Detroit Archdiocese http://michiganradio.org en This is what it sounds like when a neighborhood church closes http://michiganradio.org/post/what-it-sounds-when-neighborhood-church-closes <p>St. Henry’s in Lincoln Park held its first Mass on June 3, 1923 and its last Mass on March 2, 2014.</p><p>At the end of the church’s final Mass, parish members took the most important objects and walked them out the door.</p><p>The holy oils were carried by five members of the Olive family. Jackie and Bill Balmes carried out the marriage registry (they’ve been married for 65 years). Four men, including Jim Bomia and his two grandsons, lifted the crucifix off the wall (it weighed several hundred pounds), and walked it down the aisle and out the door.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 17119 at http://michiganradio.org This is what it sounds like when a neighborhood church closes Detroit Archdiocese releases downsizing plan http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-archdiocese-releases-downsizing-plan <p>The Detroit Archdiocese has officially released streamlining plans reduce the number of parishes, in order to accommodate what its leaders call &ldquo;demographic changes.&rdquo;</p> <pre> This second phase of the <a href="http://www.aodonline.org/">&ldquo;Together in Faith&rdquo; plan </a>is years in the making. </pre> <pre> Over the next four years, Archdiocese will close, merge, or cluster dozens of its 267 current parishes over the next four years.</pre> <p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2 parishes will close.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 02:54:40 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6291 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Archdiocese releases downsizing plan Detroit Catholics: Archdiocese plans could "abandon" city http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-catholics-archdiocese-plans-could-abandon-city <p>Last week, the Detroit Archdiocese said it will<a href="http://detnews.com/article/20111201/LIFESTYLE04/112010443/Archdiocese-announces-recommended-parish-closures--consolidations"> likely close nine churches and consolidate dozens more</a> starting next year.</p><p>The six-county Detroit Archdiocese, like many across the country, is dealing with a priest shortage and declining membership in many churches.</p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 16:40:32 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5248 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Archdiocese takes next step in streamlining plans http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-archdiocese-takes-next-step-streamlining-plans <p>A group advising the Detroit Archdiocese about reorganizing parishes will submit its recommendations to the Archbishop Wednesday evening.</p><p>The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council is made up mostly of laypeople. The group was tasked with creating a plan to close or merge parishes throughout southeast Michigan.</p><p><a href="http://www.aodonline.org/aodonline-sqlimages/togetherinfaith/letters/APCChair111127.pdf">In a letter to Catholic parishoners</a> across the Archdiocese, the Council&rsquo;s chairman explains their recommendations are based on suggestions from parish groups</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:39:27 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5201 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Archdiocese takes next step in streamlining plans