Fr. Noel – Get Well Wishes

As Fr. Noel faces some health challenges, he is now back home in Ireland to decide what course of treatment is best for him.

Please keep him in your prayers.


If you’d like to send a little note to Fr. Noel, please mail to:

Fr. Noel O’Connor SAC

Pallottine Fathers

Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin 16

Republic of Ireland


Online Giving News!

Our Parish is introducing Credit & Debit Card Giving in addition to Direct Debit Giving to automate your regular weekly offering.

Online Giving allows you to set up, change on-going or make a one-time donation.

1) Click here to visit our Online Giving page:

2) Follow the instructions, create your online profile and schedule your contributions.

What is the Difference?

– Direct Debit Giving allows you to schedule transferring funds from your checking or savings account.

– Credit & Debit Card Giving allows you to schedule transferring funds from your credit or debit card account.

Click here to bring you to our Online Giving Page so you can start today!


Fr. Daniel Nusbaum RIP

Rev. Daniel C. Nusbaum Ph.D, 83 years, of Temperance, MI passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Ebeid Hospice, Sylvania, OH. Daniel was born on January 23, 1934 at home in Temperance, MI to Raphael and Helen (Close) Nusbaum.

He attended Central Catholic High School in Toledo, OH transferring his last year to Hope Preparatory School in Newburgh, NY. After High School he attended the International College in Rome, Italy. There he received the Ph.L and S.T.B from Gregorian University. After returning to the United States he was ordained a priest in 1961 serving as associate pastor at St. Mary’s Haines Falls, New York. In 1962 he received his M.A. in Theology from the Catholic University and an M.A. in Classical Languages, Paleography from St. Louis University. Father then completed his Ph.D in Medieval Studies at Fordham University and UCLA.

Father was a professor for 34 years at Mount St. Mary’s University and Seminary in Emmetsburg, MD. In addition to his teaching at the University, he served as campus chaplain, spiritual director, academic dean and the Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Division. Father served as the President of the National Association of College and University Chaplains and served as an Army Chaplain at a military base in the area.  He also opened a European campus for Mount St. Mary’s in Florence, Italy and taught there for one year.

In 2003, he returned home to Temperance, MI to become the Pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish. While there he gave the parish a new Catholic Community Life, restored trust and with his “Amen” and “Alleluia” at the end of each of his homilies he aspired hope and joy to all. He started hosting the weekly God Works Program to feed the areas needy people. Father had the outdoor mass in the church cemetery for Memorial Day.

Father Daniel was a professor and spiritual advisor at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He also served in various positions at a number of parishes in the Brooklyn, Jackson and Wyandotte area, which included St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church.   

Father is survived by his sister, Nancy Hamman; brother, Jerry Nusbaum; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raphael and Helen Nusbaum; brothers, Bernard, David and Norbert; sister, Mary Jane Nusbaum.

A memorial gathering was held Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church 8330 Lewis Ave. Temperance, MI where a Memorial Mass was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment of ashes followed in the church cemetery with Military Honors conducted by Lambertville VFW Post 9656. Memorial donations may be made to the Rev. Daniel C. Nusbaum Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship of Mt. St. Mary’s or to Our Lady of Mount Carmel God Works. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Urbanski’s Bedford Funeral Chapel.

Condolences may be sent to his niece, Kathleen Meyer, 882 Dempster Street, Temperance, MI 48182.

Hurricane Harvey

Archbishop Vigneron encourages the faithful in the Archdiocese of Detroit to remember those affected by Hurricane Harvey in their prayers:

“Let us join in prayer to St. Anne, our patroness, for all those in the path and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Christ, have mercy.”

Are you wondering how you can help?

Please go to the Archdiocese of Detroit website at Up-to-date information about donating to relief efforts coordinated by Catholic Charities USA can be found there.


John Paul II Catholic School – Registration Open!

Have you considered a Catholic Education for your  child?

John Paul II Catholic School, located in Lincoln Park, is open for enrollment and welcomes your children to join their program.

It’s open for Preschool through 8th Grade.

Registration packets are available in the parish offices of Christ the Good Shepherd, Our Lady of the Scapular and St. Vincent Pallotti.

For questions or information, please visit our website at or send an email to or call 313-386-0633.

Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

Our generation will show that it can rise to the promise found in each young person when we know how to give them space. This means that we have to create the material and spiritual conditions for their full development; to give them a solid basis on which to build their lives; to guarantee their safety and their education to be everything they can be..”  – Pope Francis

Religious Education Registration

St. Vincent Pallotti Parish

Religious Education

Registration for Kindergarten thru Confirmation is open now!

Jesus declared, “Let the children come to me” and we hold that model in our program.

ALL children are accommodated, no matter what their age and need may be.

Registration forms are available in the back of church or on our website: under Faith Formation. Classes are held on Tuesdays starting with the Opening Prayer Service on September 19 at 5:30 pm at St. Joseph Church for the entire family, then first night of classes start on September 26 at the St. Elizabeth Education Center. Two sessions to choose from, either 4 pm to 5:30 pm or 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

Early Bird Special….

Register by August 15 and save $10

Call the Religious Education office at 734-285-9840, ext. 102 for more information.

Unleash the Gospel

Nearly seven months after the Detroit Archdiocese’s Synod 16, Archbishop Allen Vigneron released a pastoral letter outlining the synod results, along with launching a new website and coat of arms to “Unleash the Gospel.”

The letter was released following the Pentecost vigil Mass on June 3. Vigneron wrote that the letter is meant to “serve as the charter for implementing the fruit of Synod 16.” In an accompanying video, Vigneron states that the letter and synod “is not just the project of a year. This is a project of a generation.”

“The Synod was the ignition spark that is to set the Archdiocese ablaze. Its goal was nothing less than a radical overhaul of the Church in Detroit, a complete reversal of our focus from an inward, maintenance-focused church, to an outward, mission-focused church,” writes Vigneron in the letter.

During the synod weekend, delegates voted on propositions broken down into three categories: individuals and families; parishes; and archdiocesan central services. Delegates chose nine crucial initiatives, which the archbishop endorsed in his letter. The archbishop also outlines multiple “action steps” to help each initiative become reality.

To assist with the implementation of these steps, Vigneron will establish the “New Evangelization Council” by this summer and plans on giving an annual report every Pentecost.

Vigneron ends the letter contemplating the new future for the archdiocese set in motion by the synod.

“My hope is that [the archdiocese] will be a community of joyful missionary disciples and of saints united in Jesus — that there will even be a whole host of causes for beatification! — and that southeast Michigan will be a place of the manifest presence of God.”


DETROIT — In a landmark letter released on the Vigil of Pentecost, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron challenges each person, parish and institution in the Archdiocese of Detroit to undergo a “missionary conversion” geared toward “making one’s relationship with Jesus and alignment with his will the central guiding principle of every aspect of life.”

The archbishop’s pastoral letter, the result of months of careful discernment and prayer, contains the chief shepherd’s personal reflections and response to the historic archdiocesan Synod 16, a three-day gathering of lay faithful, clergy and religious in downtown Detroit called last fall to propose ways to transform the culture and better share the Gospel message in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

In the wide-ranging letter, which is called simply “Unleash the Gospel” — the adopted tagline for the archdiocese’s missionary efforts — Archbishop Vigneron lays out his vision for the future of the archdiocese as an “outward, mission-focused Church” and calls for various institutions and ministries to reimagine the ways in which they help people to encounter Jesus.

“Over the last three years, we, God’s family in the Church of Detroit, have already been experiencing a spiritual renewal as we have prepared and strategized for a missionary transformation of the Archdiocese,” Archbishop Vigneron writes in the letter’s introduction. “The Synod was the ignition spark that is to set the Archdiocese ablaze.”

The letter — along with a re-envisioned coat of arms for the Archdiocese of Detroit — was released June 3 following Mass for the vigil of Pentecost at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. It is available on a specially designed website,, along with a video interview with the archbishop.

The pastoral letter is broken into six sections, each with a different purpose. In addition to an introduction and conclusion, Archbishop Vigneron writes at length about the need for a “new evangelization” both broadly and in the Archdiocese of Detroit, reflecting on the roots of the wide-scale rejection of the Christian faith in secular society and drawing inspiration from the wisdom of saints such as Pope St. John Paul II and Blessed John Henry Newman.

“In the last half century, even as the western world has become increasingly secularized and countless people have abandoned the faith into which they were baptized, the Church has been ringing out a call for all Catholics to awaken their baptismal identity as missionary disciples,” Archbishop Vigneron writes. “All are being summoned to engage in a new evangelization — a renewed proclamation of the good news of Christ to the people of our time.”

Though the archbishop has repeatedly said the synod and pastoral letter are not about a “membership drive” or a “new program” for the archdiocese, it is about fostering a new outlook and encouraging enthusiasm for evangelization — which will involve some tangible changes for the archdiocese and its parishes, he said.

Archbishop Vigneron holds the Blessed Sacrament during Eucharistic adoration and Benediction at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The archbishop will release his long-awaited pastoral letter on Synod 16 and the new evangelization this weekend. (Dan Meloy | The Michigan Catholic)

The letter contains what the archbishop describes as “guideposts,” or broad principles for reform, as well as specific action steps for individuals, families, parishes and the archdiocesan Central Services to undertake in the years ahead to better position themselves to minister with the heart of an evangelist.

The action steps — which correspond to the nine propositions held up by Synod 16 as important for the archdiocese’s growth — range in specificity and involve both short-term and long-term projects, from a call for priests to offer “radical availability” of the sacrament of reconciliation to a charge for the archdiocesan Central Services to re-examine formation programs for confirmation and marriage preparation.

“This is not just the project of a year. This is the project of a generation,” Archbishop Vigneron said in a video accompanying the release of the letter. “I have been clear in my own mind, and I’ve said this, that this represents a real tectonic shift in the life of our local Church for hundreds of years.”

No one is exempt from their responsibility to help build up and shake the rust from the Church’s wheels, the archbishop said. In a section titled “No Bystanders,” Archbishop Vigneron lays out specific charges for laity, priests and deacons, those in consecrated life and lay apostolates, and even youths and young adults in helping to “change the DNA” of the Church in southeast Michigan.

In the past, the archbishop said, the Church’s work has been to build up institutions — such as hospitals, schools and parishes — through which people were brought to Christ and grew in holiness, “but the institutional connection is not sufficient anymore.”

Archbishop Vigneron said he views the letter as a culmination — though not the end point — of the work leading up to and following Synod 16, starting in 2014 with a year of prayer for a new Pentecost and continuing with the participation of thousands of lay Catholics in a series of parish dialogue gatherings last summer.

While the archbishop said he hopes the letter — his fourth as archbishop of Detroit — will be well-received, he’s realistic that it won’t be fully unpacked in a day.

“It’s clearly written not to be just a two-page executive summary. I’ve wanted to put it out fully,” Archbishop Vigneron said of the nearly 40-page document. “There’s a little concern that we might be biting off more than we can accomplish, but I’m OK with that. Part of this isn’t just ambition; it’s enthusiasm, and I don’t want to squelch that.”

The archbishop added it was important to him to receive input from as many people as possible, and that each step along the way — including the archdiocesan Mass for Pardon last October — has helped pave the way for the Holy Spirit to “unleash the Gospel” in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

“I consider the letter a kind of charter, a way to pull together in a good synthesis all the fruit that we have been given leading up to the synod and at the synod itself. We’ll put that all together, and it really creates a basis for our moving forward,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “It’s sort of a declaration about where we’re going to go in the next generation.”

As the Church in southeast Michigan sets its sights on the next chapter, Archbishop Vigneron said intercessors such as Venerable — and soon-to-be Blessed — Solanus Casey and St. Anne, the archdiocese’s patroness, are not only valuable partners in the work of evangelization, but models for what each member of the Church can become.

Twenty years from now, the archbishop said he hopes to look back and see “a whole host of causes for beatification” and “a community of joyful missionary disciples and of saints united in Jesus” in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

“We are a local Church in movement, and I invite every member of the Church to join in as we follow where Christ leads,” Archbishop Vigneron said.