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

Santa is Coming to Town

It’s that time of year—Santa is coming to Ss. Simon and Jude, Sunday, December 10 after Mass. Bring the family for some delicious breakfast and the little ones can meet Santa and put in early requests for presents. The breakfast is free, but donations are always accepted and appreciated.

Candlelight Prayer Service

for World AIDS Day

We are hosting a Candlelight Prayer Service for World AIDS Day, Friday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. A light reception will follow the service.   Anyone interested in helping us   commemorate World AIDS Day, please contact Chris Dixon or Mary Porter. Thank you.

Book Discussion Group

Our book discussion group is taking a break for the Christmas holiday. Our next meeting is January 11, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Fr. Nieckarz Hall. We are reading “Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis” by Jimmy Carter. All are welcome. Please join us.  

— Kathy Lancaster and Margaret Reyez

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.

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.

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

December 10 Last Drop-off Day

Donations for the Veterans

The Mother Cabrini Guild is sponsoring a donation of white socks, white t-shirts, and 2018 calendars for the VA Hospital. There will be a box in the gathering area starting Thanksgiving weekend and will be out through December 10. We will then gather the items and distribute them to the veterans at the VA hospital. Thank you for your generosity in advance.                                                                                                         -The Mother Cabrini Guild

                                  

Winter Coat Drive

“Weather” we want it or not the weather will be turning colder, so our St. Vincent de Paul will be collecting coats to be given to those in need. Because the need is great in our area, St. John Neumann once again will be helping us with this collection.

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 Archdiocese of Detroit.  The Christmas offering is different.  All monies 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 year. 

You may dedicate 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!

 

No Poinsettia Sale This Year

Dear SS. Simon and Jude family,

The youth group would like to thank you for all your support through the years.  You are all wonderful.  This year the youth group is not going to have the annual poinsettia sale.  We have a very low number of youth in the youth group and feel that at this time adding one more thing to everyone's busy schedule would be detrimental to all involved.  We are hoping to bring the sale back next year, but wanted to give everyone a heads up so that you can get your poinsettia from sales early in the season.  Also, we are looking to possibly doing a flower sale near Mother's Day. Please let Sue Webb or Deb Hayden know if you would be interested in a Mother's Day flower sale (we just want to see if interest is there before we pursue the idea).  As always, thank you so much for your support!

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 is $22,859 for the Catholic Services Appeal. This amount is set by the Archdiocese of Detroit based on our weekly contributions for the previous year. To date we have received 89 pledges for a total of $20,069. This is 88% of our goal and only $2,790 short!

If you have already pledged, we thank you very much! If you still need to make a pledge or make a one time donation you may do so at the parish office or you can simply drop your donation in the collection basket. Please write CSA on the envelope so that it is directed to the right account.

Although the initial pledges have been processed, we can accept pledges at any time. 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. All contributions are needed and greatly appreciated.


Baptized in Christ

We welcome into our community of faith -         

Lucas Steven Rzepka

- son of Brian and Joann (Welden) Rzepka
— who was baptized at the 10 a.m. Mass October 22.  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.

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 November

Group 1     Friday, November 3          9:30 a.m.

Group 2     Thursday, November 9     9:00 a.m.

Group 3     Friday, November 17         9:30 a.m.

Group 4     Saturday, November 25     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!