Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church

32500 Palmer Rd. 
Westland, MI 48186

Welcome New Parishioners!

Since March 2020

John & Vickie Lee of Canton

Nancy Stickler of Westland

Lorraine Penkala of Westland


Events and Activities
Mass Schedule:
Saturdays: 4:30 p.m.
Sundays: 10:00 a.m.
There will be a Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 9 a.m.
Thanksgiving Day Food Drive

We will again be collecting items for the food bank at the Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9 a.m.  Please bring any non-preishable foods.  We will present them at the Offertory.
St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree
    In the spirit of the season, we are once again instituting our annual SVDP Giving Tree.  Due to the pandemic, we understand our donations will be smaller this year.  However, the need is still there.  We will be limiting the number of families we help, give only two gifts per child under the age of fourteen, and eliminate the food baskets--replacing them with a gift card to a local grocery store.
    If you don't feel comfortable coming to church and picking an ornament off the giving tree, you can still donate.  Please call the number below, and a suggestion will be given to purchase a toy.  Another option is to send a monetary contribution marked SVDP Giving Tree, and toys will be purchased with the donation, OR  send a gift card.  Arrangements can also be made to pick up your donation from your front porch.
    The holidays are filled with happiness, friends, and family.  Children especially look forward to fun and presents.  We appreciate each of you for making this possible and promoting the joy of Christmas.
Good bless you all at Christmas and in the New Year.
Judy Nichols, SVDP Volunteer
(586) 419-5690
Gift Cards for Christmas
    Would you like to purchase gift cards as Christmas gifts?  Would you also like to help support our parish without spending any extra money?  Are you unable to attend church because of the COVID-19 restrictions?  Here's the answer--you can order gift cards through our SCRIP program!  Just call Loretta Sovel at (734) 728-8929 and give her your order, then pick up and pay for your cards at the Parish office Monday thru Friday, 9 a.m. - Noon. 
    For a list of available cards, visit is a wide selection of stores, online sites, and restaurants to choose from.  Or you can pick up a SCRIP form at church, or ask Loretta.
    Thank you for your support, and have a safe and Merry Christmas!
Lend a Hand

Our after mass sanitizing groups could use one or two more volunteers--especially after Saturday mass. Please call our coordinator, Johanna Gajda at 734-326-8044.

Railroadiana Toy and Train Show Update
Due to the social distancing restrictions, the Ushers' Club has decided to cancel the Sunday, November 29th Railroadiana Toy and Train Show with the hopes to resume again on Super Bowl Sunday, 2021.
Donut Sunday!
We are cancelling Donut Sunday until further notice.

Cards & Coffee
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.

This group will not be meeting until further notice.

Alter Servers Needed

SS Simon and Jude is in need of altar servers.  If a child, you must have made your communion; adults are welcome too.  Looking especially for Saturday masses but may need you Sunday as well.  Call or text Carolyn Gregones at (734) 765-3298.  Thank you!
Eucharistic Ministers needed!  Call Mary Porter at 734-560-1603.

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 out one of the cleaning groups to clean our church.
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 Friday of the month @ 9:30 a.m.
  Group 3: 3rd Friday of the month @ 9:30 a.m.
  Group 4: 4th Saturday of the month @ 9 a.m.
Please call Johanna Gajda at (734) 652-8044 for more information or to volunteer.

Your help would be greatly appreciated!

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.

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.

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.

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

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 or visit 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. 

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!

General Information
Christmas Offering Envelopes
Please turn in your Christmas Offering envelopes from December 6th to January 10, as this is the only time frame that we can accept them per the Archdiocese.  Thanks!

Rules for Attending Church

Those older than 65 years (recommended CDC age), with a compromised health condition or those caring for the sick in any way are encouraged to stay home.  Anyone who is ill, has a temperature, cough, etc., should definitely stay home.  Clergy with a respiratory infection of any kind should avoid celebrating public Masses or administering the sacraments during this phase of re-opening.  Here are the rest of the rules.

  1.  Face masks are mandatory for now, and must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times, except when consuming the host.

  2.  Temperatures will be taken at the door.  Anyone with an elevated temperature will be asked to leave, just in case.

3.  Physical distancing (6 feet) will be observed and signified by signs, tape or other means.  This includes both indoor and outdoor areas.  Masses indoor will be limited to 162 people in our church. 

4.  Seating will be clearly defined by tape to every other pew.  Family groups may sit together, but others sitting in the same row should distance themselves at least 6 feet apart.

5.  Hymnals and cards will not be used for now.  You are welcome to bring your own.

6.  Entry doors are clearly marked, please use these entrances only as we are trying to limit areas that need to be sanitized after every mass.  Also, please avoid sitting or loitering in the gathering area.

6.  Distribution of Holy Communion:  Please try to maintain 6 feet between yourself and the person ahead of you.  There will be no wine given out, and hosts will be placed in your hands only.

7.  Collection baskets will be placed on the baptismal font.

8.  Cleaning:  The church will be disinfected after every Mass.

9.  Drinking fountains will be closed for use until. further notice.

10.  Bathrooms will be open for use.  Please sanitize your hands before and after use.  Hand sanitizer will be available inside and outside the bathrooms for your use.

Information to Know

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 or notices 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.


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!

Kroger Enrollment

& 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, click on Michigan and click on “Enroll.” Ss. Simon and Jude’s reward number is EU671. 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.

To be sure that your purchases are being credited to our church, Ss. Simon and Jude should be at the bottom of your receipt.

Thank you for your continued participation and support.

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!

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, Carolyn Gregones, Judy Tarjeft, and Connie Williams

Funeral Masses- Kathy Lancaster, Connie Williams, and Alice Namovich

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!

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.

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.