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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 http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass 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

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.

 

Welcome to IHMM

We are excited to welcome Immaculate Heart of Mary Ministry to our Parish. IHM Ministry’s goal is spread a devotion to Mary and her Immaculate Heart, as well as help preserve Filipino religious traditions.

First Saturday devotions will start on December 7th with a 6:30 pm Mass.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Ministry will also sponsor a Simbang Gabi, which is a nine day Novena of Masses in anticipation of the birth of Christ.

The Masses for the Simbang Gabi will be:

  • Sunday, Dec. 15th – 4:00 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 16th – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17th – 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 18th – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 19th – 6:30 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 20th – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 21st – 6:30 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 22nd – 4:00 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 23rd – 7:00 pm (followed by refreshments in the Small Hall)

All masses are in English. Liturgical songs may be in the Bisaya or Tagalog languages. Everyone is welcome to participate!

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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!

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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

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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.

https://awakenministry.org/

 

Mission Sunday

12670236_10153392506502934_7498804392474749178_nNext weekend, we welcome Fr. Paulus Wawan, S.X. of the St. Francis Xavier Missionaries at all of our Masses as part of the annual Missionary Cooperation Plan.

Fr. Wawan was born and grew up in Indonesia as a part of a Buddhist family. The loss of his younger sister was what touched him and his family to convert to Christianity. During their mourning and some of the most difficult moments of their lifetime, he experienced the tangible presence of God through the support and help of Christian neighbors. This loving and caring witness of Christians triggered and touched him to answer God’s call to bring hope, love, mercy and compassion to the whole world.

In 2007, Fr. Wawan graduated from the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, IL). Immediately after his ordination, he was sent as a missionary to Taiwan—China. He was involved in various pastoral, cultural, and social fields of ministry. In October, 2016, he began a new experience: serving mentally and physically challenged children in southern China. This experience touched him so deeply that it pushed him to come back to the U.S. (in July, 2018) to go back to school in order to broaden and enhance his knowledge and understanding with mental health issue. Currently, he lives in the Xaverian Missionaries Community in Franklin, Wisconsin. He is willing to share his mission experience with anyone interested.

Being exclusively a foreign mission society, the Xaverian Fathers and Brothers depend greatly on proceeds from this collection.

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