In emergencies and otherwise, Catholics answer a greater call

With dangerous cold gripping the area through Christmas and into the New Year, the Catholic Church did what it does best, mobilizing to help in an immediate crisis, what a St. Patrick's Center official called "lifesaving mode."

Winter weather affects parishes' bottom line

Let it snow. Just not on Sunday.

Parishes around the archdiocese have felt the pinch of snow removal costs and decreased donations, especially after 10 inches fell Jan. 5.

Msgr. Mike Dieckmann, pastor of St. Paul Parish in Fenton, said the storm caused a substantial decrease in the Sunday offertory. "We usually don't see that big of a dip, but that storm was so big and so large and they were telling folks to stay home, everybody did," he said. Only 33 people were in attendance at the 11:30 a.m. Mass at St. Paul, compared to the usual 450.

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