Are you kidding me?

My range of emotions while working in my childhood neighborhood during the past 11-plus years has touched nearly every point along the way from elated to despair. The feeling you get after putting on a successful event at the park — after watching people come together for a common good, seeing deprived children feel happy … Continue Reading →

Party at the park

It’s on! We’re going to hang out at Fletcher Field on Saturday, Sept. 8, starting at noon to welcome Fraternite Notre Dame to the neighborhood … to honor Holy Name and Shield of Faith for all they did in the community for almost 100 years combined … and to celebrate the 11th anniversary of our … Continue Reading →

Snowed out

Friends: It looks like the weather WILL NOT cooperate with Friday’s plan to meet at the church at 4 p.m. to pray. For now, please — wherever you’re at tomorrow at 4, even if you’re out shoveling snow — spend a few minutes asking the Lord for wisdom and guidance on what the future holds … Continue Reading →

The sanctuary was beautiful.

A new mission

Maybe you know me, maybe you don’t. I really don’t matter in this matter. You might remember about what happened a decade ago: a reunion and an interfaith service at 13600 Van Dyke that brought Shield of Faith and Holy Name together in hopes of a neighborhood revival. I will always call it a miracle … Continue Reading →


After more than 25 years at 13600 Van Dyke — the former Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church — Greater Shield of Faith Baptist Church is leaving the campus. The cost associated with the deteriorating condition of the building has made it impossible for Bishop Jennings and his congregation to remain there any longer. We … Continue Reading →

Treats 'n Trunks 2017

We’ll close out the summer at Fletcher Field with our 11th annual  Treats ‘n Trucks event on Sunday, Oct. 29. As usual, we’ll start to decorate our cars at about 1 p.m. and then begin passing out candy to the kids around 2. I’d love to reconnect with some familiar faces we haven’t seen in a while … Continue Reading →

The Wonder Years

Even now, I find it hard to believe that such an incredibly diverse, dedicated coalition could come together — both on the ground and virtually through social media — to do so much good in a community that many others left for dead. Heck, some of it doesn’t even seem possible or real anymore. But … Continue Reading →

Leaving home again?

It feels like just yesterday … except for the achy knees, growing bald spot atop my head and the wrinkles and age spots on my face. Those things and more tell the real story: It’s been 10 years since I revisited my childhood neighborhood and was told by a little voice inside my head to … Continue Reading →

Come see original Holy Name nativity scene

Shield of Faith Church, which now resides on the former Holy Name campus, has graciously agreed to open its doors on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. if you’d like to see the sanctuary decorated for Christmas … including the original Holy Name nativity scene that graced the front of the church … Continue Reading →

The 2016 events calendar

More information to come as spring approaches, but here’s the Fletcher Field events calendar we came up with during today’s meeting: — Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m.: Park cleanup. — Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m.: 10th annual Treats ‘n Trunks — Saturday, Nov. 19, at noon: Thanksgiving baskets giveaway — Saturday, Dec. 17, … Continue Reading →