St. Paul School of Evangelization – Canceled

This fall, the St. Paul School of Evangelization is kicking off its new Southeast, Michigan location to equip ordinary Catholics in how to be fruitful evangelists, and we hope to see you in class! After an amazing response to our inaugural year in 2019, we’ve put together new live and virtual locations for students to learn how to become the evangelist that God wants them to be! 

Now if you’re thinking, “I can’t evangelize. I’m not a saint. I’ll mess up!”, we have only one thing to say:

A Halo is Not Required!

That’s right. So many people think you have to be holy or have the perfect words to say to be an evangelist. And nothing could be further from the truth. All you have to have is a basic knowledge of the faith, a heart that’s willing to serve God, a love for God’s people, and a desire to learn from our instructors.

Our new class will be starting on Saturday, October 9th this year. We will meet each week at St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy on Saturdays, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  We will have a light dinner at 5:30pm. The school runs for four 8-week quarters. Sign up: HERE

Contact Randy Husaynu at randyhus@gmail.com, or call/text 248-515-6805 for more information, or contact Paul Zbytowski at paul@stmarycooj.org or 734-425-4421 ext. 221

God is calling each and every one of us to share the truth with a world that is lost. It’s up to you to answer the call.

Catholic Biblical School of Michigan

This Weekend we will have representatives from the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan after each Mass.

CBSM (Catholic Biblical School of Michigan) is a lay apostolate incorporated as an independent non-profit organization [501 (c) 3 status] listed in the Official Catholic Directory, with a Board of Directors approved by the Archdiocese of Detroit. 

CBSM exists to invite Catholics to encounter Jesus in and through the inspired Word of God and grow as missionary disciples, fueled by daily connection to God in His Word.

CBSM will be hosting new classes start the week of Sept 20th at St. Sabina in Dearborn Heights on Thursdays from 7-9 pm (25555 Ann Arbor Trail, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127)

Peace Lab – Vacation Bible School – Canceled

Please join St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy’s Vacation Bible School to be held July 26-30, 2021. This years theme is Peace Lab.

We welcome all children in grades Pre-K (ages 3-4) through Grade 6 to join us! We ask that younger children be potty trained. If they are not, they are still welcome, but we ask that a parent attend along with them.

Classes for children begin July 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the Social Hall and end at 8:00 p.m. each evening.
We welcome your children to Peace Lab, where they will discover God’s way of peace! The five Bible
stories in vacation Bible school will take children on an amazing adventure in learning how to be
compassionate peacemakers. Peace Lab is a fun-filled time of learning and experiences. Children will watch dramas, sing songs, play games, enjoy snacks, make crafts, and do other activities as they hear Bible stories and learn about peace. Parents are invited to come and see the closing program beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 30. The program will be 30 minutes in duration.

Registration Cost:

  • $20.00 per child.
  • Families with three or more children are $15.00 per child.

You may register at the parish office weekdays. Please make checks payable to St. Mary, Cause of Our
Joy
. On your registration form, please enter the grade that your child will be entering in the Fall of 2021.

Children will be given a MP3 Download Card (digital download) or CD with all the VBS songs for them
to take home on the last night of class.

New this year: There will be NO T-shirt irons, but we ask that your child wear the following colored tshirts each evening.

  • Pre-K = Green;
  • Kindergarten= Purple;
  • Grades 1 & 2 = Yellow;
  • Grades 3 & 4 = Royal Blue;
  • Grades 5 & 6 = Orange

For more additional information, please contact the parish office weekdays at 734-425-4421

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Vacation Bible School!

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross – Fridays in Lent at 7:00 pm (In Church and Live Streamed

  • Feb. 19, 2021 – sponsored by our Holy Name Fraternity
  • Feb. 26, 2021 – sponsored by our Joyful Women
  • March 5, 2021 – sponsored by our Christian Service Ministry
  • March 12, 2021 – sponsored by our Forever Young Seniors Group
  • March 19, 2021 – sponsored by our Immaculate Heart of Mary Ministry
  • March 26, 2021 – sponsored by our Faith Formation Program
  • *April 2, 2021* – Noon on Good Friday – sponsored by our Youth Ministry

Attention All Faith Formation Families

Greetings and Salutations,
Let us remember the two greatest commandments Jesus gave us… You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. In your prayer time this week visit in the Bible Luke 10:27.
We as Catholics can change the world living these words!

Attention All Faith Formation Families…Materials are ready for pick up for GRADES 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 on Monday, October 19th from 6:00pm-7:00pm. If a family is not available on this day and time; please call me and we will set a day and time that you are available. Thank you! Grades 2, 7, 8 materials will be ready on Monday, November 23rd their first day back. Thank you! Also, FF Families please know; our class session times for grades K-7 have changed by 15 minutes beginning on November 23rd and continuing for the new year. Class time will be for the 2020/21 year 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Grade 8 remains at the regular time of 6:00pm to 7:15pm.

Peace and Blessings,
Sabrina Queen

Congratulations to those Entering the Church

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.

Study on Prayer

Welcome in 2020 by attending a five-week study on Prayer. We will be using the book Prayer for Beginners from Ignatius Press, author Peter Kreeft.

9780898707755-2Our very own Pastoral Associate, Paul Zbytowski will be our facilitator for this study beginning Thursday, January, 23, from 7:00pm-8:00pm thru February 20th. No session on February 13th. Cost of study $15 (book cost only.)

If you are interested, please RSVP to Sabrina at 734-425-4421 ext. 217 by January 12th so the appropriate amount of books may be ordered. Call today to reserve your spot!

This study is sponsored by the Education Commission. TY!!!

Kids Coalition Against Hunger

Kids Coalition Against Hunger

ALL AGES FAMILY AND PARISH EVENT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2019

MAIN EVENT: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 NOON
PLUS SET UP AND TEAR DOWN SHIFTS

St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy Social Halls
Build and Pack 10,000 Meals

Packaged food benefits our local community in Westland and Wayne
Open to EVERYONE, All Ages Welcome – From Kindergarten to the Young at Heart
St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy is pleased to partner with Kids Coalition Against Hunger on Saturday, December 7 and we need EVERYONE’s help in order to make this event a HUGE Success.

Roles Needed for the event:

  • 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – set up 12 volunteers (need to be able to let 50 lbs. – will help us tables and unload and load trailer with all the food and stay to pack up the trailer at the end if you could.
  • 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Line leaders ( oversee packaging volunteers at table and keep food bins full) – Training provided: 8 volunteers – Adults age 18 and order
  • 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. – Packaging 100 volunteers needed – All ages – Age Kindergarten and up are welcome. Children in Kindergarten, Grade 1 or Grade 2 need to be accompanied by parent or guardian at the event.
  • 12:00 p.m. p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Clean up/tear down and load truck (able to lift 50 lbs) – 12 volunteers

How do we accomplish this? By delivering a highly nutritious meal, that was developed by food scientists to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins needed by an undernourished child’s body and mind. The food is also acceptable to the broad diversity of ethnic tastes and religious differences around the world. The food offers all nine of the essential amino acids required for complete nutrition, something that can’t be said about other typical food relief sources such as rice or beans alone. It is also very simple to prepare, requiring only six cups of boiling water to make a complete meal.

How do you sign up?

  1. Online via signupgenius.com today via website link – HERE
  2. Parish office during the weekdays
  3. Monday evenings during Faith formation class time

Financial Donation? We have raised $1450 towards the $3000 that is needed to pay for food that we are purchasing to build the 10,300 meals. If you would like to make a donation you can make a check payable to Kids Coalition Against Hunger or make a cash donation at the parish office during the day or faith formation class times on Monday evening. Every donation no matter the size helps us to reach our goal. If each person coming brings $10.00 to donate towards the event we will reach our goal.

Any questions about this event please contact Carol Nelius, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at youthministry@stmarycooj.org or call/text 734-765-5525

Kids Coalition Against Hunger is a 501 c(3) humanitarian food relief organization whose mission is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and feed starving children throughout the world.

 

Blessing of the Home and Household on Epiphany

The traditional date of Epiphany is January 6, but in the United States it is celebrated on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8.


When all have gathered, a suitable song may be sung. The leader makes the sign of the cross, and all reply, “Amen.”

The leader greets those present in the following words:

Let us praise God, who fills our hearts and homes with peace.
Blessed be God forever.
R/. Blessed be God forever.

In the following or similar words, the leader prepares those present for the blessing:

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling place among us. It is Christ who enlightens our hearts and homes with his love. May all who enter this home find Christ’s light and love.

One of those present or the leader reads a text of sacred Scripture, for example, Luke 19:1-9:

Listen to the words of the holy Gospel according to Luke:
Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.> When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.”

The intercessions are then said:

Leader: The Son of God made his home among us. With thanks and praise let us call upon him.
R/. Stay with us, Lord.
Leader:  Lord Jesus Christ, with Mary and Joseph you formed the Holy Family: remain in our home, that we may know you as our guest and honor you as our Head.
We pray:
R/. Stay with us, Lord.
Leader:  Lord Jesus Christ, you had no place to lay your head, but in the spirit of poverty accepted the hospitality of your friends: grant that through our help the homeless may obtain proper
housing.
We pray:
R/. Stay with us, Lord.
Leader:Lord Jesus Christ, the three kings presented their gifts to you in praise and adoration: grant that those living in this house may use their talents and abilities to your greater glory.
We pray:
R/. Stay with us, Lord.After the intercessions the leader invites all present to say the Lord’s Prayer.
The leader says the prayer of blessing with hands joined:

Lord God of heaven and earth,
you revealed your only-begotten Son to every nation
by the guidance of a star.
Bless this house
and all who inhabit it.
Fill them (us) with the light of Christ,
that their (our) concern for others may reflect your love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.

The leader concludes the rite by signing himself or herself with the sign of the cross and saying:

May Christ Jesus dwell with us,
keep us from all harm,
and make us one in mind and heart,
now and forever.
R/. Amen.

It is preferable to end the celebration with a suitable song, for example, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” or “We Three Kings.”

—From Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/sacramentals-blessings/objects/blessing-of-the-home-and-household-on-epiphany.cfm