After carefully consideration, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron is extending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021 for people living in or visiting the Archdiocese of Detroit. As we have from the beginning, we will continue to closely monitor the situation in our region, with an eye on the day – hopefully in the not-to-distant future – when all of us are able to safely reunite in our normal patterns of worship. Whether or not they are able to attend Mass, all baptized Catholics are reminded of the grave necessity they have to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Lord God, we adore you because you have come to us in the past.
You have spoken to us in the Law of Israel.
You have challenged us in the words of the prophets.
You have shown us in Jesus what you are really like.
Lord God, we adore you because you still come to us now.
You come to us through other people and their love and concern for us.
You come to us through men and women who need our help.
You come to us as we worship you with your people.
Lord God, we adore you because you will come to us at the end.
You will be with us at the hour of death.
You will still reign supreme when all human institutions fail.
You will still be God when our history has run its course.
We welcome you, the God who comes.
Come to us now in the power of Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Caryl Micklem, “Contemporary Prayers for Public Worship”
Greetings and Salutations,
Let us remember the two greatest commandments Jesus gave us… You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. In your prayer time this week visit in the Bible Luke 10:27.
We as Catholics can change the world living these words!
Attention All Faith Formation Families…Materials are ready for pick up for GRADES 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 on Monday, October 19th from 6:00pm-7:00pm. If a family is not available on this day and time; please call me and we will set a day and time that you are available. Thank you! Grades 2, 7, 8 materials will be ready on Monday, November 23rd their first day back. Thank you! Also, FF Families please know; our class session times for grades K-7 have changed by 15 minutes beginning on November 23rd and continuing for the new year. Class time will be for the 2020/21 year 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Grade 8 remains at the regular time of 6:00pm to 7:15pm.
Peace and Blessings,
Last weekend three RCIA candidates were given the Sacrament of Confirmation and brought into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. We would like to congratulate Daniel Cosman, Ian Quinn, and John Zasa. Normally this would have taken place at the Easter Vigil, but was delayed this year because of Covid-19.
We would like to thank Kathy Birchfield, and everyone else who assisted in our RCIA program this last year.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In this time of uncertainty, I hope this note finds you happy and safe. At the end of August we will be saying good bye to Fr. Joe Plawecki, our long time Priest in Residence. Fr. Joe will be taking over as administrator of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westland on the first of September. While we are happy for Fr. Joe to get his new assignment, this will also mean that he will not be available to help me cover Masses on the weekend.
This leaves us in a sticky situation. I have also been looking into the option of paying a retired priest to say a Mass every weekend. While this is an option, it will get very expensive quickly. With the low Mass numbers so low during this time of Covid-19 era, I can not justify that we need three Masses on Sunday.
I have been praying about this problem for months, and have spoken to both our staff, and parishioners to get input. At this time it seems like the best route is, starting in September, to change the Sunday Mass schedule to 9:00 and 11:00 am. When restrictions are lifted, and people are returning to Mass we may revisit this schedule, but I feel that this if the best move for our parish at this time.
Father Shafique Masih
Please remember in your prayers today those who were involved in the 2009 Gojra Riots. On August 1st of that year eight Christians lost their lives in anti-Christian riots. Many of us have heard Fr. Shafique speak of the events that happened in Gojra town in the Punjab province of Pakistan while he was the Pastor at the time.
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest…”
On the 4th of July, Americans celebrate the gift of freedom which we believe is a gift from God,
a gift which many Americans have died to protect. Many countries around the world like to
speak of rights and freedoms, but perhaps only in the USA is it truly, in actual fact, a land of
opportunity. I have lived in a few countries, and the more I travel the more I realize the
United States of America must be a gift from God where anyone can come and seek life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in a singularly unique way.
We therefore owe the Lord Jesus Christ our gratitude, who died on the cross that we might
be set free from sin. The most holy Eucharist is not only a sacrifice of expiation but one
of gratitude, and how appropriate we should thank God for our country through the sacred
liturgy. We should be grateful to all our troops who have served, and some have even given
the very high cost of their lives, dying to protect our freedom.
On this Independence Day weekend, we reflect upon the great gift of freedom God has
bestowed upon our country and we take time to say, “Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to
be free. May we always cherish this gift of freedom and never take it for granted. May we
make responsible decisions, decisions that will reflect our love for you and all your
creation. May we continue to work for peace and justice, not just here in our own land but
for all people throughout the world. You created us and we know that we are brother and
sister to each other. Help us to treat one another accordingly. Amen.”
Happy 4th of July 2020
Fr. Shafique Masih
Our Little Free Pantry is finally here!
Thank you Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Kohler #15204 for building it for us!
We hope everyone in our community will use this box, both to bring food, but also to take food when they need a little help. Look for it next to our office building!
"For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink..." Matthew 25:35
“Take what you need, leave what you can.”
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I write today with gratitude for the many blessings God has granted the Archdiocese of Detroit during our missionary journey. Six years ago, we asked God to send his Holy Spirit upon us in a New Pentecost, to fill us with an unshakable inner conviction of the truth of the Gospel and a love that compels us to share the good news with those around us. Two years later, through Synod ‘16 we received clarity that God wanted us to reclaim our Church’s missionary identity and we set out with a promise to trust and follow him.
We began in earnest the work of a generation, to unleash the Gospel in southeast Michigan and beyond. Last year, we announced the next phase of this missionary movement, a plan to transform our parishes and schools, making them places where individuals and families can encounter Jesus anew, grow as disciples, and be equipped as witnesses of the Risen Christ.
This continues to be our mission today, even now in the midst of a historic pandemic. The current health and economic crises have disrupted our lives and the life of the Church. This new reality has exacerbated some of the challenges we were already facing. Even before the pandemic, we knew that the way we function in our parishes needed to change. In addition to the shortage of priests available to serve in our parishes and the shortage of vocations for future ordinations, the parish structures we inherited served our mission well in the past, but they needed to be renewed and aligned for mission.
And so, in prayer and in consultation with others, I’ve discerned that now is the time to respond in faith to the challenges we face and to take the necessary steps to better equip our parish communities for mission. Over the next two years, parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit will join together to form new groupings called “families of parishes.” These groups – these families – of three to six parishes will work together and share human and material resources to further advance our shared mission. This new model will allow groups of priests, deacons, and lay staff to better share their gifts and talents with their entire parish families.
We are not the same diocese we were six years ago when we began this journey. God has been at work in us, in our communities, in our parishes, and in our schools. We have learned to be more docile to the Holy Spirit. We have learned to walk with apostolic boldness and confidence in God. We are committed to working in a spirit of innovation and collaboration. And most importantly, we have resolved to place Christ and his mission above all else.
Over the next several months, groups of clergy and lay faithful will help me discern the leadership and governance structure of the families of parishes and the ways in which this new structure will help all our parishes become vibrant posts of missionary activity. At Advent, my hope is to announce the groups of parishes that will form each family, with the first of them expected to begin to function as a family in July of 2021.
I invite you to visit the website http://www.familiesofparishes.org to learn more about this process and to sign up for updates. Please join me in praying for this very important step in the life and mission of our local Church. Let us give thanks to God ahead of time for the great work he is doing in our midst. God is with us. He has given us his Holy Spirit as the initiator, guide, and driving force of our mission.
Blessed Solanus Casey, Detroit’s own priest, pray for us. Our Lady of Lourdes, protector of the sick, pray for us. And dear St. Anne, patron of our Archdiocese, pray for us.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit