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    Shrine Herald Royal Oak, MI

    We proclaim Jesus as Lord and ourselves as servants for His sake.

    January 13, 2013 The Baptism of the Lord

    Director of


    About 18 years ago, Shrine Parish embarked

    on a strategic plan to ensure that our parish

    schools would survive beyond the year 2000. That

    initial planning not only assured our survival, but it

    has played a major role in making sure our

    schools are strong in their Catholic identity and

    academic excellence. About 15 years ago, we

    carried out a needs assessment and developed a

    Master Plan of development related to parish

    and school buildings and properties.

    In the intervening years, 3 neighboring schools

    have had to close, and now 8 neighboring

    parishes are slated to become 3 within the next

    few years. We as a parish are now working in

    close collaboration with Saint Mary Parish Royal

    Oak to support and strengthen one another. The

    continued growth and development of Shrine as

    a strong and vibrant parish does not just happen.

    It takes planning, hard work, and the generous

    participation of everyone.

    In an effort to keep us growing into the future,

    the Parish Finance Council recommended a

    strong department of advancement for the

    parish, the schools, and the pastoral ministry of

    Shrine. After an evaluation of a number of very

    strong candidates, we are pleased to announce

    a new Director of Advancement.

    Please join me in welcoming our new Director

    of Advancement, Cynthia Grzelak.

    Cynthia will be responsible for the oversight

    and coordination of all Parish and School

    fundraising efforts, with primary responsibility for

    creating, implementing, managing and

    evaluating Shrines Strategic Development Plan.

    Cynthia Grzelak is a licensed fundraising

    professional, with over 30 years experience, who

    has worked predominantly with human service

    and/or faith based organizations, including

    Catholic schools and parishes. Her expertise

    includes strategic planning, feasibility studies,


    Notes from Monsignor Easton

    capital and endowment campaigns, major gift and

    annual giving programs, special

    events, public relations and

    communicat ions . She al so

    developed and is the instructor for

    an online event planning course

    offered to adult students, through

    colleges throughout the US,

    Canada, and Australia. She is a

    graduate of the University of

    Detroit and lives in Ann Arbor.

    Cynthia Grzelak will be working

    in the parish office and can be contacted at

    248.541.4122, ext. 455 or

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    Please pray for

    the repose of

    the soul of

    Mercedes Cunningham

    Prudence (Prudi) Hillert

    William Murphy

    Ann Thompson

    Please pray for

    the sick of our parish

    Maurine Bain

    Eugene Bienkowski

    Jack Brady

    Alfred Bucci, Sr.

    Garret Burtwell

    Deanna Conway

    Carl Culver

    Mark Daoust

    Marianne Dayton

    Betty Faris

    Prudi Hillert

    Donald Holden

    Joylene Jabboori

    William F. Janelle III

    Carolyn Kasa

    Robert Kimble

    Jim Kowalski

    Jan Lubic

    Robert Maybee

    Alexander ONeil

    Eileen Quenneville

    Tim Sauter

    Emily Sobeck

    Fr. Luke Suarez

    Deanna Swincicki

    Rob Wehner

    Fredric Zinger

    "Location, Location, Location"

    A Musical Fundraiser for the Welcome Inn

    Sunday, January 27, 4:00 pm

    "Location, Location, Location" Around the World in 88 Keys is a musical fundraiser

    sponsored by South Oakland Citizens for the Homeless (SOCH) to benefit the day

    center for the homeless, the Welcome Inn. The performance will be

    held at the Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, 2441 Pinecrest Dr.,

    Ferndale (South of 696, West of Woodward). Advance tickets are:

    Adults, $20; Youth, $10. Tickets at the door: Adults, $25; Youth,

    $15. Meet the performers at the afterglow. Sister Noreen will drive

    and welcomes riders. Just call. For tickets please call Norma, 248.585.7021

    For you who may have missed this last week

    Thank you for Your Advent Giving Tree Gifts

    Your generous donations made Christmas wonderful for so many, many people in

    need! The money was distributed to those who asked us to please help them re-

    spond to the needs of those they serve at Christmas and into this New Year. We may

    not see their faces, but God does and God knows our giving hearts! More than

    $16,000 was donated through the Giving Tree in cash, gift cards, new story books,

    socks, baby items, and food gifts. The letters of gratitude would make you so happy

    as you read them, and there are so many.

    May Jesus fill your life with what you most need during this new year! Let us pray

    for a Happy, Hope-filled New Year for our recipients and for one another!

    Sister Noreen Ellison and the Giving Tree Helpers

    The Grateful Recipients:

    Corpus Christi Catholic Community

    Mother and Unborn Baby Care

    St. Leo Soup Kitchen

    St. Dominic Outreach

    All Saints / Todos los Santos Soup


    St. Patrick Senior Bus and Christmas


    Capuchin Soup Kitchen

    Covenant House-Detroit

    Oakland Co. Jail & Family Ministry

    Several Families-in-Need

    South Oakland Warming Center

    hosted by Shrine and the Berkley

    Community Church

    The Grateful Recipients:

    South Oakland Citizens for the

    Homeless: The Welcome Inn

    Food Pantry-Our Lady Queen of


    St. Peter and Paul Community


    St. Aloysius Ala Kart Street Ministry

    CCW Newborn Layette Program

    Marys Mantle

    Angels Place

    Marys Children Family Center

    Covenant Community Care

    St. Vincent-Sarah Fisher Youth

    The ARC Oakland County

    Loaves and Fishes-SW Detroit

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    This week more than 100 members of our very own Shrine Catholic High School will

    be involved in a Kairos Retreat. This is a very special time for our students to grow

    closer to Christ and become stronger in their faith. Please keep them in your prayers

    throughout this entire week.

    Rosie, Carlito & Lord Stanley

    This warm January thaw has Lord Stanley thoroughly confused. Where is the

    SNOW? He loved the snow and now it is gone. I think he is secretly praying for the

    return of the snow in record proportions. If the snow does not come back, it can only

    mean one thing to him, TIME TO GO SWIMMING!

    Baptized in Christ

    Evan Dominic son of

    David and Emily

    (Slusnis) Sarotte

    Divine Life

    Banns of Marriage

    First Bann

    Lacey Jones and

    Jason Stachel

    Thank You From St. Vincent de Paul

    To all the teachers, students, staff and parents of the Religious

    Education Department ( preschool-elementary) and Shrine Grade

    School we thank you for filling the Thanksgiving and Christmas

    baskets to the brim with food items for the families' Holiday

    tables. St. Vincent de Paul added gift cards and supermarket

    food vouchers. The families were most appreciative and gave us

    hugs which we pass on to you. We also would like to thank Dennis Peel and his

    daughter, Allison, for assisting us in the delivery of the baskets.

    Gratefully, St. Vincent de Paul

    Holy Land Pilgrimage

    Terra Sancta Pilgrimages with Franciscan friar Fr. Alex Kratz will be leading a

    Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from April 15-29, 2013. This life-changing

    experience walking in Jesus footsteps includes daily Mass and Rosary, biblical

    readings on site, time for prayer and spiritual guidance, and meeting local

    Christians. Cost is $3,899 (all expenses included, round trip from Detroit, 3 daily

    meals, all tips and taxes). $500 deposit due at registration. Orientation Meeting

    is February 10. Other dates: October 7-21, 2013. Call 248.423.3600 or

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    Mass Information

    Monday, January 14

    6:30 am Mass Msgr. Easton

    Servers Joey Lynch, A.J. Massucci

    8:30 am Mass Fr. Espinoza

    Servers Henry True, Max Gouin

    Tuesday, January 15

    6:30 am Mass Fr. Camilleri

    Servers Lydia Moylan, Elizabeth Lyons

    8:30 am Mass Msgr. Easton

    Servers Carolyn Luddy, Katie Arce

    Wednesday, January 16

    6:30 am Mass Fr. Espinoza

    Servers Grant Fogle, Elijah Harbut

    8:30 am Mass Msgr. Easton

    Servers Chris Richards, Kevin Hejka

    Thursday, January 17

    6:30 am Mass Msgr. Easton

    Servers Kira Jenkins, Katy Zink

    8:30 am Mass Fr. Camilleri

    Servers Grace Leonard, Clara North

    Friday, January 18

    6:30 am Mass Fr. Camilleri

    Servers Patrick Schocke, Ben Vidosh

    8:30 am Mass Fr. Espinoza

    Servers Blake Smith, Niklas Jenkins

    Saturday, January 19

    8:30 am Mass Msgr. Easton

    Servers Nik