What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a Catholic program or education intended to instruct in the Catholic Faith those who are seeking to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church through Baptism and/or Confirmation and Holy Communion. RCIA is your compass to the Catholic Faith.

Who should look into RCIA?

  • Anyone not yet baptized.
  • Anyone baptized but not as a Catholic.
  • Anyone baptized as a Catholic who did not yet receive First Communion or Confirmation.
  • Fully initiated Catholics seeking fuller catechetical knowledge of their Catholic Faith.
  • Anyone at all looking to learn more about Christianity.

The RCIA program is led by a team who will help guide participants on their Faith Journey. In addition, participants will also have a sponsor to pray with them and guide them throughout the process. The process consists of four phases:


Initially, participants will learn the RCIA process and overview of the faith to discern whether this is the step they wish to take at this point in their lives.


Participants attend a number of classes to learn the fundamentals of the Roman Catholic Church to develop a prayer life and foster conversion.


Participants focus on self-examination, repentance and prayer in preparation for their entry into the Church.


Following the rite of initiation at the Easter Vigil, the participants are asked to define the next steps of their journey in faith. The new Catholics are encouraged to get involved in the Parish Ministries and to worship with the community they choose to join on the weekends.

If you think you might be interested in knowing more about the Catholic Faith, please call the Parish office at 734-425-4421.

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


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


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).

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!


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.