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Kroger Community Rewards

September 1, 2018

Kroger Community Rewards

The Kroger Co. Family of Stores has recently upgraded their Community Rewards system; and as a result, our St. Matthew Parish has a new account number—AW497.

St. Matthew parishioners who are participants allow our parish to be a recipient of this Kroger Program Awards Program set up to bring hope and help to local neighborhoods and create a stronger community.

If you are not participating as a member of this Community Awards Program, please seriously consider joining. We are trying to boost our membership; here is how you can join.

  • Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com
  • Click “create an account”
  • Put in your e-mail address and a password; confirm your password
  • Enter your Kroger card number or alternate ID number
  • Go to Community Rewards section
  • Follow the steps (name, address, etc.)
  • Put in the NPO number for St. Matthew Parish—AW497 or part of the church’s name
  • Choose St. Matthew Church
  • Click ‘enroll”

You can also enroll at stmatthewdetroit.com by selecting
Giving under Our Parish information. You must have a computer
to enroll. Kroger Customer Service no longer enrolls members at
their stores.

Rest in Peace: Salvador Cardenas

September 1, 2018

Salvador Cardenas

Father OF Angie Jones

“May eternal rest grant
unto him, O Lord,
and Let Perpetual Light
shine upon him.”

El Señor ha llamado resto
casa, Salvador, en paz.

Rest In Peace: Sheila Pocius

August 25, 2018


1974 TO 2018



“May eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and Let Perpetual Light shine upon her.”
Rest in Peace, Sheila,
For the Lord has Called You home!

John Pocius has written to the parish,

“Thank you to everyone for prayers and support
and assistance.”

It was on the evening of our parish Tiger Game outing that we all learned Sheila had returned home from the hospital. It was Laura Ridella who suggested a list of volunteers be created to provide meals for the Pocius family as they spent their energies on Sheila’s recovery.

The response was overwhelming, and now there are volunteers providing dinners for the Pocius family Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of September. The family is most grateful for this generosity, and we are grateful for the foresight of Laura who saw the need and acted upon it. Appreciation goes to those parishioners who stepped up without hesitation to lend a hand. God bless all of you!

Cucchi's Corner

August 25, 2018

Rick’s Notes from the Loft



Choir Members Wanted: Positions open to soprano, alto, tenor and bass. No others need apply.

Physical Qualifications: Must be able to carry light musical notes across the sanctuary. Must have sufficient vision to see the director.

Experience: No application will be accepted from persons who have not sung, hummed, or whistled in the bathtub or shower at some or any time.

Beginning Wage: Increased satisfaction and joy in the service to God.

Fringe Benefits: Social Security. We promise you the security of social fellowship with other choir members.

Bonus: Year-end Choir Member Picnic!

Hours: Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 11:15. There are occasional opportunities for overtime.

Retirement: Generally determined by printed notes getting too small; the hymnal too heavy; notes too high; sanctuary too hot or too cold; or the organist is unable to play the notes you sing!

Interested?: Contact Rick Cucchi at cucchi@umich.edu or come to the first rehearsal in the choir loft balcony on September 9th at 9:15 a.m. or call the rectory to sign up.

National Night Out!

August 18, 2018

National Night Out 2018

Father Duane At Chandler Park’s Aquatic Center With East English Village Community DPD Officers from the 5th Precinct

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