Bible Marathon

Back in 2019 Pope Francis declared thThird Sunday in Ordinary Time to be The Sunday of the Word of GodThis year this this event will fall on the weekend of Jan 21st and 22nd. In honor of this celebration, we are going to try something new; we are going to publicly read the New Testament in 24 hours!

Between Noon on Friday, Jan. 20th, 2023 to Noon on Saturday, Jan. 21st, 2023 we will be reading the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) the translation we read at Mass each week.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), who are the copyright holders of this translation, have granted us permission to live stream this Event on Facebook so people who don’t want to come out on a January night can still share in the event.

 Each hour a pair of people will take turns reading in the Church. We need people to both come and listen, and to actually read. We would like to invite everyone to come out or tune in online for this event. Even better, bring a friend. If you are so inclined, please sign up to read.

If you would like to sign up for a time to read, please go here: Signup Genius
If you want to watch online, please go here: Facebook Live

A Christmas Message from Fr. Shafique

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christmas is the celebration of the Christ Mass. Christmas is the day when we remember, with the celebration of the Mass, that God came as the Christ or the Messiah to be our savior. The celebration of Christmas reminds us that God is with us Emmanuel.

In the past two years we were faced with many spiritual and emotional challenges in our parish community as many experienced the loss of a loved one, the loss of work, the loss of family gatherings, the loss of inperson education or the loss of our communal celebration of the Mass. It has affected us all in different ways. As we grieve and look back, we are called to focus on the newborn Christ, the light of the world. He is here to enlighten us with his light and with his presence with us in the midst of uncertainty. He brings hope in our life. Let us pray that this joy and hope remains with us as we prepare to journey into New Year.

The backbone of our parish are those who volunteer and our staff members. We have a long list of those dedicated and committed members too numerous to mention. As your pastor, I treasure the gift of you and the dedication, sacrifices, and hard work you have shown to make this parish a beacon of Christ’s love and joy and I say THANK YOU. Once again, I ask you to remember your parish church at Christmas. Your continued financial support is sincerely appreciated.

Let us not forget that we are a “Mission Oriented Parish”. This time of the year is a perfect time for you to ask a family member or friend who has stopped attending Mass to come along with you. We are all asked to reach out to those who, for whatever reason, have chosen not to attend Mass or the sacraments.

Allow the light of Christ to penetrate deep into your hearts and souls so that rediscovering your faith, renewing your commitment to Him, you will truly have a blessed and Merry Christmas. May our Lord Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, bless you, your families and loved ones at this blessed time of hope and grace. Maranatha and Don’t be afraid I, together with Deacon Jim Hensel and the parish staff, wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Fr Shafique Masih


We are excited to announce that St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy now has a subscription to FORMED from the Augustine Institute. As a parishioner, you now have access to a premier online platform filled with over 6,000 Catholic studies, movies, audio dramas, talks, e-books, and even cartoons for our children. To join for FREE:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter our parish’s zip code – 48185
  3. Enter your name and your email address

You can enjoy FORMED on your computer, tablet, smart-television, or smartphone. Either by going to their website, or downloading the FORMED app.

Forgotten Harvest

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. Go here to volunteer in July- October HERE

Next Dates:

Tuesday, July 12th
Tuesday, July 26th
Tuesday, August 9th
Tuesday, August 23rd
Tuesday, September 13th
Tuesday, September 27th
Tuesday, October 11th
Tuesday, October 25th

Seeking New Pastoral Council Members

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:

Catholic Biblical School of Michigan

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)

Peace Lab – Vacation Bible School – Canceled

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.

Registration Cost:

  • $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
. 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!

Family of Parishes

Why Attend a Family Gathering?

Families of Parishes evolved with the lay faithful in mind. 

  1. 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.
  2. Hear stories from lay persons in dioceses that have already participated in such a transition. 
    • We learn through the experiences of others.
  3. Begin the chapter of journeying in faith with many other Catholics in your community.
    • You may see them every day but have never met.
  4. 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

Playbook – Families of Parishes

Happy Parish Feast Day!

“The Parish of St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy, inspired by Mary’s “Yes” and led by the Holy Spirit, strives to be a faith-filled community, joyfully welcoming all to witness and to celebrate the Gospel.”

Parish Mission Statement

A Prayer on The Solemnity of Annunciation

Lord Jesus Christ,
Eternal Word,
You became Incarnate as man
in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
You, through whom the universe was created,
began your earthly course,
in the womb of a humble and chaste Virgin.
At the annunciation of this miracle,
Mary responded in faith:
“let it be done to me
according to your word.”
May we who are made new creatures
by your grace,
respond with such faith,
when you call us to your service.

Fr. Shafique named Moderator

We would like to congratulate our Pastor, Fr. Shafique Masih, in being named the Moderator of our local Family of Parishes. Fr. Shafique said he is excited for the chance to grow together with our local family.

West Wayne Vicariate Family 4