Our Ministries

PARISH MINISTRIES


Bereavement Ministry

Participates in Vigil services, funeral Holy Masses, etc., to assist those who have had a death in their family and also organizes annual parish Memorial Service.

  • Meeting Time: Announced through parish bulletin and from the pulpit
  • Contact: Kathleen Kortebein, (586) 713-9097

Bible Study

Bible Study classes offered throughout the year.

  • For details contact: Marge Lewandowski, (586) 731-1533

Book Club

Read about the lives of the Saints, watch videos and meet with the group to discuss.

  • Meeting Time: 3rd Monday of every month at 7:00 pm in Room 119
  • Contact: Gina Smak, (586) 431-2585

Choirs

  • Adult Choir – 9:30 am Holy Mass Organist and Director: Joe Long, (810) 882-1806 or josalong42@gmail.com. 7:30 am Holy Mass Director: Mary Shiner, (248) 879-9776 or mshiner38@gmail.com.
  • Children’s Choir – Ages 5 to 12. The group sings at the 9:30 am Holy Mass, the last Sunday and for special events. Contacts: Joe Long, (810) 882-1806 or Sarah & Trinity, sscyrilschildrenschoir@gmail.com

Church Property Maintenance

For information regarding church property maintenance and general matters.

  • Contact: Rudy Grado, (586) 292-9609

Communion for the Homebound

If you or a loved one is unable to attend the Holy Mass and need Holy Communion brought to your home or to the hospital, please:

  • Contact the Legion of Mary, Mary Shiner, (248) 879-9776, or Joe Marine: (586) 739-4232

Communion to Troy Beaumont Hospital Ministry

The fifth corporal work of mercy is to visit the sick. Please prayerfully consider bringing Jesus, in the Holy Eucharist, to a sick sister or brother who is in the Troy Beaumont Hospital on Wednesdays. Times may vary.

  • Contact: Alice Tocco, (810) 241-1182

Friends of the Abbey Ministry

Reaches out to establish relationships and develop friendships with our lonely brothers and sisters in the Abbey Nursing Home in Warren (12 Mile between Hoover & Schoenherr).

  • Meeting Time: 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Abbey Nursing Home.
  • Contact: Gina Smak, (586) 431- 2585

Friends of the Congo

The group is a Mission of Prayer Ministry while raising awareness and encouraging sacrifice and almsgiving for the donations of Medical Equipment and other assistance in building a Clinic for the people who are suffering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • Contact: Deacon Joe Hulway

Garden Club

Join the fun and help keep our parish gardens beautiful! No gardening experience necessary.

  • Contact: Parish Office, (586) 726-6911

Hands of Mercy Ministry

The group’s aim is to offer simple concrete forms of support to parishioners in a time of need, whether they have just welcomed a baby, are grieving the loss of a loved one, have a family member hospitalized or deployed.

  • Members will begin by providing meals for those in these situations.
  • Contact: Christy Durkee, 586-781-9687 or acedurkee@gmail.com

Hospitality Team

This group of enthusiastic parishioners has been formed to serve at a variety of activities. If you would like to get to know others and provide a helping hand at parish events.


iNVICTUS CHRISTUS (Unconquerable Christ)

A lay Catholic men’s leadership apostolate that seeks to raise up, train up and build up the next generation of heroic Catholic leaders and sets out to strengthen men, not just for temporal battle, but the spiritual battle as well. It is the objective of iNVICTUS CHRISTUS to inspire men to attain heroic virtue and bold leadership. To that end, the group fortifies men in four foundational pillars of virtue: Faith, Formation, Holy Fraternity and fortitude. Anchored in these Four Pillars, a man becomes a “man of mission,” who sets out to not only lead and uplift his family but to transform the very world he lives in with the Word of God and the unconquerable love of Christ.

  • Meetings, for men age 18 and up, are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 8:00 pm in Room 117
  • Contact: Tom Vitale, (586) 206-1905, invictus.christus@gmail.com

Knights of Columbus

St. Nicholas Council – A Catholic men’s family organization, for ages 18 and over, that works to support charities, especially focused on the mentally impaired. The group’s ministry also supports SS. Cyril & Methodius activities through fundraisers.

  • Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of each month at 8:00 pm
  • Contact: Tom Starynchak, (586) 489-8661 or ts.starynchak@live.com

Blessed Virgin Mary Assembly 1839 – The group is a Patriotic 4th Degree (Color Corp). New members must be 3rd Degree in good standing. The 4th Degree is a Catholic, Family, Fraternal service organization. Involvements are to support the Veteran Affairs Service, collect food for the veteran’s pantry, march in patriotic holiday parades, conduct a yearly U.S. Flag Retirement ceremony and Color Corp participation, per the pastor’s request, at special church activities. A Ladies of the Assembly group is comprised of the spouses of the 4th Degree members. The ladies assist and support activities.

  • Meetings are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm
  • Contact: Mike Gray, (586) 566-0242 or Joe Honce, (248) 879-8972

Lector Ministry

This beautiful lay ministry is appointed to read the word of God in the liturgical assembly. Volunteers read the lesson from the Sacred Scripture, except the Gospel. The Commentator reads the announcements before and after Holy Mass.

  • Contacts for each Holy Mass:
  • Saturday 5:30 pm, Parish Office, (586) 726-6911
  • Sunday 7:30 am, Al Varchetti, (586) 786-2162 or avarchetti@yahoo.com
  • Sunday 9:30 am, Joe Honce, (248) 879-8972 or luz@honce.com
  • Sunday 1:30 pm, Amy Perugi, (734) 674-4772
  • Sunday 8:30 pm, Dennis Zitny, (586) 871- 7226

Legion of Mary

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation. Under ecclesiastical guidance members participate in Mary’s and the Church’s work of crushing the head of the serpent and advancing the reign of Christ. The Legion shows whole-hearted devotion to the Mother of God, and aims to bring Mary to the world as the infallible means of winning the world to Jesus.


Marian Catechists

Father Hardon’s Marian Catechist Adult (18 & older) Basic and Advanced Courses were written at the request of Saint Pope John Paul II to assist individuals to internalize the truths of the Catholic Faith, to grow in relationship with the Person of Christ, to apply the concepts to daily life and to hand on the Faith to others.

  • Contact: Janice McCown, (248) 376-2223

Married Couples Evening of Reflection

“2Become1” Marriage Group – Spend an evening spiritually strengthening your marriage. Features guest speakers and socializing with your fellow parishioners.

  • Meeting Time: Last Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm
  • Contacts: Matthew & Maria Moceri, (586) 256-3080 or (586) 256-3081

Men of the Sacred Hearts

Members are part of an Apostolic organization of Catholic laymen united spiritually to help spread the Kingdom of Christ by enthroning homes. An enthronement is a public recognition of Jesus as Lord and King of a home, business or school. The founder’s desire was to spread ‘The Twelve Promises” St. Margaret Mary received from Jesus by enthroning an image of Jesus’ Sacred Heart.


Northland Family Planning Prayer Group

The first Saturday of each month, Pro-Life supporters gather outside the Northland Family Planning Clinic for peaceful prayer and witness. The event which consists of the rosary, chaplet and other prayers begins at 11:30 am and lasts about an hour (rain, snow or shine.) The clinic, located at 3810 17 Mile Rd. just west of Ryan Rd., is usually closed on Saturday. If you would like more information or wish to participate in weekday prayer.

  • Contact: Anne Marie Krahala, (586) 873- 2004
  • Please contact Anne Marie for guidelines if your group is interested in praying at the clinic on a different day or time

Our Lady Queen of Peace Apostolate

This group is an association of Catholic volunteers faithful to Jesus, the Holy Father and the Bishops. The mission is to evangelize through catechesis using modern media and to promote devotion to Jesus and Holy Mary. If you want to contribute ideas, time and talent to the mission you are needed and welcome!


Paulatim Ministry

Through small group facilitation, the members will learn to promote, educate, and assist Catholics in the essential practices of spiritual reading, mental prayer and rooting our defect.


Pro-Life Ministry

Informs parishioners about activities that help to defend human life from conception to natural death, supports existing pro-life organizations, offers various forms of participation in pro-life activities and coordinates them on a parish level.


Quilt for the Needy Ministry

No previous sewing skills are required to join this friendly group that makes simple quilts to send to the needy both locally and internationally.

  • Meetings are held the 4th Saturday of each month after the 9:00 am Holy Mass in the Activity Center.
  • Contact: Kay Cameron, (586) 752-7991

Rosary-Making Class

Learn how to make handmade knotted cord or plastic bead rosaries. Rosaries are prepared for missions or personal use. Please call if rosaries are needed.

  • Meeting Time: 1st & 3rd Friday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Room 112
  • Contact: Jo Ann Traczynski, (586) 979-1078 or Helen Staels, (586) 469-3181

Rosary Society

A women’s group that prays together and organizes and/or helps at certain parish functions (e.g. parish festival, bake sales, salad luncheon, rummage sales, etc.). Also operates as Altar Society (decoration of church, sacristy, washing of altar linens, etc.).

  • Meeting Time: 1st Saturday of each month in the Parish Hall, after the 9:00 am Holy Mass and Rosary
  • Contact: Andrea Davis, (586) 405-4666 or adavis@usfarathane.com

Senior’s Club

Offers a good time for anyone over 55. Begins with the 9:00 am Holy Mass, followed by the Rosary. Continues with coffee and cake, cards and games.

  • Meeting Time: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (from September-June) after the 9:00 am Holy Mass.
  • Contact: Judy Arwady, (586) 997-1517

St. Raphael Health Ministry

This group organizes programs that will support the health of the whole family. Outreach programs and speakers will focus on family nutrition, exercise and emotional health.


Usher’s Club

Consists of male members of the parish who assist in the orderly procession of the general flow of traffic within the church and the collection of any monies. Also includes those who assist as Extraordinary Ministers in the parish.

  • Contact: Frank Moran, (586) 254-6534

YOUTH MINISTRIES


Altar Boys

All boys ages 3 years and older are welcome.

  • Contact: Jeff Gura, (248) 340-2400

Columbian Squires

This is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus for Catholic boys ages 10-18. Squires have a five level Advancement Program that promotes leadership and character building by focusing on: home, family, Squires & Knights, community, country & church.


American Heritage Girl’s Club

Are you ready to see your daughter’s dreams take flight? American Heritage Girls allows girls, ages 5-18, to experience new challenges, serve others, make new friends and have tons of fun, all in a safe, faith-filled environment.

  • AHG Troop MI0214 meets two Tuesday evenings a month, from September to May
  • Our Mission Statement: Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country
  • Contact: Kristine Ginther, (248) 515-0185 or kristineginther@yahoo.com

Trail Life USA, Troop MI-0214

Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character and leadership program that serves boys and young men from grades Kindergarten through 12th. It is a program that centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible.

  • Meeting time for both groups: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
  • Contact: Mike Lawler, (248) 705-9681 or Mikelawler3@gmail.com

HOMESCHOOLER ACTIVITIES


Art Class

Taught by Don West for children ages 8 and up ($10 per student/per session). Students complete a drawing at each class with step-by-step instructions and demonstrations.

  • Meeting Time: Call for dates, times and location.
  • Contact for Registration: Betty Abate, (248) 848-0414

John Paul II Home Educators Support Group

This is an energetic home schooling group that offers Parent Support Group Meetings, field trips, classes and a private Yahoo Group Community for homeschooling topics and activities.

  • Contact: Amy Hastings, hastingsjmj@att.net

Sancta Familia Homeschooler Support Group

Support group for local Catholic home schooling families. Activities include parent’s meetings, volunteer work, field trips and social.

  • Meeting Time: Meets periodically during the school year
  • Contact: Jeannie Langlois, (248) 608-4022

SLOVAK HERITAGE


Fraternalistic Organizations

Jednota – First Catholic Slovak union. 114-year-old fraternal benefit society selling life insurance and annuities.

  • Contact: Anna Magusin, (586) 751-2960

Slovenská Liga – Contact: Jozef Krajcovic, (248) 496-1062


Junior & Senior Šarišan Dancers

Learn and perform traditional dances from Slovakia at the Annual Slovak Festival on the parish grounds and at other venues.

Junior Dancers – Age: starting at 6 years old. Interested new member’s assessment in February.

  • Meeting Time: Tuesdays, beginning at 5:15 pm
  • Contact: Daniela Grisak, (586) 795-4246

Senior Dancers – Age: 18 years old and up.

  • Meeting Time: Tuesdays, beginning at 7:00 pm
  • Contact: Milan Straka, (248) 478-3818

PRAYER MINISTRIES


Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima

Meets for the Rosary, Holy Mass, and Procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima and for spiritual discussions.

  • Meeting Time: 13th day of the month between May and October and as announced in the parish bulletin
  • Contact: Ismael Lebron, (586) 751-6439

Monthly Bilingual Rosary Group

Come pray a single Rosary in Slovak and English for our fellow parishioners and countries of Slovakia and America. The evening starts in Church at 7:00PM and also features prayers, music, and reflection. There is a social afterward with light refreshments.

  • Call or text your prayers to (586) 413-4050 or e-mail them to 100rosary@gmail.com
  • The dates for 2019 are as follows: February 15 (third Friday), March 11 (second Monday), April 8 (second Monday), May 17 (third Friday), June 14 (second Friday), July 12 (second Friday), August 9 (second Friday), September 13 (second Friday), October 11 (second Friday), November 8 (second Friday) and December 13 (second Friday).
  • Contact: Dennis Zitny, (586) 871-7226

Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary (St. Louis-Marie de Montfort Method)

The spiritual program that our Holy Father, St. John Paul II, used to consecrate himself to Jesus through Mary. The Holy Father encourages all Catholics to do the same. Saints Cyril & Methodius Parish is the Center for this consecration.

  • Contact: Eman Louis, (586) 726-6911

Holy Hour of Reparation on First Fridays/Sacred Heart of Jesus Devotion

The Sacred Heart of Jesus said to St. Margaret Mary, “Make reparation for the ingratitude of men. Spend an hour in prayer to appease divine justice, to implore mercy to sinners, to honor Me, to console Me for My bitter suffering when abandoned by My Apostles, when they did not WATCH ONE HOUR WITH ME.”

  • Meeting Time: Every first Friday of the month, starting immediately following the 9:00 am Holy Mass and Benediction

Our Lady, Mother of Mercy Secular Discalced Carmelite

A secular Carmelite undertakes to live in the world an evangelical life of fraternal communion imbued with the spirit of contemplative prayer and apostolic zeal according to the example of and teaching of the Carmelite saints.

  • Contact: Sharon Sedlak, (248) 842-5691

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Devotion

Novena prayed to Mary, our most powerful helper before the throne of God. Her dignity of Mother of God, her ardent charity, and the fact that Jesus gave her to us as Mother, enable her to obtain for us through her intercession more than all the angels and saints can obtain.

  • Meeting Time: Every Tuesday morning at 8:40 am before 9:00 am Holy Mass

Pro-Life Rosary

This Rosary, dedicated to Pro-Life, starts with the Joyful, Luminous and Sorrowful mysteries before Mass and concludes with the Glorious mysteries after the Holy Mass.

  • Meeting Time: Every Saturday morning at 8:00 am before 9:00 am Holy Mass

St. Monica Sodality

This group prays for family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and civic leaders to return to full practice of the Catholic faith.

  • Meets: 4th Sunday of every month at the 1:30 pm Holy Mass.
  • Contact: Anne Marie Krahala, (586) 873-2004

OTHER APOSTOLATES


Families of Nazareth Movement

This is a worldwide movement for anyone who hungers for God’s unconditional love. The mission is to become aware of the truth about God. Members aim to come to trust and believe in God’s merciful love. The group experiences this through communion of life with Christ through Mary.


Touch of Mary Prayer Group

The group joins the 7:00 pm Holy Mass on Thursdays to honor Our Ladies’ call for conversion for the world and the church. The 20 decade rosary for priests and Christian unity will begin at 5:45 pm. Please join in anytime! Following Holy Mass, Exposition with prayers will take place.

  • Contact: Lorraine Drozdowski, (586) 323-1833 or Judy Zabawski, (586) 697-5265