April 4, 2014
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Simple Gospel message leads area Catholics to a personal relationship with Jesus

Holy Redeemer Parish in southwest Detroit has conducted three parishioner-led Revive programs for adults and two for teens. Revive is a Detroit-authored version of Alpha for Spanish-speaking faithful. Photo courtesy of Patricia Barajas.

Holy Redeemer Parish in southwest Detroit has conducted three parishioner-led Revive programs for adults and two for teens. Revive is a Detroit-authored version of Alpha for Spanish-speaking faithful. Photo courtesy of Patricia Barajas.

Detroit — The transformative power of the most basic Gospel message is attracting hundreds of Catholics in southeast Michigan eager to refresh their spirit and renew their lives.

More than a dozen parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit have adopted Alpha for Catholics, which helps participants find a personal relationship with Christ through the simplest and greatest truth: Jesus is the promised Messiah of God who was crucified for our sins, rose in glory from the dead, appeared to his disciples, ascended into heaven, and now calls all to himself through the ministry of the Catholic Church.

From the lukewarm and strayed to the devout, from high school students to seniors, increasing numbers of area Catholics are enrolling in Alpha courses.

“Alpha provides an easy entry to rediscover the Gospel,” said Auxiliary Bishop Michael Byrnes, who, along with eight other Metro Detroit Catholics, is on the advisory board of the national Alpha for Catholics organization.

Read the 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.