Altar serving is a very special ministry in our parish. Boys
and girls in the fourth grade and older can join. Their service is to help our
pastor during Mass and other Church celebrations. It is very rewarding to them
and their parents. They usually serve two or three times a month. Special Holy
Days or holidays may see all of them serving together.
We also have a group of dedicated adult altar servers. They
help our pastor during the week and at funerals.
We are always in need of new members. Please call the Church
office for more information.
This group meets the second Thursday of all but the summer
months at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us. We read all
kinds of books and have been meeting for many years. Our group is lead by
Margaret Reyez and Kathy Lancaster. Please join us.
Handles money, chips,
and paperwork for Charity Poker events at The Electric Stick throughout the year. The group is looking for people who would like to help us
raise funds, can offer blocks of time throughout the day and/or evening, enjoy
people watching, are comfortable handling money and chips, and can input simple
information on the computer.
The Ss. Simon and Jude Choir honors the musical foundation laid down by previous choir director, Dr. Alan Knight, who retired this
year. Long time choir members, assisted by Sister Anneliese Sinnott,
OP, have spent this past Lenten and Easter seasons expanding their
repertoire. We believe that when we sing we pray
twice. They are currently in the "hunt" for new members and
a new full-time choir director. So, do
you sing in the shower? Want to pray twice? Join us
for practice most Wednesday's at 7 p.m. or just come join us any weekend
(Saturday or Sunday).
The cleaning crew
began as an effort to save money on cleaning services. They clean once a
week and it only takes one hour of your time, once a month. There are four
groups and each are scheduled once a week, on different days.
If you can volunteer,
just one hour of your time once a month, this is the group for you! Even if you
cannot commit to once a month, come every other month, or when you can.
Commentators are responsible for presenting the Prayers of the
Faithful and the weekly announcements to the congregation. This requires
about 15 minutes of preparation before Mass. A commentator must read the
prayers before Mass. If there are any pronunciation questions, Father
Gerry can provide assistance. At the end of Mass the commentator delivers
The lector's job is to share the word of the Lord with the faith community.
Lectors are provided with a work book and they are pre-assigned Masses.
The workbook offers helpful suggestions about voice and intonation.
Proper preparation for the readings should begin 3 - 6 days before the
assigned Mass. It is recommended that readings be read aloud at home to
assure proper voice.
If you are interested in being a Commentator or a Lector and would like more
information, please contact Paulette Medvecky at 734-722-1343.
assisting Father by offering communion to our community during mass.
Our parish offers funeral lunches for our parishioners. They
are run by three very dedicated groups and two special private chefs. We charge
$4 per person, special meats are extra. We offer choices of meats, vegetables,
and potatoes. Rolls and a fresh salad, pickles and relishes are included, along
with coffee, tea, and lemonade. Desserts are furnished by our caring
Please call the parish office for more information.
Helps maintain the gardens around the church and suggest
improvements to beautify our surroundings. The group is looking for people who
enjoy working outside, willing to weed and water, sometimes plant
flowers/bulbs, and those who like to work independently.
Norwayne Community Garden
The SS. Simon and Jude youth group, St.
Vincent de Paul Society, and the Ushers support the planting, cultivation, and
harvesting of food grown in the Norwayne Community Garden. The garden is
designed to provide fresh produce to families in need. Last year over 2,000
pounds of produce was distributed to the poor through the governmental food
program operated by the City of Westland and distributed to citizens of the
Norwayne Community Citizens Council
Parishioners from Ss. Simon and Jude are
well represented on the Norwayne Community Citizens Council. This group meets
the second Monday of the month and addresses issues of housing, homelessness,
education, and community development for the Norwayne community.
Parish Council Christian Service Commission
commission creates and/or promotes programs which strive to address human needs
and achieve justice. We are involved in community outreach and have had
drives such as coat, blanket, school supplies, military supplies, etc. We
have three blood drives yearly and host the luncheon after the Anointing
Services. Social Justice is also part of this group. This involves letter
writing, voting, etc. for the disadvantaged. We meet on the third Thursday of
every month (September thru May) at 6:30 p.m. Please join us. Help
and new ideas are welcome.
Parish Council Education Commission
The Education Commission oversees the activities of PSR and RCIA. We
sometimes work with the Worship Commission on Liturgical projects.
In the past we have sponsored speakers on various subjects. This summer we will be showing Oscar nominated movies once a month on the
third Thursdays in June, July, and August. We need people from various
walks of life to join our commission. We meet on the third Thursday, eight months of the year at 6:30 p.m.
Parish Council Evangelization Commission
Parish Council Worship Commission
The worship commission
plans the various liturgies throughout the year. They are also involved with various prayer
services and events like the Stations of the Cross and the World AIDS Day Prayer Service. They work closely with other commissions to
educate and help with community service thru some of our liturgical events.
Our Worship Commission meets the third Thursday of every
month at 6:30 p.m., September through June. Our meetings are always under 60
minutes and we usually have an assigned candy-bringer. (Our motto: is meetings go better with
chocolate!) Ultimately, our goal is to
have more fun than any other commission in the church.
Parish Holiday Decorating Team
Parish School of Religion (PSR)
Our religious education program is called PSR. Classes meet
on Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 for grades K-4; 7:00-8:15 for grades 5-12.
Our classes have teachers (catechists) who are very caring
and dedicated to their religious needs. They make the classes fun and
interesting while the students are learning about their faith.
If you have any questions, please call the Parish office for
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
The Red Wagon is a literacy program started by one of our
church members, Joan Carr, about 12 years ago. She saw a need for keeping up
the students’ need for reading in the summer. Some of the children in the
neighborhood didn’t have access to books. So she started a “moving library” in
red wagons. We have teams of volunteers that go through the neighborhood of
NorWayne with the wagons, and sometimes goodies, for boys and girls from
infants to high school age. The teams go out four times during the summer
weeks. They set up their own schedule for time and day. This program has spread
to other communities, even to India.
Along with the books, we pass out toothbrushes and paste,
bottled water, flavoring for the water and other little items. All these are
donated along with books. We take any new or gently used books for the wagons.
All these can be dropped off at Ss. Simon and Jude Parish during office hours.
For more info, please contact the parish office.
Semi-Annual Parish Grounds Cleaning Crew
By Webster’s definition,
an Usher is an Officer who has charge of the door, court, chamber or hall. One who conducts to a place or a seat.
If you look around at our
masses and services, our Ushers are standing by, waiting to seat or assist you
as required. We are in the Gathering
Area before masses, to greet you and your family, as you enter our church. We maintain order, take up collection,
distribute the weekly bulletin, provide aide with emergencies that may arise
and assist our pastor as needed. Our
goal is to help unite parishioners in spiritual activities, to perform corporal
works of charity and mercy and to assist, as much as possible, in the finances
for church maintenance and needs.
Our membership is open to
all registered parishioners who have reached the age of Confirmation, and can
help promote through full discussion and exchange of ideas, the planning of
activities, conduct and needs of our church. There are no membership fees or
annual dues, all we request is your help at masses and at our activities, (i.e.:
Train Shows, Dinners, Ice Cream Social, etc.) when your schedule permits. We’ll take anytime you have to offer, an hour, two hours, whatever.
Our General Membership
Meetings are held on the second Friday of the odd months, (except in
July), at 7:00 p.m. in the church hall. That’s only five meeting a year. If you are not available to attend a meeting,
we send the minutes to your home so you will always be aware of what’s going on
in the club.
If you are interested in
joining the Usher’s Club, or need more information, you may call the telephone
number listed in the weekly bulletin (Usher’s Club, President). All are welcome!
World AIDS Day Worship Service Group
For the past two years, Ss. Simon and Jude and
the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, has organized the annual World AIDS Day
Worship Service. This eucumenical celebration remembers those who have been
effected by the HIV/AIDS virus directly or indirectly. Panels from the AIDS
quilt are reverently displayed.