2018 Christmas and Year End Donations

I use the occasion of this season to encourage you to make a Christmas gift to the parish or a year end donation that might help your tax situation.  If you missed some of your weekly donations during the year, this would be a great time to do the make-up.  Your donations are always appreciated.

Just as with your own home, there are always some surprise expenses that you were not counting on.  Our surprise this year occurred just recently in October and November with  the failure of the boiler in our  school.  At the cost of $119,000 we replaced the entire boiler as quickly as  we could.  We were able to cover this cost through our savings account.  That’s why we have a savings account.

Now we need to rebuild that account.  God has indeed blessed our parish  If you are able to respond to this appeal, I am grateful and so is the parish.  Good, holy days ahead for all of us.

Fr. Gerald A. McEnhill

Archbishop’s 2018 Advent and Christmas Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Mary and Joseph, the Shepherds, the Three Wise Men – each approached the birth of our Savior with great hope, and rightfully so. Two thousand years later, we should feel that same sense of hopeful anticipation. This is why I am writing to you in this Advent Season: Hope!

Moving through this season of preparation and anticipation, I, too, have that “great hope”- as I do every year. But like many of you, I am tempted to discouragement in the face of the ongoing abuse crisis. I know that many of you also struggle with feelings of disillusionment at the sad fact that in too many cases the efforts of church leaders to address the abuse crisis have been insufficient. And worse yet, we are confronted by reports of negligence on the part of bishops and others in church leadership.

As I left the November meetings of the bishops in the United States, I was among many who were surprised and concerned that the Holy See instructed the bishops not to vote on any of our abuse-related proposals. These proposals are meant to improve oversight of each diocese’s abuse polices, and more importantly – and I think necessarily – to establish a process to call all American bishops to greater accountability. I had come with hope … now what?

The Wise Men had set out with great hope at the sight of the rising star, yet their journey seemed to come to an abrupt end at King Herod’s palace. The only reason for their journey was to pay homage to the newborn king, and there was no newborn king to be found. They had come with hope … now what? At that moment they were pointed onward to Bethlehem, and as they set out in faith, the star reappeared to guide them. God had opened their eyes to a new path.

I commit to you that I, along with my brother bishops, will not abandon our unshakable resolve – with your prayerful support – to fix this mess, despite the disappointments we feel and the unexpected interruption to our timetables.  This much we know: God wants his Church back.  We must not give up hope.  A new star will lead the way.  God will give us – His people – a new path. And, while words alone do not bring about healing, we can never stray from our promise to listen to, walk with and support victim-survivors-ever.

Returning to reflect more broadly on our observation of this Advent Season, we can take a further lesson from the Wise Men.  Their gifts to the child Jesus were a harbinger for today’s traditions of gift-giving.  During this holy season, before we exchange gifts with one another, let us first reflect upon the life-giving gift God gave us two millennia ago – his only Son.  That remarkable event transformed the world once, and it can do so again.

Together, let us focus on the hope brought forth by the birth of Christ Child.  And, let us remember that the Church which Christ founded, not unlike a newborn, will always need to be nurtured by all its members.  We go forward with great hope, keeping the Gospel foremost in our hearts, words and deeds, empowering all our individual and community initiatives of joyful, missionary discipleship.

As the calendar moves forward, I want to personally extend my wishes to you for a happy and holy Advent and Christmas Season.  Like the Wise Men, may we continue forward with hope, knowing that a deeper encounter with Christ is possible for us all in the New Year.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Allen H Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit

New Pipe Organ Project Approved

The Archbishop received the recommendation of the Archdiocesan College of Consultors and approved our plan to purchase a new organ for our church. The contracts were signed at the end of November and the down payment was made. We have already made our first monthly payment (for December). The cost of the project is $499,860.00. The planning and approval process went very smoothly because of the support and generosity shown for this effort. I was able to show the Archbishop that we raised all the funds through your donations to the Catholic Services Appeal.

The design and ordering of the technical parts has already begun by the Noack Organ Company. The construction will take place at the company’s site in Massachusetts and delivery will occur next fall. The final stage will be the actual installation that will be completed a year from now. We have been assured we will have the new organ for next Christmas. I ask for your prayers for the continued success of this project.

Fr. Gerald A. McEnhill

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