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Welcome Newest Parishioners!

July 29, 2018


Don and Debra Veryser of Grosse Pointe Woods

Valeria Coleman of Detroit
Jowanna Edwards of Detroit

We are so happy that you have joined our
St. Matthew Parish Community.

We hope that you find your spiritual home here
and God bless you in all that you do!


July 15, 2018


Announcing the graduations of Carolyn and Christina Ridella!

Financial Report 2017-2018

July 15, 2018

St. Matthew Parish Report
July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

Budget/52 Weeks @ $2,413 (rounded) $125,500.00
Actual/52 Weeks $121,848.60
Online Giving/52 Weeks $13,593.00
Total Actual/52 Weeks $135,542.60
Overage/Shortfall $10,042.60
Average Collection/Sunday $2,606.59
Average % of Budget/Sunday 108.02%
Average % over (under)/Sunday 8.02%
Debt Reduction Envelope/52 Weeks $3,398.00
Online Debt Reduction Giving $480.00
Total Debt Reduction Giving $3,878.00

2017 Catholic Services Appeal Parish Report


  • CSA Goal: $14,960.00
  • Total Pledged: $27,020.00
  • Total Paid (May 31, 2017) $25,997.92
  • Pledge Balance: $1,022.08
  • Refund Anticipated: $12,060.00
  • Refund Issued: $11,037.92
  • Refund Due: (Appeal Closed) 0.00
  • Average Pledge: $272.93
  • Number of Pledges Paid: 91

Farewell Lusch Family!

June 29, 2018

Adieu, sayonara, ciao, auf-wiedersehen, coda, cheerio, arrivederci ~ they all say the same thing ~ good-bye!

So, it is with sad hearts that we, as a parish, say goodbye to our fellow parishioners, the Patrick Lusch Family. We wish them God’s blessings and God–speed as they look forward to their future in Washington, D.C.

We are grateful for the gifts that they have brought to our parish. Patrick’s leadership in the Mass Mob, his participation as a Member-at-Large and Parish Webmaster on the Parish Council, a Jazz Nite event committee member, and his ministry as a Lector at Mass. Their young family has brought joy and vigor to our liturgies as their family grew, and babies were baptized.

So, we bid them a fond adieu with words that are inadequate to let them know we will miss them, hope they will pray for St. Matthew Parish, and will return soon to be welcomed as visitors.




My wife Kim and I wanted an opportunity to share the news of big changes that are currently afoot in our household.  Inside of a month’s time, our family will be relocating to Alexandria, Virginia. As many of you know, I work for the Federal Aviation Administration. I was recently offered a promotion, which after much prayer and discernment, is simply an opportunity we can’t pass up. I will be working in the Office of Accident Investigation as a Senior Air Accident Investigator, continuing my passion of working to keep our nation’s airspace the safest in the world.

Kim has accepted a new job as a first-grade teacher at the Basilica School of St. Mary, in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. In a curious twist of irony, she will leave St. Mary in Mt. Clemens, and move to St. Mary in Alexandria! Our oldest son Kylan will attend first grade at the Basilica School, and we flew him out there a few weeks ago to tour his new learning environment. The school is simply beautiful, and I know the kids will flourish there immersed in a Catholic education.

While we are excited for our new adventures, we are simultaneously sad and nervous. We know it’s a great opportunity for our family and an amazing place for our kids to grow up and learn about our country’s rich history, but it’s also a terribly sad thing to leave our family and friends in Michigan…especially our St. Matthew “home”. Aside from telling our parents and extended family, telling Fr. Novelly was one of the most heart-wrenching conversations yet.

Thirty-five years ago my parents brought me to St. Matthew for baptism, and similarly, we have brought our three children to be baptized here as well. For 35 years I’ve never felt more at home as when I walk through these doors. We’ve enjoyed amazingly beautiful times here, including our wedding in 2009, and we’ve grieved with the loss of many loved ones as we’ve laid them to rest from here. Quite simply, St. Matthew is interwoven throughout all our lives, for as long as we both can remember.

In some ways, we see this move as something that has been made possible by how our lives have been blessed and enriched during our time at St. Matthew. God has truly blessed us. Thank you for allowing me to sit on your parish council. Your council is comprised of some amazing people, and I know they will continue to do wonderful things for the parish. Thank you for the ways that you have loved us and welcomed us as family. Thank you for always encouraging us. We love each of you very much and are very sad to say goodbye. We humbly ask for your prayers that this transition is peaceful for our family, especially for Kylan, Kinsleigh, and Kamden. We will always continue to pray for our St. Matthew family and hold you in our hearts.

While parishioners will come and go, there is one who remains constant: Jesus Christ. Jesus has been here from the beginning and will be here with you for the rest of time. If, through the power of the Holy Spirit you allow Jesus to continue to guide you, the St. Matthew parish will continue to be filled with love, purpose, and mission.

May God bless each of you!

The Lusch Family
Patrick, Kim, Kylan, Kinsleigh, and Kamden

Welcome Newest Parishioner!

June 15, 2018

Welcome Our Newest Parishioners

Matthew Koppy of Shelby Township

Michael and Clare Mondalek
with baby daughter, Nora, of Grosse Pointe Park

We fellow parishioners at St. Matthew Church
heartily welcome you and hope you find your spiritual
home in our community!

Ordination Anniversary!

June 3, 2018

“I Am About My Father’s Work”

June 3, 1979 to June 3, 2018

Congratulations! Father Duane as you celebrate your 39th year of priestly ordination. Thank you for being our pastor, shepherding us and leading us to Christ through Liturgies and the Sacraments for 29 years!

Thank you for being a loving Father to your parishioners and to our Eastside community. May God bless you in mind, body, and spirit this day, this year, and for many more years to come.

We thank you, God our Father, for our pastor, Father Duane Novelly, who has responded to your call to priestly ministry.


Accept this prayer we offer on his behalf. Lead him to new depths of union with your Son. Increase in him profound faith in the Sacraments he celebrates as they nourish, strengthen, and heal us.


Lord , grant that Father Duane, your priest, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of his example, as a man of prayer who follows your will and ponders your Word.



2018 Jazz Nite Financial Report

May 10, 2018

Jazz Nite 2018 ~ Final Financial Report

Income Amount
Ticket Sales/Table Sponsorships $16,125.00
Special Parisian Sponsorships $10,070.00
50/50 Raffle $1,154.00
Program Book Advertising $2,650.00
Total Income $29,999.00


Expenses Amount
Marchiori Catering $9,129.39
Heart ‘n’ Soul Combo Band $900.00
Decorations $416.53
50/50 Raffle Disbursement $577.00
Program Book Development $333.93
Office/Administrative  $172.07
Total Expenses $11,528.92


Total Profit                               $18,470.08


The success of this fundraiser would not have been possible except for the financial support of parishioners, their friends and families. Also, in no small part the time and talent of the Jazz Nite Committee members, who gave all to its success. God bless you, everyone!

Congratulations, and Best of Luck Julie Smith!

April 15, 2018

Congratulations! And the Best of Luck!

Julie Smith gives new meaning to the phrase “You go, girl!”. Julie qualified for and will be participating in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16th. We wish nothing but the best in her efforts.

The Boston Marathon is hosted by several cities around Boston and is held on Patriots’ Day, the third Monday of April.

Started in 1897, the event was inspired by the success of the first marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics. It is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best known road racing events.

So, Julie, we will be thinking of you and wishing you well as you take on this challenge!

Welcome Newest Members!

April 10, 2018

St. Matthew Parish Joyfully Welcomes into Full Communion with the
Roman Catholic Church

Keith Arcicovich


Cory Fullilove

Who Received Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist at the Easter Vigil, on March 31, 2018.