The Department of Communications shares the following statements from U.S. bishops confirming the moral permissibility of two new COVID-19 vaccines, as well as a Detroit Catholic story about the statements and vaccines.
Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St. Joseph”
With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from today, December 8th, 2020 to December 8th, 2021
Click Here to read the full article from Vatican News!
OF THE HOLY FATHER
ON THE 150th ANNIVERSARY
OF THE PROCLAMATION OF SAINT JOSEPH
AS PATRON OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH
WITH A FATHER’S HEART: that is how Joseph loved Jesus, whom all four Gospels refer to as “the son of Joseph”.
Matthew and Luke, the two Evangelists who speak most of Joseph, tell us very little, yet enough for us to appreciate what sort of father he was, and the mission entrusted to him by God’s providence…
Click Here to read the full letter.
Church grants plenary indulgence for year of St. Joseph
Conditions for the plenary indulgence
The plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the Pope’s intentions) to Christians who, with a spirit detached from any sin, participate in the Year of St. Joseph on these occasions and manners indicated by the Apostolic Penitentiary:
– The plenary indulgence is granted to those who will meditate for at least 30 minutes on the Lord’s Prayer, or take part in a Spiritual Retreat of at least one day that includes a meditation on St. Joseph. “St. Joseph, an authentic man of faith, invites us”, the decree reads, “to rediscover our filial relationship with the Father, to renew fidelity to prayer, to listen and correspond with profound discernment to God’s will.”
– The indulgence can also be obtained by those who, following St. Joseph’s example, will perform a spiritual or corporal work of mercy. St. Joseph “encourages us to rediscover the value of silence, prudence and loyalty in carrying out our duties,” the decree notes.
– The recitation of the Holy Rosary in families and among engaged couples is another way of obtaining indulgences, in order that “all Christian families may be stimulated to recreate the same atmosphere of intimate communion, love and prayer that was in the Holy Family.”
– Everyone who entrusts their daily activity to the protection of St. Joseph, and every faithful who invokes the intercession of St. Joseph so that those seeking work can find dignifying work can also obtain the plenary indulgence. On 1 May 1955, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph “with the intent that the dignity of work be recognized by all, and that it inspires social life and laws, based on the fair distribution of rights and duties.”
– The plenary indulgence is also granted to the faithful who will recite the Litany to St. Joseph (for the Latin tradition), or the Akathistos to St. Joseph (for the Byzantine tradition), or any other prayer to St. Joseph proper to the other liturgical traditions, for the persecuted Church ad intra and ad extra, and for the relief of all Christians suffering all forms of persecution. Because, the decree notes, “the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt shows us that God is there where man is in danger, where man suffers, where he runs away, where he experiences rejection and abandonment.”
What is the “St Vincent Pallotti Parish First Friday Memorial?”
The St. Vincent Pallotti Parish First Friday Memorial and Intentions is a special offering made by Parishioners of STVPP through which your intentions are remembered at a special Mass to be celebrated each month throughout the entire year.
*Please note sign up for FFML ends December 18th.
Why Start Such A Memorial?
This First Friday Memorial fulfills many of your requests for monthly prayer for your special intentions or for those loved ones who are deceased; your intentions will be listed each week on the back of the parish bulletin. Your offering of $70.00 per year will help to support the parish.
What is the Requested Offering?
A yearly offering of $70.00 is asked for the intentions to be remembered at this Mass, to be celebrated each month. You are all welcome to attend this Mass.
How Do I List My Intentions?
You may list your intentions one of two ways. As one individual name e.g. “Mary Jones” or you may list family groupings e.g. “The Jones Family.” Multiple names may be listed but require an additional offering of $70.00 for each line.
When Will These Masses Begin?
As the memorial begins to form, and intentions are submitted, we will begin the Masses in January of this year. The intention year will then be from January to January, then we begin again. If you wish to continue having your intentions remembered at these Masses, you will be asked to renew your offering each year.
How Do I Become Part of The St Vincent Pallotti Parish First Friday Memorial?
1.) Fill out the First Friday Memorial form either below, download here and print, or find in the back of both churches and return completed to the Parish Office.
2.) If you choose to fill out the form on our website below, please follow this link after to pay your offering for each line requested in the First Friday Memorial Mass League.
What if I have Further Questions?
Feel free to call the parish office at 734-285-9840, Ext. 100, during business hours. We will be happy to answer your questions concerning the memorial.
New or Renewal Application for First Friday Memorial
**After completing this form please follow this link to make a payment for each intention requested**
Monsignor John Hall, passed from this life on October 20, 2020 at the age of 92.
Monsignor Hall was born May 1, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, and ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit on June 4, 1955.
Monsignor Hall served as Administrator of St. Mary Parish, Royal Oak; St. James Parish, Ferndale; St. Lawrence Parish, Utica; SS. John and Paul Parish, Washington Township; St. Andrew Parish, Rochester; and St. Damian Parish, Westland. He also served as Pastor of St. Richard Parish, Westland; St. Philip Neri Parish, Columbus; Holy Rosary Mission, Columbus; St. Martin de Porres Parish, Warren; and St. Patrick Parish, Wyandotte. Monsignor Hall also served as Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Wyandotte; Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit; St. Francis Xavier Parish, Ecorse; St. Ambrose Parish, Grosse Pointe Park; and Immaculate Conception Parish, Ira Township.
Monsignor Hall was predeceased by his parents, John and Angela Hall; brother, Allen (Trudy) Hall; sisters, Agnes (Joe) Kutyla and Kathleen (late Michael) Romanchik. He is survived by his sister, Sr. Margaret Hall, OSF; Marylyn (David) Hendrin; brother, Leo (Susan) Hall; as well as many loving nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews. Condolences may be sent to Leo and Susan Hall, P.O. Box 235, Dryden, Michigan 48428.
Click Here to stream Monsignor Hall’s Funeral on Facebook at St. Martin De Porres Parish on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.(11 AM)
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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
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.
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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.
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.
- 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
Letter from Fr. Jeffrey Day
Archdiocese of Detroit
February 28, 2020
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