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Lent and Love Collide


with Love starting February 14th

The Michigan Catholic

is launching its second annual #LiveYourBestLent Campaign,

calling on Metro Detroiters to share their plans to make this year’s Lent their best yet.

Post your stories, photos, videos and inspiration to Facebook, Twitter and

Instagram using #LiveYourBestLent;

and join the conversation at

New to the popular online Lenten campaign:

The Michigan Catholic is asking folks to live their best Lent with LOVE.

In a rare quirk of the calendar, Lent and love collide this

year when the holy season begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14

also known as St.

Valentine’s Day. This last occurred in 1945.

“St. Valentine was a Catholic priest and martyr for

our faith, who was known for his kind

heart and generosity,” said Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron. “He faithfully followed

Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as ourselves. Let’s join together in the spirit of St.

Valentine and begin this holy season of

Lent with love in our hearts as we practice the

three pillars of Lent; prayer, fasting and almsgiving.”




On Thursday, February 22, the Academy of the Sacred Heart (1250 Kensington Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304) will present "Beyond Resilience: An Evening with Leonard Sax." Dr. Sax, a physician and psychologist, is the author of four books: Why Gender Matters, Boys Adrift, Girls on the Edge and The Collapse of Parenting. The event will focus on renewing and refreshing our relationships with our children in order to help them thrive in an increasingly complicated world. There is no charge to attend; copies of Why Gender Matters and The Collapse of Parenting are available for purchase. Register today at





A Film Premiere for Unity Productions Foundation's new docudrama

"The Sultan and the Saint" 

Join us at  

Michael A. Guido Theater
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center

15801 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 25th



$5.00 For Adults

$3.00 For Students


During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik Al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better. 


Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this amazing story is brought to life. Scholars interviewed include Michael Cusato (St. Bonaventure University), Sr. Kathy Warren (Sisters of St. Francis), Suleiman Mourad (Smith College), Homayra Ziad (Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies), Paul Moses (The Saint and the Sultan), and others. 


Join us for this premiere to learn about the remarkable spiritual exchange between the Sultan and the Saint, and the great risks they took for peace.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Mahmood and Annette Hai | 734-231-2735

Steve Spreitzer

Sister Nancy Jamroz

Albert Mascia


Parents, please note:

The film contains some scenes of violence and may not be appropriate for children under 12. PBS gave this film a PG Rating.  Please use your own discretion.  






Jesuit Speaker Series at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, Bloomfield Hills. Wednesday, February 21, 7:00-8:30 PM: "Personal Reminiscences about Josef Neuner, SJ & Jacques Dupuis, SJ in India" by Fr. Leo Cachat, SJ. Freewill donation, registration not required.



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.











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.”