Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church

32500 Palmer Rd. 
Westland, MI 48186

Welcome New Parishioners!

Bernas and Geraldine Mitchell of Wayne
Timothy and Hilda Sarmiento of Westland


Events and Activities

Are You Spring Cleaning?

The Mother Cabrini Guild’s annual garage sale is Saturday, April 22,   9 a.m. - 4 p.m. As you clean out your closets and cupboards we need your help with your castoffs.

Our Guild members will ONLY be able to accept your items at the times below:

     Thursday, April 20       6 - 8 p.m. ONLY

     Friday, April 21             9 a.m. - 5 p.m. ONLY

The office staff will NOT be able to accept any items during the week.

There are some items that we cannot accept:

NO stuffed animals         NO tins

NO straw baskets            NO typewriters            

NO large furniture          NO computers

Please remember, all items should be clean and not in need of repairs. Thank you in advance.

Anointing of the Sick Service

We will have an Anointing of the Sick Service, Tuesday, April 25 at 11 a.m. Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of healing and is not only for the seriously ill, but also for the elderly, infirm, the mentally and emotionally stressed and for those facing surgery. A light lunch will be served after the service. Please call the church office at 734-722-1343 if you are planning to attend the lunch so we have a count.  Thank you, Christian Service

Ushers’ Club Spaghetti Dinner

The Ss. Simon and Jude Ushers’ Club is hosting a spaghetti dinner Saturday, April 29 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. in the Fr. Nieckarz Hall. Dinner includes—spaghetti, meat sauce, bread, salad, dessert, and beverage. Adults $7.50 / Children 12 and under $5.00.

Everyone is welcome!

Birthday Party & Potluck
Join us after Mass, May 7 to celebrate Fr. Gerry's 70th birthday with a birthday party and potluck dinner.  There is a sign up sheet in the gathering area for food items and number of people attending.

Spring Grounds Clean-up

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. for our spring grounds clean-up. There are some projects to be completed, and we can always use lots of help. Lunch is provided by Fr. Gerry. Rain date is Saturday, May 20.

Date Change for Eucharistic Ministers Commissioning

The Commissioning of Eucharistic   Ministers is rescheduled for the 10 a.m. Mass, Sunday, May 21. All current Eucharistic Ministers are asked to attend this Mass.  If you have questions please contact Robin Wagner.  Thank you!

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.

Cleaning Group Help Needed

My name is Johanna Gajda, and I am the coordinator of our church’s cleaning groups. We are in desperate need of more volunteers, ESPECIALLY OUR NIGHT GROUP, which is the second Thursday of the month around 6 p.m. At this time only 2 people are on that cleaning group, and I help when I can. Please won’t you see if this or one of the other cleaning days can fit into your calendar once a month for 1 HOUR.

We started this 15 years ago to cut costs, and eliminated our maintenance person. We then had many, many volunteers to help out. Please—even if you can only come every other month, and if I got just 6 more people in all for the groups . . . that would be wonderful.

       Thank you and God bless,

       Johanna Gajda

       734-652-8044 or jgajda1949@yahoo.com

 

The current parish cleaning schedule is:
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.

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.

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.

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

Renew Your 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.

Cleaning Group 2 Needs Help

At this time, we desperately need volunteers for our parish cleaning group that cleans the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The group has dwindled to just one volunteer due to health issues, job schedules, etc. This time could be changed to the second Friday at 9:30 a.m. if that works better for a group of volunteers. The time commitment is about an hour when the group is large enough. If no volunteers come forward, we will have to discontinue the second week which will impact keeping our church’s appearance looking good.

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

Baptized in Christ

We welcome into our community of faith -         

Camila Alcantara

- daughter of Victor and Maria Alcantara — who was baptized at the 10 a.m. Mass on Easter, April 16.  Congratulations!

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

Parish Office Hours Changed

Beginning Monday, March 21, our new office hours will be:

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

  Lunch Monday - Wednesda Noon - 1 p.m.

  Thursday &Friday                     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 April

Group 1     Friday, April 7                9:30 a.m.

Group 2     Thursday, April 13         9:00 a.m.

Group 3     Friday, April 21               9:30 a.m.

Group 4     Saturday, April 28           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- Doug Vega and Alice Namovich

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

Funeral Masses- Joann Vasley, Kathy Lancaster and Connie Williams

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!