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Blood Drive – Wed. 8/1/18

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, Aug 1, 2018
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
In the Large Social Hall

Drive Details:

St. Mary Cause of Our Joy Catholic Church
8200 N. Wayne Rd,
Westland, MI, 48185

Click here to make an appointment

All donors will receive a digital $5.00 Amazon gift card. Make your donation faster. Go to 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

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.

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What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a Catholic program or education intended to instruct in the Catholic Faith those who are seeking to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church through Baptism and/or Confirmation and Holy Communion. RCIA is your compass to the Catholic Faith.

Who should look into RCIA?

  • Anyone not yet baptized.
  • Anyone baptized but not as a Catholic.
  • Anyone baptized as a Catholic who did not yet receive First Communion or Confirmation.
  • Fully initiated Catholics seeking fuller catechetical knowledge of their Catholic Faith.
  • Anyone at all looking to learn more about Christianity.

The RCIA program is led by a team who will help guide participants on their Faith Journey. In addition, participants will also have a sponsor to pray with them and guide them throughout the process. The process consists of four phases:

INQUIRY

Initially, participants will learn the RCIA process and overview of the faith to discern whether this is the step they wish to take at this point in their lives.

CATECHUMENATE 

Participants attend a number of classes to learn the fundamentals of the Roman Catholic Church to develop a prayer life and foster conversion.

ENLIGHTENMENT

Participants focus on self-examination, repentance and prayer in preparation for their entry into the Church.

MYSTAGOGIA

Following the rite of initiation at the Easter Vigil, the participants are asked to define the next steps of their journey in faith. The new Catholics are encouraged to get involved in the Parish Ministries and to worship with the community they choose to join on the weekends.

If you think you might be interested in knowing more about the Catholic Faith, please call the Parish office at 734-425-4421.

Shop Kroger, Help SVdP

Shop at Kroger, Help Our SVdP

You can help our St. Vincent de Paul every time you use your Kroger Plus card!

Have your a Kroger Plus card handy (or get one from the customer service desk at any Kroger) and go to

at krogercommunityrewards.com:

  • You will need to Sign In or Register as a ‘New Customer’.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Enter “47927” as their NPO number
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.

Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 877-576-7587 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

Now every time you swipe your Kroger Plus card you will be helping those in need in your community.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy Conference thanks you!

Catholic Services Appeal – CSA

The 2018 Catholic Services Appeal is underway. Gifts to the CSA make possible a wealth of ministries, programs, and services that touch the lives of thousands throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit each day.

This year’s CSA theme, Opening Doors to GROW WITH CHRIST, reflects our Holy Father’s invitation to all Catholics to renew their personal relationships with our Savior, as “the joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.”

If you have already pledged your gift to the 2018 CSA, thank you! If you have yet to make your gift, please prayerfully consider generously supporting this year’s effort. You may pledge your gift online at give.aodcsa.org. Your gift has a tremendous impact to countless beneficiaries to CSA-funded services in Southeast Michigan and beyond.

Please support this year’s Catholic Services Appeal by completing your pledge card and dropping it into the collection basket or mailing it to the parish office. You can also visit our site at: http://stmarycooj.aodcsa.org.

Thank you!

Virtue of Humility

When Jesus wants to teach us how a Christian should be (even though there were no “Christians” at the time of Jesus), he tells us very little. Instead, he showed us. He does so by feeding the hungry, by welcoming the stranger. The love that Christ shows to others is boundless, and it surpasses anything that we can imagine. It is not always easy to understand, however God often expresses His infinite love in small, tender ways, rather than in bulky methods. The goodness and tenderness of God is most often expressed in small ways.

It would be easier to see God’s presence in mighty deeds, like the raising of a dead person to life or some seemingly miraculous sight overhead. That would almost make things too easy to believe. Instead, we need to find God’s presence in the small and easy-to-overlook simple occurrences in our daily life. In the Old Testament, we hear that the people were looking for the voice of God in the great and mighty wind, but it was not there. They sought it in the earthquake, but that was not God’s voice. Afterwards, there was a fire, but alas, God’s voice was not there. Then came the voice of God in a whisper, a gentle blowing of the wind. There was the voice of God.

We don’t need to be in the forefront, always in charge and in positions where we are seen to live a good Christian life. Working in the background, without even expressing our opinions or getting the recognition is what it means to live a Christian life. Often times those who are looking for attention step forward; they seem to be the “super” Christians. That is not the example that Jesus gave us.

A good friend of mine was the Rector of our PIME International Theology School for a number of years. I remember that I would often tell him, “Make sure you teach our future priests the virtue of humility”. He would chuckle and respond, “You can’t teach humility”. Maybe you can’t teach it, but you sure can model it, not only for future priests but for all who choose to serve the Lord. God is present in the littleness and tenderness of our actions.

Fr. Ken

Parish Directory – Online Sign Up

Missed signing up for your photo in the Parish Directory?

Monday through Friday you can do it online!

Go to: https://www.ucdir.com/
Click: “Photography Appointment”
Church Code: MI1117
Password: Photos

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Photography Dates

  • May 16th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm – All times FILLED!
  • May 17th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm – All times FILLED!
  • May 18th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm – All times FILLED!
  • May 19th 10:30 am – 4:00 pm – All times FILLED!
  • June 5th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • June 6th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • June 7th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • June 8th 2:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • June 9th 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

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The Annunciation, Our Parish Feast

I’m still basking in the rays of warmth of the Risen Lord! I hope you are as well. Our Holy Week celebrations were awesome and inspiring. Thank you to everyone who helped out to make them so beautiful. I dare not begin to mention groups and names for fear that I would leave some one out. God knows who you are!

Tomorrow, April 9, is the feast of our parish, the Annunciation. It was transferred from March 25, which was during Holy Week this year. This Sunday (March 8, 2018) after the 12:00 Noon Mass we will have a prayer service in honor of Our Lady, followed by a report of the parish and a lunch. I hope that you are planning to attend.

It has been almost two years since our parish was founded. We have grown a lot in this time, thanks be to the grace of God. As I stressed during the parish report last year, if we do what God wants us to, He will shower his blessings and grace upon us. There is no doubt. Looking back upon these past 21 months, I can see how we have flourished under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We do not know where the Spirit will lead us, and so we must remain open to that guidance, trusting that God knows what is best for us. This can be an exhilarating experience, even if it is a little bit frightful. Our faith helps to remove the fear and anxiety, and at the same allows us to trust. We need not be concerned about the little things that seem big to us. God asks us to look at the big picture, the entirety. And when we do so, we realize the innumerable blessings that we have received. It humbles me.

We must also realize that our priority is to look outward, instead of inward. We are called to be that “joyful band of missionary disciples”. Let us continue to pray for the breath of the Holy Spirit and the guidance that will be even more exhilarating than what we have experienced up until now.
Fr. Ken

Save the Date

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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!

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 youthministry@stmarycooj.org

 

PDF Form: Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Important News – Feb. 5-9th

We will have construction in the Church from Feb. 5th to the 9th. Because of this the following changes will be made:

  • Daily Mass will be held in the Parish Social Hall (Monday, Feb. 5th – Friday, Feb. 9th)
  • There will be NO Eucharistic Exposition on Friday, Feb. 9th.
  • There will be no Cards and Coffee on Wednesday, Feb. 7th or Wednesday, Feb. 14th (ASH WEDNESDAY).