Welcome New Parishioners!
Rita Carey of Westland
Amy, Eleanor, Arlene, and Damein Ross of Canton
Theresa, Timothy, and Joseph Russell of Wayne
Kathy Plesuchenko of Redford
Merrill Downing of Westland
Jean Kearney of Westland
Save Time and Donate Online!
Our parish now uses an Online Giving system called WeShare.
This will allow you to make your donations without writing a check 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
Those who wish to continue to use traditional methods of
offering may do so, however, we ask that you prayerfully consider Online
Giving. If you would like to enroll, please visit www.stssimonandjude.weshareonline.org
or go to our website and click on the Online Giving logo at the bottom of the
home page. 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.
“Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed
together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the
measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” –Luke 6:38
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 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. Please use your Christmas envelope for your Christmas Offering. You
may dedicate your weekend 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
Help Our Veterans
The Mother Cabrini Guild is collecting 2014 calendars, white
sport socks, and white t-shirts for our Veterans to be given to both VA
Hospitals (Detroit and Ann Arbor). Let’s not forget those who have served our
country and are in need. There will be a box in the gathering area. Also, if
you would like to sign a Christmas card and maybe a note, the Veterans would be
very happy to receive this greeting. Some of the Veterans are alone and we
really want to make this Christmas special.
Thanks for your help—Mother Cabrini Guild
Retirement Fund for Religious
Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious helps provide
prescription medications, nursing care, and more. The collection will be next
weekend, December 7 and 8 and an envelope in this weekend’s bulletin—please be
Do Your Christmas Shopping With Us!
We will be selling gift cards after both Masses every weekend for the rest
of November and through December 8. Please consider purchasing gift cards for
those hard-to-shop-for family members and friends. Each gift card purchase will
provide money back to our parish. Our next order dates will be the weekends of November
16/17, 23/24, 30/December 1, 7/8, and 14/15. Feel free to bring questions with your
Poinsettias will be available to be
picked up at the Santa Breakfast, 12/15. Please support the Youth Group and
order a beautiful poinsettia for the Christmas season.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Join the Youth Group for a
free breakfast with Santa December 15 after Mass. Donations are accepted and
Decorating for Christmas
Please join us Saturday, December 21 at 9 a.m. to decorate
the church for Christmas. Many hands make light work. After the decorating is
completed, we will serve a pizza lunch! Hope to see you there!
The Indoor Environment Committee
The book discussion group is taking the month of December
off, as usual. We will meet again Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. Our book
this time is “Song of Willow Frost” by Jamie Ford. Please join us. All are
Trivia Night FUNdraiser
As a way to raise more money to help with costs, we will be hosting a Trivia
Night on January 11, 2014. We hope to raise over
$1,000 from this event and are currently in the process of finalizing details.
There are a variety of tasks that go into this Trivia Night, so there's sure to
be something for everyone. If you can't help at the actual event, we do need
help beforehand purchasing drinks/food/etc. and afterwards returning cans and
bottles. The day of the event we'll need help with the welcome table,
alcohol/beverage sales, collecting score cards, actually scoring the cards,
cashiering, and set-up and take-down to name a few things. If you're interested
in helping, please sign up in the gathering area.
Trivia Night Planning Committee: Kathy Hansen, Robin Wagner, Mary Porter,
Mickey Hansen, John and Kathy Sanford
Holiday Bulletin Deadlines
The deadline for submitting bulletin articles is by noon:
Friday, December 6 for the December 14/15 bulletin
Friday, December 13 for the December 21/22 bulletin
Wednesday, December 18 for the December 28/29 bulletin
Friday, December 20 for the January 4/5 bulletin
Did You Know?
Below is a comparison of income from envelopes for the third
quarter of last year compared to this year:
July – September 2012: $44,741.00
July – September 2013: $46,995.50
Average weekly use of envelopes:
July – September 2012: 140
July – September 2013: 131
July 1 2012 : 594 families
June 30, 2013: 649 families
While other parishes in the area are losing membership,
SS. Simon & Jude is increasing.
This is significant and encouraging.
“Bundle Up for Michigan”
This drive is sponsored by our St.
Vincent de Paul. Warm items, such as adults and CHILDREN’s coats, snow pants,
gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves may be dropped off in our church gathering
area. We will keep them here until our Christmas giving program is over
(Christmas Eve) and then leftovers will be sent to our thrift store. We’re
seeing an urgent demand for winter coats and apparel.
Please continue to be generous and contribute your new or slightly used
articles so all our friends and neighbors will be warm. Thank you for your
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
Eucharistic Ministry at St. Mary Mercy
We are seeking some energetic people
who like to walk to serve their brothers and sisters by being Ministers of the
Eucharist at St. Mary Mercy Hospital. We distribute to the patients seven days
a week. We ask a commitment of one day per week or one day every other week.
Training for “how to distribute in a hospital” will be conducted here. Please
Dr. Carol Crowley, Director, Spiritual Care
St. Mary Mercy Hospital—734-655-2395
Website and Facebook Information
In order to effectively promote the
events in our parish, advanced notice is needed. Please contact the parish
office to check available calendar dates BEFORE planning an
event/activity. Then, once a date is set, please contact Kathy Hansen
to provide her with the needed information at least three (3) weeks in advance
of the event, meeting, registration, training, etc. This includes: Event
name, Date(s) of event, Time of event, a contact person for event, and any
other information that you feel will be needed (ie: price, etc.). This
information will help when posting updates on our website and promoting our
events on our Facebook page. Many people get their information from these
sources, so advance notice is needed so we can start promoting them early
enough for people to make arrangements if need be. If you plan a spontaneous
event where you cannot contact her three weeks in advance, please still get in
touch with her so she can promote it ASAP.
Thank you for you help!
Kathy Hansen, Director of Publicity
email@example.com | 734-722-3790
Cleaning Volunteers Needed
As most of you know, our parish does not have a maintenance
person. The position was eliminated a few years ago in a cost reduction effort.
The cleaning and minor repairs have been handled by parishioners.
At this time, we need MORE volunteers in our parish cleaning
groups. Two of our groups—Group 1 and PSR parents have had their numbers
dwindle in the last few months. PSR parents are offered a reduction in PSR fees
if they commit to cleaning on a regular basis.
The current parish cleaning schedule is as follows:
Group 1—Wednesday BEFORE the first Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Group 2—(PSR Parent Group) 2nd Thursday at 6:30
Group 3—3rd Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Group 4—Saturday after the 4th Friday at 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. The schedules, particularly
PSR and Group 1 (all senior citizens), are negotiable.
Please call Johanna Gajda at 734-652-8044 for more
information or to volunteer.
We would like to start an “unofficial” Garden Club. There
will be no regular meetings and no regular times for us to work together. We’re
looking for volunteers who would be willing to come water and weed during the
week at times that are convenient for them. Please call me if you are
I will keep a schedule of who is volunteering and when so that we can spread
the help out over the season. I’m thinking we won’t need more than one person
on any given day.
You will not be asked to help with cleaning at the beginning or end of the
season (unless you want to); we have a crew to handle the more time-consuming
Garden Club Request
As you are working in your own gardens this summer, if you
find that you have too many plants and want to thin them out, please consider
donating them to us. We could use them in various places on the grounds. We
have lots of projects in various places on the grounds. We have lots of
projects in mind to beautify the areas around our church even more. Thank you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or drop
it off in the parish office. Thank you!
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. The Finance Council members are Betty Booher,
Charley Hallman, Kathy Hansen, Mickey Hansen, Tom Kyle and Judy Shackelford.
Thank you, Finance Council
Funeral Luncheon Help
Last fall at our “Get To Know Us Better” Fair, a sheet was
available to sign up for funeral luncheon help. That sheet has been misplaced.
Our apologies to those parishioners who offered their time and talents and have
not as yet been contacted. We still 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.
We are looking for
additional Eucharistic Ministers to help serve host and wine at Mass. If you
have served before and would like to help us again, or if you have never helped
with this part of the liturgy but want to help, all are welcome. Mass preferences
can be accommodated. If you are interested, please contact Gwen Brooks at
734-721-0217 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Top 10 Reasons You
Should Register at Ss. Simon & Jude:
#10 – Our parish has earned an Olympic Gold Medal in
the sport of “Holding Potucks”!
#9 – You will NEVER sleep through one of Fr. Gerry’s
#8 – DONUT SUNDAYS EVERY MONTH!
#7 – The Usher’s spaghetti sauce is THE BEST!
#6 – New parish registrants will receive the
stylish and fashionable Ss. Simon & Jude tote bag!
#5 – We do Holy Week like NO other Catholic parish!
#4 – Complimentary access to our resident Titanic
#3 – Everyone receives a free monthly subscription
to the “Stall Street Journal”!
#2 – Access to our distinctive and special
“Sacramental Mini-Water Park & Heated Baptismal Font”!
#1 – Everyone is welcome @ Ss. Simon & Jude!
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
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.
Attention All Parishioners!
Do you or someone you know need help with the cost of prescription drugs?
St. Vincent de Paul has a new prescription program.
If your income calls within the guidelines below, please
contact the SVDP office at 734-326-7323 or drop in and see us any weekday
between 9:30 a.m. and noon. We are hoping this will help many of our fellow
God Bless, St. Vincent de Paul
Household Size Rx
Persons in Family Unit 2013
For each additional person $12,060
2013 CSA Update
We have received 129 responses for a total of $17,619
pledged thus far, which puts us at 78% of our targeted goal of $22,627 set by
the Archdiocese of Detroit.
If you have already pledged, we thank you. If you still need
to make a pledge, want to increase your pledge, or even 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.
Did you know that if we do not reach our targeted goal of
$22,627 we still have to pay that amount to the archdiocese, resulting in
taking money from our parish budget?
Once our pledge obligation is met, 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!
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.
Ladies, Can We Please Have Your Attention?
Lipstick on your collar! OOPS! Lipstick on our purificators! 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!
Remember Your Loved Ones
Give the Gift of a Mass
With the heat rising this summer, we have also had rising
electric bills. 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 336 Masses a year. If we have two
intentions for each Mass at $10 each, we could raise $6,720, which would help
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” 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!
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.
Kroger Fundraiser 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.
It’s easy to re-enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards—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 one in the new customer
section. 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 participation.
Meijer Community Rewards Program
If you regularly shop at Meijer, we need you to join Meijer
Community Rewards. It’s free and can be done online at Meijer.com/rewards or in
store by applying for a Meijer Credit Card. If you already have a Meijer Credit
Card, just call 1-800-962-7011 to add Meijer Community Rewards to your Meijer
Credit Card account, then simply use your Meijer Credit Card.
If you don’t have a Meijer Credit Card, you can visit Meijer
and obtain a Meijer 1 Card, which is a non-financial card that is used with
cash or a PIN-based debit card to link your purchases to your Meijer Community
Rewards account whenever you shop at Meijer.
Use it for Meijer gas, food, clothing, toys, housewares,
jewelry, hardware, garden, and more! Purchases made with a linked Meijer Credit
Card earn 1%. Purchases made with cash or PIN based debit cards and swiped a
Meijer 1 Card earn 0.5%.
The organization number for Ss. Simon and Jude is 455920.
Thank you for supporting Ss. Simon and Jude Parish!
Kroger and Meijer Rewards
It’s still not too late to renew or sign up for the Kroger
and Meijer 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.
If you regularly shop at Meijer and have a Meijer credit
card or a Meijer 1 card, you can add Meijer Community Rewards to your account.
Visit www.meijer.com/rewards and
Ss. Simon and Jude’s organization number is 455920. Use it for Meijer gas,
food, clothing toys, housewares, jewelry, hardware, garden and more!
We have made money just from shopping that we would normally
be doing. Thanks for your continued support.