Fr. Mike’s vision recognized by Detroit Catholic

Detroit Catholic just published an article regarding Fr. Mike’s vision to honor Wyandotte’s historic Catholic churches by replacing the existing windows at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wyandotte.

“It was Fr. Michael’s vision to beautify the church. His legacy to the church was this idea,” Fr. McCarrick said. “He spent 15 years at this parish. As priests, we are all aware that we only pass through the parish for a period of time, but the church still belongs to the people.”

Read the complete story – CLICK HERE

To see the windows that are available in our Stained Glass Window brochure, CLICK HERE

Religious Education Teachers Needed!

Have you ever thought of being a Catechist?

Our Religious Education program is looking for Catholics willing to share the Gospel message to the young members of the Body of Christ.

Are you feeling a calling from God to help serve?

Contact the Religious Education office for more information:

734-285-9840, ext. 102.

Scholarship Applications

St. Vincent Pallotti Parish Scholarship

for Catholic Education

The 2020-2021 Scholarship applications are now available in the parish office or by clicking on the links below. Criteria for the scholarships are included in these documents.

A Tuition Grant Application must be filled out and dropped off at the parish office by July 31, 2020.

 

Scholarship Letter 2020 – COVID-19 Updated

Scholarship Tuition Application 2020 – COVID-19 Updated

Parish news alerts on your phone!

Best way for us to communicate with you is with our Parish App…. please download so you don’t miss important information from the Parish and the Archdiocese of Detroit.

 

Keeping Sunday Holy in a time without Mass

March 2020 – This will be a Lent we all remember. In the midst of the growing spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization has described as a global pandemic, all Sunday and weekday Masses have been suspended in Archdiocese of Detroit and in many other local churches, including the churches of our Chaldean brothers and sisters in Metro Detroit.

For many of us, Sunday Mass is a staple of our week and our spiritual life. We look forward to Sunday as a day of rest and a day to worship God in the way most pleasing to him, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Less than one year ago, our local shepherd released a pastoral note titled The Day of the Lord. This was an encouragement and a challenge to us to live Sunday as a something different, as something holy. When it is not possible for us to participate at Mass, how can we still keep holy the Lord’s Day?

1. Watch a livestream of the Mass
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will be livestreaming Mass without a congregation from the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 12 p.m. every Sunday. Gather as a family or by yourself, and watch the Mass.

While digital participation can never replace actual presence at Mass, livestream Mass is a great way of keeping our connection with the Mass when it is not possible to be there in person. We can make an offering in our heart to be united spiritually to this offering, which is more spiritually efficacious than any other prayer. We should silence our phones, eliminate (as best we can!) distractions in our home, and try to give all of our attention to what is happening at the Mass so we can fully participate in this remote way.

There are several ways to watch Mass on TV or through the internet such as EWTN and Catholic TV Network. Numerous places, such as Mary’s Shrine in Washington, D.C., local churches (St. Vincent Pallotti Parish) and the Solanus Casey Center are offering livestream Masses as well.

2. Make a spiritual communion
An ancient practice of the Church for those who cannot be present at Mass is to make a spiritual communion. We have a simple prayer you can pray with longing in your heart to be united to Jesus. I know many who are too ill to attend Mass regularly, imprisoned, or in places where they are prevented from participating at Mass because of persecution or a shortage of priests have the regular practice of making a weekly — or daily — spiritual communion.

A Prayer for Spiritual Communion

“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, Come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.”

3. Read the Sunday readings as a family
These can easily be found at usccb.org/bible by clicking on “Today’s Readings.” Magnificat (a daily prayer book) is also offering free digital resources during this time, including the Sunday readings and a reflection.

Reading Scripture individually or together with others — especially in our families — is an excellent spiritual practice. In fact, Archbishop Vigneron’s pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel, calls for Catholics to “commit to forming your family in the love and power of sacred Scripture by placing it at the center of your family life. Study and reflect on Scripture, especially on the Sunday readings.”

One easy way to do this is through a new resource called “52 Sundays.” You can find discussion questions (and a whole lot more) to spark a conversation in your family or with others about the Gospel reading. By thinking about the readings, asking questions, and listening to how God might respond in your heart, the Sunday readings can provide spiritual nourishment to you and your loved ones. During this time of “social distancing,” you could also reach out to a friend from church to have this conversation together.

4. Check in on those around you
Because those who are older are most susceptible to complications from COVID-19, health official are encouraging them to minimize their time away from home. It is a great act of charity to reach out to these brothers and sisters in our faith communities to check in on them with a simple phone call. Do they need groceries or help with something in their homes? Caring for each other — especially those who are most vulnerable during this time — is a demand of the Gospel. It is the enactment of our life as joyful missionary disciples.

5. Pray a family Rosary
Unleash the Gospel also calls for families to reclaim the Rosary as a way to be united to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church. She is the perfect model of a disciple and our great intercessor.

Fr. Stephen Pullis is director of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Department of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship.

Coronavirus Precautions

March 11, 2020 –

As a Church, one of our sacred duties is to look after the health and safety of the community in our parishes and schools. Part of that duty is to help prevent and respond to infectious diseases that may be in the community.

In light of growing concerns about the coronavirus and its effects on those who have contracted the disease, we ask each of our parishes and schools to implement the following precautionary measures to help prevent the transmission of any virus.

FOR PARISHES:
  • Urge the faithful to stay home from Mass if they are experiencing any signs of illness. Ensure your community that in this cold/flu season, and especially in light of concerns about coronavirus, an individual does not commit any sin by avoiding Mass to protect others from the potential spread of illness.
  • For those who do attend Mass, we recommend congregations suspend the practice of shaking hands during the Sign of Peace or elsewhere, and of holding hands during the Our Father.
  • We recommend emptying (and cleaning) all holy water fonts.
  • We recommend our parishes suspend offering parishioners the Cup of the Most Precious Blood during Holy Eucharist, out of an abundance of caution. If this is a regular practice at your parish, it may help to remind the faithful that the Consecrated Host is the full Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ, meaning an individual does not need to receive from the Cup in order to achieve full Communion with Christ.
  • The Office of Christian Worship has provided prayer resources including a prayer for the sick, a prayer for an end to the coronavirus and information on Acts of Spiritual Communion for those unable to attend Mass

Coronavirus Preparedness Recommendations

Letter from Fr. Jeffrey Day

Archdiocese of Detroit

February 28, 2020

Dear Fathers,

As a Church, one of our sacred duties is to look after the health and safety of the community gathered each day for worship and prayer in our parishes. Part of that duty is to help prevent and respond to infectious diseases that may be in the community. In light of growing concerns about the coronavirus and its effects on those who have contracted the disease, we ask each of our parishes to implement the following precautionary measures to help prevent the transmission of any virus:

• Urge the faithful to stay home from Mass if they are experiencing signs of illness. Ensure your community that in this cold/flu season, and especially in light of concerns about coronavirus, an individual does not commit any sin by avoiding Mass to protect others from potential spread of illness.
• For those who do attend Mass, we recommend congregations suspend the practice of shaking hands during the Sign of Peace or elsewhere, and of holding hands during the Our Father.
• We recommend emptying (and cleaning) all holy water fonts.
• We recommend our parishes suspend offering parishioners the Cup of the Most Precious Blood during Holy Eucharist, out of an abundance of caution. If this is a regular practice at your parish, it may help to remind the faithful that the Consecrated Host is the full Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ, meaning an individual does not need to receive from the Cup in order to achieve full Communion with Christ.

Click here for more suggestions and information about the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please know that the Archdiocese of Detroit has been, and will continue to, monitor news concerning the coronavirus. We are preparing for any potential impact on our parishes, schools, and other ministries, and will follow any recommendations from local, state and federal officials. In the event that the virus is detected locally, we will communicate detailed plans and provide further assistance.

Fraternally yours in Christ

Fr. Jeff Day
Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

Archdiocese of Detroit

 

St. John Paul II Classical Catholic School – Open for registration!

Welcome to the St. John Paul II Classical Catholic School for the upcoming 2019/2020 school year!

Located in Lincoln Park next to Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Riverbank.

This classical approach to education is conveniently laid  out in three stages of development known collectively as the Trivium (Latin for “a meeting of three roads”), which are grammar, logic and rhetoric. The study of Latin, art and music are integrated throughout all three stages of the Trivium.

These foundations of classical education successfully equip young people to faithfully navigate today’s secular and rapidly changing world.

Whether you are new to the community and thinking about your children receiving a Catholic education, or currently have children at St. John Paul II School, we welcome you explore this new approach in the classical school way.

Visit the website at www.jp2catholic.com for registration forms and more details!

 

Unleash the Gospel – Prayer for the Next Phase

Light most blessed, shine with grace
In our hearts most sacred place,
Fill your faithful through and through!
Left without your presence here,
Life itself would disappear,
Nothing thrives apart from you!Pentecost Sequence
Twelfth Century

Prayer for the Next Phase of Unleash the Gospel

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the abundant graces of Synod 16:
for awakening in us the vision
and resolve to become again your Church on mission,
eagerly working together to “make disciples of all nations,”
according to our commission from the Lord Jesus.Pour out upon us your Holy Spirit, as at a new Pentecost,
to guide us in our next phase
in our movement to Unleash the Gospel.
By his power at work in us, transform our parishes
into bands of joyful missionary disciples.

Come Holy Spirit:
Set our hearts on fire to share the Good News of Jesus
with all those who stumble in darkness,
who hunger for hope, who thirst for eternal life.
Above all, grant us the boldness and courage of the apostles
to put the mission above all else, so that our community becomes
the spark to ignite the fire of divine love
that transforms this time and place
into the Kingdom of Heaven.

We pray through the intercession of
Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelization,
and her mother, our Patron, St. Anne;
and in the spirit of Blessed Solanus
we thank ahead of time
for “accomplishing in us far more than all we ask or imagine.”

We ask all of this in the all-powerful name of the Lord, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns forever. Amen.

Intercessions

For Archbishop Vigneron and the Unleash the Gospel Council, that the Holy Spirit showers them with a renewed fervor as they lead the Church of Detroit in a new Pentecost.

For the partner parishes in the Missionary Strategic Plan process and the Unleash the Gospel missionaries, that the Holy Spirit will inspire them to have a boldness in outreach that will bring faith in Jesus to all in their communities.

For families, singles and senior citizens, that the Holy Spirit will refresh and renew them in this season of grace and new growth.

 

Catholic Goods Store

135 Superior Blvd., Wyandotte

Located in the school offices of the old St. Patrick School building.

If you haven’t stopped by our store recently, you will be surprised by the items that are available. Missal sets, rosaries, First Communion gifts, Confirmation gifts, Easter items and cards, statues, books, prayer cards and other religious items.

Hours: Saturday 10:00 am – 12 pm

Please wear mask when shopping, thank you.

For more information, call the store manager at 313-802-5934.