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Wider Church News and Information

North Macomb Vicariate
Information on the ten parishes which comprise the vicariate: SS. John and Paul, Washington Twp.;  St. Clement of Rome, Romeo; St. Kieran, Shelby Twp.;  St. John Vianney, Shelby Twp.; St. Therese of Lisieux, Shelby Twp.; St. Isidore, Macomb Twp.; St. Mary Mystical Rose, Armada; St. Francis / St. Maximilian,  Ray Twp.; St. Lawrence, Utica. Resource for events happening in the parishes and for finding Mass times.

Archdiocese of Detroit
Official website for the Archdiocese of Detroit and all of its offices, institutions, and programs.

The Michigan Catholic
Official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Published twice monthly. Has local Catholic news and brief articles on wider religious news

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Official website for the U.S. Catholic Bishops. Good resource for daily readings and documents of the U.S. Bishops.

The Vatican
Official website for all the Vatican congregations and offices. Good resource for official papal and other Vatican documents.

Virtual Tours of the Vatican. Villanova University has produced magnificent "virtual tours" of important churches/chapels.

Catholic News Network
Connected to the U.S. Conference of Bishops, resource for current news and information affecting the Catholic Church or of interest to Catholics.

Knights of Columbus
Information on the Michigan State Council for Knights of Columbus and the work of their local councils.

Worship / Prayer / Spirituality Links

The New English Translation of the Roman Missal.ROMAN MISSAL
USCCB Website on the Roman Missal which has links to lots of material and resources on the new Roman Missal.  
Scriptural References Underlying the Prayers at Mass to see all the underlying Scriptural references that are present in the prayers we pray at Mass.  

Vistitation North Spirituality Center
This site offers various seasonal spiritual reflections which are excellent, along with providing links to other sites. In addition, it often posts homilies by the late Bishop of Saginaw, Ken Untener.

Creighton University Online Ministry Website
Excellent site with several areas of use: daily prayer, daily reflections, and online retreats.

The Center for Liturgy at St. Louis University
Very good resource for preparing for upcoming Sunday worship. Recommended for all but especially lectors, communion ministers, music ministers, cantors, deacons, priests and all who have special liturgical roles.

Daily Scripture Readings from Mass
Pick any date to view, read and reflect on the readings for the Mass of the Day.

Apostleship of Prayer
The mission of this apostolate is to encourage prayer in the homes, especially a "morning offering," which places the day in the Lord's care.

Christian Service Links

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan
A Catholic social service agency that has a full range of resources for helping individuals and families. It is a good place to begin, if you are not sure what kind of help is available.

Samaritan House
Website for local agency which provides emergency food and clothing help.

M.C.R.E.S.T.: Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team
Website for agency that coordinates emergency shelter for the homeless in Macomb County.

Macomb County Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers
Website both for those who wish to volunteer time and those needing volunteers to help with driving, shopping, cleaning, etc.

Catholic Relief Services
Website for this national Catholic outreach program, which provides extensive aid to all areas of the world facing natural and other disasters. Highly respected for the quickness of response and low amount of management costs.

Other Family / Emergency Agencies and Phone Numbers
Here are some area agencies and phone numbers that might offer a start on where to go get some help.

Legislative / Social Justice / Life Issues Links                                                                        (top of page)

Michigan Catholic Conference
Public policy website for Catholic dioceses of Michigan, based in Lansing.  Good newsletters on legislative topics that impact Catholic social teaching. Click on the Catholic Legislative Advocacy Network button for links to sending state or national legislators email on a timely basis, as well as sending local newspapers letters..

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship 
A booklet from the Catholic Bishops of the United States to guide Catholics in voting as responsible citizens and informed Catholics.Website for national organization dedicated to increasing Catholic involvement in social justice issues that flow from Catholic teaching.

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good 
Website for national organization dedicated to increasing Catholic involvement in social justice issues that flow from Catholic teaching.

Center of Concern
Public policy think tank, founded by Catholic religious men and women, promoting global justice based on Catholic social teaching.

Founded by a network of Catholic religious orders to influence legislative initiatives in Washington. Good resource for status of key bills that have significant social justice implications.

Evangelization  Links

You Shall Be My Witnesses
An overview of the Archdiocese of Detroit's vision for evangelization.

Go and Make Disciples
The comprehensive document on Evangelization from the United States Catholic Conference, defining evangelization and offering a national plan and strategy for evangelization.

Evangelization Resources for Catholic Educators
A site with links to a variety of documents on Catholic approaches and resources for evangelization.

Catholics Come Home
Dedicated to supporting a positive understanding of the Catholic Church and its faith. Very well done, professional short videos such as "Epic" and other testimonies to the Catholic faith.

Catholic Youth and Young Adult  Links

A website for Catholic teens. Helps youth see and live their Catholic faith. Teens can get solid, Catholic answers through informative articles on youth culture, Church teaching, music and current events; study the Sunday readings for Mass and reflections on the readings. Membership is free.

JClub for children 
An interactive website for young Catholics of elementary school age. The site contains stories, activities, games and multimedia clips about our Catholic tradition, especially desgined for young Catholic children.

Resources from publishers of Catholic elementary and junior high religious education programs.
Look for the link within them to free family/parent resources:

  • BlestAreWe.com 
  • FaithFirst.com 
  • HarcourtReligion.com 
  • InterchurchFamilies.org 
  • ChristJesustheWay.com 
  • homefaith.com 
  • FindingGod.org 
  • Pflaum.com 
  • WeLiveOurFaith.com 
  • FAITH Teen 
    Site produced by the diocese of Lansing just for teens. Interesting insights and information.

    Human Love and Sexuality

    Dr. Timothy Hogan's Website 
    Home site for our speaker on human sexuality. Includes further links and other information, including a DVD of his presentation. See especially the links on his "Download" page.

    Safe Environment Materials

    Stopping Cyberbullying Sites for Parents: stopcyberbullying.org, cyberbuyllying.org, wiredsafety.org

    Anti-pornography filters for computers: Hedgebuilders.com

    Monitoring your children's use of the computer software: SpectorSoft, Apps to Beware Of

    15 Dangerous Apps: Dangerous Apps to be Aware Of

    Online Gaming: Preventing Cyberbullying in Online Gaming

    Catholics on Call
    Weekly Sunday Scripture reflections and other resources for Catholic adults in their 20s and 30s.

    Young Adult Ministry in a Box
    Website devoted to tools for, best practices of, and interaction among young adults and those involved in young adult ministry.

    Busted Halo
    Site supported by Paulist Evangelization outreach, aiming at adults in their 20s and 30s.

    Vocation Links

    Archdiocesan Vocation Office
    Basic information on ordained and religious vocations.

    Guide for Parents 
    Booklet with suggestions for how parents/families can encourage a positive attitude toward vocations in their home.

    Pastoral Plan and Resources for Vocations to Ordained and Religious Life 
    Booklet with suggestions for how parents/families can encourage a positive attitude toward vocations in their home.

    Ecumenical and Interfaith Resources

    Detroit Interfaith Council
    Metropolitan Detroit leadership group founded in the wake of 9/11/2001 to counter misunderstanding between faiths.

    Michigan Interfaith Roundtable
    Metropolitan Detroit leadership group committed to dialgoue among Christians, Muslims, Jews, and all faiths.

    Theological Resources

    Catechism of the Catholic Church 
    Online searchable text of the official catechism of the Catholic Church.

    Catholic Theological Terms
    Contains brief definitions and descriptions of theological terms from a traditional Catholic perspective.

    Links from Recent New and Noteworthy Items                                                                 (top of page)

    Synod of Bishops on Marriage and Family. The Parish Pastoral Council submitted a Parish Response which was passed on to the steering committee of the Synod of Bishops. For the upcoming 2015 Synod a list of questions has been distributed, with the stipulation that it is not enough to simply re-affirm doctrine. We need pastoral insights/solutions. Also, all responses are to take into consideration the Final Report from the Fall 2014 Synod..


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