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Wednesday, May 19, 2021 9:00 am – 3:00 pm In the Large Social Hall
St. Mary Cause of Our Joy Catholic Church 8200 N. Wayne Rd, Westland, MI, 48185
Families of Parishes evolved with the lay faithful in mind.
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.
Hear stories from lay persons in dioceses that have already participated in such a transition.
We learn through the experiences of others.
Begin the chapter of journeying in faith with many other Catholics in your community.
You may see them every day but have never met.
This is what being a joyful missionary disciple is about.
Be a witness to your faith.
Family Gathering #1, Encounter, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 6PM. Parishioners from all parishes in the Family. This is an opportunity to get to know one another and to encounter Jesus through new relationships as brothers and sisters. https://aod.zoom.us/j/92848975755
Family Gathering #2, Grow, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 6PM. This second gathering is about beginning to grow together as disciples through the creation of relationships founded in faith. https://aod.zoom.us/j/94174425936
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. https://aod.zoom.us/j/91719948057
“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. Amen
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.
After carefully consideration, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron is extending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021 for people living in or visiting the Archdiocese of Detroit. As we have from the beginning, we will continue to closely monitor the situation in our region, with an eye on the day – hopefully in the not-to-distant future – when all of us are able to safely reunite in our normal patterns of worship. Whether or not they are able to attend Mass, all baptized Catholics are reminded of the grave necessity they have to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Last weekend three RCIA candidates were given the Sacrament of Confirmation and brought into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. We would like to congratulate Daniel Cosman, Ian Quinn, and John Zasa. Normally this would have taken place at the Easter Vigil, but was delayed this year because of Covid-19.
We would like to thank Kathy Birchfield, and everyone else who assisted in our RCIA program this last year.
In this time of uncertainty, I hope this note finds you happy and safe. At the end of August we will be saying good bye to Fr. Joe Plawecki, our long time Priest in Residence. Fr. Joe will be taking over as administrator of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westland on the first of September. While we are happy for Fr. Joe to get his new assignment, this will also mean that he will not be available to help me cover Masses on the weekend.
This leaves us in a sticky situation. I have also been looking into the option of paying a retired priest to say a Mass every weekend. While this is an option, it will get very expensive quickly. With the low Mass numbers so low during this time of Covid-19 era, I can not justify that we need three Masses on Sunday.
I have been praying about this problem for months, and have spoken to both our staff, and parishioners to get input. At this time it seems like the best route is, starting in September, to change the Sunday Mass schedule to 9:00 and 11:00 am. When restrictions are lifted, and people are returning to Mass we may revisit this schedule, but I feel that this if the best move for our parish at this time.