Monthly Archives: November 2017

A Thanksgiving Letter


May the good things in Life

Be Yours in Abundance

 At Thanksgiving

  And throughout the New Year.


His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.    His Thankgiving Message is copied in full below …

“… ever-greater sense of alarm—and urgency to act—in the face of policies that seemed unthinkable only a short time ago.”

    “As we do every year, we will pause this coming Thursday to thank God for the many blessings we enjoy in the United States. My brother bishops and I, gathered last week in Baltimore, were attentive in a special way to those who are often excluded from this great abundance—the poor, the sick, the addicted, the unborn, the unemployed, and especially migrants and refugees.

My brothers expressed a shared and ever-greater sense of alarm—and urgency to act—in the face of policies that seemed unthinkable only a short time ago: the deportation of Dreamers, young hard-working people who should be the lowest priority for deportation; the anxiety and uncertainty of those with Temporary Protected Status from countries like Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras, which are still recovering from natural disasters and remain ill-equipped to humanely receive and integrate them; and an unprecedented reduction in the number of people we will welcome this year into our country who seek refuge from the ravages of war and religious persecution in their countries of origin.

One common feature of all these developments is their tendency to tear apart the family, the fundamental building block of our, or any, society. These threats to so many vulnerable immigrant and refugee families must end now. My brothers have urged me to speak out on their behalf to urge the immediate passage—and signature—of legislation that would alleviate these immediate threats to these families.

Another common feature of these policies is that they are symptoms of an immigration system that is profoundly broken and requires comprehensive reform. This is a longer-term goal, one that the bishops have advocated for decades to achieve, and one that must never be overlooked. Only by complete reform will we have the hope of achieving the common goals of welcoming the most vulnerable, ensuring due process and humane treatment, protecting national security, and respecting the rule of law. We are committed to such reforms and will continue to call for them.

So this year, I give thanks for the gift and contributions of immigrants and refugees to our great nation. I also pray that next year, families now under threat will not be broken and dispersed, but instead will be united in joy around their tables, giving thanks for all the blessings our nation has to offer.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving all!”

Photos from Oct 8 Gala

A rewarding evening was enjoyed by all at the 13th annual Sisters Home Visitors of Mary gala at beautiful St. John Armenian Church in Southfield, MI, on October 8, 2017.   A star cast of speakers and entertainers filled the agenda.   Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence. a woman of lifelong accomplishment and service, was this year’s special honoree and keynote speaker.  WXYZ news anchor Carolyn Clifford highlighted proceedings from the head table.   A program of wonderful music, singing and dancing ended the evening.  All proceeds from the gala went to support Sister Home Visitors of Mary mission activities in Nigeria.

SHVM award recipients. Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence center.

Dorothy Buckman, Carolyn Clifford Goss (at microphone), Thelma Wilson, Bea Cochran, Esme Carson

Honorary Chairpersons Mr. Leon Dixon, Director of Ministry of Black Catholics, AOD, and wife Patricia

Sr. Chioma, HVM, at gifts from around the world craft items table

Happy friends

Mrs. and Mr. Hugh Buchanan, Chairperson of HVM Advisory Board

St. Margaret of Scotland Parish annually has a table

Sr. Barbara Dakoske and famiy

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Mr. Gregory Goss, Carolyn Clifford Goss, Beatrice Cochran at head table

Sister Barbara Dakoske

Winner of 50/50 raffle with SHVM fund raising volunteer Samuel Onyene

Samuel Onyene, Charlotte Davison, Jean Merrill, Gail Bond, Linda Franklin

Charlotte Davison, Gail Bond, Jean Merrill, Linda Franklin, Janet Sapanaro

With much appreciation we thank the entertainers for sharing their beautiful gifts!  Gina Ellis is retired from Renaissance High School and on staff at Legacy Dance StudioDeblon Jackson was a flutist with the U.S. Air Force Band and certified teacher at renowned musical conservatories.   James Vincent is a graduate of Michigan State University in Music.   Dewayne Brown was the 1997 Detroit Fireworks super singer and continues to delight audiences today.  Crystall Winkler is the founder and director of Legacy Dance Studios in Southfield.  For more than 25 years Mrs. Winkler has led young and not so young dancers to new heights.  Brook Taylor, daughter of Carolyn Clifford Goss, continues to amaze with her multiple musical talents.  Brook is accomplished in not just ballet, but also tap, jazz and piano.  Bobby Green is a master social dance teacher.  He recently opened his studio, The Whirl of Entertainment, at Lahser and 12 Mile

Flutist Deblon Jackson. Background James Vincent.

Dewayne Brown

Dancers from Crystall Winkler’s Legacy Dance Studio

Dancers from Crystall Winkler’s Legacy Dance Studio

Brook Taylor

Bobby Green (left) leads dancer student learning the hustle

Star pupils


Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Close up of big smile!