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Posted on: July 15, 2019

2018-2019 Stewardship & CSA Report

Posted on: June 15, 2019

Rest in Peace: George Zainea & Brent Jacob

May they rest in the peace of Christ

George Zainea
Brother of Joe  Zainea‚Äč

Brent Jacob
Husband of Lynn Jacob

May the Lord bring comfort and healing to the families and friends of these departed loved ones.

Posted on: June 8, 2019

Sean O'Connell Eagle Scout Project

"Hello,  St. Matthew's  Community." 

With  these  words, Sean O'Connell, a Boy Scout from Grosse Pointe  South High School, Troop 96, began his Eagle Scout Project here at St. Matthew Parish. Using our parish as his point of organization and distribution, Sean conceived, organized, and executed the collection of school supplies from the community reaching out to organizations and parishes in both Grosse Pointe and Detroit to provide over 130 backpacks filled with essentials for school work for those youngsters who otherwise would go without.

Sean succeeded in obtaining his Eagle Scout award due to his efficiency, kindness, and understanding toward those he served on this project. Subsequently, he asked Father Duane  to introduce him at the presentation of his Eagle Scout award on Monday, June 3rd.

Father indicated to those attending the award ceremony how Sean exemplified the fulfillment of the Scout law of friendliness, helpfulness, and kindness. He added that through Sean's activities in the Scouts since first grade not only brought Sean merit badges to his sash but also merit to his life. As a successful student and excelling in school athletics, Sean will fly high in all he undertakes in the future. Father prayed that Sean will always receive his strength from God and courage to live out the Scout oath and law which reflects God's command to us all. As our hymn sings, "He'll raise us up on eagle's wings," so may Sean be born aloft by the merits earned so as to fly high on Eagles' wings. Sean plans his future success at the Air Force Academy!

Posted on: June 1, 2019

Anniversary of Fr. Duane's Ordination

“I Am About My Father’s Work”

June 3, 1979 to June 3, 2019

Congratulations Father Duane as you celebrate your 40th year of priestly ordination. Thank you for being our pastor, shepherding us and leading us to Christ through Liturgies and the Sacraments for 30 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.

Lord God, most holy,
we approach you in gratitude
for your holy ordained priesthood.
You have called Father Duane Novelly to be set
apart and to shepherd your people,
as you shepherd your entire church.
We pray for him in his daily work.
Grant him an increase in spiritual gifts and grace,
so he may be prepared for the tasks at hand.
Protect him from evil and any bodily harm.
It is through the sacraments he confers
that we encounter the divine
in a real and profound way.
May we never lose sight of his ministry and
never fail to cherish the gift of his life,
which he has freely given to you
and your holy church.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son.

Posted on: May 18, 2019

2019 Jazz Nite Financial Report


Ticket Sales / Table Sponsorships $15,385.00
"City Rhythms" Sponsorships $16,260.00
50/50 Raffle $1,246.00
Program Book Advertising $4,000.00
Total Income: $36,891.00
Marchiori Catering $8.704.23
Heart 'n' Soul Combo Band $900.00
Decorations: $336.51
50/50 Raffle Disbursement $623.00
Program Book Development $476.73


Total Expenses: $11,349.71
Total Profit: $25,541.29


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!

Note: If you had your photo taken at the construction street scene during the event, you may pick it up in the back vestibule of the church. There are two of each, one for you and one for a friend! They are 4x6, and additional copies are available by contacting the rectory. Also note: Every- one looks stunning!

Posted on: April 20, 2019

Rest in Peace: Daniel Lusch

Rest in Peace


Daniel A. Lusch
Father of Patrick Lusch

February 10, 1951 - April 13, 2019

Posted on: April 20, 2019

Rest in Peace: Steve Czapski

Our Recently Deceased

Dan Lusch, Father of Patrick Lusch

Janice Lafferty, Wife of Richard Lafferty

Richard Gross, Father of David Gross


May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed be made glorious in the sight of the Lord and know joy with him forever. Amen!

Posted on: April 13, 2019

Jazz Nite Thank You's!

Jazz Nite 2019

~ City Rhythms ~ 20th Century Detroit

      This is a feeble attempt to thank all those who made the 2019 Jazz Nite a success.

      To  Kathy  Lozon, our liaison to Marchiori Catering, organizer of the 50/50 Raffle, and for her help on the decorations. To her helpers on the 50/50 Raffle during the event; Donna Bolz, Mary Ann Pilette,  Janine Lozon, Debbie Nieddu, and Bev Goll; to her Greeters, Janet  Bielman  and Debbie Veryser. 

      Thanks to Joe Zainea  who provided the hand-out at the Welcome Table on the history of Detroit Jazz. 

      For our ticket sellers; Jeff Smith manning  the table following the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturdays, to Jennifer Khalifah, who commandeered the  same  table after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sundays,  and  who  was there to welcome the guests as they entered the Banquet Center. To Aurora Guinto, who sold three tables to family and friends and for her solicitations resulting in numerous contributions from $1,000 to $20. 

      For Kathy Lozon, Donna Bolz, Mary Jo Arcicovich, and Janine Lozon for the efforts at assembling and setting up the decorations for  the  evening. We can't forget Barb Touhey who stepped in to volunteer her special printer for the "glowing" centerpieces.  

      A special thanks to Liz Smith and Wayne County Commissioner, Tim Killeen, for their efforts in obtaining the construction barrels, the  road barricade, and caution tape for our photo booth. Thanks to Bill Bogle who stepped in at the last minute to be our photographer. Thanks, Bill, for your time and expertise.

      Thanks to Patricia Camazzola-Godoshian and Gerianne LaPratt for their work on obtaining ads for our Program Book doubling the business ads over last year. As "newbies," they did a fantastic job!

      The Program Book was developed by Patrick Lusch, who in spite of being an "out of towner" was always available for an e-mail, a phone call, or any other challenge that came his way. Patrick researched and successfully obtained the graffiti wall used as our back drop for the photo opportunity. 

      The donations of special raffle prizes were provided by Gerianne  LaPratt,  DiMaggio  Jewelers,  Village Market, and gift baskets created by Janet Harrington (Detroit Jazz theme) and Debbie Nieddu with help from Bev Goll and Karen Fitzgerald (Detroit products).  

      A very special recognition to Dr. Norm Bolz, Jerry Vanooteghem, and Marty Buffalini for driving in their vintage vehicles to display in the Center's courtyard. What a treat to have these special cars at our event as we celebrated 20th Century Detroit.

      Much appreciation to Father Duane for his pastoral support and his Big Ideas (that worked!). To Marilyn Lynn for her administrative support and organization of the guests and donors so all could have recognition and to make certain everyone had a good time. To  the many hands, many thanks.

Posted on: April 10, 2019

Welcome Claudia Gostine!

Welcome to our St. Matthew Community Family

Claudia Gostine of Grosse Pointe Farms!

We hope Claudia finds many spiritual blessings and graces here in St. Matthew’s faith community.