Catholic Services Appeal – CSA

The 2018 Catholic Services Appeal is underway. Gifts to the CSA make possible a wealth of ministries, programs, and services that touch the lives of thousands throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit each day.

This year’s CSA theme, Opening Doors to GROW WITH CHRIST, reflects our Holy Father’s invitation to all Catholics to renew their personal relationships with our Savior, as “the joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.”

If you have already pledged your gift to the 2018 CSA, thank you! If you have yet to make your gift, please prayerfully consider generously supporting this year’s effort. You may pledge your gift online at give.aodcsa.org. Your gift has a tremendous impact to countless beneficiaries to CSA-funded services in Southeast Michigan and beyond.

Please support this year’s Catholic Services Appeal by completing your pledge card and dropping it into the collection basket or mailing it to the parish office. You can also visit our site at: http://stmarycooj.aodcsa.org.

Thank you!

Parish Directory – Online Sign Up

Missed signing up for your photo in the Parish Directory?

Monday through Friday you can do it online!

Go to: https://www.ucdir.com/
Click: “Photography Appointment”
Church Code: MI1117
Password: Photos

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Photography Dates

  • May 16th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm – All times FILLED!
  • May 17th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm – All times FILLED!
  • May 18th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm – All times FILLED!
  • May 19th 10:30 am – 4:00 pm – All times FILLED!
  • June 5th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • June 6th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • June 7th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • June 8th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • June 9th 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

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The Annunciation, Our Parish Feast

I’m still basking in the rays of warmth of the Risen Lord! I hope you are as well. Our Holy Week celebrations were awesome and inspiring. Thank you to everyone who helped out to make them so beautiful. I dare not begin to mention groups and names for fear that I would leave some one out. God knows who you are!

Tomorrow, April 9, is the feast of our parish, the Annunciation. It was transferred from March 25, which was during Holy Week this year. This Sunday (March 8, 2018) after the 12:00 Noon Mass we will have a prayer service in honor of Our Lady, followed by a report of the parish and a lunch. I hope that you are planning to attend.

It has been almost two years since our parish was founded. We have grown a lot in this time, thanks be to the grace of God. As I stressed during the parish report last year, if we do what God wants us to, He will shower his blessings and grace upon us. There is no doubt. Looking back upon these past 21 months, I can see how we have flourished under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We do not know where the Spirit will lead us, and so we must remain open to that guidance, trusting that God knows what is best for us. This can be an exhilarating experience, even if it is a little bit frightful. Our faith helps to remove the fear and anxiety, and at the same allows us to trust. We need not be concerned about the little things that seem big to us. God asks us to look at the big picture, the entirety. And when we do so, we realize the innumerable blessings that we have received. It humbles me.

We must also realize that our priority is to look outward, instead of inward. We are called to be that “joyful band of missionary disciples”. Let us continue to pray for the breath of the Holy Spirit and the guidance that will be even more exhilarating than what we have experienced up until now.
Fr. Ken

Register NOW for Easter Egg Hunt

Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 – Easter Egg Hunt, Crafts and Snacks

1:30 to 3:00 pm
Toddlers thru 6th Grade

Deadline for registration is Monday, March 19, 2018

You are invited to join us for an Easter Egg Hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, Crafts, Games, and Snacks

Event is hosted by our St Mary, Cause of Our Joy High School Youth Group Teens

There is no charge for the event.

Weather permitting, the Hunt will take place outside.
If not, it will be held inside our Parish Center Building.

Please bring an Easter Basket for the Hunt. If you forget, a paper bag will be provided for you.

Please return the below form to the Parish Office, Sunday Collection Basket or when you come to your Faith Formation Class.

Any questions, please contact Carol Nelius, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at 734-765-5525 or email at youthministry@stmarycooj.org

 

PDF Form: Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Important News – Feb. 5-9th

We will have construction in the Church from Feb. 5th to the 9th. Because of this the following changes will be made:

  • Daily Mass will be held in the Parish Social Hall (Monday, Feb. 5th – Friday, Feb. 9th)
  • There will be NO Eucharistic Exposition on Friday, Feb. 9th.
  • There will be no Cards and Coffee on Wednesday, Feb. 7th or Wednesday, Feb. 14th (ASH WEDNESDAY).

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Easy Sign Up!

Flocknote is an email/text service which will allow us to send up to the minute information on thing like funeral arrangements, building closings and meeting cancellations. It is free, and you decide what information you would like to receive.

  • You can sign up for St Mary, COOJ’s Flocknote here: Go to FLocknote!
  • Or by texting “COOJ” to 84576

Signing of the Door on Epiphany

A popular tradition celebrated on Epiphany is the marking with chalk inside the main doorway of a house with the following: 20+C+M+B+18. The writing on the doorway signifies:

20 = the current century

+ = Jesus’ Cross

C = the initial of the Wiseman Casper

M = the initial of the Wiseman Melchior

B = the initial of the Wiseman Balthazar

18 = the current year

As a family writes these initials and numbers over the door, each member makes a promise to look for Jesus until he/she finds Him. They are challenged to look for Jesus in the lives of all people who visit their home. The family also promises all who enter may find Jesus in their home as the family practices virtues of consolation, understanding, hospitality, rest, forgiveness and love.

It is most fitting that we should bless the doors of our home every year in January. The first month of the year gets its name from the Roman God Janus whose name means “gate” or “door” and the first month is the door to the New Year. May it be a happy and truly holy one!

CATHOLIC JEWELRY & ROSARY SALE

Teens from our Youth Group will be selling jewelry after Mass Dec. 2/3 and Dec. 9/10 in our gathering space.

There will be an assortment of imported hand-made Italian, Mexican and Bethlehem olive wood rosaries. There will also be Catholic medals, crucifixes, necklaces and gift items available.

Wearing Catholic jewelry, medals, crucifixes, is an outward sign of faith and hope.
Items are reasonably priced. Please stop by!

Carol Nelius-Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Questions? Call Carol at 734-765-5525.

Memorial Mass

Sunday, November 5th at 10:00 am

November is a time to reflect on the past year and remember our friends and family who have gone to their eternal rest. Our tradition is to have a Memorial Mass as part of this remembrance. At this mass all of the crosses, with the names of our deceased parishioners that were placed on our Wall of Remembrance over the last year, will be  returned to families to take home.

 

 

Be Prepared

When I was growing up, I belonged to the Boys Scouts for a couple of years. I didn’t really want to join, but my best friend did so I followed along. It only lasted a year or two, at most. One of the things that I remember, and I’m sure most of you know as well, is the Scouts’ motto: “Be prepared”. It’s a motto not only for the Scouts, but it should be for all of us.  Throughout our lives, we need to prepare ourselves.

 

In the Gospels, Jesus tells us to “Be prepared. You do not know the day nor the hour that the Lord is coming”. Stern words, perhaps, but a good reminder.

 

I like to think about preparing for Mass. The last ten or fifteen minutes before Mass, I like to prepare, to get into, what I call, “Mass mode”.  Get ready to celebrate the mystery of Christ’s sacrifice, remember the Scripture readings that I will hear and proclaim, and prepare myself to be in touch with God.  Be prepared.

 

Before Mass, for the last 10 or 15 minutes before it begins, you will notice our music director, Steve Reyes, playing music softly.  He too, is trying to prepare himself for the Mass. He is also trying to set an atmosphere in Church, so that all of us are preparing ourselves.  A few months ago, I wrote about the importance of a silent atmosphere in Church, especially before Mass.  Many, many of you wrote to me in response, thanking me for the article. This is the time we are getting ready to be most united with Christ.  Although you may want to greet a friend, in a quiet voice, remember the reason that you are there. I hope no one of you comes to church merely to see his/her friends.  We come to be close to God.  Be prepared.

 

Those last minutes before Mass are also vital to the lectors and commentators. You should be spending the time checking over the passage from the Word of God that you are about to proclaim to the assembly, for them to hear from your mouth the Word of God.  What an awesome responsibility and privilege. Commentators, likewise, should be preparing the words that they have to announce to the Assembly; check on the pronunciation of names! No one likes to have his or her name mispronounced or worse yet, massacred, particularly at Church. The commentator is the voice of the Church for that particular Mass.  Be prepared.

 

We humans are people that are easily distracted. Let’s not let our voices or our actions distract others as they are trying to prepare to hear the Word of God and receive the Body and Blood of Christ.  Be prepared.

Fr. Ken