Are you a member of the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance yet? From the start, the Alliance and Nativity have been strong partners. You may know that the Alliance saw its early beginnings as a group of priests, including Fr. Singer, who came together on Tuesday mornings to pray, share reflections on the next Sunday’s readings, and discuss the concerns of their city churches. They grew to include some religious women and pastoral associates.
In 1988 when many parishes were hit with the threat of closing, the group coalesced and mushroomed into a militant body that added numerous lay people and vigorously fought against the destruction of parish communities. Nativity was there in that fight. As an officer of the Alliance, Sr. Jolene was a key spokesperson to the media. While many of the threatened parishes were closed many were saved. From those early efforts the Alliance evolved into what it is today, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) tax -exempt organization made up of parishes and individuals dedicated to maintaining an effective Catholic presence in the metro Detroit area.
Over the years the Alliance has instituted numerous programs, too many to list here. Many of our people have been active participants. Practically all of our current Ministers of Service are graduates of the Ministers training program. Quite a few of us attended the anti-racism workshops, several of our members tutor at Epiphany Education Project and some of our seniors have enjoyed the very reasonably priced excursions and overnight trips. Others have been key players in the planning of the ministers’ retreats and the annual Harvest Dinner.
Nativity particularly benefited when the Alliance moved its headquarters into our neighborhood in 1994 made possible by Tom & Sharon Mudloffs’ donation of their parents’ store. That began the housing and commercial development and neighborhood beautification in our area. We have always been a strong member parish and supporter, following in the examples of Sr. Jolene and Fr. Singer who from the beginning were committed and active in the leadership.
The members’ annual dues payments are a significant contribution to the Alliance budget. You can join for as little as five dollars per year or at a greater amount, whatever your finances can comfortably support. Won’t you consider joining today? The forms are available at the entrances. If you have any questions please see Chris McLaughlin, the current board chairperson, or myself, Miriam Moses, your other parish board representative. Then as a member when you talk about the Alliance you proudly will be able to say, “This is the work we do.”
We still have 300 raffle tickets left to sell. You can help sell the tickets by taking a form and asking a family member, neighbor, co-worker or friend if they are interested in buying a ticket. Order forms are available on the table. Tickets cost $25 each and only 1000 tickets are sold.
St. Elizabeth’s Homecoming Weekend is November 14th & 15th. There is a Dinner/Dance on Saturday night, $30.00 per ticket. And a brunch after Mass on Sunday. This is their 130th Anniversary. More information on the flyer on the door.
The Nativity Evangelization Committee will sponsor a Soup Supper on Thursday, November 19 at 6-8 PM. Guest Speaker: Fr. Larry Richards (recorded on DVD)
Topic: The Joy of the Gospel
See flyer for more details and signup sheet to attend.
Thanksgiving Mass: Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00PM at St. Charles. Brother Ray will be alternating Special Masses/Holy Days between the churches.