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For Christian stewards, Thanksgiving is a good time to reflect on our many blessings. In the Archdiocese of Detroit, our community of faith has much to be thankful for, especially the programs, services, and ministries funded by the Catholic Services Appeal.

Your gifts to the CSA touch the lives of thousands of Catholics each day through the good work of the Central Services departments of Communications; Development and Stewardship; Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools; and Parish Life and Services.

Whether we are evangelizing, teaching, enhancing our sacramental life, or bringing comfort to those less fortunate, we have much to be grateful for in this season of Thanksgiving. If you have yet to donate to this year’s Catholic Services Appeal, please prayerfully consider your blessings and make the most generous gift possible.

For information about CSA-funded ministries, programs, and services, go to www.AOD.org.

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Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron is inviting all faithful in the Archdiocese and our brothers and sisters of Eastern Rite churches from the Middle East to join him for “Prayers for Christians in the Middle East.”

The holy hour will be held at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Friday, November 21, and will entrust the Christians of the Middle East to the prayer and protection of the Holy Mother of God Help of Christians and Queen of Peace. Our Archdiocese acutely feels the impact of religious persecution in Iraq and the Middle East because of its close relationship with our area’s Chaldean population in the Southfield-based Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle. Because of the relationship between the Archdiocese and the Chaldean Eparchy, Archbishop Vigneron was one of three Roman Catholic archbishops in North America to participate in the 2010 Vatican Synod of Bishops in the Middle East.

Your gifts to the Catholic Service Appeal support this and other legislative advocacy initiatives.

For more information about CSA-funded ministries, programs, and services, please go to www.AOD.org.

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On November 19, the Archdiocesan Worship Commission will offer its final training workshop for deacons and laity called to lead the prayer of their community when an emergency situation arises, and a priest is not available to lead the Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

Funded in part by gifts to the Catholic Services Appeal, the workshops are based on the document, “Celebration of the Liturgy of the Word on Sundays in an Emergency Situation.” The Worship Commission created this document, and complementing workshop, to address these rare occasions and prepare communities for them.

The Wednesday, November 19, event will be held at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

For more information about CSA-funded ministries, programs, and services, please go to www.AOD.org.

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The ins and outs of evangelizing online will be the focus of the Digital Church Conference at Sacred Heart Major Seminary next Friday, November 7.

Digital experts will cover topics like “New Media, New Evangelization: An Introduction,” “How to Create a Website that will Transform Your Ministry,” “Turning Your Web Presence into a Social Network,” and “5 Secrets to Evangelizing Online.” The day will end with developing a plan to implement the day’s lessons.

Your gifts to the Catholic Services Appeal help fund this event and other important work of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, which supports parishes’ evangelization efforts at all levels and stages.

For more information about CSA-funded ministries, programs, and services, please go to www.AOD.org.

Youth Ministry »

The archdiocesan Youth Ministry Office is offering two presentations for parishes to host for their parishioners who are parents: “Will Our Kids Have Faith?” and “Passing on the Faith.”

“Will Our Kids Have Faith?” examines the findings of the National Study on Youth and Religion and delves into the role parents and family play in nurturing and raising young people in the Catholic faith. “Passing on the Faith” assesses young people and their faith, examines how parents can better inspire faith in future generations, and addresses practical issues such as how to talk about the Catholic faith and its traditions with children.

Thanks to gifts to the Catholic Services Appeal, the Youth Ministry Office provides these presentations at no cost. Part of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools, the office is committed to fostering the spiritual and personal growth of our archdiocesan youth.

For more information about CSA-funded ministries, programs, and services, please go to www.AOD.org.

Permanent Diaconate »

Permanent deacons play an important role in the life of the Church. They assist priests at Mass by preaching the Gospel and delivering the homily, and perform various ministries and services in parishes, hospitals, and colleges.

Those discerning a call to the diaconate ministry are invited to attend an information night — with their wives, if married — on either Wednesday, October 29, at St. Mary Parish in Monroe, or Wednesday, November 12, at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Both evenings begin at 6:30 p.m. and will provide information on the application process and requirements for entering formation for the permanent diaconate.

Gifts to the Catholic Services Appeal fund the work of the archdiocesan Office for Clergy and Consecrated Life and the Permanent Deacon Formation Team, which coordinate diaconal ministry and formation. In addition, the CSA supports men studying for the permanent diaconate at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

For more information about CSA-funded ministries, programs, and services, please go to www.AOD.org.

World Youth Day »

A pilgrimage kick-off for World Youth Day 2015 in Krakow, Poland, will be held at Hamtramck’s St. Florian Parish on Sunday, October 26.

Gifts to the Catholic Services Appeal help fund this event of the archdiocesan Youth Ministry Office to excite teens about the next international meeting of youth. Pope John Paul II began the tradition of World Youth Day, which includes catechesis, fellowship, worship, and renewal. The kick-off will include Mass at St. Florian Church, a short welcome, address, and prayer, as well as time to enjoy the St. Florian Polish Festival.

Youth ministry in the Archdiocese of Detroit, along with young adult and campus ministry, is coordinated through the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Schools.

For more information about CSA-funded ministries, programs, and services, please go to www.AOD.org.

Development and Stewardship »

The southeast Michigan Catholic business community will come together to celebrate their faith and share fellowship during the Mass for Commerce at Sacred Heart Major Seminary on Wednesday, October 15.

Your gifts to the Catholic Services Appeal support the archdiocesan Department of Development and Stewardship, which administers this annual event. All Catholics in the workplace throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit are invited to the 8 a.m. Mass, which will be followed by a networking breakfast.

Attendees are encouraged to invite their colleagues and associates to join in this opportunity to pray for their business, the southeast Michigan business community, and the economy in general.

For more information about CSA-funded ministries, programs, and services, please go to www.AOD.org.

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“Table for Two,” a romantic evening of food, prayer and fellowship will be held at Sacred Heart Major Seminary this Saturday evening. The Office of Black Catholic Ministries is presenting this opportunity for marriage enrichment.

Your gifts to the Catholic Services Appeal help fund this event, and other ministries that serve the African-American community of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Established in 1971, the Office of Black Catholic Ministries was the first of its kind in North America. It focuses on evangelization and the certification of lay ministers, provides worship, education, and community services, and also serves as a resource for other archdiocesan offices.

For more information about CSA-funded programs, ministries, and services, please go to www.AOD.org.

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This Sunday is Catechetical Sunday, a day when we affirm and support the work of the many men, women, and young adults who teach the faith in our parishes and Catholic schools. Many parishes will commission catechists at Masses this weekend.

This year’s theme is “Teaching about God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity to reflect upon the role that we all play, by virtue of our baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. It allows us to rededicate ourselves to this mission as a community of faith.

Gifts to the Catholic Services Appeal support religious education directors and their staffs through the work of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Schools.

For more information about CSA-funded programs, ministries, and services, please go to www.AOD.org.