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Awaken Ministry

Join hundreds of other Catholics for a night of Praise and Worship, Dynamic Speaking & Eucharistic Adoration!

We are honored to host the Fall Series of Awaken Ministry!


Friday, September 20, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30pm

Fr. Patrick Gonyeau.

Once a fallen away Catholic, Fr. Patrick experienced a great period of conversion in his life, which not only led him back to the Catholic faith, but into the priesthood! He has a passion for seeing God at work in the lives of others, especially “bringing home” the lost, whom he says he identifies very well with! He is a healing evangelist with Encounter Ministries. He now serves as Administrator of Corpus Christi Parish in Detroit. Fr. Patrick is set to do a “healing Awaken” this September, so don’t miss it!


Friday, October 11, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30pm


Fr. Jason Brooks, LC

Fr. Jason Brooks spent his college days playing football, hosting a weekly classic rock radio show, and was planning to become a teacher, when after his junior year, he felt a call to the priesthood and entered the Legionaries of Christ seminary. He was ordained a priest in 2004. Before coming to Michigan, Fr. Jason was chaplain and asst. football coach at Holy Spirit Prep School in GA. He is currently serving with the Legionaries in Bloomfield Hills and is the Spiritual Director for Awaken Ministry.



Francisco-“Paco”-GavrilidesFriday, November 15, 2019, 7:30 – 9:30pm

Paco Gavrilides

Francisco (Paco) Gavrilides is currently serving as Homiletics Instructor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. As a convert to the Catholic Church, Paco has dedicated his life to serving Christ with a passion to share the Gospel.He is active with the mission work of Renewal Ministries and also involved with lay missionary work throughout Latin America, Spain and the United States. He is a teacher, speaker and evangelist.


Blood Drive

St Mary, Cause of Our Joy is hosting three Red Cross Blood Drives this Calendar Year:

Wednesday, August 21st from Noon – 6 pm.
Wednesday, October 23rd from 9 am – 3 pm.

Donations will take place in the Large Social Hall.

Register for a time: Here!

All donors will receive a digital $5.00 Amazon gift card. Make your donation faster. Go to the day of the drive. You can do all the reading and answer the questions. You can do this on your computer or smart phone. Thank you

Our Lady and a Bumpkin

My Dear St Mary Family
Greetings from your Pastor, who you should know is a simple “bumpkin” from a very small village in Pakistan.

God’s plans often surprise. For Mary, her plans were to become a wife and mother with 51354328_10156301266068214_3308203056574758912_nJoseph; God’s angel asked her to accept a different plan. For me, I had planned to stay at St Jude as pastor for as long as possible. God’s, and St Mary’s plans for me were otherwise.

Mother Mary has always been an important part of my life. I believe that her intercessions continue to lead me to live God’s will: In Urdu, we pray “Salam a Mariam”, which I first learned while held by my mother, (now deceased). Two weeks before my ordination 26 years ago I was shot, and I prayed for Mother Mary to hold and heal me so that I could be ordained with my class, which I did. My first visit to the United States in 2001, coordinated by Bishop Don Hanchon, who I had met in Indonesia and again in Cairo, was a two month stay at Queen of Peace (Mary, Queen of Salam in Urdu!). In 2009, extremists attacked our parish church and burned many of our parishioner’s homes: 9 parishioners were killed and over 160 of our families were displaced. As a community, we met at our Parish’s grotto and prayed for Mother Mary to help us to heal. In 2011, I came to USA to continue to find healing.

Praying to St Jude and St Mary, I found a home at St Jude Parish in Detroit. Last year in my hometown in Pakistan we dedicated a new church – St Mary of Barnala. Now St Mary, as her gift to me for my 25th Jubilee, has called me to a new parish, dedicated to her honor. The name St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy translates wonderfully into URDU
سینٹ مریم ہماری خوشی کا باعث بنتی ہے

I am so honored that I was chosen to become the pastor of this beautifully named parish.
Please continue to pray for our parish, for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Our Mother Mary. I ask that you also pray for me, your Pastor, as well.

Amen and May God Bless St Mary, Cause of Our Joy Parish.

Fr. Shafique

Note from Fr. Derik

Dear Fr. Ken and the parishioners of St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy,

FrDerikVestmentThank you so much for all of your prayers and support during my six years in seminary, and many more years before that. It has been amazing to see the fulfillment of God’s call in my life as I was ordained a priest. Thank you also for the beautiful Marian chasuble. It is a gift that I will treasure as I serve at another parish named in honor of Our Lady.

Around the time of my ordination, I was staying with a friend of mine at a parish in Detroit. He was one of the deacons who served at my first Mass. They have a small chapel in their community house and I was able to offer Mass there the day after my first Mass. It just so happened to be the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, so I wore my new Marian vestments! This picture is of me offering my second Mass as a priest.

May God bless all of you! With love in Christ,
Fr. Derik Peterman

The Last Seminarian Update

Dear Family and Friends,

It has been a while! Though my previous update to you all was back in September, I really have not had too much news to report… until now. There have been many happenings in the past month that I am very excited to share with you. But before that, I would like to fill you in on how my final semester of seminary has been.

It really began in December, when I went on my retreat in preparation for ordination to the priesthood. I did a similar sort of thing last December before I was ordained a deacon. These retreats are to be five days of quiet prayer, directed by a priest to guide us along the way. Wanting to make sure I had a solid director, I contacted a priest that I hadIMG_0109 met a few years ago when I spent the summer in Omaha, Nebraska. He happened to be leading retreats for a few others in Door County, Wisconsin during the time that I asked to do my retreat. So, I met him up there and had a powerful retreat reclaiming my identity as a beloved son of our heavenly Father. In my prayer on that retreat, the Lord gave me the confidence I would need this semester as I approached the priesthood.

My classes for this semester are: Marriage Law (My final exam for that class is tonight. I should probably be studying for it right now…), Sacraments of Healing (We learned about and practiced the sacrament of reconciliation and anointing of the sick), Social and Sexual Teaching (a survey course over a variety of topics), Mass Practicum (practicing celebrating the Mass), and a chanting class. I also had a course where we prepared for the STB exam, which would grant us a Bachelors in Sacred Theology. This is the European equivalent to the master’s degree that I am working on at the seminary. By taking this exam, we essentially get a two-for-one deal and graduate with a second degree. But the STB qualifies us for further studies in Rome, should the bishop want to send us there for an advanced degree. If I am asked to teach in the future, this might happen. But for now, I am thankful to have passed this exam and to be done with school!

Over spring break at the beginning of March, I was blessed to go on a road trip to visit a few friends. It was a bit delayed after my car broke down a half hour away from the seminary. This was all in God’s providence. That car was old and was giving me a ton of problems. After a searching through listings online, I found a good deal on a Focus and was back on my way in a few days.

As a deacon, I spend the weekends serving at a parish assignment. I would go up to the same place I have been the past two summers. From my time at St. Edward on the weekends, I learned a lot both from the pastor and in my experience working with the people there. I was able to get more comfortable preaching and settle into my role as a deacon. But as it was over an hour away, the commute was beginning to get to me. Usually on Sundays, after serving at the Masses in the morning, I would visit my parents in Livonia and then help coach at the pole vault club nearby. I am so thankful to have this time with my parents, and also to maintain involvement in my favorite sport.

Back at the seminary, life in community kept me busy. I was the president of our student government, which primarily functions to allocate money to improve life in the house. We will forever be known and the house council that had water fountains installed! One of my favorite community activities was what we call Flapjack Fridays. The tradition began before I entered seminary, but a friend and I kept it going this year. It was simply a reason for a group of us to get together every week before class. Even silly events like that really help to build up the brotherhood of seminarians which I hope will continue after we are ordained.

Before I was given the official green light to be ordained a priest, I had one more very important step to take: a meeting with my bishop called the scrutiny. Not all bishops do this, but it was traditionally common as a last check on the readiness of the man about to be ordained. Instead of a sort of examination, it is now an opportunity for our superior to make sure he knows the man he is about to call into lifelong service. This meeting was difficult for me. I have had some mental and spiritual struggles this year; and knew that in order to be honest, I had to share these with the bishop. Still confident in my call to the priesthood, I just wasn’t sure if I was ready quite yet. But Archbishop Vigneron assured me that my struggles were nothing that God’s grace couldn’t heal and in fact turn into sources of grace for others. Since then, Jesus has shown me the power of His victory and I am looking forward to ordination with a renewed hope and strength.

Now, to fill you in on some upcoming dates. As I wrote in my last email, my ordination will be on Saturday, June 8 of this year. It will take place at 10:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit. It is an open invitation. But if you are planning on going, I recommend arriving early. It will be packed! More information about that will be sent out soon. I will be celebrating my first Mass the next day at my home parish, and a few other Masses of thanksgiving the following weekends:

  • Sunday, June 9 at 10:00 am @ St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy (8200 N. Wayne Rd, Westland, MI 48185).
  • Sunday, June 16 at 10:00 am @ St. John the Evangelist Church and Student Center (327 M.A.C. Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823).
  • Sunday, June 23 at 11:30 am @ St. Edward on the Lake (6945 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeport, MI 48059).
  • Monday, June 24 at 7:00 pm @ St. Edward on the Lake (6945 Lakeshore Rd, Lakeport, MI 48059). This will be a Latin High Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

Then, on July 1st, I will begin my assignment as a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Farmington, MI. I had some of this email written a few weeks ago, but figured this news was too big not to include! It was a bit of a surprise because I did not think that the pastor of this church was looking for another priest. There will be three of us there for at least this next year, and I know that I will be in Farmington for the next three years. It is wonderful to have this news, because these are the people I will call my family and spiritual children. Not to mention that hearing of my assignment just made my whole seminary journey very real! All of my training and study has been for this purpose: to be sent to these people and lead them to heaven.

Looking back on my time in seminary, I have been amazed at how God has worked through it all to shape me in to who I am today. When I first entered six years ago, I would not have guessed what I would be like nor what the Church would be like today. Especially in this dreadful year of scandal in the Church, God has brought about a greater courage in me to preach the truth and live in the beautiful tradition of our Catholic faith. I can have this confidence in the truth of the Catholic Church because I have my faith in Jesus, who promised us that not even the powers of Hell would triumph over it. In this Easter season when we proclaim Jesus as Lord even over death, I am reminded ever more of the hope we have in Him.

I am so excited to be ordained with my two Detroit classmates and attend the ordinations of my other classmates from around the country. Please keep us all in your prayers as we wrap up our last few exams and prepare to join Jesus in His vineyard! As always, I remain yours in His Sacred Heart,

Dcn. Derik

Fr. Ken is Reassigned

I am sure that most of you were surprised by my announcement at Mass last weekend. In case you didn’t hear it, or didn’t fully understand, I will repeat it here with some additions.

At the recent PIME Assembly in the USA, I was elected as the Regional Superior. This isFr Ken the same job that I held before I came to St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy in 2016. It is a full time job. It was a surprise and shock to me, as I’m sure it was to all of you. I had planned to stay here as pastor for as long as I could. I know that the parish needed stability from the pastor. My term begins on April 1 and is for four years. I will remain as pastor here until June 30, while the Archdiocese begins its search for a new pastor. On last Sunday afternoon, March 17, an email went out from the Archdiocese to all priests listing the parishes that are looking for a pastor. St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy was one of the three listed.

In addition, due to my new position, I will have to attend the PIME General Assembly (commonly called “Chapter”) in Rome from April 24 – May 24. During that time, other PIME priests in the Detroit area will be assisting for liturgies in the parish. So basically, I will be here from now until just after Easter, and then again from the end of May until June 30.

This was not something that I expected nor did I look for it. I feel that we have built a strong parish community in these past three years, and ask you to continue to support the new pastor as much as you supported me. We have a great leadership team and staff that will continue to make sure that the parish moves forward.

pime_logo_white-cbe6fd7b8dd973d973c8677388276a101ccb6534824b6b2a8e9f3570b763b70eThis position entails many facets: Relating with the PIME priests here in the United States and with the Bishops where we minister, overseeing the mission center in Detroit where we do fundraising and promotion, keeping up to date on the latest trends and issues of the American Church (which includes the current abuse scandal). Our headquarters is presently in Detroit, near the University of Detroit Mercy, just north of 6 Mile Road near Livernois. That building is too large for our present needs and a move in the future in probable.

Please continue to pray for our parish, especially during this transition period, and the new pastor. I promise my prayers as well. I ask that you pray for me and for PIME as well.
Fr. Ken