. Parish priorities included eliminating the parish debt, which was accomplished last year. Improving the church heating, air-conditioning and sound systems, more visible parish signage, and technology improvements at St. Mary Catholic School are next on the list.

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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.