How can I help...?

Dear Fr. Joe: How can I help … my friend, coworker or neighbor who is in mourning?

Losing someone we love is such a painful thing, and your desire to help someone in a time of loss can be absolutely life-changing for them. I’ve had a lot of experience with people who are grieving the death of a loved one, and think I can be helpful here.

GO Evangelize: Prayer is the backbone of evangelization

<p>Paul Godfrey is in his fifth year teaching theology at Detroit Catholic Central, and is a parishioner at Christ the King Church in Ann Arbor. He invited his neighbor to Alpha.</p><p><strong>Witness:</strong> Part of what Alpha has done for me is helped me realize that I need to be bold. I need to ask the Lord, “Who do you want me to invite today?” It’s a mind-set of witnessing – we’re meant to welcome everyone into Church and into relationship with Christ. It is good but challenging. It’s the open door that is there for anyone and everyone.</p>

Evangelical Catholic program in Jackson leading others to Christ

<p>Evangelical. Catholic. Many Catholics are not accustomed to hearing the two classifications together. And yet Todd Gale, director of faith formation at St. John the Evangelist in Jackson, will tell you it’s a perfect coupling. “An evangelical Catholic is a Catholic who is trying to lead others to Christ,” he says.</p><p>Todd is a living testament to how people can be conduits of God’s love and grace. Years ago, not wedded to any faith tradition, he was simultaneously grappling with a shaky faith in Jesus and health issues.

'You could feel God in the air'

<h2>Alexa wants to share the joy of FAITHFest with everyone</h2><p>Dr. Alexa Vitek-Hitchcock, owner of Vitek Family Dentistry in DeWitt, first met Father David Rosenberg when he was referred to her dental practice by another priest.</p>
<p>“My family knew Father Dwight Ezop back when I was in high school,” says Alexa. “In 2010, he recommended me as a professional from a faith-filled family to Father Rosenberg, who was new to DeWitt at the time and looking for a dentist.”</p>

Witness to Hope funds serve youth at St. Mary Queen of Angels Parish

<p>The Witness to Hope funds received by St. Mary Queen of Angels Parish in Swartz Creek enabled them to hold their first-ever Community Kids Day last August. More than 200 enjoyed the bounce houses, carnival games, balloon twisting, slides, concessions and face painting. Completely funded by Witness to Hope, this event was free for the community. The parish also used its funds to hire a youth event coordinator, Jessica Grima. Since Jessica has joined the team, the parish has been able to offer more opportunities for youth to encounter Christ.</p>

Discussion Guide May 2018

<h2>Marriage Matters</h2><p>What concerns and priorities do you have regarding your children’s education? Prayerfully discern the reasons for these priorities and concerns.</p>
<h2>Grow+Go GROW</h2>
<p>Do you have a short prayer or Scripture passage in mind that you could think about while you are waiting in line?</p>
<h2>Grow+Go GO</h2>

Lansing-based FAITH Catholic is now America’s largest publisher of Catholic magazines

<p>In 2000, Bishop Mengeling and Father Charlie Irvin started the magazine you now are reading – FAITH, the magazine for the Diocese of Lansing. FAITH was the brainchild of Patrick M. O’Brien, who developed the original concept as well as the business plan that grew FAITH into what is now America’s largest publisher of Catholic magazines.</p><p>After reviewing an annual assessment of the Catholic press in the United States, it was determined that FAITH Catholic produces more magazines and reaches more homes than any other American Catholic publisher.

Our faith is meant to be dynamic

<p>As part of my homily for this year's celebration of the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening, I reflected on the role of Jesus, the Teacher, as his disciples often identified him. In thinking about Jesus, the Teacher, I encouraged that evening's gathered assembly to reflect on the positive, life-changing effects that so many gifted teachers have had on our lives.

Loving our baby Hope for as long as God gave us with her

<h2>HOPE</h2><p>Twenty weeks into their pregnancy, Jill and Zac Moon waited excitedly to learn their baby’s sex. Comfortably established in their careers – Jill a math teacher at Flint Powers High School and Zac a scientist for a medical laboratory – they were delighted to be starting their family. With grandparents-to-be, co-workers and much of the Powers Catholic family waiting for their news, Jill and Zac peered attentively at the ultrasound images before them.</p>