DETROIT — Maybe the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Detroit Tigers fan.
Despite the Tigers' Major League-worst record of 43-100, more than 500 Catholics descended upon Comerica Park on Sept. 10 for the inaugural “Catholic Night at Comerica Park,” a celebration of faith and fellowship with a little baseball sprinkled in.
And wouldn't you know it, the Tigers walked off with a dramatic 12-11 win against baseball's best team, the vaunted New York Yankees.
Entertaining baseball aside, “Catholic Night” raised $2,590 for Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) as priests, lay faithful and representatives from the Archdiocese of Detroit and CCSEM enjoyed a late summer night at the ballpark.
“It was a beautiful night for baseball and for our Catholic community,” Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan CEO Paul Propson said. “The financial support of Catholic night will help in our important work of providing help and giving hope to everyone we can reach in southeast Michigan. Thank you to the Tigers and the Archdiocese of Detroit for making Catholic night a big success for Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan.”
Before the game, the Cathedral Choir Academy of Detroit, led by director Susan Lindquist, sang the national anthem for the 16,733 fans in attendance, and school groups from local Catholic schools played catch on the field.
Each fan who purchased a ticket for “Catholic Night” received a limited-edition Detroit Tigers ballcap with the Unleash the Gospel logo.