Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron will continue his call for metro Detroit faithful to reject the violence and sin of racism during a 12 p.m. Mass Sunday, April 15 at St. Fabian Catholic Church, 32200 W. Twelve Mile Road in Farmington Hills. His visit to the parish comes after he and his brother bishops at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops marked the solemn fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Reading the 'signs of the times,' the U.S. bishops have resolved to redouble our efforts to lead the Church in making real and effective Christ's victory over the sins of racism," Archbishop Vigneron said. "This Sunday at St. Fabian Church, I will preach to proclaim that God our Father, in raising his Son Jesus from the dead, has vanquished every power that seeks to hold, bound in the darkness, the true good of his sons and daughters. Especially in our time and in our community, we claim this as a victory over every act, attitude or structure that would seek to propagate the lie that members of some races are inferior to others."
Monsignor Timothy Hogan, pastor of St. Fabian Church, welcomes the archbishop and calls on the faith to connect the resurrection of Jesus Christ to the banishment of all racial violence.
"Racism is a denial of the message of Jesus, who came to redeem all nations and invite all people to the living waters of baptism that make us one in Christ," Msgr. Hogan said. "If we deny anyone his or her dignity as a person, we deny the truth of the resurrection of Jesus."
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To preserve the dignity of the service, we ask that camera operators refrain from using flashes, or any form of artificial lighting, and that special care be taken not to impede the procession for communion. Thank you in advance for heeding any instructions you may receive from the staff at St. Fabian Church.