Posted on: June 14, 2020
Congratulations Sean O'Connell
It is with great pride that we, as St. Matthew’s faith community, congratulate
on his acceptance into the United States Air Force Academy.
Today, at the 10 a.m. Mass, Father Duane bestowed a special blessing on Sean in the presence of his family and friends. We wish him success in his future as an Air Force cadet.
Sean, may you fly high and sure in your new career!
Posted on: June 4, 2020
Archbishop Letter to Black Community
On May 29, Archbishop Vigneron wrote to the Black Catholic community to share his prayers for them and assure them of his solidarity
in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Over the past two months, I have witnessed with sorrow the effect the current pandemic has had particularly on the black community here in the Archdiocese of Detroit. It has been painful to hear daily of how the virus is impacting pastors, parish staff, and friends and family of the faithful here, and of the ensuing fear and anxiety that has followed in its wake since. And now, compounding this suffering is - as one of the faithful put it to me - that "deep, familiar, and soul-crushing ache" which the death of George Floyd has reawakened. I know that while physically distant, the events in Minneapolis have cut deep into existing wounds held close to your own hearts.
With this in mind, I wanted to offer a brief but sincere reassurance and expression of solidarity in our Catholic community. St. Paul preached: God has put this body together, so that "there may be no division in the body, but that the parts may have the same concern for one another. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy" (1 Cor. 12:25-26). Admittedly, this solidarity has not always been perfect - as I shared two summers ago in my pastoral note on racism, we are living the wounds of many years of injustice in our local communities. But like all things in the Christian life, when we turn to Him, all can be made perfect in Christ.
So, I want to acknowledge your suffering, to bring it into the light, so that we all together as a Catholic Church community can bring these wounds we share in Christ, to Christ for healing. I hope, too, that you will join me in praying for two additional petitions at this time. First and foremost is for a blessed repose for George Floyd, and for comfort for his grieving family and friends. Second is for peace, both in our
communities and in our own hearts.
Entrusting you to the intercession of Blessed Solanus Casey, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+ The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron Archbishop of Detroit
Posted on: May 30, 2020
Rice Bowl Collection
The Rice Bowls that you have faithfully donated to during this past Lent will be collected on the weekend of June 13 and 14, Corpus Christi Sunday.
Please do not return your contribution in the Rice Bowl box!
Place your donation in an envelope marked Rice Bowl and your name with cash (no coin) or check made out to St. Matthew Parish. This is important for the safety of those responsible for reconciling this collection. There will be a separate location in church for you to drop off your Rice Bowl donation. Thanks for your generosity!
Posted on: February 8, 2020
Welcome New Parishioners!
Bill & Bonnie Leone
of Grosse Pointe Woods
Mike & Jane Ellis
of Grosse Pointe Farms
We hope you find your spiritual home here!
Posted on: January 18, 2020
Financial Report July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 & 2019 CSA Report
Budget/27 Weeks: @ $2,442 (rounded) $65,000.00
Actual/27 Weeks: $65,999.03
Online Giving / 27 Weeks: $10,420.00
Total Actual 27 Weeks: $76,419.03
Overage / Shortfall: $10,476.66
Average Collection Sunday: $2,830.34
Average % of Budget / Sunday: 115.89%
Average % over (under) / Sunday: 15.89%
Debt Reduction Envelope / 27 Weeks: $1,473.00
Online Debt Reduction Giving: $300.00
Total Debt Reduction Giving: $1,773.00
NET OVERAGE FOR 27 WEEKS: $12,249.66
2019 CSA REPORT
CSA AoD Goal: $16,069.00
Total Pledged: $63,283.00
Total Paid (January 14,2020) $58,356.34
Pledge Balance: $4,926.66
Refund Anticipated: $47,214.00
Refund Issued: $28,469.00
Refund Due: $13,818.34
Average Pledge: $570.12
Parish Families: 216
Pledges Made: 111
Pledges Fully Paid: 84
Pledges Outstanding: 27
Posted on: December 14, 2019
2019 Gold'n Harvest Winners
2019 Gold'n Harvest 50/50 Raffle Announcing the Winners
The Gold'n Harvest 50/50 Raffle Drawing was held last Sunday, December 8th; it was a great success with friends and families again putting forth an extra-ordinary effort. The gross proceeds totaled $29,760, not including $300 in donations.
The amount of $29,760 was divided: with the amount of $14,880 being awarded to the parish, and balance divided among the winners. Three winners were awarded their prizes in accordance with the rules of the State of Michigan Charitable Gaming Commission. We congratulate these lucky winners!
- 1st Prize: $8,928 to Gary Schaff, member of the Wilk family
- 2nd Prize: $4,166.40 to Elenita Juco, parishioner
- 3rd Prize: $1,785.60 to Christina Ridella, parishioner
- Sellers' Drawing Winner: $200 to John Toth, parishioner
Thanks to the generosity of parish members, friends, and businesses who donated consolation prizes so many others could also be winners.
Thanks also to Co-chair, Bill Zuerblis, Debbie and Joe Nieddu, Jennifer Khalifah, and John and Liz Dunstone for collecting returns and assigning additional tickets at the weekend Masses. Thanks to Joe and Debbie Nieddu for manning the breakfast ticket table and handling the hungry crowd.
Majestic Cafe provided the breakfast that was enjoyed by all. Jennifer Khalifah pitched in again to help with the beverage service. The church auditorium was transformed into a welcoming space for the event by Tim and Karen Fitzgerald and Beverly Goll. We especially appreciate Tim Duffy who provided the sound system for us again this year as well. Of course, we cannot forget those of you who bought or sold the 50/50 Gold'n Harvest Raffle tickets. Your efforts truly made this fundraiser a success!
Posted on: November 9, 2019
Congratulations Marella Piazza!
The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATSJ held their Michigan Chapter Auditions at Hope College on November 2, 2019.
Marella was awarded "1st Place" in the Upper High School Classical Music category. Marella also received a "Special Award" in honor of her performance of "Liebst du um Schoenheit" by Clara Schumann.
Marella, your parish family is proud of you accomplishments and wishes every good thing for you in your future. God bless you!
Posted on: October 12, 2019
Stewardship Sunday Report FY18-19
Please see our FY18-19 stewardship report below. Thank you for your continued support!
Posted on: October 12, 2019
Gold'n Harvest Raffle Kickoff!
2019 Gold'n Harvest Raffle
Your tickets are in the mail along with a letter of instruction, and you should be receiving them soon. This is a very important fundraiser for our parish; and in view of the recent loss of property and damage to our church building, participation is more important than ever as we try to "restore and secure" our St. Matthew Church.
Please contact your family, friends, and neighbors to sell tickets. Flyers will be available soon for you to take to businesses for display in their stores.
Our drawing this year is on Sunday, December 8, following the 10 a.m. Mass. There will be a catered breakfast provided by the Majestic Cafe'.
Mark your calendars!