Church Open May 16th and 17th

Hello everyone,
This weekend, May 16th and 17th, Father will again have the Parish open for private prayer, and Confessions. The doors will be open from 3 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, and Father will hear Confessions from 4 pm to 5 pm (again, we will use the Cry Room, not the normal Confessionals). We will also be open on Sunday from 9 am until noon, and Father will hear Confessions from 10 am to 11 am (again, in the Cry Room).

We will also resume public Mass on Wednesday, May 20th at the normal Noon Mass time, and it will be followed by Adoration until 3:00 pm. We will have the normal 8:30 Masses on Thursday and Friday, as well as weekend Masses on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th. I will send something out on Monday letting everyone know more details on the 23rd and 24th.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  1. No one is under obligation to come to Mass until after Sept. 6th, so if you feel more comfortable staying home and staying safe, PLEASE do.
  2. The Archdiocese is specifically asking people 65 or older and those with compromised immune systems to stay at home for their safety.
  3. If you are sick, PLEASE STAY HOME.
  4. You will be required to wear a mask (or other face covering) while at the Church. This is for everyone’s safety, not just yours.
  5. Seating will be limited to 200 people at one time. Once we are at that number, additional people will not be allowed to stay.
  6. We will NOT be using the Cry Room for seating during Mass. Please sit in the main part of the Church. We will be using it as a Confessional for the time being.
  7. We will have Communion at Mass, but distribution will look different. I will send out something at the beginning of next week to explain exactly what that looks like at St. Mary’s.
  8. We will be regularly cleaning the Church for everyone’s safety.
  9. For a second layer of protection, please use the available Cleaning Wipes to clean the area that you will be praying at, and dispose of the wipe in the trash can when you leave.

God Bless you,
Paul

Update about Staff

April 20, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Fr ShafiqueAs the COVID pandemic continues to bring our country to a standstill, along with the extension of the stay-at-home executive order, it is with great sadness that I am writing you. Since St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy has had to temporary suspense the celebration of the Mass, it has caused a dramatic reduction in offertory resources. This reduction is being felt in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit.

At this time, St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy is no longer able to maintain our current operations. Therefore, like parishes around the Archdiocese of Detroit, St. Mary will begin implementing temporarily layoffs, and reduction in hours for our staff. This is a very difficult decision, and was made after a lot of prayer, and time spent trying to balance the needs of our staff with the needs of being good stewards of our Parish’s resources. Our staff will be eligible for many of the government assistance programs, that are helping workers throughout our nation.

It is my prayer that the measures taken today will see the parish through this crisis and to a time when we are able to explore how we can resume normal operations. Please join with me and the Archbishop as we turn to Our Lady of Lourdes to intercede for the healing of all impacted by this pandemic.

Sincerely,
Fr. Shafique Masih
Pastor

Mini Pantry

This spring, our Christian Service Commission was planning on starting a Mini Pantry at our parish so that if people needed emergency food after hours, there was a place that they could come to get it. There is more information about this movement at Little Free Pantry. We were planning on making a fancy box like posted in the header (image is from Here), but with everything that has been happening in the world, it has not happened.

Since I, and the group, are still worried about people having emergency food we set up a 20200408_144830low tech version of this at this time. It is a simple plastic tote with some food in it. It is there if someone wants to grab food, or if they want to drop off extra food. I know someone could just drive up and grab it, or that someone could make a mess by leaving food all over the place, but I think we have to do something to make sure our parishioners, and community members have access to food at this time. If you or someone you know needs something,  please take advantage of the food. If you have something to drop off, please make sure it fits in the tote, and will stay dry.

20200408_144815Hopefully things will get on track again soon, and we can make something more permanent. Until then, I hope everyone stays safe, and uses every precaution to keep others safe as well. If you want to help with this project, even more than food, I ask that you pray that the food will find the people who need it, and that everyone will be able to feed themselves. After that, if you feel like you want to do more, feel free to drop non perishable food.

God Bless each of you,

Paul

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

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.

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

jessemanibusan

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!!!