Welcoming a New Pastor

As announced at the weekend Masses, The Archdiocese has announced that the new pastor of St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy is Fr. Shafique Masih. Father has been serving at St. Jude church on the east side of Detroit for a number of years. He visited our parish last week and seemed impressed by the number of activities, both liturgical and community. He is a friendly, down to earth person and I am sure that he will be a great leader for the parish as we move forward.

Although he doesn’t arrive until July 1, I was thinking of a few things that are useful to remember when welcoming a new pastor. Some of these I experienced and others I found. You may want to keep them in mind.

  • When a new pastor arrives, be patient with him. The grief of leaving a familiar parish and the newness of this parish might be a bit overwhelming. Be patient.
  • Don’t overwhelm him or beat down a path to his door. Give him some breathing room, time to unpack, get settled, remember the names of the staff, understand the schedule, etc. This may take a couple of months.
  • If he needs help in moving in, assist him. Make sure he wants the help. But don’t be pushy about it. Many priests like their privacy and may not want parishioners traipsing through their home.
  • Perhaps a welcome basket with some fruit and simple food would be helpful. Include one simple cooked meal that may be welcome on his first day. But not too many. We all have our own tastes.
  • Let him change his mind. Sometimes a decision made early is rushed or made without fully understanding things. Give him some wiggle room.
  • Try not to compare him to the former pastor (me). First of all, it is not possible. He will also struggle comparing St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy to his former parish. Comparisons only impede relationships.
  • Eventually tell him about yourself and about the parish. But please don’t use terms like, “Well this is the way we’ve always done it.” He may ask how things have been done. Most pastors want to keep things the way they are and not try to fix things that are not broken. So he may ask. Make sure that you know how to answer a question and not try to make your own pet peeve or feeling seem like the feeling of the parish.
  • Let him get to know you and the various groups of the parish. Sure, he can read the bulletin but if you mention to him various activities, he can decide which ones to attend and not attend.
  • Most importantly, pray for him. And let him know that you are praying for him.

 

Fr. Ken

Fr. Ken is Reassigned

I am sure that most of you were surprised by my announcement at Mass last weekend. In case you didn’t hear it, or didn’t fully understand, I will repeat it here with some additions.

At the recent PIME Assembly in the USA, I was elected as the Regional Superior. This isFr Ken the same job that I held before I came to St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy in 2016. It is a full time job. It was a surprise and shock to me, as I’m sure it was to all of you. I had planned to stay here as pastor for as long as I could. I know that the parish needed stability from the pastor. My term begins on April 1 and is for four years. I will remain as pastor here until June 30, while the Archdiocese begins its search for a new pastor. On last Sunday afternoon, March 17, an email went out from the Archdiocese to all priests listing the parishes that are looking for a pastor. St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy was one of the three listed.

In addition, due to my new position, I will have to attend the PIME General Assembly (commonly called “Chapter”) in Rome from April 24 – May 24. During that time, other PIME priests in the Detroit area will be assisting for liturgies in the parish. So basically, I will be here from now until just after Easter, and then again from the end of May until June 30.

This was not something that I expected nor did I look for it. I feel that we have built a strong parish community in these past three years, and ask you to continue to support the new pastor as much as you supported me. We have a great leadership team and staff that will continue to make sure that the parish moves forward.

pime_logo_white-cbe6fd7b8dd973d973c8677388276a101ccb6534824b6b2a8e9f3570b763b70eThis position entails many facets: Relating with the PIME priests here in the United States and with the Bishops where we minister, overseeing the mission center in Detroit where we do fundraising and promotion, keeping up to date on the latest trends and issues of the American Church (which includes the current abuse scandal). Our headquarters is presently in Detroit, near the University of Detroit Mercy, just north of 6 Mile Road near Livernois. That building is too large for our present needs and a move in the future in probable.

Please continue to pray for our parish, especially during this transition period, and the new pastor. I promise my prayers as well. I ask that you pray for me and for PIME as well.
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/

The Bible and the Virgin Mary

Join our Parish Family as we take part in The Bible and the Virgin Mary, adult faith formation program beginning the week of January 24, 2019 and ending the week of April 11, 2019. This program is part of the St. Paul Center’s Journey Through Scripture series, unveils the mystery of Our Lady that is woven into the fabric of Sacred Scripture. Twelve visually stunning lessons convey the beauty of the doctrine and devotions surrounding Mary, bringing them to life in a powerful, new way.

This class uses discussions based on Scott Hahn’s Hail, Holy Queen and videos presented by dynamic speaker Matthew Leonard. This study has something for everyone from the newly confirmed to the fully engaged cradle Catholic.

Discussion will be on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm with a light meal served from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Childcare will be provided.  

Download registration form: Here

Blessing of the Home and Household on Epiphany

The traditional date of Epiphany is January 6, but in the United States it is celebrated on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.


When all have gathered, a suitable song may be sung. The leader makes the sign of the cross, and all reply, “Amen.”

The leader greets those present in the following words:

Let us praise God, who fills our hearts and homes with peace.
Blessed be God forever.
R/. Blessed be God forever.

In the following or similar words, the leader prepares those present for the blessing:

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling place among us. It is Christ who enlightens our hearts and homes with his love. May all who enter this home find Christ’s light and love.

One of those present or the leader reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example, Luke 19:1-9:

Listen to the words of the holy Gospel according to Luke:
Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.> When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.”

The intercessions are then said:

Leader: The Son of God made his home among us. With thanks and praise let us call upon him.
R/. Stay with us, Lord.
Leader:  Lord Jesus Christ, with Mary and Joseph you formed the Holy Family: remain in our home, that we may know you as our guest and honor you as our Head.
We pray:
R/. Stay with us, Lord.
Leader:  Lord Jesus Christ, you had no place to lay your head, but in the spirit of poverty accepted the hospitality of your friends: grant that through our help the homeless may obtain proper
housing.
We pray:
R/. Stay with us, Lord.
Leader:Lord Jesus Christ, the three kings presented their gifts to you in praise and adoration: grant that those living in this house may use their talents and abilities to your greater glory.
We pray:
R/. Stay with us, Lord.After the intercessions the leader invites all present to say the Lord’s Prayer.
The leader says the prayer of blessing with hands joined:

Lord God of heaven and earth,
you revealed your only-begotten Son to every nation
by the guidance of a star.
Bless this house
and all who inhabit it.
Fill them (us) with the light of Christ,
that their (our) concern for others may reflect your love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.

The leader concludes the rite by signing himself or herself with the sign of the cross and saying:

May Christ Jesus dwell with us,
keep us from all harm,
and make us one in mind and heart,
now and forever.
R/. Amen.

It is preferable to end the celebration with a suitable song, for example, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” or “We Three Kings.”

—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/sacramentals-blessings/objects/blessing-of-the-home-and-household-on-epiphany.cfm

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

Please join Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Timothy Lutheran Church, MINewburg United Methodist Church, and St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy for a Ecumenical Prayer Service as part of the “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019.” 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

This year we will gather at St. Mary, 8200 North Wayne Road, Westland, Michigan 48185. The pastors from each church, as well as the choirs and parishioners will take part in the service. There will be Fellowship after the service.

St Hedwig Cemetery Clean Up

Remembering our Loved Ones at Saint Hedwig cemetery…

The Monsignor Russell E. Kohler, Knights of Columbus, Council 15204 at St. Mary,
Cause of our Joy, would like to help anyone who might have a loved one, buried at St Hedwig Cemetery, to clean up their gravesite. Please fill out a Site Clean Up Request Form , for each site you want cleaned, which are available in the Church  Gathering Space, or can be downloaded here:  St Hedwig Grave Clean Up Form

Forms need to be returned by October 20 for this one time FALL CLEAN-UP.

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