Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church

32500 Palmer Rd. Westland, MI 48186


Welcome New Parishioners!

Sergio, Jannie, Erica, Carlo, Ryleigh, and Blake Escobar of Westland

Brianne Bierkamp and Casey Tennant of Belleville

Grace Teddy of Inkster

Cathy, Harold, Stephen, and Katherine Thorne of Westland

Juanita and Patrick Suchy of Westland

Matthew and Kimberly Redigan of Dearborn Heights

Lisa Denney of Romulus

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 parish!

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 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

Events and Activities

Lenten Friday Fish Fries are Back

Every Friday during Lent (except Good Friday) our Ushers’ Club will be serving dinners from 4:30-7 p.m. Check out the menu board in the gathering area and join us this Friday. Dine in or take out available. Thank you for your support!

"Share the Wealth"
You now have two chances to win at the Ushers' Club Fish Fries. In addition to the 50/50 raffle, a second "Share the Wealth" ticket will be drawn whereby the Ushers' Club will pay an additional $20 consolation prize.
Some people have inquired about possible food allergies (peanut, iodine, gluten) with the food preparation at our fish fries. Our french fries, fish, and shrimp are prepared in separate fryers in a non-peanut oil. Bon appetit!

Pray the Rosary

The 39ers will be praying the Rosary every Monday of Lent at 11 a.m. in the church. All are welcome!

Fun Bowling League

The Ss. Simon and Jude Fun Bowling League is starting back up! We will be bowling at Westland Bowl Sundays at 6:30 p.m. starting January 19 and continuing for 12 weeks. You do not need to bowl every Sunday, come when you can. The cost is $10 a week which helps pay for a party at the end of the 12 weeks and mystery games each week. Remember it is fun, so any kind of bowler is welcome, especially spectators! Please note, we will not be bowling on Super Bowl Sunday (February 2). For more information call Westland Bowl at 734-722-7570.

Bowling Fun

It’s not too late to drop in Sunday nights at 6:30 p.m. and join the Ss. Simon and Jude Fun Bowling League. Two weeks ago Ronnie Mosier bowled two turkeys in one game. Wow!!!

Movies During Lent
Immediately following the Stations of the Cross, Friday, March 28, the Education Commission will present the 24-minute film "Franz Jagerstatter- A Man of Conscience" featuring the voice of Martin Sheen as the voice of Franz Jagerstatter. In 1938, Hitler's army occupied Austria. All men were ordered to enlist in the military. Franz Jagerstatter, a farmer and father of four, went into military training, but refused to fight in Hitler's army, knowing he would face execution. His neighbors, pastor, and even the bishop tried to convince him to enlist for the sake of his family. But Franz felt his faith and conscience compelled him to follow the teachings of God and not the decrees of the Third Reich. He was imprisoned, then executed August 9, 1943 at the age of 36. In 2007 the Vatican declared Franz a true martyr, officially placing him in the process of sainthood. The deep faith and courage of this humble farmer is an inspiration to all, and leads many to say No to war and to work for peace. Please join us--all are welcome!

Movies During Lent

The Education Commission is sponsoring “movie nights” Friday’s after the Stations of the Cross. Stations are at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 7 p.m. Our first movie, Friday, March 7, is “The Power of Forgiveness.” It features Novel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh and bestselling authors Thomas Moore and Marianne Williamson (78 minutes).

March 14 “Roses in December”

March 21 “The Faces of Poverty”

March 28 “Franz Jagerstatter: A Man of Conscience”

April 4 “Bishop Thomas Gumbleton: A Prophet Among Us?” Part 1

April 11 “Bishop Thomas Gumbleton: A Prophet Among Us?” Part 2

Please see the bulletin each week for the description of that Friday’s movie.

--Education Commission

Scrip (Gift Cards) Update
Our next date for purchasing Scrip "gift cards" has been rescheduled to March 29 and 30 instead of the first weekend in April. Buying scrip is great for gifts, personal purchases, and especially great for our parish! Many people remember Scrip as a paper voucher used at a local business, but Scrip has come a long way since then. Nearly 100% of the Scrip sold now comes in the form of a gift card just like you would purchase directly from the business or kiosks you see at drugstores and grocery stores. Support our parish and purchase your Scrip next weekend!

Mark Your Calendar!
Sunday, March 30

8 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

The Blood Drive is this weekend March 30 from 8 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Please remember to drink lots of water and cut down on caffeine. 

You can now schedule your appointment online!

Go to

Click on the blue Enter Sponsor Code (left side).

Type in stsimon (all lowercase) and enter.

Locate our church in the list and click on make an appointment.

Create a login under new user.

Choose your donation time and save a life!

Anointing of the Sick

The Anointing of the Sick service will be held Tuesday, April 1 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 ill, or for those facing surgery. A light lunch will be served after the service. Please call the church office at 722-1343 if you are planning to attend so we will have a lunch count.

Movies During Lent

Immediately following the Stations of the Cross, Friday, April 4, the Education Commission will present “A Prophet Among Us-The Story of Bishop Thomas Gumbleton.” Courageous and compassionate, Bishop Tom Gumbleton’s political and moral compass has long been a subject of controversy in the Catholic Church. For over a generation, his record of civil disobedience has mingled poetically with his reverence to God.

Well known for his prophetic support of peace and justice, his message of non-violence and unconditional love resounds with fervor and vitality. Bishop Gumbleton has been arrested for engaging in protests opposing the war in Iraq and the use of nuclear weapons. A victim of “inappropriate touches” by a priest when he was a teen, Tom Gumbleton had the courage to confront the reality of the clerical abuse of children as well as champion the rights of gays and lesbians in the church.

Bishop Tom Gumbleton’s intrepid leadership is a tribute to his strength of character and to the grace of God. Please join us—all are welcome! 

Holy Thursday Potluck

Again this year, the Worship Commission is sponsoring the Holy Thursday Potluck Supper, April 17. The Liturgy of the Word of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be read at 6 p.m. in the Fr. Nieckarz Hall, followed by the supper. At approximately 7:30 p.m. we will proceed into the church. Father Gerry will do the Washing of the Feet, followed by the Homily and Mass. We will then proceed into the Fr. Oldani Hall for the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

A sign up sheet will be in the gathering area. Please bring your own silverware, plate, and cup as we are going green again this year. Also please bring your dish ready-to-serve with a serving utensil. 

Are You Spring Cleaning?
The Mother Cabrini Guild is having their garage sale, Friday, April 25, 2014 and we need your help with your castoffs.

Our drop-off dates are:

Wednesday, April 23: 6-8 p.m. ONLY

Thursday, April 24: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ONLY

There are some items that we cannot accept:

NO stuffed animals

NO tins

NO straw baskets

NO typewriters or computers

NO large furniture

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

Enjoy A Night Out!
We are pleased to announce that registration for Trivia Night on Saturday, April 26 is now OPEN!!! Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with trivia to begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. $20/team up to 4 persons. Cost includes 10 rounds of questions, popcorn, and 6 dogs and 6 chips for each team. Space is limited to the first 35 teams and NO registrations will be taken at the door.
To register, please visit our website at For more information, please contact us at or call Kathy Hansen at 734-716-4436.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there! All proceeds to the Ss. Simon and Jude Building Debt Reduction Program.

Scrip (Gift Cards) Program Returns

Orders for Scrip “Gift Cards” will be taken the last  weekend of March, and the first weekends of May and June with pick-up the following weekend. A fall schedule will be published at a later date.

Look for some new businesses, such as Great Clips and Dave & Busters! To date the Scrip program has brought in $1,179.26 for our parish. Thank you for your support.

Book Discussion Update

Our next book discussion scheduled for Thursday, April 10 has been postponed to Thursday, May 8 at 7 p.m. The subject in May is “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, “The Good Lord Bird” is both a rousing adventure and moving exploration of identity and survival. Please join us in May. All are welcome!

New Information

Those Darn Kids!
Are you wondering what those crazy youth group kids have been up to? We know you see them all around. They have been very busy.

In January, they had a lock-in. They came to the church from noon-midnight (that’s right 12 hours!). During this time they played games, worked on plans for the year, and did two projects. The kids made, decorated, and delivered cookies to Maple Manor. Then they made and delivered a gingerbread house for a friend, Bob Hickson, that has always been so supportive of the youth group.

February 8 and 9, four of our high school girls went to a fabulous Catholic Youth Conference (Rainbow) held in Detroit at the Renaissance Center. This conference is awesome! It is awesome to see 1,300 high school youth all celebrating their faith. We did a lot of praying, singing, dancing, and being part of the community!

We are getting ready to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 16! Please join us—more information will be forthcoming.

To Bob Hickson, thank you so much for always having our backs. Thank you for always supporting all our activities. We know that sometimes we drove you crazy and you would get irritated with us. Know that we will always love you.


Youth Group

Cleaning Schedule for March

Group 4 Saturday, March 1 9:00 a.m.

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

Group 2 Thursday, March 13 6:30 p.m.

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

Group 4 Saturday, March 29 9:00 a.m.

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.

Did You Know?

We have been making financial progress in our efforts to sustain our parish. In the period of October-December 2013 we realized an income of $84,333.64 with expenses of $64,544.45; a net income of $19,789.19. This is compared to October-December 2012, where we had a net loss of $9,969.36. Our income has increased 18% and our expenses were reduced 21% in those comparative periods. So that is encouraging!

This coming year we will work to improve payment of our debt to the Archdiocese and to address a number of capital improvements. Thank you for your generosity and support that sustains our parish and helps us to be viable. Keep up the great work!

- Tom Kyle, Finance Council

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

Just a note:

Some of our plants have been getting too much “love” (water)—droopy does not always mean thirsty. The plants are actually rotting at the roots. The parish has a volunteer who tends the plants inside the church. We also do not need any additional plants donated or left at the church. Thank you for your help. 

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
5% increase

Average weekly use of envelopes:
July – September 2012: 140
July – September 2013: 131
7% decrease

Parish registrations:
July 1 2012 : 594 families
June 30, 2013: 649 families
9% increase

While other parishes in the area are losing membership,
SS. Simon & Jude is increasing.

This is significant and encouraging.

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!

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 call:
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 | 734-722-3790

Help Needed

Cleaning Crew Schedules
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.
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.

Garden Club

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 interested.
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 tasks.
Thank you,
Chris Dixon

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 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.

Eucharistic Ministers Needed

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

General Information

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 homilies!


#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 expert!

#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 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.

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 parishioners.

God Bless, St. Vincent de Paul

Household Size                                  Rx Outreach

Persons in Family Unit                     2013 Eligibility 

1                                                          $34,470

2                                                          $46,530

3                                                          $58,590

4                                                          $70,650

5                                                          $82,710

6                                                          $94,770

7                                                          $106,830

8                                                          $118,890

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 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” 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.

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, 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 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 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 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.

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