Feast of the Ascension »
Published Tuesday, May. 20, 2014
The Feast of the Ascension is a Solemnity feast which celebrates Christ's ascending bodily into Heaven. In the sight of His apostles, Christ's glorified body was taken up to heaven, thus concluding His work of redemption and the pledge of our own eventual ascension into heaven.
Catholic seminary to drivers Pray through I96 construction woes »
Published Thursday, May. 1, 2014

UPDATE: Due to an overwhelming demand, the Archdiocese has exhausted its supply of free copies the of Beg the Master of the Harvest Rosary CD. Thank you to those who have pledged the pray the Rosary on their commutes. The CDs are still available for purchase at www.aod.org/rosaryCD. All proceeds benefit the Sacred Heart Major Seminary chapel fund.

prayersMany of those who commute from the western suburbs of Detroit will spend a lot of extra time on the road for the remainder of 2014 because of the I-96 freeway closure. But Detroit’s Catholic seminary is hoping faith-filled drivers can use the extra commute time to pray. To that end, Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and the Archdiocese of Detroit are giving away prayer CDs to 96 motorists who would pray the Rosary during their extra drive time.

“God is always waiting at the door of our hearts, wanting us to acknowledge and involve Him in our day,” says Father Robert Spezia, Undergraduate Spiritual Director and Director of Liturgy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, who oversaw production of the CD and whose voice is heard beginning the Rosary. “We have a heavy construction season, and people will be spending a lot more time in their cars — if we sincerely offer that time to God and pray, I can almost guarantee a peaceful commute instead of one so often filled with frustration and anger. I would challenge drivers to try it for 30 days and see if it affects their attitude and their heart.”

The prayer CD, titled Beg the Master of the Harvest, is a live vocal and musical recording of the Rosary, a popular Catholic devotional prayer that calls on the intercession of the Blessed Mother while reflecting on passages about Christ from the Bible. It was recorded in 2007 by seminarians at Sacred Heart — many of whom are now local priests — as a way to promote prayer for more priests in the Church, and as a fundraiser for the seminary’s chapel.  Each portion, or “decade,” of the rosary is led by a different man. While the Rosary is traditionally prayed with hand-held beads, the CD allows drivers to keep both hands on the wheel.

“There are various depths at which we can pray the Rosary and it will be more at the surface level if we pray it while driving,” says Fr. Spezia. “We should not be concerned about that — the Holy Spirit is still at work.  At the surface levels, the rosary can initially strike us as boring, but there is great spiritual power in repeating Scripture. Parents, teachers and coaches know the power of repetition.  Many people have said to us that it is their favorite Rosary CD because each decade is led by a different person.”

The giveaway of prayer CDs dovetails with two other Catholic initiatives. In early March, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron announced that the local Catholic Church was beginning a “Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost,” during which time Catholics were invited to pray for a renewal of Christian faith in southeast Michigan. Also, May marks the “Month of Mary” in the Catholic Church — a time during which Catholics honor the Mother of God.

Drivers who would like a copy of the Rosary on CD can tweet @DetroitCatholic with the hashtag #96Rosaries, e-mail 96Rosaries@aod.org, or call 313-596-7144. Requests by those on any commute will be honored. For those who would like to purchase the CDs for $20 to benefit Sacred Heart Major Seminary Chapel can visit www.aod.org/RosaryCD or call 313-883 -8508.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary is an institution of higher education which primarily prepares candidates for the Roman Catholic priesthood, the diaconate, lay ministry and other leadership roles in the Catholic Church. It is situated at 2701 Chicago Boulevard in Detroit, and at www.shms.edu.

The Archdiocese of Detroit includes 238 parishes and 96 schools in southeast Michigan, with an estimated Catholic population of 1.3 million people. Within a three-mile radius of the I-96 closure, there are 16 Catholic churches, with a combined membership of more than 21,000 families. For Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost resources, visit www.aod.org/yearofprayer.

Catholic Television Network of Detroit to Air Canonizations »
Published Friday, Apr. 25, 2014

The Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) on Sunday, April 27, will air coverage from the Vatican of the Canonizations of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. The canonization will be shown live from 3:30 a.m. until 6:30 a.m.; and will be rebroadcast from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

CTND is available to Comcast (Channel 398), Bright House (Channel 16) and Wyandotte Cable (Channel 73) customers in southeast Michigan. It is an affiliate of the Boston-based CatholicTV network. For more information, including a full programming guide, visit www.aod.org/ctnd.

Regarding the indictment of Fr. Edward Belczak, Janice Verschuren... »
Published Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

In January 2013, the Detroit Archdiocese announced that it had turned over its internal audit findings from St. Thomas More Parish in Troy to civil authorities because of possible financial discrepancies involving the pastor and office assistant. The federal criminal charges filed today would indicate the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit now believes there is a case to be prosecuted against Fr. Edward Belczak and Janice Verschuren. Both individuals have not served at the parish in over a year.

The archdiocese will continue to cooperate with authorities as this matter moves through the courts. As such, there is nothing more the archdiocese can or will say at this time.

Holy Week Schedule »
Published Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron will celebrate the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter at Detroit’s Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The public is invited to participate. The Cathedral is situated at 9844 Woodward Avenue, between Chicago Boulevard and the Davison.

Reverend Shafique Masih appointment effective April 1 »
Published Monday, Apr. 7, 2014

Reverend Shafique Masih, appointed administrator, St. Jude Parish, Detroit effective April 1. Father Masih currently serves as associate pastor at St. Jude Parish, Detroit and St. Matthew Parish, Detroit.

Reverend John Nedumcheril appointment effective July 1 »
Published Monday, Apr. 7, 2014

Reverend John Nedumcheril, appointed associate pastor, St. Mary Queen of Creation Parish, New Baltimore effective July 1. Father Nedumcheril currently serves as associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish, South Lyon.

Reverend Anthony Camilleri appointment effective July 1 »
Published Monday, Apr. 7, 2014

Reverend Anthony Camilleri, appointed associate pastor, St. Anastasia Parish, Troy effective July 1. Father Camilleri currently serves as associate pastor at The National Shrine of the Little Flower Parish, Royal Oak.

Reverend Grzegorz Rozborski appointment effective July 1 »
Published Monday, Mar. 24, 2014

Reverend Grzegorz Rozborski, appointed administrator, St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish, Fraser/Roseville effective July 1. St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish will be a newly merged parish comprised of: Our Lady Queen of All Saints Parish, Fraser; Sacred Heart Parish, Roseville and St. Athanasius Parish, Roseville. Father Rozborski currently serves as associate pastor at Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson.

Reverend Ronald Babich appointment effective July 1 »
Published Monday, Mar. 24, 2014

Reverend Ronald Babich, appointed pastor, St. Daniel Parish, Clarkston effective July 1. Father Babich currently serves as pastor at Our Lady Queen of All Saints, Fraser.