Prayer Need: Detroit-Area Priest Indicted on Theft Charges

Fr. Edward Belczak

A five-count indictment was issued today by U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade’s office in the theft investigation of Rev. Edward Belczak, former pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan.Father Belczak and his parish administrator, Janice Verschuren, have been accused of stealing nearly $700,000 from parish funds, then using the money to purchase a luxury condominium in Palm Beach, Florida, and other items.  If found guilty of the charges, which include mail fraud, wire fraud an … [Read more...]

Not So Fast! Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder Won’t Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Gay marriage

The see-saw has tipped again in Michigan's volatile same-sex marriage brouhaha.Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder announced today that the state will not recognize the more than 300 same-sex marriages which took place last weekend.Governor Snyder acknowledged that the marriages were legal.  However, the state will not recognize the benefits of the same-sex marriages, until release of the stay which was imposed the following day by an appeals court. *     *     *     *     * THE … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of Detroit Embarks on Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost

Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost

On Ash Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Detroit will embark on a "Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost" which will last through Easter Sunday of 2015.Parishes in the Archdiocese have been asked to include in their weekly bulletin this weekend a letter from Archbishop Vigneron, explaining the Year of Prayer.  The letter asks Catholics to pray the prayer from 1961, which was included by Pope John XXIII in his announcement of the Second Vatican Council.  The prayer reads: "Renew your wonders in … [Read more...]


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