I wrote to you a little over a year ago to share with you my statement to the priests of our Archdiocese regarding a proposal made during the presidential campaign to restrict Muslim immigration to the United States. At that time, I reaffirmed my commitment to stand with you in opposing any and all unjust discrimination on the basis of religion. Today, I reaffirm that pledge.
Now that a federal government restriction has been placed upon refugees from mainly Muslim countries, I want to bring to your attention, and affirm my solidarity with, a January 27 statement made in Washington, D.C., by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Stating strong disagreement with the Executive Order, the bishops say “We believe in assisting all those who are vulnerable and fleeing persecution, regardless of their religion… welcoming newcomers and refugees is an act of love and hope.” Additionally, I call to your attention a statement by me given on December 9, 2016: “We stand with our immigrant brothers and sisters.”
Please know that the Catholic community will continue to speak out and care for immigrants and refugees, no matter their religion or their country of origin. As I said in my statement last month: “Our local community in metro-Detroit is much richer for the contributions of our brothers and sisters from Mexico and El Salvador, from India and Pakistan, from Iraq and Syria, from China and Korea, from Ukraine and Poland, from Cameroon and Nigeria.”
Let us continue to stand together for the common good here in metro-Detroit.
Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit
Sponsored by Widowed Friends, a “peer” support group in the Archdiocese of Detroit. For further information, visit their website at www.widowedfriends.org
Summer bowling openings available to widowed men and women on the "Widowed Friends" Wednesday morning league. Arrive at 11:00 am for lane assignments. All levels of bowlers are welcome. Cost is $3.75 total for 3 games. Come and meet new friends at Sunnybrook Lanes on 17 Mile Road just west of Van Dyke in Sterling Heights. Enjoy lunch afterward. Separate checks. For more info call Mary Ann 586.755.0597 or Terry 586.254.6199.
Widowed of all ages are invited to join us for cards / games / and friendship from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at St. Isidore's Church, 18201 23 Mile Road in Macomb – at the corner of Romeo Plank and 23 Mile Road. Park and enter the church by the Blessed Mother statue. Bring a small snack to share and your own beverage. Next event is on and April 16th. For more information call Donna at 810-434-2940 or Sandy at 586-781-7374.
All widowed men and women are welcome to come and enjoy good food, good conversation, and meet new friends at Avenue Family Restaurant, 31253 Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak at 9:30 am every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. RSVP to Marilyn at 248-543-1018 or Jan at 248-524-9168. No walk-ins please.
All widowed men and women are welcome to come and enjoy a great breakfast and meet new friends at The Pancake Factory in the Deer Creek Shopping Plaza located at the Northeast corner of 23 Mile Road and Schoenherr Roads. Order off the menu with separate checks. For more information, please call Ellen at 586.781.5781.
In light of escalating violence and threats against Christians in Iraq, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron is urging Catholics in metro Detroit to pray for peace. The Archbishop made the following statement:
“The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Detroit offers its ardent prayers for all those suffering the effects of violence in Iraq, including those Christians being persecuted for their faith. With a unified voice we pray that the power of good may overcome the threat of evil. May Saint Mary, the Mother of God, intercede for our brothers and sisters in Iraq, and offer a model of peace for all people.”