Blessing of Our New Statues

Our new St Mary and Joseph statues are finally here!

Join us at 4:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 5th for the blessing of the statues that will sit on either side of the Sanctuary.

This event will also include a Rosary in honor of the October, which is considered the Month of the Holy Rosary.

Special guest, Fr. Ken Mazur, PIME.

Awaken Ministry

Join hundreds of other Catholics for a night of Praise and Worship, Dynamic Speaking & Eucharistic Adoration!

We are honored to host the Fall Series of Awaken Ministry!

Fr-Patrick

Friday, September 20, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30pm

Fr. Patrick Gonyeau.

Once a fallen away Catholic, Fr. Patrick experienced a great period of conversion in his life, which not only led him back to the Catholic faith, but into the priesthood! He has a passion for seeing God at work in the lives of others, especially “bringing home” the lost, whom he says he identifies very well with! He is a healing evangelist with Encounter Ministries. He now serves as Administrator of Corpus Christi Parish in Detroit. Fr. Patrick is set to do a “healing Awaken” this September, so don’t miss it!

 

Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30pm

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Fr. Jason Brooks, LC

Fr. Jason Brooks spent his college days playing football, hosting a weekly classic rock radio show, and was planning to become a teacher, when after his junior year, he felt a call to the priesthood and entered the Legionaries of Christ seminary. He was ordained a priest in 2004. Before coming to Michigan, Fr. Jason was chaplain and asst. football coach at Holy Spirit Prep School in GA. He is currently serving with the Legionaries in Bloomfield Hills and is the Spiritual Director for Awaken Ministry.

 

 

Francisco-“Paco”-GavrilidesFriday, November 15, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30pm

Paco Gavrilides

Francisco (Paco) Gavrilides is currently serving as Homiletics Instructor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. As a convert to the Catholic Church, Paco has dedicated his life to serving Christ with a passion to share the Gospel.He is active with the mission work of Renewal Ministries and also involved with lay missionary work throughout Latin America, Spain and the United States. He is a teacher, speaker and evangelist.

https://awakenministry.org/

 

Blood Drive

St Mary, Cause of Our Joy is hosting three Red Cross Blood Drives this Calendar Year:

Wednesday, August 21st from Noon – 6 pm.
Wednesday, October 23rd from 9 am – 3 pm.

Donations will take place in the Large Social Hall.

Register for a time: Here!

All donors will receive a digital $5.00 Amazon gift card. Make your donation faster. Go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass the day of the drive. You can do all the reading and answer the questions. You can do this on your computer or smart phone. Thank you

Mission Sunday

12670236_10153392506502934_7498804392474749178_nNext weekend, we welcome Fr. Paulus Wawan, S.X. of the St. Francis Xavier Missionaries at all of our Masses as part of the annual Missionary Cooperation Plan.

Fr. Wawan was born and grew up in Indonesia as a part of a Buddhist family. The loss of his younger sister was what touched him and his family to convert to Christianity. During their mourning and some of the most difficult moments of their lifetime, he experienced the tangible presence of God through the support and help of Christian neighbors. This loving and caring witness of Christians triggered and touched him to answer God’s call to bring hope, love, mercy and compassion to the whole world.

In 2007, Fr. Wawan graduated from the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, IL). Immediately after his ordination, he was sent as a missionary to Taiwan—China. He was involved in various pastoral, cultural, and social fields of ministry. In October, 2016, he began a new experience: serving mentally and physically challenged children in southern China. This experience touched him so deeply that it pushed him to come back to the U.S. (in July, 2018) to go back to school in order to broaden and enhance his knowledge and understanding with mental health issue. Currently, he lives in the Xaverian Missionaries Community in Franklin, Wisconsin. He is willing to share his mission experience with anyone interested.

Being exclusively a foreign mission society, the Xaverian Fathers and Brothers depend greatly on proceeds from this collection.

Thank you

Our Lady and a Bumpkin

My Dear St Mary Family
Greetings from your Pastor, who you should know is a simple “bumpkin” from a very small village in Pakistan.

God’s plans often surprise. For Mary, her plans were to become a wife and mother with 51354328_10156301266068214_3308203056574758912_nJoseph; God’s angel asked her to accept a different plan. For me, I had planned to stay at St Jude as pastor for as long as possible. God’s, and St Mary’s plans for me were otherwise.

Mother Mary has always been an important part of my life. I believe that her intercessions continue to lead me to live God’s will: In Urdu, we pray “Salam a Mariam”, which I first learned while held by my mother, (now deceased). Two weeks before my ordination 26 years ago I was shot, and I prayed for Mother Mary to hold and heal me so that I could be ordained with my class, which I did. My first visit to the United States in 2001, coordinated by Bishop Don Hanchon, who I had met in Indonesia and again in Cairo, was a two month stay at Queen of Peace (Mary, Queen of Salam in Urdu!). In 2009, extremists attacked our parish church and burned many of our parishioner’s homes: 9 parishioners were killed and over 160 of our families were displaced. As a community, we met at our Parish’s grotto and prayed for Mother Mary to help us to heal. In 2011, I came to USA to continue to find healing.

Praying to St Jude and St Mary, I found a home at St Jude Parish in Detroit. Last year in my hometown in Pakistan we dedicated a new church – St Mary of Barnala. Now St Mary, as her gift to me for my 25th Jubilee, has called me to a new parish, dedicated to her honor. The name St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy translates wonderfully into URDU
سینٹ مریم ہماری خوشی کا باعث بنتی ہے

I am so honored that I was chosen to become the pastor of this beautifully named parish.
Please continue to pray for our parish, for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Our Mother Mary. I ask that you also pray for me, your Pastor, as well.

Amen and May God Bless St Mary, Cause of Our Joy Parish.

Fr. Shafique

Note from Fr. Derik

Dear Fr. Ken and the parishioners of St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy,

FrDerikVestmentThank you so much for all of your prayers and support during my six years in seminary, and many more years before that. It has been amazing to see the fulfillment of God’s call in my life as I was ordained a priest. Thank you also for the beautiful Marian chasuble. It is a gift that I will treasure as I serve at another parish named in honor of Our Lady.

Around the time of my ordination, I was staying with a friend of mine at a parish in Detroit. He was one of the deacons who served at my first Mass. They have a small chapel in their community house and I was able to offer Mass there the day after my first Mass. It just so happened to be the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, so I wore my new Marian vestments! This picture is of me offering my second Mass as a priest.

May God bless all of you! With love in Christ,
Fr. Derik Peterman

Meeting Pope Francis

Pope Francis, like St. John Paul II, welcomes religious groups who are meeting for a particular reason in Rome, to come for a private audience. Of course, you must arrange it beforehand. Our General Assembly was invited to meet Pope Francis on Monday, May 20. Being missionaries, our meetings, although serious and sometimes tense, are casual. Monday morning, May 20, we were all dressed in black collars for our visit with the Pope. The audience began at 12:00 Noon (not 10:00 am as I previously wrote). We had to meet, all together, at the bronze door of St. Peter’s Basilica (on the right side) by 11:00 am. After our credentials were checked we slowly proceeded into the inner sanctum of Catholicism. Guarded and watched by Swiss Guards, we went inside, slowly. There is a large series of steps going into the Apostolic Palace. When I was here 18 years ago to meet St. John Paul II, we were led up those stairs. This time, we took a turn and started up a series of circular staircases, passing through various hallways (loggia). We passed through the cloisters of a courtyard and back into the building again. The loggia, the ceilings, everything is incredibly beautiful, as you would expect. We started up another series of stairs, when a Swiss Guard walked up to one of our bishops and asked if he would like to take the elevator. He agreed and grabbed my arm and said, Come on Ken, let’s go for a ride”. So, I got to see a few more loggia, and Swiss Guards. The farther up in the Papal palace you go, the Swiss guards no longer wear their colorful, striped uniforms. They were tuxedos – coats and tails. Very formal.

Eventually we arrived on the top floor, were led through a few meeting rooms, both large and small, to the last one. That was where Pope Francis would come to meet us. We arrived 30 minutes early. I imagine that most priest groups coming to meet the Pope would be seated, perhaps pray the rosary, remain in silence. We’re missionaries; people walking around the room, looking out the windows, taking pictures of the wall tapestries and ceiling. The guards just watched.

At 12:00 noon, as expected, Pope Francis entered with his secretary. HE took a seat and our Superior General read him a short introduction (previously approved by the Vatican). Pope Francis then greeted us and read from a text, certainly not one he prepared. Occasionally he would stray for the text and look directly at us. Then we felt like he was talking to us. He talked about being evangelizers, not proselytizers. He spoke about courage, and about joy. The Joy of the Gospel.

After his discourse, each of us lined up to shake his hand while our Superior General introduced us and gave the name of the country in which we work. As I shook his hand I asked him to pray for me and for my parish. He smiled. As each of us walked back to our seats, we were given a rosary with his papal coat of arms on the case. All in all, we were with him about 30 minutes. The trip back down the stairs and through the various loggia and halls went quicker. Back to work.
It certainly is a grace to be able to meet the Holy Father. What a job he has. We must continue to pray for him and for our church.

Fr. Ken

Awaken Ministry

We are honored to host the Fall Series of Awaken Ministry!

Friday, September 20, 2019⋅7:30 – 9:30pm

Friday, October 11, 2019⋅7:30 – 9:30pm

Friday, November 15, 2019⋅7:30 – 9:30pm

From the Awaken! Website:

Welcome to Awaken!

Our hope through this ministry is simply to bring people into an experiential encounter with Jesus Christ, such that they would be so touched by God’s real presence, they would be compelled to go out and share the Good News with others! We are a grass roots ministry and are not affiliated with any particular parish. We are simply a small group of faithful lay Catholics who love the Lord and the Catholic Church, and have a desire to respond to the call of The New Evangelization.

Awaken Ministry is a monthly outreach currently hosted by various Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit, MI. The basic format of an Awaken experience is three-fold: praise and worship, the preached Gospel, and Eucharistic Adoration. Each Awaken event begins with upbeat praise and worship music lead by our band and worship leaders, followed by dynamic preaching of the Gospel message, and culminating with a profound experience of Eucharistic Adoration, which is accompanied by more praise and worship music and a time of silent adoration. Key elements such as special lighting and sound, video screens displaying worship imagery and song lyrics, a creatively enhanced environment along with contemporary praise and worship music, are all meant to foster and enhance the worship experience. Following this time of praise, worship, prayer and adoration, there is an opportunity for fellowship and hospitality, where those in attendance can share with one another about what they have just experienced.

There will be an emphasis on kerygmatic preaching, which is what Pope John Paul II described as “the initial ardent proclamation by which a person is one day overwhelmed and brought to the decision to entrust himself to Jesus Christ by faith.” (Catechesi Tradendae, 25) The kerygma goes straight to the heart of the Gospel and is at the core of what awakens initial Christian faith; it refers to the proclamation of the basic outline of the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It leads a person to be able to say, “Jesus is Lord!” (Fr. Cantalamessa from Faith In Christ Today And At the Beginning Of The Church from his book the book, Remember Jesus Christ, The Word Among Us Press, 2007)

The mission of Awaken Ministry is born out of words spoken in 1983 by Blessed Pope John Paul II, when while addressing the Latin American Bishops, he said, “The New Evangelization is meant to be new in it’s ardor, new in its methods, and new in it’s expression,” and later in his encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, when he called the Church to “cultivate a lively awareness of Christ’s real presence, both in the celebration of Mass and in the worship of the Eucharist outside Mass; specifically with respect to Eucharistic Adoration, he wrote…“The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church.”

Through much prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, Awaken Ministry has been born. May God continue to guide and direct us each and every step of the way, and may everything we do be for the greater honor, glory and praise of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

In HIS love and service unto eternity,

Maureen Dierkes,
Co-Founder

https://awakenministry.org/

Blood Drive

St Mary, Cause of Our Joy is hosting three Red Cross Blood Drives this Calendar Year:

  • Wednesday, May 29th from 9 am – 3 pm.
  • Wednesday, August 21st from Noon – 7 pm.
  • Wednesday, October 23rd from 9 am – 3 pm.

Donations will take place in the Large Social Hall.

Register for a time at:
https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=stmarywestland

All donors will receive a digital $5.00 Amazon gift card. Make your donation faster. Go to http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass the day of the drive. You can do all the reading and answer the questions. You can do this on your computer or smart phone. Thank you