Awaken Ministry

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

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

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

Friday, November 15, 2019⋅7:30 – 9:30pm

From the Awaken! Website:

Welcome to Awaken!

Our hope through this ministry is simply to bring people into an experiential encounter with Jesus Christ, such that they would be so touched by God’s real presence, they would be compelled to go out and share the Good News with others! We are a grass roots ministry and are not affiliated with any particular parish. We are simply a small group of faithful lay Catholics who love the Lord and the Catholic Church, and have a desire to respond to the call of The New Evangelization.

Awaken Ministry is a monthly outreach currently hosted by various Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit, MI. The basic format of an Awaken experience is three-fold: praise and worship, the preached Gospel, and Eucharistic Adoration. Each Awaken event begins with upbeat praise and worship music lead by our band and worship leaders, followed by dynamic preaching of the Gospel message, and culminating with a profound experience of Eucharistic Adoration, which is accompanied by more praise and worship music and a time of silent adoration. Key elements such as special lighting and sound, video screens displaying worship imagery and song lyrics, a creatively enhanced environment along with contemporary praise and worship music, are all meant to foster and enhance the worship experience. Following this time of praise, worship, prayer and adoration, there is an opportunity for fellowship and hospitality, where those in attendance can share with one another about what they have just experienced.

There will be an emphasis on kerygmatic preaching, which is what Pope John Paul II described as “the initial ardent proclamation by which a person is one day overwhelmed and brought to the decision to entrust himself to Jesus Christ by faith.” (Catechesi Tradendae, 25) The kerygma goes straight to the heart of the Gospel and is at the core of what awakens initial Christian faith; it refers to the proclamation of the basic outline of the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It leads a person to be able to say, “Jesus is Lord!” (Fr. Cantalamessa from Faith In Christ Today And At the Beginning Of The Church from his book the book, Remember Jesus Christ, The Word Among Us Press, 2007)

The mission of Awaken Ministry is born out of words spoken in 1983 by Blessed Pope John Paul II, when while addressing the Latin American Bishops, he said, “The New Evangelization is meant to be new in it’s ardor, new in its methods, and new in it’s expression,” and later in his encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, when he called the Church to “cultivate a lively awareness of Christ’s real presence, both in the celebration of Mass and in the worship of the Eucharist outside Mass; specifically with respect to Eucharistic Adoration, he wrote…“The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church.”

Through much prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, Awaken Ministry has been born. May God continue to guide and direct us each and every step of the way, and may everything we do be for the greater honor, glory and praise of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

In HIS love and service unto eternity,

Maureen Dierkes,

Save the Date


Save the Date!
American Cancer Society – Relay for Life – Westland/Wayne

June 9 – 10, 2018 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 A.M.
1901 N. Carlson Westland
Tattan Park/Westland Farmer’s Market
Parish Team Name: Heart and Sole
Theme for 2018: Wish Upon A Cure (Think Disney)

Team Web Site: Click Here!

Or search for Relay for Life Westland Wayne and look for team Heart and Sole

Games, Food, Fun, Entertainment, silent auction and more. This is a family friendly, all ages event! All are welcome!

Help our parish team and JOIN US in attacking cancer from every angle! The Event is free and open to the public!

YCP Detroit Executive Speaker Series

YCP Detroit Executive Speaker Series is a free event every last Wednesday of the month in which executives share their professional and faith journeys with young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s, challenging them to ‘Work in Witness for Christ!



– 7:00 Meet & Greet, Food & Drink
– 7:45 President’s Remarks
– 7:50 Reflection: Fr. Patrick Gonyeau
– 8:00 KEYNOTE: Kathleen McCann, CEO of United Road Services
– 8:20 Q&A
– 8:30 Closing Prayer



Kathleen McCann began her career as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand. She currently serves as the Chair & Chief Executive Officer of United Road Services, North America’s largest finished vehicle logistics provider. McCann is the first woman to work as Chair of Automobile Carrier’s Conference of the American Trucking Associations. Other engagements include the Detroit Regional Chamber, St. John Providence Health System, Sacred Heart Major Seminary and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen Cabinet, among others. During her career, Kathleen has been honored with various awards, including DBusiness’ Power Women and Crain’s 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan. Kathleen and her husband of thirty years, George, are members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish and reside in Plymouth, Michigan.



* Business casual attire
* Bring a friend!


February 28, 2018 at 7pm – 8:30pm


St. Charles Lwanga Parish
10400 Stoepel St, Detroit, MI 48204