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Volunteer Opportunities

Patricia Wienclaw : May 10, 2017 6:11 pm : Christian Service

Christian Service has several opportunities available. Read over the following descriptions and call Pam at (248) 347-7778 ext. 17 with any questions.

Backpack Project
Additional committee volunteers needed. Kickoff is mid-July with backpack assembly on August 23rd (daytime). Minimal time required.

In need of co-chair to work with Pam Fritschen. This opportunity would be great for anyone working full or part time. Date of event is Sunday, October 8th. Not extensive time commitment.

Pam Fritschen initially participated in the CROP Walk as part of her son’s Religious Education community service project. She felt it was a very worthwhile opportunity involving all age brackets. Since 2007, Pam has represented St. James in bringing this event to our congregation alongside many other churches in our area. The Walk is held to raise awareness of world hunger and benefits local pantries.

C.O.T.S. (Coalition of Temporary Shelters)
A chairperson is needed for this ministry to continue. In the past, St. James has committed to handling 8 – 10 hot meals per year at the Detroit location where moms and children are residents.

Mercy In Action Day
In need of a few volunteers to form a committee for this project. The project will benefit newborns and moms in several pregnancy programs. Last year we were able to provide 100 diaper bags filled with essentials for babies. Timeframe for the project will be early September with assembly in early October.

Michigan’s Catholic Bishops Respond to U.S. Supreme Court Redefining Marriage

banner : June 29, 2015 4:05 pm : Christian Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, June 26, 2015

(Lansing, Mich.) — Michigan’s Catholic bishops today released a joint statement through the Michigan Catholic Conference responding to the United States Supreme Court decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that redefines the institution of marriage in this country.

Statement from Michigan’s Catholic Bishops

Today’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to redefine marriage represents a profound legal turning point in the contemporary and cultural understanding of spouses and family. We continue to teach that every human person deserves respect and compassion. The experience of same-sex attraction is a reality that calls for attention, sensitivity and pastoral care. While every person is called to love and deserves to be loved, today’s momentous decision will not change the truth of the Church’s teaching on marriage.

The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is and can only be the union of one man and one woman. This union brings two persons together and, because of their natural biological composition, each bring qualities to the marriage that differ from one another. Man and woman complement each other; they then become united as one in marriage and together are unique in their ability to create new life based on sexual and reproductive differences.

Every child has a mother and a father and even though each child deserves to be loved and raised by them together, we are conscious of and loving toward those circumstances in which this arrangement of a married mother and father in the home is not reality. Married couples unable to conceive children or family structures that differ – single parents, widowed parents, adopted children and those being raised by grandparents or other family members – merit compassion and support for their life situations, which at times can be difficult and challenging. The Church and her ministries must remain conscious of and respectful toward these differing dynamics, especially when support, counsel and love is sought.

Going forward, the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage will have a significant ripple effect upon the first amendment right to religious liberty. It sets the Church’s teaching about marriage in opposition to the law and will create inestimable conflicts between the state and religious persons and institutions. As the impact of the decision plays out over the coming weeks and months the Catholic Church will continue to preach the truth about marriage and will promote, in the public square, this truth as what is good for society and our world.

  • Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron Archbishop of Detroit
  • Most Reverend Earl A Boyea Bishop of Lansing
  • Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley Bishop of Kalamazoo
  • Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone Bishop of Saginaw
  • Most Reverend John F. Doerfler Bishop of Marquette
  • Most Reverend Steven J. Raica Bishop of Gaylord
  • Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak Bishop of Grand Rapids
  • Most Reverend Michael J. Byrnes Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
  • Most Reverend Arturo Cepeda Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
  • Most Reverend Donald F. Hanchon Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
  • Most Reverend Francis R. Reiss Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit

Michigan Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in this state.

Another Way Pregnancy Center News

banner : January 13, 2014 8:26 pm : Christian Service

A new ultrasound machine is in place and in use at Another Way Pregnancy Center in Farmington Hills.  This was made possible through many local Knights of Columbus Councils as well as a donation from St. James!  It is a great tool in helping women make positive decisions!

The following is a true story:

A NEW DAY Indeed!

Our Ultrasound salesman came in, by request, on New Years Eve to unpack the   ultrasound machine and to assure that all parts were working. They were.

“D” had called 2 weeks earlier seeking abortion information.  SOMEHOW she had forgotten what Another Way is…  Cindy happened to answer that call. Cindy had not forgotten her former client’s voice!

Having missed two appointments with Cindy since that call, “D” told Cindy she was off work New Years Day.

On New Year’s Day, Our Medical Director, our Nurse Manager and Cindy Dotson gave their time to come in and meet with “D”. She poured out her story to Cindy.  Cindy had prayed the weeks leading up to this meeting and was equipped with God’s assurance that He would meet with them,  and that He would guide them.

All three of these delightful women expressed their experience of God’s presence in that LIVING ROOM!  (What a GREAT name!) “D” was able to see the image of her baby and received the assurance of three dedicated women who promised to be with her and to assist her along the way.  NO ONE in “D”‘s life was encouraging her to carry this new life. As Cindy read Psalm 139, which “D” had never heard before, “D” was assured of God’s purposes for her and for her child as well.

Please keep “D” in your prayers each day.

God has great plans for AWPC – and we need to be in tune with Him more than ever.  Let’s start the day – and the year – off “Best”!


Human Trafficking Update

Patricia Wienclaw : January 13, 2014 8:06 pm : Christian Service

Before the Michigan State Legislature took its winter break it made some progress on Human Trafficking Legislation:

House Bills 4021, 5012 and 5026, which would expand the definition and penalties for kidnapping and provide a safe harbor for victims of human trafficking, passed with wide bipartisan support in the House last week. This legislation is victim-centered to ensure victims are treated as victims and not as criminals. Senate Bills 584, 588, and 591 passed unanimously in the Senate. These bills extend the criminal statute of limitations for victims of human trafficking, provide an affirmative defense for victims who committed crimes, such as prostitution, while under the control of their trafficker, and allow for the expunction of those crimes. Michigan Catholic Conference is pleased to see such overwhelming support in both chambers for action to combat modern human slavery in Michigan.

 Other resources about Human Trafficking:

Michigan Human Trafficking Taskforce

Michigan Abolitionist Project (MAP)

Michigan Catholic Conference

Check out Polaris Project , to learn more about the signs of human trafficking and if you ever see anything that doesn’t look right call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-3737-888.

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