Parish Pastoral Council
The Parish Council is a consultative body to the pastor. It serves as a means of achieving the full participation of the entire parish through representatives in various age groups in its mission to discern the needs and hopes of the Parish Community. All are welcome to attend these meetings. The Council meetings are the 4th Wednesday of the month, excluding July, August and December, at 7:00 p.m., St. Joseph Church Hall. If you have any questions or concerns of the parish, you can attend one of these council meetings, or call the chairperson at the number listed below. Members include: Kathleen Sullivan, Marjorie Janoskey, Jeff Meussner, Paula Rice, Patricia Chalmers, Mary Pilon, Barbara Bozymowski, Jacob Tuttle and Michelle Wood.
Contact: Lyn DiNard, Chairperson 734-649-9796
Minutes from past 2018 meetings:
Parish Finance Council
The Finance Council is an essential consultative body of the Parish that assists the pastor in administration of goods of St. Vincent Pallotti Parish. The Council helps facilitate the accomplishment of the pastoral priorities identified by the pastor and parish Pastoral Council.
Contact: Lee Williams, Chairperson 734-284-8455
The Education Commission is a resource for the formation from our youngest to oldest members of the parish. We are involved in areas of Adult Faith Formation, Catholic Schools, Family Life, Catechetics, Vocations and Youth Ministry. New members are always welcome, and the time commitment is varied and flexible. You do not need any formal training or background to be a part of this ministry. The meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Education Center.
Contact: Julie Dzanbazoff 734-285-9840, ext. 102 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Worship Commission coordinates and oversees the planning for all liturgical celebrations of the Parish. They also coordinate and oversee the preparation, functioning and continuing education of all liturgical ministers of the Parish, i.e. lectors, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, musicians, altar servers, ushers, sacristans, etc. The Commission also discerns the Parish’s worship/liturgical/prayer needs and oversees the continuing education of the Parish on liturgical matters. The meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:15 p.m at St. Joseph Church, conference room.
Contact: Parish Office 734-285-9840, ext. 100
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
This ministry puts you at the center of the Church’s life. The celebration of the Eucharist on the Lord’s Day is our most important activity. During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, extraordinary ministers assist the smooth execution of the distribution of Holy Communion. They also bring Communion to the homebound, those in the hospital and in nursing homes. Any active, confirmed member of St. Vincent Pallotti Parish may serve in this ministry. You will be assigned to a team at the Mass of your choosing at either St. Joseph Church or St. Patrick Church. Teams serve every 2-3 weeks depending upon the number of ministers available. Training will be provided for all new ministers.
Contact: Parish Office 734-285-9840, ext. 100
Music is an integral part of our celebrations and contributes greatly to our worshiping community. The adult choir, music ensemble, children’s choir, hand bell choir, folk group and Cantors assist in the sung prayer of the assembly. We gather to celebrate the Eucharist in song. Share in the Body and Blood of Christ, and sing praise to God.
Contact: Kim Kilburn 734-282-5882 email@example.com
Dependable young people fulfill an important need by ministering as altar servers at weekend liturgies. Students can altar serve starting in the fourth grade. Servers are scheduled for and rotate throughout the 4 weekend Masses. Depending upon the number of volunteers, you will serve every 4 to 6 weeks. Christmas and Holy Week liturgies are scheduled on a volunteer basis. All servers must attend a training session to be held in the fall. Click here: Altar Serving – General notes and guidelines. Parents with children interested in becoming an Altar Server, please watch this video with your children to become more familiar with what this ministry is all about:
St. Joseph Church – Suzanne Gallagher 734-657-5318
St. Patrick Church – Jim Rutkowski 734-282-4184
Ushers are ministers of hospitality at all weekend and Holy day Masses, selected funerals and other functions as requested by the Pastor. They share the love and peace of Christ with others by being friendly, helpful, and hospitable at weekend liturgies. They greet the congregation as they enter the church, assist in the seating of parish members, manage collections and oversee the presentation of the gifts from the parish members to the altar, insure an orderly procession during Communion, distribute the church Bulletins following Mass and assist those in need. We encourage young adults to serve as an usher to experience the spirituality of this ministry. You will be assigned to a team at a Mass of your choosing and serve every third or fourth week. New Ushers are required to attend a training session.
St. Joseph Church, Tom Rayburn 313-842-6854
St. Patrick Church, Bob Curtis 734-285-9839
Lectors are the ministers that bring the Scriptures to life for all to hear. Mastery of public speaking is essential for proclaiming the Word of God. Lectors rotate between the Saturday evening and Sunday day Masses; frequency will depend upon the number of volunteers. If you have any interest in learning more about becoming a Lector, please call one of the numbers below.
St. Joseph Church – Parish Office 734-285-9840, ext. 100
St. Patrick Church – Debbie Rutkowski 734-282-4148
The Christian Service Commission exists as a model and resource of Catholic social teaching to enable the entire parish communion to put the social teaching of the church into action. The commission empowers the members of the parish to fulfill and serve the church’s mission of love, justice, freedom and peace within the community. This ministry is involved in several areas:
Life Issues: Right to Life, Crisis Pregnancy center, Christmas Cards, Operation Layette, memorial candles and walks.
Justice and Peace: Angel Tree, petition drives, civic and ecumenical participation.
Caring Ministry: Red Cross blood drives, sending notes to our homebound.
Bereavement and Hospitality Ministry: Funeral luncheon ministry serves the family of parishioners who are buried from our church by donating and serving food following the Liturgy.
Outreach: Various programs are offered including monthly visits to the All Saints Soup Kitchen, Gleaners Food Bank, Dinners to Go, Backpack Giving and ChristNet.
Personal Crisis Assistance: We provide personal, individual intervention for those who come to our parish in a time of need. This is accomplished by our St. Vincent DePaul Society.
Community Involvement: Wyandotte Parades, Mass in the Park.
Fundraisers: Spring Fling, Christian Ladies Spring, Fall and Winter dinners and rummage sale.
If you would like to volunteer or contribute in any way to the above programs, please give us a call.
Contact: Parish Office, 734-285-9840, ext. 100
Happy Cookers – Contact: Barbara Rickman 313-408-3263
Christian Ladies – Contact: Mary Ann Ruelle 734-282-1593
The Elizabeth Ministry is an outreach program for families during monumental times in their lives, such as the loss of a loved one, newly married, parenthood, loneliness, homebound, and away from home either in the military or away at school. It is based on Jesus’ vision of the goodness, beauty, and love of our brothers. The purpose of this ministry is to comfort our families with support, encouragement and awareness that they are not forgotten. This is done by sending greeting cards, gift baskets and comfort gifts.
Why Are We Called “Elizabeth Ministers”?
This ministry is based on the Scripture story of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth. The beauty of Mary’s encounter with Elizabeth is that both women realized that they had found someone who understood, and with whom they could share the marvel of what God was doing for them. As they shared their stories, they helped each other recognize God’s will and the sacredness of their lives.
The Elizabeth Ministry reaches those experiencing:
- Grief – loss of a spouse; child; parent; relative; or friend
- Retirement changes
- Childbirth and child/teenage care
- Separation and divorce
- Terminal Illness
- Divorce or Separated
- Being shut-in
- Most of life’s struggles
- New to the Parish
Chairpersons: Cathy McPhall (734) 765-9619 and Alice Ugljesa (313) 802-5934
Poor and Needy Ministry
This ministry is an opportunity for us to reach out to those in need and help them in whatever way we can. Sometimes a parishioner needs help with covering medical bills, or the cost of a funeral, house fire, robbery, illness, etc. If you know of someone from our parish that is in need of funds to help them get back on their feet, simply fill out the attached application and the Poor and Needy Committee will look it over and determine how they can best help. Click here to download form: Poor & Needy Donation request form.
The Paduan Ministry is named after St Anthony of Padua, who was very involved with caring for the sick in his community. We provide in our ministry one trained lay person to meet for active listening, prayers and administering the Holy Eucharist to the person in need. It has been shown through studies that having a constant person in this situation builds a trust and helps with the healing process. This may be a senior who cannot get out to mass due to illness or inability to drive, or may include some one who is just going through a temporary medical condition. We are ministers who have two hours of training in active listening and visiting the sick along training in becoming an Eucharistic Minister. A background check is require through the archdiocese for this ministry and will be of no charge to you. If you would like any further information about this ministry, either to become a minister or request one, please give us a call.
Contact: Joan Jacobs, 734-282-7554.
Secular Franciscans – Lumen Christi
The Secular Franciscan Order is an official Order within the Catholic Church and was established by St. Francis of Assisi early in the thirteenth century. We do not live in community but live our everyday lives in the world. Members gather together in fraternity on a regular basis. By our Profession we promise to follow a Rule of Life approved and confirmed by Pope Paul VI in June of 1978. More info to come on meeting times and locations. If you have any questions about the Franciscans, please call Sylvia at the number below.
Contact: Linda Solis – firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior High Youth Group
SUNDAY, OCT. 22 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Are you searching for the Adventure of your life? Then come Encounter this new group for 6th 7th and 8th graders, open to the entire Downriver Vicariate. Group would meet every Monday night from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the St. Elizabeth Education Center, 3051 4th St., Wyandotte. (Corner of 4th and Maple, enter through doors on Maple). Enjoy contests, games, prizes, open snack bar, Foosball, pool table and video games! Our mission is to ready out to 6th-8th grade students providing a place of fellowship and growth where we can connect with God, with each other, and the community. Adults supervised at all times.
Contact: Mary Pilon, 313-405-5807; Michelle Orm, 734-558-8295
High School Youth Group – Meets every Monday at St. Patrick Church, 2nd flr. conference room – 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Contact: Andy Kilburn, 734-282-5882
Team members take on the task of creating an environment that draws the faithful more fully into prayer, especially during the Liturgical seasons. Assistance is needed with planning, decorating on a seasonal basis. Year round help is needed to water the plants in the church and to plant and maintain outside flower beds, gardens and memorial areas. If you have any interest or time, please give us a call.
Cathy McPhall 734-765-9619; Chris Furchak 734-752-8811; Alice Ugljesa, “Gardening Angels” 734-285-6972