Letter from our Moderator

Dear friends in Christ,

I trust this message finds you well and at peace.

I am happy to share this announcement from Archbishop Vigneron that we are now officially part of the same Family of Parishes effective July 1, 2021. We have been preparing for this for the past year.

I thank Archbishop Vigneron for placing his trust and confidence in myself as he appoints me as your new Moderator. I am very happy with my new appointment, and I look forward to meeting you and your families as we begin to work, pray and journey together. We are now 5 parishes that have become one family, called to share our resources, gifts and talents and move forward in a future full of hope.

At this point, I only ask two important things:

Firstly, that we thank God for my brother priests who served here in our parishes. May God bless them as they continue to serve the people of God in the Archdiocese of Detroit. 

Secondly, I ask that you pray for me, as your new moderator and my fellow brother priests; Fr. Sean Bonner, Fr. Joe Plawecki, and Fr. Larry Zurawski. Change and transition is not easy. However, I believe, that when you pray for us and we pray for you, together we can make a difference in building up the Body of Christ.

I would like to thank the staffs and volunteers from all of our parishes for their hard work, time and talent, their advice and assistance they have provided. I would also like to thank you for your patience and committed support during COVID-19.  They have been amazing. As we begin this new assignment, we look forward to working together as we seek to grow together in Christ and a future full of hope.

We very much look forward to moving ahead together as time permits, and we continue to be excited about what this means for us as a larger community of faith and service. May God continue to richly bless and take care of you through the Holy Spirit alive in all our brothers and sisters in Christ!

Father Shafiq Hadayat (Fr. Shafique Masih)

Seeking New Pastoral Council Members

We are seeking two new members of the Parish Pastoral Council. New Council members will be selected during MASS on the weekend of September 11th and 12th.  The two member will serve in at-large positions for a three year term starting this September.

Please prayerfully consider nominating yourself for a Council Position. Application Forms are available in the Gathering Space and the Parish office.

 Council members will be available to answer any questions before and after Mass on:

  • Aug. 14/15
  • Aug. 21/22
  • Aug. 28/29 
  • Sept. 5/6

The Parish Pastoral Council Operational Procedures are available here:

Catholic Biblical School of Michigan

This Weekend we will have representatives from the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan after each Mass.

CBSM (Catholic Biblical School of Michigan) is a lay apostolate incorporated as an independent non-profit organization [501 (c) 3 status] listed in the Official Catholic Directory, with a Board of Directors approved by the Archdiocese of Detroit. 

CBSM exists to invite Catholics to encounter Jesus in and through the inspired Word of God and grow as missionary disciples, fueled by daily connection to God in His Word.

CBSM will be hosting new classes start the week of Sept 20th at St. Sabina in Dearborn Heights on Thursdays from 7-9 pm (25555 Ann Arbor Trail, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127)

Peace Lab – Vacation Bible School – Canceled

Please join St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy’s Vacation Bible School to be held July 26-30, 2021. This years theme is Peace Lab.

We welcome all children in grades Pre-K (ages 3-4) through Grade 6 to join us! We ask that younger children be potty trained. If they are not, they are still welcome, but we ask that a parent attend along with them.

Classes for children begin July 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the Social Hall and end at 8:00 p.m. each evening.
We welcome your children to Peace Lab, where they will discover God’s way of peace! The five Bible
stories in vacation Bible school will take children on an amazing adventure in learning how to be
compassionate peacemakers. Peace Lab is a fun-filled time of learning and experiences. Children will watch dramas, sing songs, play games, enjoy snacks, make crafts, and do other activities as they hear Bible stories and learn about peace. Parents are invited to come and see the closing program beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 30. The program will be 30 minutes in duration.

Registration Cost:

  • $20.00 per child.
  • Families with three or more children are $15.00 per child.

You may register at the parish office weekdays. Please make checks payable to St. Mary, Cause of Our
. On your registration form, please enter the grade that your child will be entering in the Fall of 2021.

Children will be given a MP3 Download Card (digital download) or CD with all the VBS songs for them
to take home on the last night of class.

New this year: There will be NO T-shirt irons, but we ask that your child wear the following colored tshirts each evening.

  • Pre-K = Green;
  • Kindergarten= Purple;
  • Grades 1 & 2 = Yellow;
  • Grades 3 & 4 = Royal Blue;
  • Grades 5 & 6 = Orange

For more additional information, please contact the parish office weekdays at 734-425-4421

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Vacation Bible School!

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines 5/19/2021

Hello Everyone, The Archdiocese has just announced that they are changing the requirements for people coming to Mass. I am sure there are people who are happy about this, and others who are not. 

I am sure your question is how does this effect St. Mary, COOJ.

If you read just one thing: Fr. Shafique has decided that we will continue to ask everyone to mask, and social distance for the next two or three weeks. 

While the Archbishop and the Archdiocese have given us the option of designating one section for people who are vaccinated to sit without masks, and another for people who have not been vaccinated to sit with masks we know there are parishioners who will stop attending if this happens. So we are asking for you to keep in mind the need to care for the common good and to exercise care and love for those who are most vulnerable among us and continue with what we have been doing for a few more weeks. It will not be forever. We will send out a message in a few weeks to update everyone when we change this decision.

We are sorry if this upsets some of you, but our goal is to support all of our Parishioners the best we can.


Blood Drive – May 19, 2021

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Please Join us in giving the Gift of Life,

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
In the Large Social Hall

Drive Details:

St. Mary Cause of Our Joy Catholic Church
8200 N. Wayne Rd,
Westland, MI, 48185

Register for a time at:

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store, Google Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, get rewards and invite friends to join you on a lifesaving team.

Family of Parishes

Why Attend a Family Gathering?

Families of Parishes evolved with the lay faithful in mind. 

  1. Families of Parishes are for the benefit of lay faithful. 
    • We are the Body of Christ.
    • We are meant to worship as community.
    • We need the Sacraments to sanctify and build up the Body of Christ and to give worship to God. CCC 1122
    • If there are not enough priests to minister to each individual parish, the grace of the sacraments will not be available to us.
    • We need to come together as one Body.
    • Come and meet the other parishes in your family, learn about their unique characteristics. Participate in discussions with other members of your family.
  2. Hear stories from lay persons in dioceses that have already participated in such a transition. 
    • We learn through the experiences of others.
  3. Begin the chapter of journeying in faith with many other Catholics in your community.
    • You may see them every day but have never met.
  4. This is what being a joyful missionary disciple is about.
    • Be a witness to your faith.

Family Gathering #3, Witness, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 6PM.
This third gathering will encourage Family members to celebrate together as a Family, receiving the grace that comes with confidently witnessing to the Gospel.
St. Thomas the Apostle, 31530 Beechwood St, Garden City, MI 48135

Playbook – Families of Parishes

Happy Parish Feast Day!

“The Parish of St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy, inspired by Mary’s “Yes” and led by the Holy Spirit, strives to be a faith-filled community, joyfully welcoming all to witness and to celebrate the Gospel.”

Parish Mission Statement

A Prayer on The Solemnity of Annunciation

Lord Jesus Christ,
Eternal Word,
You became Incarnate as man
in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
You, through whom the universe was created,
began your earthly course,
in the womb of a humble and chaste Virgin.
At the annunciation of this miracle,
Mary responded in faith:
“let it be done to me
according to your word.”
May we who are made new creatures
by your grace,
respond with such faith,
when you call us to your service.

Fr. Shafique named Moderator

We would like to congratulate our Pastor, Fr. Shafique Masih, in being named the Moderator of our local Family of Parishes. Fr. Shafique said he is excited for the chance to grow together with our local family.

West Wayne Vicariate Family 4

Lenten Message from Fr. Shafique

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

During Lent, which is about six weeks between Ash Wednesday and Holy Thursday, many Catholics practice self-denial and sacrifice as they repent their sins and pray in preparation for Easter. Some choose certain pleasures to give up for the full 40 days, and all Christians are instructed to not eat meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays during Lent, and Good Friday. 

This reminds me that during these uncertain times we have been forced to give up many things as the coronavirus pandemic has denied many people face to face gatherings, outside entertainment and everyday activities. These weeks offer challenges we’ve never had to face. We can’t attend Mass. Our routines are disrupted. We worry about ourselves and our loved ones. Our participation in the life of the Church has been affected, so we have tried to compensate by offering online Masses. 

I fear that this year’s Lent again may not be normal, but it is important to notice some qualities during this health crisis — suffering, giving up certain things and solitude — are in fact symbolic of Lent’s spiritual practice of self-denial. 

Ash Wednesday, as with many other things right now, will look different at many Catholic parishes. Other Catholics will be watching the livestream or pre-recorded Mass, as they have been for much of the pandemic, and will of course, not receive ashes. That is the way it seems like now unless things change close to Ash Wednesday. 

In researching the meaning of the word, quarantine; I found it has origins in the French for “forty” or “a forty-day period.” Many people have compared the notion of quarantine to Christ’s 40 days in the desert and the 40 days of Lent. This could be our opportunity to be in the desert like Jesus, with time away in solitary prayer. We may never again have a Lenten Season that affords us so much time to give to the Lord. Let us use this time wisely and well.  

We now have extra time to spend in prayer each day — prayer to strengthen your personal spiritual relationship with God. Pray to remember those who are sick and living in great fear, our health care workers who remain on the front lines of this disease, and for one another. You can pray the Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross or follow online Masses. 

 So let us, in this new Liturgical Year, think about how we live as a community, protect each other from illness, and be part of the solution to a global health crisis. And, as Christians, meet these challenges, and maybe even bring about a new and better ways of taking care of each other in the years to come. 

I want to remind you again during Lent 2021 be not afraid and become the people of hope.

Fr. Shafique