Unleash the Gospel – The New Evangelization is unfolding and breathing new life into the Church in Detroit.Unleash the Gospel is a major push to change the DNA of the Church in Detroit to one of a Body of Christ on mission. What we are attempting is nothing less than a radical overhaul of the Church in Detroit, a complete reversal of our focus from inward, or maintenance-focused, to outward, or mission-focused.

We seek to bring about this change first in our hearts, through an encounter with Christ. Then in our homes as we grow in our faith. And finally in our culture as we become a witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why Now?

There is a need to elevate the presence and importance of Christ in individuals, families, parishes, schools, and Catholic institutions to receive the good news, to live it, and to share it with our friends, our families, in our workplaces and beyond.

The natural state of the Church is one of growth. We are living in a time of unnatural deterioration of the Church. The decline in sacramental participation and vocations as well as the closing of parishes are unnatural aberrations rooted in an erosion of evangelization. We need to undo some of what we’ve become as a people of Christ – passive in prioritizing and living our faith, sad about the perceived decline of the importance of Jesus and Church institutions, and accustomed to a malaise rooted in believing there is little that can be done.

Just as we are seeing revitalization in our city, we seek to bring about rebirth of the Church in Detroit.

To watch the video message from Archbishop Allen Vigneron, click on this link: https://youtu.be/R69Yai1DrPU

 

Come Encounter Christ

Christ the Good Shepherd Church

Sunday, February 14 through Tuesday, February 16.

7 – 8:30 p.m.

Come see what everyone is talk!

http://www.aod.org/Being-Catholic/Evangelization/Unleash-the-Gospel/Come-Encounter-Christ/

 

The following communication is to explain the events which have taken place to date with the status on the repairs to the roof and ceiling at St. Patrick Catholic Church.

The Archdiocese has recommended that we work with the SME Engineering Building Specialists in the evaluation and determining the scope of the intended project.  SME is an experienced firm that has handled similar projects including several Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

The past several weeks have included determining the scope of the project and recommended action that is needed.

This evaluation has determined the following:

  1. The plastered ceiling has been compromised in various places and requires repair and or replacement.
  2. The roof has been leaking and also needs to be repaired. SME will work with the roofers on what repairs are required.

SME has presented the following plan of action.

  1. The first priority is to repair the roof. We will proceed with gathering bids to repair the roof as quickly as possible in light of the pending colder weather.

Regarding the ceiling repair, SME have given us two options:

  • Repair the plaster ceiling using the conventional plaster & drywall.
  • Repair using an acrylic process from the attic.

In light of the dirty & dusty process using the conventional plaster process, which would require the complete removal of all the pews and the loss of all the paintings and frescoes, the recommendation from the committee is to repair the plaster from the attic using the acrylic spray process. This process is supposed to bind the current plaster to the wood foundation and would save the paintings and frescoes.

We will be visiting a church which has used this process to determine the feasibility of its use on our project.

As we progress in this large undertaking, we will keep you informed of any developments.

Finance Committee Chairman.

Lee Williams.