April 13, 2012

Cathedral receives gifts in prayer and funds

As new church bells are heard in the neighborhood around the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, gifts in prayer and funds for facility improvements through Changing Lives Together are strengthening the Woodward Avenue parish.

The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament was among the first parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit to launch Changing Lives Together, among the first to exceed its pledge goal, and is now among the first to put its campaign gifts to work.

One of 18 parishes in the pilot wave of the campaign that began a year ago, nearly 70 parishioner households at the Cathedral have pledged almost $172,000 enabling the parish to complete two projects planned through Changing Lives Together. The parish pledge goal was $110,000.

Msgr. Michael Lefevre

Rev. Msgr. Michael C. LeFevre, Pastor of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Community

“One of our goals was to install a carillon or church bell system calling people in our neighborhood to holiness,” said Monsignor Michael LeFevre, Pastor of the Cathedral Parish Community. “We’ve also used some campaign funds to replace chairs in our downstairs community center gathering space, and we’re getting ready to update the restrooms and kitchen in that facility as well,” he added. “Restroom and kitchen updates might not sound very romantic, but our ministries are growing in the north end of Detroit and Highland Park and our community center is seeing a lot of use these days.”

The Cathedral’s new $14,000 carillon was installed during Lent on a trial basis to see if parishioners and neighbors were accepting of the musical call to prayer and worship. “The testing period seems to have gone well, and I think most folks agree it’s a nice improvement to the atmosphere of the neighborhood,” said Msgr. LeFevre.

Parish Leaders with Archbishop Vigneron

Changing Lives Together parish leaders from the Cathedral with Archbishop Vigneron at a campaign event.

Parishioner prayer at the Cathedral has also visibly increased through the campaign. “We started a parish prayer team and put a prayer intention basket in the church at the start of Changing Lives Together,” explained Msgr. LeFevre. “Both are still going strong, and that’s probably the most encouraging thing about the campaign – the awareness that we need to pray for each other and, just like prayer, understanding the monetary blessings we receive by coming together in Christ are meant to be shared,” he said.


Updated April 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.