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

Polish Mass and Dinner

Our Annual Polish Mass and Dinner

This event is a fundraiser for our Youth Ministry Program

Entertainment by Kielbasa Kings

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020

  • Polka Mass – 4:30
  • Polish Dinner – Doors open at 5:30 and Buffet Dinner at 6:00

Adults – $25

Children 7-14 – $10

Children 6 and under – Free

(Tickets go on sale 1/4/2020 after 4:30 Mass)

Menu (Halina Catering)

  • Sausage/Sauerkraut
  • Stuffed Cabbage
  • City Chicken
  • Potatoes
  • Vegtables
  • Dessert



Kids Coalition Against Hunger

Kids Coalition Against Hunger


MAIN EVENT: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 NOON

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 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 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.


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,

Register NOW for Easter Egg Hunt

Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 – Easter Egg Hunt, Crafts and Snacks

1:30 to 3:00 pm
Toddlers thru 6th Grade

Deadline for registration is Monday, March 19, 2018

You are invited to join us for an Easter Egg Hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, Crafts, Games, and Snacks

Event is hosted by our St Mary, Cause of Our Joy High School Youth Group Teens

There is no charge for the event.

Weather permitting, the Hunt will take place outside.
If not, it will be held inside our Parish Center Building.

Please bring an Easter Basket for the Hunt. If you forget, a paper bag will be provided for you.

Please return the below form to the Parish Office, Sunday Collection Basket or when you come to your Faith Formation Class.

Any questions, please contact Carol Nelius, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at 734-765-5525 or email at


PDF Form: Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Registration is Closed – Trunk or Treat 2017

Registration is Closed

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017 between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy Parking Lot.  8200 N. Wayne Road (1/4 north of Westland Mall and between Art Van & Arby’s).   We would like to invite your family to dress up and join us for some “spook”tacular games, freaky fun, and frightening good food.

What is Trunk-or-Treat?

Trunk-or-Treat is a fun-for-the-whole family Halloween Alternative Event. Families are invited to come to the parish parking lot between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th with your children to trick-or-treat. Our wonderful parishioners will be decorating their car or van trunks and passing out treats for all the trick-or-treaters who stop by (or you can team up with other parishioners or neighbors to decorate your car).

After you trunk-or-treat, please come inside the Social Hall and participate in games and crafts and enjoy some food. There will be prizes for the best decorated trunks and acknowledgment for all children’s costumes.


HOW DO I SIGN UP? – Registration is Closed 

Complete the form below and return it to the Parish Office or in the collection basket at the weekend Masses by October 22nd.


Families – Sign up and let us know how many children and adults will be attending so we can plan accordingly. You will be advised as to where to park when you arrive.   (Yes, a family may choose to do both, have a vehicle parked to give out treats and have children participate in the trunk or treat activities.) Children will start trunk or treating at 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Then go to the parish social hall to participate in games/crafts and enjoy food until 8:30 p.m.


Parishioners/Faith Formation Parents/Neighbors/Family and Friends, of St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy, we welcome all of you to participate in this family fun event. Sign up and reserve a parking space to give your treats from the trunk of your vehicle. (Space is limited.). You are asked to purchase your own “treats” that you will be giving out to our trunk-or-treaters. You may begin to arrive at 5:45 p.m. (after 4:30 p.m. Mass ends & the parking lot clears out) to get directed to your parking spot and finish decorating your vehicle.

Event is hosted by St. Mary, Cause of our Joy High School Youth Group (Teens & Parents) and Young Adults. Questions, please contact, Carol Nelius, Coordinator of Youth Ministry by e-mail at or phone: 734-765-5525

Trunk or Treat Registration 2017

High School Youth Ministry

As summer as been winding down, teens are back now volunteering at the Gleaners Picture3Mercado Food Hub in Mexicantown at the Ford Resource Management Center. We will be volunteering Wednesday afternoons 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. throughout the school year. At the Mercado the teens help client shop as well as stock and clean up the store. A big thank you for our teen volunteers on August 16 and August 23, Jose Perez, Marcela LeCourt, Adriana Ufferman, and Makenna Burden. If teens are interested in volunteering on an upcoming Wednesday, please contact Carol Nelius, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at

Carol Nelius

High School Mission Trip

Nine of our High school teens are preparing for a week long summer mission trip to July 29 – August 5 with PIME Missionaries. We will be traveling to New York City to what is known as the Spanish Harlem. We will be staying at St. Lucy Parish.

We will be working on two projects during the week. One will involve painting and repairing a former convent that will now be used as community center/retreat center and the other will be at senior center in the community. The teens just had a evening of preparation and we met our PIME staff partners that will be traveling with us from Detroit to New York City.

Please keep the following teens in your prayers for our upcoming journey.

Back row: Left to right: Jean-Michel Lecourt, Joe Calvird, Jacob Slevin, Jose Perez, and Kyle Proffitt, Front row: Left to right: Gillian Frazier, Adriana Ufferman, Gwen Doumont, and Marcella Lecourt