Evangelization

About the Evangelization Committee

The Evangelization Committee works directly with, or in service to, the pastoral staff, the Parish Pastoral Council, and commissions.

We recognize our own need for ongoing evangelization to fully know the Good News that every person is loved by the Father and saved by His own Son’s life, passion, death and resurrection, and for spiritual development that helps us grow in our experience of a close, personal relationship with God.

We seek to evangelize others by:

  • Incorporating (as appropriate) the following methods used by Jesus – teaching, healing, conversation, service and example.
  • Incorporating the following elements advocated by the Vicariate – witness, outreach, proclamation, invitation, conversion and discipleship.
  • Coordinating and utilizing evangelization resources from the Archdiocese and the Vicariate.

The Evangelization Committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm.  For more information, please contact Brenda Kozlowski at 248-689-8380, Ext. 103.

Unleash the Gospel:

(From Archbishop Allen Vigneron)  Over the last three years we, God’s family in the Church of Detroit, have already been experiencing a spiritual renewal as we have prepared and strategized for a missionary transformation of the Archdiocese. It began in March of 2014 with my announcement of a year of prayer for a new Pentecost. During that year the whole Archdiocese was united with Mary, the Twelve, and the other disciples in the Upper Room, praying for and expectantly awaiting a new coming of the Holy Spirit. People from all over the Archdiocese began to tell me of signs that this prayer is being answered. In 2015-2016 the “Come, Encounter Christ!” missions held around the Archdiocese with Eucharistic adoration, spirited music and preaching brought many into a renewed encounter with Jesus. In April 2016 the Amazing Parish Conference provided a powerful impetus for local parish leaders to reimagine and fortify the mission-centered focus of our parishes. Throughout 2016 parishes across the Archdiocese hosted “parish dialogue gatherings,” in which parishioners freely expressed their hopes, concerns and suggestions for the Church in Detroit.
A profoundly significant step along this itinerary was the Mass for Pardon on October 7, 2016, in which I came before God with my fellow priests and hundreds of lay people to repent on behalf of the Archdiocese for the sins committed over the generations by our bishops, priests, lay ministers, institutions, and all the faithful—sins that all too often had become embedded in our church culture. Asking and receiving God’s forgiveness for the failings of the past enables us to move forward with new hope and courage.
Finally, the archdiocesan-wide Synod 16, held November 18-20, 2016, was an historic occasion during which representatives from all corners of the Archdiocese—clergy, religious and lay people—gathered to pray and reflect together on what will make the Church in southeast Michigan a joyful band of missionary disciples. The Synod was the ignition spark that is to set the Archdiocese ablaze. Its goal was nothing less than a radical overhaul of the Church in Detroit, a complete reversal of our focus from an inward, maintenance-focused church, to an outward, mission-focused church.
This pastoral letter is to serve as the charter for implementing the fruit of Synod 16.

 

The Synod Prayer:

God our Father, you have called us to be witnesses to Jesus and have sent us on a mission to lead all people to encounter him. Send your Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds and enkindle our hearts, so that we may grow daily as your disciples. Empower us to face bravely the challenges of our time. Keep us close to you, together with Jesus your Son, Mary our Mother, and St. Anne our patroness as we engage in Synod 16 to Unleash the Gospel. Transform us into a band of joyful missionary disciples, who will bring the message of Jesus’ power and mercy to every person in southeast Michigan. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary is a parish-based apostolic organization of lay people with a plan of action to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the truths of the Catholic faith, answering the call for the new evangelization. The Legion of Mary makes its members better Catholics, by providing a balanced program of prayer and service, doing all things in union with the Holy Spirit as He operates through Mary, Mother of the Church.

The Legion of Mary meets at St. Anastasia every Thursday morning at 10:30am in Meeting Room E (Administrative Center). During the 90-minute meeting they pray together and plan ways to meet the spiritual needs of parishioners – visiting homebound and nursing homes, bringing Holy Communion to the residents and praying with them; leading Rosaries at wake services when requested by the family; promoting devotion to the Rosary and Divine Mercy chaplet as a way to strengthen Catholics in their faith; visiting the homes in the neighborhood with a friendly invitation to “come and see” what our parish is about…All outreach is done in pairs, the same way that Jesus sent out the first disciples.

If you have a desire to see the Legion in action, drop in at any of their meetings. No pressure, no commitment–just a friendly welcome. General information about the Legion of Mary can be found at their website. For information specific to the Legion at St. Anastasia, contact Carol Tardiff by E-Mail or by telephone at 248-689-1936.