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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


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


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).

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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


Signing of the Door on Epiphany

A popular tradition celebrated on Epiphany is the marking with chalk inside the main doorway of a house with the following: 20+C+M+B+18. The writing on the doorway signifies:

20 = the current century

+ = Jesus’ Cross

C = the initial of the Wiseman Casper

M = the initial of the Wiseman Melchior

B = the initial of the Wiseman Balthazar

18 = the current year

As a family writes these initials and numbers over the door, each member makes a promise to look for Jesus until he/she finds Him. They are challenged to look for Jesus in the lives of all people who visit their home. The family also promises all who enter may find Jesus in their home as the family practices virtues of consolation, understanding, hospitality, rest, forgiveness and love.

It is most fitting that we should bless the doors of our home every year in January. The first month of the year gets its name from the Roman God Janus whose name means “gate” or “door” and the first month is the door to the New Year. May it be a happy and truly holy one!

Destination JOY – Chapter 1

steveMy children are now officially grown. My youngest of three just turned 21 years old this past week. “How does this make me feel” you may ask? “OLD!” I might answer. But it also gives me an occasion to look back at life for a bit.

The birthday parties, the vacation trips, the backyard camp-outs, the tickle fests. I can still feel the indescribable feeling of holding my babies in my arms as they slept. The tears as they cried from a hurt or a heart-ache. The pride in their accomplishments. I can still see their joy on Christmas mornings, or when they showed me their successes.

I also remember those times when I really wanted to do something or get something or go somewhere, that were never realized because that time and money was needed for my children and family.

The years of raising my children have been a real, honest to goodness joy. I can’t help but think that they were some of the best years of my life. Strangely, I also seem to remember that they were some of the most difficult times of my life as well. Is this a contradiction? How can something that is so difficult and painful be the most joyous and beloved?

I have come to realize that God, in His generosity, gifts us with talents and abilities that lead us to our vocation. That vocation may be as a parent, or a sister/brother, a teacher, a friend, etc. Whatever those callings may turn out to be, it is in the doing of them that we find our joy. A teacher may spend countless hours on one specific child, reading, explaining, teaching, encouraging. A real chore, but when that child succeeds, there is no greater joy to that teacher’s heart. An athlete may achieve a championship after grueling hours of physical training and practice, but the heart of that athlete is satisfied. A parent may spend a lifetime of teaching, sacrificing, and loving, have their heart crushed and lifted to unbelievable heights, spend uncounted dollars on their children, but in the end, what else would bring real joy to a parent?

Part of our vocation, our calling, is to be God’s children. To be our Lord’s people. So, what is it that fills that heart? As God’s people, what would you spend time on, sacrifice and cry for? What would you spend hours training for that would satisfy your heart? What would be worth all the effort needed to accomplish something that would fill you with joy?

When you reach that mile marker in your life, and you have accomplished something difficult and painful, what would cause you, as God’s child, to look back at it and despite all that pain and effort say to yourself: “YES! Given the choice, I would do that all over again!”

What would you sacrifice for? What would satisfy your hungry heart? What would bring you JOY?

During this season of generosity, of peace and love, think about it, think about how you would arrive at your destination and find joy. Any ideas?
Steve Reyes

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! May the birth of Jesus bring you peace and joy. This miracle of God’s love for us fills our hearts and lives with the awareness that God is with us in all of the daily events of our lives.

There is a commercial on television that states “Christmas is families”. Although I understand the sentiment, Christmas is much more than that. I remember the first Christmas I spent away from my family. I was already in my 30’s. I was living in Italy for 6 months, studying Italian. I was asked to help out at a parish near Milano, where I was living, in a village named Busto Garolfo, about 15 miles from Milano. On Christmas Eve, I went early to the parish and spent more than 10 hours hearing confessions. What an experience that was. The last stretch was the 3 or 4 hours just prior to midnight Mass. By the time Mass was to begin, I was exhausted.

The next day, after the Masses, I went to the home of a good friend and fellow PIME missionary. I spent the day with them, enjoying an Italian feast that lasted hours. I remember that the last course before desert was steaks of horse meat. I remember that I was already full and that I tried just a small piece of the meat. Of course, with the wine and bread and all of the other delicacies, from the antipasto to the pasta to the variety of meat dishes, I was content. Much more, however, I hadn’t been with my biological family but I was able to spend the day with family. It was an amazing day filled with many moments I won’t forget. The following day, I traveled to Rome to welcome my sister, who was arriving from the States to spend a week in Italy, including New Year’s Day. The next 13 years, I spent Christmas in Japan. December 25 is a typical work and school day in Japan, and so I had to get creative in those years.

From this experience, I learned that Christmas is more than just family. The love of God surrounds us wherever we are and with whomever we are. Even if we are alone, we are never really alone. Emmanuel, God is with us!

Fr. Ken