Fun and Fraternity

Events

Friars Richard Goodin, Dominic Lococo, Pat McCloskey, Bill Farris, Tim Lamb, Carl Langenderfer, Tom Gerchak, and Tom Speier Temps dip, but spirits soar at Reds Parade On parade day, it’s supposed to be springtime. Tell that to hundreds of…

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Saving a shrine with work, prayers and the grace of God

Missions

Fr. Alex Kratz outside the newly renovated St. Joseph Chapel and Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Pontiac, Michigan It’s taken work, prayers and the grace of God The statues are peeling. The parking lot is a…

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Lenten practices in Berkley, Michigan

Lent and Easter, Missions

“Lent is like a laboratory for us,” says Br. Al Mascia. Parents as pupils Twice a month when Sunday Mass ends, about 60 people follow Br. Al Mascia across the street from Our Lady of La Salette Church in…

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Hispanic Lenten practices

Lent and Easter

The Living the Eucharist program aims to help parishioners deepen their faith. Hispanic tradition According to a survey of ethnic groups in America, “Hispanics are most likely to embrace the idea of sacrifice or giving something up” for Lent,…

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Lenten practices in Africa

Lent and Easter, Missions

Br. Tim Lamb, third from right, top row, with some of the young friars in East Africa Personal Giving Last year Br. Tim Lamb asked young African friars in Nairobi, Kenya, what they wanted to do for Lent. In…

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Lenten practices in Jamaica

Lent and Easter, Missions

Pastor Jim Bok at Mary, Gate of Heaven in Jamaica Mending society Since just 4% of Jamaicans are Catholic, “I am always baffled by the fact that Ash Wednesday is a national holiday,” says Pastor Jim Bok of Mary,…

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Navajo Lenten practices

Lent and Easter, Missions

Fr. Blane Grein with parishioners in Chinle, from 2012 The Navajo Way Aside from Christmas and Easter, “Ash Wednesday was always the best attended service of the year,” according to Fr. Blane Grein, former pastor of Our Lady of…

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Lenten practices in high school

Lent and Easter, Missions

Fr. Roger Lopez teaches at Roger Bacon High School Teaching Lent This year, students in Theology classes at Roger Bacon will have a hard time escaping their Lenten resolutions. They’re as close as the screen on their iPad. They…

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A tiny gesture of hope in Detroit

Jesus, Missions, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Francis

Friars Alex Kratz, Maynard Tetreault, and Louie Zant at St. Moses the Black friary in Detroit Friars are welcomed by a neighborhood that needs them ~ There are four signs on the building announcing the presence of friars.…

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St. Al's goes out to help the homeless

Jesus, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Anthony, Saint Francis

Br. Michael Radomski comforting a man in despair. With a backpack full of prayers ~ Br. Michael Radomski shoulders his backpack, steps out into the Detroit sunshine – and stops in his tracks. “First, we pray,” he says, then…

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