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.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
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.
Father Shafique Masih
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I write today with gratitude for the many blessings God has granted the Archdiocese of Detroit during our missionary journey. Six years ago, we asked God to send his Holy Spirit upon us in a New Pentecost, to fill us with an unshakable inner conviction of the truth of the Gospel and a love that compels us to share the good news with those around us. Two years later, through Synod ‘16 we received clarity that God wanted us to reclaim our Church’s missionary identity and we set out with a promise to trust and follow him.
We began in earnest the work of a generation, to unleash the Gospel in southeast Michigan and beyond. Last year, we announced the next phase of this missionary movement, a plan to transform our parishes and schools, making them places where individuals and families can encounter Jesus anew, grow as disciples, and be equipped as witnesses of the Risen Christ.
This continues to be our mission today, even now in the midst of a historic pandemic. The current health and economic crises have disrupted our lives and the life of the Church. This new reality has exacerbated some of the challenges we were already facing. Even before the pandemic, we knew that the way we function in our parishes needed to change. In addition to the shortage of priests available to serve in our parishes and the shortage of vocations for future ordinations, the parish structures we inherited served our mission well in the past, but they needed to be renewed and aligned for mission.
And so, in prayer and in consultation with others, I’ve discerned that now is the time to respond in faith to the challenges we face and to take the necessary steps to better equip our parish communities for mission. Over the next two years, parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit will join together to form new groupings called “families of parishes.” These groups – these families – of three to six parishes will work together and share human and material resources to further advance our shared mission. This new model will allow groups of priests, deacons, and lay staff to better share their gifts and talents with their entire parish families.
We are not the same diocese we were six years ago when we began this journey. God has been at work in us, in our communities, in our parishes, and in our schools. We have learned to be more docile to the Holy Spirit. We have learned to walk with apostolic boldness and confidence in God. We are committed to working in a spirit of innovation and collaboration. And most importantly, we have resolved to place Christ and his mission above all else.
Over the next several months, groups of clergy and lay faithful will help me discern the leadership and governance structure of the families of parishes and the ways in which this new structure will help all our parishes become vibrant posts of missionary activity. At Advent, my hope is to announce the groups of parishes that will form each family, with the first of them expected to begin to function as a family in July of 2021.
I invite you to visit the website http://www.familiesofparishes.org to learn more about this process and to sign up for updates. Please join me in praying for this very important step in the life and mission of our local Church. Let us give thanks to God ahead of time for the great work he is doing in our midst. God is with us. He has given us his Holy Spirit as the initiator, guide, and driving force of our mission.
Blessed Solanus Casey, Detroit’s own priest, pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, protector of the sick, pray for us. And dear St. Anne, patron of our Archdiocese, pray for us.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit
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.
- 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.
- The Archdiocese is specifically asking people 65 or older and those with compromised immune systems to stay at home for their safety.
- If you are sick, PLEASE STAY HOME.
- 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.
- Seating will be limited to 200 people at one time. Once we are at that number, additional people will not be allowed to stay.
- 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.
- 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.
- We will be regularly cleaning the Church for everyone’s safety.
- 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,
April 20, 2020
As 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.
Fr. Shafique Masih
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 low 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.
Hopefully 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,
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. 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,
Fr. Shafique Masih
Holy Week 2020