Distribution of Ashes

St. Joseph Catholic Church

344 Elm Street, Wyandotte

February 10, 2016

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Simple service of distribution of ashes

12 Noon Mass with ashes

7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Simple service of distribution of ashes

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is cheifly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”



If there is one person we should each get to know in a deeply personal way, it is Jesus. And the best time to get to know Jesus is right now. In his NEW book Rediscover Jesus, Matthew Kelly, America’s best-selling Catholic author and internationally acclaimed speaker, takes you on a 40-day spiritual journey to encounter Jesus—the amazing friend who is going to help you answer life’s tough questions.

Let’s ‘Grow In Faith Together” this Lenten season by joining us for a workshop discussing this new book Rediscover Jesus. You have a choice for which day the workshop best fits your schedule, either Wednesday’s at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday’s at 9:00 a.m. There will be a brief introduction meeting and opportunity to get your book on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday, Feb. 4 at 9:00 a.m. After that, the workshops will start on Feb. 17 and 18 and run through March 16 and 17.  Workshops will take place at the St. Joseph Church Hall. There is a $4.00 cost to cover materials and can be paid at the introduction meeting. Reservations are required so the proper number of books can be ordered.  Call the Religious Education office at 734-285-9840, ext. 102 or email:


Join us for the 12 Mass on Friday, January 22 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wyandotte as we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Vincent Pallotti.

St. Vincent Pallotti, born in Rome in 1795. St. Vincent became a priest and dedicated himself completely to God and cared for souls. To this end he inaugurated a revolutionary program which envisaged the collaboration of the laity in the apostolate of the clergy. But St. Vincent was also well aware of the many deprivations in the natural sphere that hindered the spread of the Faith. He thus obtained and spent huge sums for the poor and underprivileged. He founded guilds for workers, agriculture schools, loan associations, orphanages and homes for girls – all of which made him the pioneer and precursor of Catholic Action. His great legacy was the congregation which he founded for urban mission work, known as the “Society for Catholic Action”. This indefatigable laborer for Christ in 1850 from a severe cold which he most likely caught on a cold rainy night after giving his cloak to a beggar who had none.

His followers are the Pallottines, still operating internationally. They follow his motto, “The love of Christ impels us”. Members of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate work as everyday missionaries to “renew faith and rekindle love.” They work to fulfill the mission of their founder in the modern world. The Pallottines have major houses in Britain, Germany, New York, Poland, India, Ireland and several other locations.