Aidan Rickel is a teacher, composer, conductor, and instrumentalist currently enrolled at Wayne State University in the Masters of Music program. His musical education began on the piano twenty two years ago and it is still his primary instrument and first true love. Playing at many piano federation festivals, he received superior ratings for ten years. He is also an experienced organist, working freelance for social and religious services. He began studying the organ at age fourteen and was soon serving as a substitute organist for local parishes. While performing voluntarily at local senior care facilities he started to explore jazz and pop piano styles to entertain the residents, learning the value of a good Fake Book. Aidan graduated from Novi Highschool, he sang in their Concert Choral and performed in musical theater productions. He got his first position as Director of Music Ministries at eighteen serving at St. Peter and Pauls in downtown Detroit. He attended Wayne State University for his undergraduate studies receiving the Presidential Scholarship, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Singing for his Juries, he studied vocal performance privately as this was the primary instrument for his degree. He also sang in the choir under Dr. Duncan with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a number of their productions. He will be taking up the baton as Artistic Director of the Novi Choralaires for his first season this year, where he will direct the winter and spring concerts for the community. He is leaving his role as Director of Music Ministries at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Howell where he has conducted two choirs and a worship group of instrumentalists and soloists. He leads a resurrection choir for funerals and plays weddings for the local community. For the last twelve years he has taught a private studio of piano and organ students. When not directing or instructing he is composing and arranging his own music while pursuing his M. M. in Composition. He writes in a variety of styles, from sacred to jazz, composing a “Gloria” for his B.A. Thesis Project. He is thankful to God for faithfully leading his life at every step, and for the opportunity to begin serving at St. Mary this advent season.
We will be hosting a Forgotten Harvest Mobile Food Pantry every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 9-11 am. If you know anyone who needs fresh fruits and vegetables, please let them know that they can stop in and get food!
We could also use 15 volunteers to help out with the event. You can go HERE to sign up to help in November.
Go here to volunteer in December HERE
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
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.
Dear friends in Christ,
I trust this message finds you well and at peace.
I am happy to share this announcement from Archbishop Vigneron that we are now officially part of the same Family of Parishes effective July 1, 2021. We have been preparing for this for the past year.
I thank Archbishop Vigneron for placing his trust and confidence in myself as he appoints me as your new Moderator. I am very happy with my new appointment, and I look forward to meeting you and your families as we begin to work, pray and journey together. We are now 5 parishes that have become one family, called to share our resources, gifts and talents and move forward in a future full of hope.
At this point, I only ask two important things:
Firstly, that we thank God for my brother priests who served here in our parishes. May God bless them as they continue to serve the people of God in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Secondly, I ask that you pray for me, as your new moderator and my fellow brother priests; Fr. Sean Bonner, Fr. Joe Plawecki, and Fr. Larry Zurawski. Change and transition is not easy. However, I believe, that when you pray for us and we pray for you, together we can make a difference in building up the Body of Christ.
I would like to thank the staffs and volunteers from all of our parishes for their hard work, time and talent, their advice and assistance they have provided. I would also like to thank you for your patience and committed support during COVID-19. They have been amazing. As we begin this new assignment, we look forward to working together as we seek to grow together in Christ and a future full of hope.
We very much look forward to moving ahead together as time permits, and we continue to be excited about what this means for us as a larger community of faith and service. May God continue to richly bless and take care of you through the Holy Spirit alive in all our brothers and sisters in Christ!
Father Shafiq Hadayat (Fr. Shafique Masih)
We are seeking two new members of the Parish Pastoral Council. New Council members will be selected during MASS on the weekend of September 11th and 12th. The two member will serve in at-large positions for a three year term starting this September.
Please prayerfully consider nominating yourself for a Council Position. Application Forms are available in the Gathering Space and the Parish office.
Council members will be available to answer any questions before and after Mass on:
- Aug. 14/15
- Aug. 21/22
- Aug. 28/29
- Sept. 5/6
The Parish Pastoral Council Operational Procedures are available here:
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)
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.
- $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!
Hello Everyone, The Archdiocese has just announced that they are changing the requirements for people coming to Mass. I am sure there are people who are happy about this, and others who are not.
I am sure your question is how does this effect St. Mary, COOJ.
If you read just one thing: Fr. Shafique has decided that we will continue to ask everyone to mask, and social distance for the next two or three weeks.
While the Archbishop and the Archdiocese have given us the option of designating one section for people who are vaccinated to sit without masks, and another for people who have not been vaccinated to sit with masks we know there are parishioners who will stop attending if this happens. So we are asking for you to keep in mind the need to care for the common good and to exercise care and love for those who are most vulnerable among us and continue with what we have been doing for a few more weeks. It will not be forever. We will send out a message in a few weeks to update everyone when we change this decision.
We are sorry if this upsets some of you, but our goal is to support all of our Parishioners the best we can.
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Please Join us in giving the Gift of Life,
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
In the Large Social Hall
St. Mary Cause of Our Joy Catholic Church
8200 N. Wayne Rd,
Westland, MI, 48185
Register for a time at:
Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!
Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store, Google Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, get rewards and invite friends to join you on a lifesaving team.
Why Attend a Family Gathering?
Families of Parishes evolved with the lay faithful in mind.
- Families of Parishes are for the benefit of lay faithful.
- We are the Body of Christ.
- We are meant to worship as community.
- We need the Sacraments to sanctify and build up the Body of Christ and to give worship to God. CCC 1122
- If there are not enough priests to minister to each individual parish, the grace of the sacraments will not be available to us.
- We need to come together as one Body.
- Come and meet the other parishes in your family, learn about their unique characteristics. Participate in discussions with other members of your family.
- Hear stories from lay persons in dioceses that have already participated in such a transition.
- We learn through the experiences of others.
- Begin the chapter of journeying in faith with many other Catholics in your community.
- You may see them every day but have never met.
- This is what being a joyful missionary disciple is about.
- Be a witness to your faith.
Family Gathering #3, Witness, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 6PM.
This third gathering will encourage Family members to celebrate together as a Family, receiving the grace that comes with confidently witnessing to the Gospel.
St. Thomas the Apostle, 31530 Beechwood St, Garden City, MI 48135