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Archbishop Vigneron's Letter of Support to Council of Imams

From The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop | Issued January 28, 2017

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron has written to the chair of the Imams Council of Michigan to express his support for immigrants and refugees, no matter their religion or country of origin and his opposition to discrimination on the basis of religion.

Dear Friends,

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.

Sincerely yours,
Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit



Opening of Pontiac Shrine!


St. Anthony Feast Day Mass!


One of six official Marian shrines of Michigan, the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (and St. Joseph Chapel), opened on May 13.  Please come visit.  Run by Terra Sancta Ministries, we are located on 400 South Blvd. West, Pontiac, MI 48341—between Telegraph and Woodward.  We are open on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, with Confessions before the Noon Mass which is followed by the Rosary.

Please join Franciscan friar Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM for the feast of St. Anthony of Padua which will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 13 at Noon.  Novena prayers will be recited, individual blessing with the relic will be administered and blessed St. Anthony Bread will be distributed.  For information, contact Fr. Alex at (313) 727-9784 or





Give the Gift of Reading!

Tutor at the Dominican Literacy Center for adult learners.
Tutor one student two hours a week in reading or math.
Call Tyra Thompson for more information. 313-267-1000.
Location: 5555 Conner Detroit, MI 48213.

Volunteer Tutors Needed

Interested in helping a child improve their academic and learning skills? Are you available twice a week between 3:00 and 5:00 pm? Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) needs volunteers to work with children from Hispanic families in the first through fifth grades at schools in Pontiac. You don’t need a background in Spanish! The students speak English and need help with their homework and other academic activities. This is a good fit for high school and college students as well as retirees or others who have afternoons free. Volunteer  tutors team up with onsite CCSEM staff for support and coordination.  Learn more by calling Aidee Benavides at 248-338-4250 ext. 3719 or e-mail:






JOIN WIDOWED FRIENDS - A peer support group - for Dancing Every Tuesday


At the Polish Century Club located at 33204 Maple Lane in Sterling Heights (14 Mile East of Van Dyke).  Doors open at 6:45pm.  Dancing is from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm.  Cost is $7 per person with a cash bar.  A table can be reserved for Widowed Friends members.  Call 586.286.2991 for more information.














Widowed Men & Women, please join us to celebrate our very own mass together, followed by fellowship and refreshments on Sunday, July 2nd at 2:15 pm at St Malachy Church, 14115 Fourteen Mile Road just east of Schoenherr, Sterling Heights.  Sponsored by Widowed Friends, a peer group in the Archdiocese of Detroit.  Volunteers  needed to help with refreshments. Please call Sandy to help at 586-991-7374

Sponsored by Widowed Friends, a “peer” support group in the Archdiocese of Detroit. For further information, visit their website at



Bowling Every Wednesday


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.




Cards/Games/Friendship – St. Isidore Church in Macomb

3rd Thursday of Every Month

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.


Coed Breakfast in Royal Oak

(2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month)


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.




(3rd Tuesday of every month)

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.



Archbishop urges prayers for peace in Iraq


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.”