Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church

32500 Palmer Rd. 
Westland, MI 48186

Welcome New Parishioners!

Mary Anderson of Canton

 

Steven Lara, Danielle Berro, Chloe Pate and Anthony Lara of Canton

 

Kimberly Welden of Westland

 

Patti Fitzer of Westland

 


Events and Activities

Southern Fried Chicken Dinner

The Ss. Simon and Jude Ushers’ Club is hosting a Southern Fried Chicken Dinner, Saturday, October 28 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. in the Fr. Nieckarz Hall. Dinner includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, comfort sides, dessert, coffee, tea or pop. Adults $8.50 / Children 12 & under $5.00. Everyone is welcome!

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

The Youth Group is sponsoring a Halloween Scavenger Hunt. We would like the parish organizations/adults to participate. The adult/organization would be given an area to decorate. They would bring treats of their choice to pass out, and dress up as Halloween characters. Children of the parish will come and do a scavenger hunt. This event will be Sunday, October 29 after Doughnut Sunday. Adults/organizations need to sign up with Sue Webb, 734-788-9362 (call or text) by October 21 so that the youth group can assign areas and make clues.

Book Discussion Group

Our next meeting is Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in the Fr. Oldani Hall. We are reading The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom. All are welcome!

           — Kathy Lancaster and Margaret Reyez

Trivia Night Returns!

Plan now to attend our fall Trivia Night, Saturday November 18. We anticipate hosting 25-35 teams vying for the title of "Ss. Simon and Jude Trivia Night Champion" along with fabulous prizes!  There will also be new food choices for sale.  Sign-up your team online through the parish web page or contact Kathy Hansen with your team registration.

Also consider volunteering or making a donation to support hosting Trivia Night.  Volunteer and donation sign up sheets are posted in the gathering area.  Since our first Trivia Night—way back in 2014—we have raised over $7,000 for the parish debt fund.

Contact any member of the Trivia Night team if you have questions:  Kathy Hansen, Mickey Hansen, Mary Porter, John and Kathy Sanford, or Robin Wagner. Thank you for your support of Ss. Simon and Jude Trivia Night!

Mark your calendar, too, for our winter Trivia Night, Saturday January 13, 2018!

RCIA Classes
The RCIA classes (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) began meeting on Tuesdays October 3 at 7 p.m. Classes are for adults who wish to receive the sacraments, become members of the Catholic church or just want a refresher course. Bring your questions.
Help Needed

Need A Ride, Provide a Ride

The Christian Service Commission is trying to determine if there is an interest in parishioners needing rides to church and parishioners willing to provide a ride to church for people who don’t have any transportation. Drivers would only be expected to drive someone near their closest cross streets and when they were available. There would be times a driver is not available every weekend. At this time we have two gentleman requesting a ride to church. If you are interested, please call Claudia at 734-895-6348.

More Testimonials Needed

Ss. Simon and Jude is important to us all. We’d like to hear what it means to you! Share your story with us. Please send it to

pastor@stssimonandjude.com or drop it off in the parish office. Thank you!

Altar Servers Needed

Our parish is in great need for more altar servers. Talk to your children about this very important ministry. The children have to have made their First Holy Communion and be in at least the third grade. We will be partnering them up with the older servers. This will take place during the two Masses. Training starts the first week of Advent. Thank you for your consideration. For more information or to become an altar server, call Mary Ann Kocsis.

American House Ministry

Every Sunday after Mass, two parishioners take the Eucharist to the residents of Ameircan House, just around the corner from our church. We leave right after Communion, and takes about 20-30 minutes. At present there are eight people in the ministry. One person is leaving, and we would like to get three more people which would make ten people or five pairs. Each pair would have to be available one out of five Sundays. This ministry is a very inspiring experience and the residents really appreciate us. If you are interested, please contact Loretta Sovel after 4:30 Saturday Mass.

We Need YOUR Help!

Our cleaning groups are getting smaller, and we really could use an hour of your time once a month to help with one of the cleaning groups. At this time, we need MORE volunteers in all of our parish cleaning groups, particularly groups 1, 2 and 4. Unfortunately people have had to drop out because of work schedules or illness.

The work is not difficult — each group is responsible for vacuuming/dusting the gathering area and an assigned section of the church. The group also cleans the glass on the entry doors and the church doors (no bathrooms).

The current parish cleaning schedule is as follows:
Group 1: 1st Friday of the month @ 9:30 a.m.
Group 2: 2nd Thursday of the month @ 6 p.m.
Group 3: 3rd Friday of the month @ 9:30 a.m.
Group 4: 4th Saturday of the month @ 9 a.m.

The schedule is adjusted when there are 5 Fridays in a month, but the goal is to have a group cleaning each week. The time commitment is about an hour when the group is large enough. Please call Johanna Gajda at 734-652-8044 for more information or to volunteer.

 


Funeral Luncheon Help

We need people to help set-up, serve, and clean up at the lunches. We have three separate committees, so you would not be needed at all funerals. We also need people who can bring cakes and Jell-O for the lunches. If you can be of any help, please contact Kathy Lancaster.

Garden Club

We are looking for volunteers to help water, weed, and clean up the garden areas during the summer. There is no “formal” or “group” gardening time, no meetings. Volunteers can show up on their own schedule and can spend as much or as little time as they want. This could be “family time” if you want to include your children.

If you are interested, please call Chris Dixon if you’d like to join them in keeping our grounds looking beautiful.

Did You Know?
We need your help! We are looking for your help on suggestions for generating income to sustain the parish. If you have any ideas, please drop them by the parish office or in the Finance Council drop box in the social hall adjacent to the St. Vincent de Paul office.

Thank you, Finance Council

New Information

Walk for the Poor

Many thanks to the Youth Group, their friends, and youth minister Sue Webb, who all participated in the Walk for the Poor to raise money for our St. Vincent de Paul. They had raised some funds through the great breakfast they sponsored and are still accepting donations until the end of October.

So, if you would like to give to this worthy cause, simply place an envelope marked St. Vincent de Paul Walk to the office. Thank you for your support.

                                                    —St. Vincent de Paul

Thank You!

A huge thank you to all who participated in our Breast Cancer Basket Raffle. We raised $631 which will be donated to St. Mary Mercy Hospital and their Hope Cancer Clinic. A special thank you to those who donated   baskets: Christine Frizzell, Curt Frizzell, Florence Grace and daughters, Mary Marvaso and her daughter, Robin Wagner, Toni Doupe, and Flo Fedulchak. Your generosity makes it possible to raise this money for such a worthy cause.

The winners of each basket were:
#1. Fall Basket - Rene' Plante
#2. Pink Gift Card Basket - Maryann Tyrchniewicz
#3. Griddle Basket - Joan Kovacs
#4. Red Wings Tickets Basket - The Sanchez Family
#5. The Coffeemaker Basket - Judy Nichols
#6. The Who Dunnit Basket - Kristine Melendez
Again, thank you for supporting our raffle.
—Sharlene Frizzell and the Mother Cabrini Guild

Ladies, Can We Please
Have Your Attention?

Lipstick on your collar? OOPS! Lipstick on our purificators? OH, NO! Purificators are the small linen cloths that are used to wipe the wine cups after drinking of the blood of Christ. It is very difficult to remove lipstick from the purificators. So please, please, BLOT, BLOT your lips if wearing lipstick. This will help us save not only time, but also money on having to purchase new purificators. Thank you for your help!

2017 Catholic Services Appeal

Our target goal for the Catholic Services Appeal, set by the Archdiocese of Detroit, is $22,859. If you have already pledged, we thank you! If you still need to make a pledge or a one time donation you may do so at the parish office or put your pledge in an envelope marked CSA and place in the weekend collection basket.

Once our pledge obligations are paid up, any money collected over our target comes back to our parish and is not assessed by the Archdiocese. If we do not meet our target goal, the shortfall must be paid from the parish’s general fund. All contributions are needed and greatly appreciated.


Baptized in Christ

We welcome into our community of faith -         

Raul Vargas

- son of Raul Vargas and Angelica Lemus
— who was baptized at the 4:30 p.m. Mass September 16.  Congratulations!

Renew or Sign-up for

Kroger Rewards

It’s never not too late to renew or sign up for the Kroger rewards programs to help our church. Joining is easy! For Kroger, visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com and Ss. Simon and Jude’s reward number is 82957.

You must renew every April!

We have made money just from shopping that we would normally be doing. Thanks for your continued support.

Commentators & Lectors Needed

We are in need of more commentators and lectors to add to our ministry. If you would like to try your voice at proclaiming the word, please consider joining us. You may only want to be a commentator until you learn the process. Or you may be ready to jump in with two feet and be a lector. You may one have one Saturday or Sunday available every month…we can work with you into our schedule. Age is not a requirement…we would love to see more of our younger congregants be involved in this ministry.

If this has perked your interest in the smallest way, please call to receive further information.

General Information

Information to Know

As summer winds down and we get into the swing of things in September, please remember to pick up a weekly bulletin, scan our monitor in the gathering area, or check out “This Week in Our Parish” on our website. Our announcements get lengthy with much of the same information that can be found in these other places

That being said, the deadline for submitting articles from our various groups, councils, and commissions for the bulletin is in the “This Week in Our Parish” section of the bulletin and website. As a general rule the deadline is 11 a.m. Friday for the following weekend’s bulletin. Around holidays the deadlines will vary.

Parish Office Hours Changed

Beginning Monday, March 21, 2016, our new office hours are:

  Monday thru Wednesday        8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  Lunch Monday - Wednesda Noon - 1 p.m.

  ThursdayFriday                     8 a.m. - Noon


The St. Vincent de Paul office hours will remain the same:

  Monday thru Friday               9:30 a.m. – Noon

Cleaning Groups for September

Group 1     Friday, September 8          9:30 a.m.

Group 2     Thursday, September 14   9:00 a.m.

Group 3     Friday, September 22         9:30 a.m.

Group 4     Saturday, September 30     9:00 a.m.  

Save Time and Donate Online!

Our parish uses an Online Giving system called WeShare. This will allow you to make your donations without writing a check or finding cash each week. You can set up a recurring weekly or monthly payment, allocate different amounts for our different collections, and view your complete, accurate financial records at any time. It saves all of us time and is a win-win for our parish!

If you would like to enroll, please visit www.stssimonandjude.weshareonline.org or visit www.stssimonandjude.com/OnlineGiving.html. If you have any questions about the program or about setting up your account, don’t hesitate to call our parish office at 734-722-1343. For your convenience, we've also created a simplistic step-by-step guide on how to set up your WeShare account. It is listed on the Online Giving page. 

Are You A Registered Parishioner?
Registration is the official way we join a parish community. Many people think that because they attend a particular parish they automatically belong. At times young adults who have moved away for years think they are still signed up under their parents. But membership requires signing up—formally enrolling yourself in the parish. Registration is a commitment to a community, a way to be included in the religious, social, and ministerial activities of your parish. Your registration affects the parish in many ways.

Registration shows you belong. It is also necessary for certain benefits, like scheduling sacraments, obtaining sponsor certificates, and getting donation statements for taxes. Most importantly, it lets the parish count on you, to call on you to assist in its mission. Registering in your parish is a statement of faith and confidence in the life and work of your parish.

Registering is a simple process. Parish membership forms are available in the gathering area on the table or downloadable from our website. Click here to view the form. Return the completed form to the parish office during office hours or slide it in the window when you come to Mass on the weekend.

Already a parishioner?
It is important to keep our records current. If you have a change of address or phone number, please call the parish office with that information. If you will be moving from our parish, please let us know as well.

Our Prayer List for the Sick

Frequently parishioners will call to place a family member or friend on the prayer list for a surgery or brief illness and forget to notify the office after their recovery. Our prayer list has grown quite extensively so at the beginning of each quarter we will be refreshing our prayer list for the sick. If there is someone who needs to remain on the sick list please contact the parish office.

Remember Your Loved Ones

Give the Gift of a Mass

With the temperatures dropping, our heating bills have been rising, and as a means of trying to offset our costs we need to aim to give more. One way we can do this is by having Masses offered for our friends and loved ones. Fr. Gerry says approximately 320 Masses a year. If we have two intentions for each Mass at $10 each, we could raise $6,400, which would help with expenses.

Many of our weekday Masses lack any intentions and are then said for deceased nuns. While this is good, we should be filling these Masses by having them said for our loved ones. We all have family members or friends who have entered into eternal life. What better way to remember them than to have a Mass said for them—be it their birthday, anniversary, or death. You can also have a Mass said for the health and well being of someone who may be having a difficult time. Wedding anniversary Masses are also popular. Or you can have a “thanksgiving” Mass for blessings received.

Call or stop by the parish office to make arrangements, or put your stipend into an envelope marked “Mass Intention – Attention Nancy” and drop it in the collection basket. Please write who the Mass is for; if they are deceased, for healthy or special intention; what date you would like the Mass said; who is requesting it; and your phone number (in case that date is already filled).

This would be a wonderful way to remember our loved ones and we could raise much-needed funds for our church to meet our bills. Thank you!

Say Cheese!

At Ss. Simon and Jude, we do many, many activities around the holidays. With this comes publicity. With our social media strategy and continued use of photos and videos to promote our parish, we will be heavily promoting again this year. This will include taking pictures and making videos and posting them on our website and social media sites to gain interest among our followers. The photos and videos will ONLY be used as promotional tools. Please note that if you wish NOT to appear in photos or videos, you must inform Kathy Hansen. Thank you.

Gentle Reminder

Many times during the year our parish has celebrations during Mass, such as baptisms, confirmations, corporate communions for our organizations, and others. Our sacristan uses bows on the end of the pews at the front and back of the section reserved for these special Masses. We apologize for the inconvenience of displacing a parishioner from his/her usual seat, but please sit in another section for that Mass. Thank you for your cooperation.

Presentation of Gifts

At each weekend Mass four people are asked to present gifts at the Offertory. Ordinarily our sacristan will ask the person(s) who had the Mass offered to present the gifts. However, at a Baptism Mass and certain other special occasions the people involved will present the gifts.

If you would like to offer the gifts, please see the sacristan at least 10 minutes before Mass. Thank you very much.

The Sacristan Committee

4:30 p.m. Mass-  Alice Namovich and Doug Vega

10 a.m. Mass- Nanette Fabrey, Kathy Lancaster, and Connie Williams

Funeral Masses- Kathy Lancaster, Connie Williams and Alice Namovich

Kroger Re-enrollment

As a reminder, anyone who has a Kroger Plus Card linked to our church organization MUST re-enroll every April to keep the funds coming to our church. You may still enroll or re-enroll after April, but there will be no reward credits for any purchases made during the lapsed time.

It’s easy to re-enroll in the program—visit www.krogercommunityrewards.com, click on Michigan and click on “Enroll.” Ss. Simon and Jude’s reward number is 82957. If you don’t have an account, you can create on in the new customer section (for free). Follow the steps for setting up your e-mail account, include your Kroger Plus Card and then enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.

Thank you for your continued participation. We currently have 59 active participants in the program and have earned a total of $5,428.29. Thank you for your support!

Golden Rules for Easier Living

This is OUR church, and we need to work together to keep it secure and looking its best! We do not have a custodian or a maintenance person so we rely on our volunteers and organizations to handle repairs, and vacuuming/dusting the church/gathering are weekly.

It is very important that ALL of us be more mindful and considerate in making sure all doors are securely locked and the lights are turned off, especially if you’re the last to leave. Don’t leave leftovers in the refrigerators thinking someone else might use it—they won’t. Dispose of used tablecloths, empty the coffeepot and take out the trash.

Help keep our church clean and safe by following these few simple rules—

- If you open it, close it.

- If you turn it on, turn it off.

- If you unlock it, lock it up.

- If you break it, admit it.

- If you can’t fix it, let the office know.

- If you borrow it, return it.

- If you value it, take care of it.

- If you make a mess, clean it up.

- If you move it, put it back.

- If it belongs to someone else and you want to use it, get permission.

- If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.

- If it will brighten someone’s day- say it!

Did you know?

When you make a monetary donation to St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) using your SVdP envelopes, 100% of your donation stays in our parish and is used to serve the needy here in our area of Westland. Non-monetary donations to St. Vincent de Paul, including monthly food collection and the Christmas Giving Tree, are also used for the needy in our area. Your monetary donations will be recorded on your year end statement for tax purposes. Unfortunately, we cannot accept receipts or record non-monetary donations for tax purposes. We hope you will be generous with your donations, especially with the upcoming holiday season! Thank you very much for your generous gifts to St. Vincent de Paul!

Did you know…

…that our Christmas Offering stays here within our parish? Typically 7% of our weekly collection is dedicated to the operation of the Archidiocese of Detroit. The Christmas Offering is different. All funds collected during Advent and Christmas remain within our parish. These funds are used to pay for one-time expenses and other needs that arise during the coming year. You may dedicated your weekly offering toward the Christmas Collection through December 31. If you make your donation using a regular envelope, be sure to write, “Christmas Collection” on the outside of the envelope. Please be sure to remember Ss. Simon and Jude during this blessed Christmas season! Thank you!