Merry Christmas

and Happy Blessed New Year from Fr. Mike and Fr. Brendan here at St. Vincent Pallotti Parish. Please join us for Christmas Masses on Christmas Eve at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and Christmas Day, 8:00 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Blessings to you and your family during this Christmas season!

 

 

Synod 16

A Synod is both an event and a process that sees people – clergy, religious, and laity – gather to discuss important matters of the faith. Synods are transformative events that lead to renewal in the Church’s life. After a Synod takes place, the church emerges different, changed.

Synod 16 takes place November 18, 19 and 20 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.

* Pray for all those involved with the Synod.

* Pray for our Archdiocese.

* Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Synod Prayer – God our Father, you have called us to be witnesses to Jesus and have sent us on a mission to lead all people to encounter him. Send your Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds and enkindle our hearts, so that we may grow daily as your disciples. Empower us to face bravely the challenges of our time. Keep us close to you, together with Jesus your Son, Mary our Mother, and St. Anne our patroness as we engage in Synod 16 to Unleash the Gospel. Transform us into a band of joyful missionary disciples, who will bring the message of Jesus’ power and mercy to every person in southeast Michigan. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Commitment Weekends

“Honoring our Past, Believing in our Future”

Commitment Weekends: October 1 and 2; October 8 and 9

We have designated October 1 & 2 and October 8 & 9 as Commitment Weekends at St. Vincent Pallotti Parish. On those weekends, parishioners will have the opportunity to make their pledges in support of our capital campaign to replace both church roofs and to make other needed repairs and upgrades to the churches. Please help get the campaign off to a successful start in our efforts to raise $1.2 million over the next three years to pay for the repairs and upgrades to our churches. We are grateful for your generous support of the parish and this important campaign.

st-joseph-church  St. Joseph Church full

St. Patrick Church 2015a   st-patrick-church-interior-2015

 

 

John Paul II Catholic School

Classes have started!

Excitement and joy for both teachers, and yes, the children, as they began their school year on August 24, 2016. Fr. Mike, the school delegate for this year, was on hand to visit the children and teachers. God Bless them all for a very successful and faith filled school year!

Learning ~ Growing ~ Believing ~ Succeeding

At John Paul II, the goal is to support families in the education and faith formation of their children.  We are committed to helping children grow in their understanding and love for God.  We strive to help children learn about the world around them and to develop the skills that are necessary to succeed in today’s world.

To learn more information on enrollment for your child, visit their website at www.jp2.com or click here!

To view pictures taken on the first day, visit the photo album on St. Vincent Pallotti Parish website by clicking here!

St. Vincent Pallotti Parish – Roof repair project

August 20, 2016 – Letter to Parishioners regarding roof repair projects at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Churches.

This letter was inserted into the Bulletin the weekend of August 20/21, 2016 for all to read regarding the current plans for the roof repairs at both worship sites. It is also listed here for those that may have missed it.

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St. Vincent Pallotti Parish

Wyandotte, Michigan

Roof repair projects at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Churches

Dear Parishioners & Friends,

Last Thursday, August 18, 2016, was the 1 year anniversary of the temporary closure of St. Patrick Church, due to a small portion of the ceiling falling onto the sanctuary steps. After careful inspection of the entire ceiling by a buildings specialist, 90% of the ceiling at St. Patrick Church was deemed to be unsafe. It came as a great surprise that the roof on St. Patrick’s Church is the original roof put on the church 160 years ago. The average life of a slate roof is 90 / 100 years. On May 4, the Archbishop & his Consultors gave us permission to put a new roof on St. Patrick Church. We will repair some roof decking and replace all the gutters and downspouts. We have bid out this contract to 5 companies. We have now chosen the contractor. We know the cost. We know that once the work begins, Phase 1 of this overall project will be completed in 90 days.

St. Joseph Church has its share of roof problems too, which has led to serious ceiling and wall damage from water getting into the building in recent years. Over the last 12 months, we have had extensive studies carried out by professionals to identify the exact problem with the roof, the walls, the flashing and gutters. Basically, St. Joseph Church needs a new roof, new gutters and downspouts, and the whole building resealed with new flashing that will waterproof the building for the next 50 years.

Our architect, Jay Sarnacki & Associates, has drawn up job / work specifications for St. Patrick Church and St. Joseph Church. These documents were sent out to contractors for bidding. The bids have now come back. We were surprised at the new cost for St. Joseph Church roof replacement and repairs. We originally thought it might be around $175,000. Unfortunately the cost to replace the roof and carry out all the other essential repairs will be $347,760. That price is $172,760 more than was anticipated. This means I have to go back to the Consultors of the Archdiocese on August 31 and seek their approval for that extra $172,760 needed to complete Phase 1 of the Buildings Project at St. Joseph Church.

On the back of this letter is a detailed outline of Phase 1 of our Parish Buildings Project for both Churches. One company will do the work at both Churches at the same time in 90 days from the start date. We hope the roof repair work at both worship sites will begin by mid to late September.

Sarnacki & Associates are currently drawing up the job / work specifications for the internal repairs and painting of both churches. This is Phase II of this challenging buildings project. These documents will be sent out for bidding to contractors by mid-September. By mid-October, we should know the costs involved in repairing the interior of both churches and the contractor who will carry out these repairs. We will have to return to the Archbishop and his Consultors at that time and present a detailed report on the total cost of Phase II and how we are going to pay for it.

The Archdiocese has given us permission to run a Capital Campaign to raise 1.2 million dollars (tax free). This campaign begins very soon. Certainly we will use some of our parish savings to cover part of this Buildings Project. I encourage everyone to try and support the Capital Campaign. Both Churches need our help. We had 6 churches in Wyandotte 10 years ago. The Archdiocese has given us an opportunity to keep two churches open in our parish for the foreseeable future. I truly encourage everyone to seize this amazing opportunity, by supporting the Capital Campaign. Let us prove that we can continue to be one parish with different traditions, serving God and His mission, under two new church roofs in mutual love and respect. That’s the invitation and opportunity we have been handed. Let’s get on with the challenge so that our two beautiful Wyandotte churches, which are presently in our care, can continue to serve us and many generations to come.

Your Pastor,

Fr. Mike Cremin SAC.

 

Phase 1 – Roof Repairs

for St. Joseph and St. Patrick Churches of Wyandotte

St. Joseph Church    
Reroof Upper Roof with standing seam metal roof   $116,240
  Remove existing membrane roof    
  Repair roof deck as needed    
  Install metal roof material    
  Replace existing gutters and downspouts    
       
Reroof Lower Roof with standing seam metal roof   75,630
  Remove existing membrane roof    
  Repair roof deck as needed    
  Install metal roof material    
  Replace existing gutters and downspouts    
       
Miscellaneous Wall Repairs:   155,890
  Reseal coping sealant joints    
  Repoint brick mortar joints    
  Replace windows perimeter sealant joints    
  Seal glass-to-metal joints in art glass windows    
  Replace transparent panels over art glass windows    
  Rout stones’ mortar joints and replace with sealant    
  Clean copper stains from stones    
  Replace through-wall flashing (includes removing 5 courses of brick, replacing flashing and re-install bricks)    
      ————-
  TOTAL ST. JOSEPH   $347,760
       
St. Patrick Church    
Replace roof (including bell tower) with asphalt shingles   $214,250
  Remove existing slate roof    
  Repair roof deck as needed    
  Install asphalt shingles    
  Replace existing gutters and downspouts    
      ————-
  TOTAL – ROOF REPLACEMENTS   $562,010

 

 

 

World Youth Day Pilgrims return home!

The WYD Pilgrims arrived safe and sound Tuesday night, August 2. They have so many stories to tell of their pilgrimage, we can’t wait to hear them! Thank you to all who supported them and have kept them in your prayers while on this pilgrimage. God Bless you!

Click here for a day by day pictorial of their journey.

World Youth Day

Our Pilgrims have left the building!

After 2 and half years of planning, fundraising (Strolling Dinners), and other events, our 11 pilgrims and 6 chaperones have arrived safely in Austria. They will visit some historical sites, visit a few more cities, then onto Krakow Poland for the WYD festivities.

They couldn’t have done it without your love and support. God Bless You!

Stay tuned to this page for updates everyday as their pilgrimage continues through July 31, 2016.

 

World Youth Day Resource Page

With resources from the Catholic Apostolate Center, we offer family, friends, parents and World Youth Day Leaders and our youth, these various links to deepen your pilgrimage experience. 

 

 

Click on this picture to bring you to the resource page:

World Youth Day 2016

Also check in on this page every Wednesday for the latest Blog from our Pilgrims!

 

Happy Birthday

Today we celebrate the 221st birthday of St. Vincent Pallotti.

The life of St. Vincent Pallotti gives us much to celebrate. With his emphasis on the infinite love of God, St. Vincent Pallotti understood the important role of collaboration among clergy, religious, and laity. He urged all to become apostles of Jesus Christ, what some in the Church call today “missionary disciples.”

St. Vincent Pallotti, pray for us and help us to revive faith, rekindle charity and form apostles!

Grief Support Group

Starting April 28 through June 2, 2016

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

St. Patrick School building – Room 2

135 Superior Blvd., Wyandotte

(corner of Superior and Second St.)

Losing someone you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness you’re experiencing will never let up. These are normal reactions to a significant loss. But while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you and permit you to move on.

Our parish has a grief support group that offers a place to meet with others who are experiencing grief in one way or another.

If you feel you’d like to come and join the group, you are welcome to attend. If you are not ready, there will be another session in the Fall.

The sessions will meet on Thursdays for 6 weeks. Each session will last for an hour and a half, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. beginning April 28.

At each session there will be a suggested theme such as coping with grief, health issues, and managing anxiety. The sessions are led by Joe Ososkie, a licensed social worker. The main objective is to provide a safe, comfortable environment where people can receive and provide support. Literature and a lending library will be available.

Refreshments will also be provided. There is no cost to attend this group.

For more information or to sign up, please contact the Parish Office at 734-285-9840,ext. 108.