A letter from Fr. Shafique

My Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings and prayerful wishes from your Pastor. I pray that you and your families are keeping well and safe. I assure you that I am praying that the Lord will protect you from all harm as we go through this time of great fear and doubt. We are in this unprecedented time of a global pandemic, and the Church is more important than ever.

It is surely a hard time for each of you to be away from the Sacraments, but it is also a hard time for your priests. I celebrate the Mass every day, but I tell you it is not the same.Fr Shafique Yes, it is painful for the priest to be away from his people. Not only this, we are also suffering because of your pain from being away from Mass. Our lives do not make sense without a people to serve or a flock to tend. As Catholics, we can take this threat as a real spiritual challenge. Let us learn to humble ourselves, turn toward God more fervently, and give ourselves into His hands.

We priests are trying our best to stay connected with our parishioners. Some by a simple phone call, an email, online bulletins or reaching you at home with prerecorded Mass on Sunday. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I encourage you to please stay home, practice social distancing and stay safe. Please let us know if we can do anything to help you at this time. You can call the parish office and leave a message, and someone will get back to you as soon as we can.
Before I end, I would like to thank you for your generous support to our parish at all times. The parish is completely dependent on your weekly financial support, without which the parish is unable to pay its bills, function or operate. So, I thank you for making this possible.

My dear people without the normal weekly offering for the past three weekends we are moving into a challenging financial situation. It is especially important that our parishes receive your offertory support to remain operational even during the suspension of weekly Masses. Personally, I do not like to make a request like this at this time, but my dear people our need is real and very pressing. Hence, I request you kindly send in the support that you can afford to your parishes. You can sign up for online giving on the parish website, or you can mail your checks.

May God Bless you and keep you in His care, and I wish you a Happy Easter. As always, you are in my personal prayers.

I leave you, with God’s blessings,

Your Pastor,

Fr. Shafique Masih

Holy Week 2020

Prayer to St. Joseph after the Rosary

Introduction
This prayer to Saint Joseph—spouse of the Virgin Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron saint of the universal Church—was composed by Pope Leo XIII in his 1889 encyclical, Quamquam Pluries. He asked that it be added to the end of the Rosary, especially during the month of October, which is dedicated to the Rosary. The prayer is enriched with a partial indulgence (Handbook of Indulgences, conc. 19), and may be said after the customary Salve Regina and concluding prayer. It may also be used to conclude other Marian devotions.

Prayer
To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.

Through that charity which bound you
to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance
which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family,
defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father, ward off from us
every contagion of error and corrupting influence;
O our most mighty protector, be kind to us
and from heaven assist us in our struggle
with the power of darkness.

As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril,
so now protect God’s Holy Church
from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;
shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid,
we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.

Amen.

Reprinted From: USCCB

Mass and Event Cancelations

In response to the request of both the Archdiocese and civil authorities, St Mary, Cause of Our Joy will cancel all Masses, and Parish events until Monday, April 13th.

For the full text of the Archbishop’s Letter:
For Recommendations for your safety:
In this time when we can not receive the physical Body and Blood of Christ, we can seek Spiritual Communion.
Spiritual Communion
It has long been Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace.  Spiritual Communion means uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshipping him in his Body and Blood.
The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.
A prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,Come at least spiritually into my heart.I embrace you as if you were already thereAnd unite myself wholly to you.Never permit me to be separated from you.
Amen.

Our Sister Parish

I am not sure how many of you gave any thought to Pakistan before Fr. Shafique was named our pastor, but I am going to give you a quick history lesson so you will better understand a project that we will be working on over the next few years. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world. Because it is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China in the northeast, it is an important ally of the United States.

Christianity in the area now known as Pakistan goes as far back as the preaching of the 10896209_874867122577426_7392899030213795209_oapostle St. Thomas. Unfortunately, in an area dominated by other world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Sikhism) the church never got a strong, long term footing. Even with the work of missionaries in the 1500’s, it was not until the 1800’s, and the rise of the British Empire that the Catholic Church finally found fertile ground. Because of its work in medicine and education, the Church found many converts in the lower and working class. Even after the establishment of an independent Pakistan in 1947, the Muslim government has embraced the Church for its work in those areas.

To move our history lesson a little closer to home, over the last few years we have been dUntitlediscussing the idea of having a “Sister Parish.” This would be a Parish that would be in great need, which we could establish an ongoing relationship with so that we could see how our help could benefit the Parish in the long term. After conversations with Finance and Pastoral Council as well as the Christian Service Committee, we have decided to adopt Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Gojra, Pakistan, which is located in the Diocese of Faisalabad. This is a Parish that Father Shafique was pastor of from 1994 to 2011. The Parish covers a large geographical area, has a school with a hostel, as well as a convent. Because there are not school buses available, many of the students have to live at the schools hostel so that they can receive their education. This lent, we will start working on a program to assist Sacred Heart Parish and the school. We hope our support will help to continue to grow the church in Pakistan. Please look for more information about our Sister Parish in the near future.

Canceled – Lenten Mission

~This Event is Canceled~

Lenten Parish Mission

For all Ages – Come & join us for one day, 2 days or all 3 days. Bring a friend! All are welcome! – Family Friendly.
St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy Catholic Church

Free Will Offering

Sunday March 15, 2020
Monday March 16, 2020
Tuesday March 17, 2020
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

For more information contact the Parish Office:
734-425-4421 • office@stmarycooj.org

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Jesse Manibusan is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and teller of humorous tales. Well recognized throughout the country as a dynamic, eclectic speaker and musician, Jesse shares from his heart the love of Christ and the call to live out our baptism in every aspect of life. His first solo collection, Life You’re Living, contains the popular “Open My Eyes,” that has been translated into several languages. In 2012, he collaborated with Santiago Fernández on a bilingual collection entitled Unidos and his songwriting skills can also be found on a great number of albums from other well-known Catholic artists. His desire to compose music that can motivate the people of God to grow in compassion, mercy, integrity and courage is evident in all his music. Jesse is a familiar presence at diocesan conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), World Youth Day events, LIFE TEEN events and many others. He also conducts parish missions and retreats through his Two by Two Ministries and often copresents retreats and youth liturgy workshops with fellow OCP composer Ken Canedo. Jesse holds a master’s degree in multicultural ministries from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He and his wife have three grown children and currently reside in Pacifica, California.

Polish Mass and Dinner

Our Annual Polish Mass and Dinner

This event is a fundraiser for our Youth Ministry Program

Entertainment by Kielbasa Kings

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020

  • Polka Mass – 4:30
  • Polish Dinner – Doors open at 5:30 and Buffet Dinner at 6:00

Adults – $25

Children 7-14 – $10

Children 6 and under – Free

(Tickets go on sale 1/4/2020 after 4:30 Mass)

Menu (Halina Catering)

  • Sausage/Sauerkraut
  • Stuffed Cabbage
  • City Chicken
  • Potatoes
  • Vegtables
  • Dessert

 

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Study on Prayer

Welcome in 2020 by attending a five-week study on Prayer. We will be using the book Prayer for Beginners from Ignatius Press, author Peter Kreeft.

9780898707755-2Our very own Pastoral Associate, Paul Zbytowski will be our facilitator for this study beginning Thursday, January, 23, from 7:00pm-8:00pm thru February 20th. No session on February 13th. Cost of study $15 (book cost only.)

If you are interested, please RSVP to Sabrina at 734-425-4421 ext. 217 by January 12th so the appropriate amount of books may be ordered. Call today to reserve your spot!

This study is sponsored by the Education Commission. TY!!!

A Season of Anticipation

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Does this season anticipate the advent of a memory or a hope? Are we to look back at Fr Shafiquewhat God did long ago, or are we to look forward to what God will do? Advent encourages us to do both, to look in both directions. The heart of this season is where memory and hope meet.

We are called to prepare a way for the Lord in our hearts and be ready for his final coming when He will judge the living and the dead. Are you ready to meet God? Are you ready for the Final Judgment? Are you prepared to meet your maker? Have you helped others get ready for the Lord’s coming? How about your family, siblings, friends, co‐workers? These are great reflection questions for the Advent season.

The two things I would encourage most would be the Eucharist and Confession. Spend more time receiving and adoring the Eucharist and get to Confession more often. There are ample times to get to Confession; all you need to do is commit and show up. Use a good examination of conscience to prepare and give all your sins to the Lord. Jesus loves you and wants you home with Him – be not afraid. Confession exists for one reason, to help you! If Advent is about preparing for Jesus, then spend more and more time with Him in the Eucharist. We know He is there, so why not spend time with Him. In a season where there seems to be no time at all, spend your best time with Him, in a certain sense, waste time with Him! Spend more time in silence – consider turning off the radio in the car, the television, iPhone, etc. Pray a Daily Rosary and reflect upon the Joyful Mysteries. Look for opportunities to make the season about Jesus and not about gifts, food, and obligations. Give to the poor more than you give to your own family.

Let us not forget to be joyful missionaries in this season of hope. Let us pray together
God, you gave us the gift of Jesus Christ, so we trust you are with us and ever shall be. We who have much to do seek a quiet place to listen. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your peace. We who are blessed in many ways long to be busy for others. We whose hearts are heavy seek joy, even so. Come, Lord Jesus!

Amen.
Fr. Shafique