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Operation ‘Be Not Afraid’

Catholics keeping vigil in Detroit

May 8, 2020  0

On Thursday May 7, dozens of Catholics prayed outside of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the archdiocese of Detroit. 

Since late March, every diocese in the United States has halted all public Masses.

Abp. Allen Vigneron (David Guralnick /Detroit News)

Over a month later, only a few have begun to open their doors.

Saying enough is enough, organizers Lynn Mills and Patricia Stephanoff kicked off "Operation Be Not Afraid."

Lynn Mills: "Archbishop Vigneron, with full respect, he can do something, he can do something more. He could open the churches  they could have been open from the beginning."

Patricia Stephanoff: "This is for our eternal life, not just the short time, hopefully, of the pandemic. This is forever that we need to be fed."

Faithful Catholics desire the one thing they have been starved of: the Holy Eucharist  the source and summit of the Catholic faith.

Joseph Vanassche:

We need more of Jesus; not to run away, not to shy away, not long-distance on TV, but we need Jesus' Presence in the Eucharist, and we want these guys — all six of our kids — to know that's the number one most important thing in their life, and our lives, is Jesus.

Heather Vanassche: "There's so much evil, and it seems that Satan is reigning, and we can only combat him with Jesus in the Eucharist."

Earlier in the week, Church Militant reported on financial troubles within the archdiocese.

When asked how they plan to fulfill their monetary obligation, answers were quite consistent.

There's so much evil, and it seems that Satan is reigning, and we can only combat him with Jesus in the Eucharist.

CM learned of the critical situation from a video conference deliberately leaked to the studio by insiders who do not like the direction the archdiocese is heading, or how affairs are being handled by Abp. Allen Vigneron on a variety of topics.

Lynn Mills: "I have said, the first church to open will get my funds."

Heather Vanassche: "We'll find other ways."

Joseph Vanassche: "We'll get creative."

Patricia Stephanoff: "I think what I'd like to do is I'd like to look very carefully at where the money is going. But yes, I will continue to support good things that the archdiocese is doing and of course, I will support my church."

For over three hours, faithful Catholics prayed outside the cathedral for one simple petition: that the archbishop feed his sheep.

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