St Martin de Porres Church

31555 Hoover RD
Warren, MI 48093



Rev. Nicholas Zukowski, Pastor
Rev. Mr. Marion Jurewicz,​ Deacon

Tel: (586) 264-7515
 Fax: (586) 264-4013
    
    E-mail:
parishoffice@smdeporres.com

For Widowed Men and Women

For further information about Widowed Friends and upcoming events, visit our website at www.widowedfriends.org



News from St. Martin de Porres 
​Parish Ministries and Groups


How To Report Abuse

The Archdiocese of Detroit encourages individuals to

report clergy sexual abuse of minors and others – no matter when the abuse occurred. Individuals may contact local law enforcement authorities and/or they may report to

the Archdiocese of Detroit

by calling the Victim

Assistance Coordinator at

(866) 343-8055 or by 

emailing vac@aod.org In addition, the Michigan

Attorney General’s Office

can be contacted at its

toll-free reporting hotline at (844) 324-3374

(Monday through Friday,

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

or by email at aginvestigations@michigan.gov

More information about the Archdiocese’s efforts to

address abuse may be found 

at protect.aod.org.


St. Martin de Porres Church News

​Active Christian Women's Club


The ACWC Christmas Luncheon Celebration at Gazebo Banquet Hall was well attended. Once again, we want to thank our ACWC members’ for their contributions of clothing and monetary donations as our service project for the month of December. The needy of St. Martin de Porres community will be just a bit warmer and may they be blessed with God’s graces in 2020 and beyond. Many blessings to everyone.


​​​​​​Upcoming:​ 

  •  Dec 17 – Memorial mass for deceased member Anna Roth. 
  • Dec 22 – Memorial mass for deceased member Martha Latos.
  • Dec 24 - Birthday Breakfast has been cancelled. Happy Birthday to club members Yvonne J, Lucille C, Leona L, and Pat H. and all who celebrate birthdays in December. The December birthdays will transfer in celebration to January. Anyone wishing to gather for the December celebration may do so on their own.
  • On Going - Craft ladies will be taking a well-deserved break. The group will resume in January.

​Join the Pius X Council 

​The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in the United States in 1882, it is named in honor of Christopher Columbus and dedicated to the principles of  Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month in the Parish Center, Room 1


​For contact information or to learn more, visit the Council's Website




Right To Life

Being pro- life means more than just opposing abortion. It also means offering pregnant women unconditional love and support. There are many pregnancy care centers that offer women everything from maternity clothes and baby equipment to childbirth education and parenting classes. Centers provide counseling, prenatal care, emotional support throughout the pregnancy, and referrals to government and private
agencies that can help with housing, adoption plans, medical assistance, life skills training and job placement. Prolifers give women facing a crisis pregnancy a genuine choice.

Regina 
Parish rep for Right to Life



Cancelled Stamp Collection Continues

We are still collecting used stamps. Arrangements have been completed with The Sisters of Notre Dame for the collection of used stamps. They advise that all money made from the used stamps will be used via their charities to feed the poor. A very worthy cause as the need is great! As in the past you may place your stamps in the green box located on the shelves just outside of the usher’s room. Thank you!


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St. Martin de Porres First Saturday Memorial Association
 
What is the St. Martin de Porres first Saturday Memorial Association?
It is a special offering made by parishioners through which your intentions are remembered at the 5:00 Mass to be celebrated each FIRST SATURDAY of the month
throughout the entire year. 

Why start such a memorial?
This Monthly Memorial fulfills many of your requests for monthly prayer for your special intentions or for a loved ones who are deceased; your intentions will be listed each week on the back of the parish bulletin. Your offering of $60.00 per year will help to support the parish bulletin.

What is the requested offering?
A yearly offering of $60.00 is asked for the intentions to be remembered at this Mass, to be celebrated on the first Saturday of each month at the 5:00 Mass.

How do I list my Intentions?
You may list your intentions one of two ways. As one individual name: Mary Jones or you may list family groupings: The Jones Family. Multiple names may be listed but require an additional offering of $60.00 for each name listed.

When will these Masses begin?
As the memorial begins to form, and intentions are submitted, we will begin the Masses in May of this year. Some have already submitted names. The “intention year” will then be from May to May. And then we begin again. If you wish to continue having your intentions remembered at these Masses, you will be asked to renew your offering each year.

How do I become part of the “St. Martin de Porres First Saturday Memorial Association?
Please submit form on bottom of bulletin Memorial page with your payment to:
Diocesan—Dave Laney
1050 74th St. SW
Byron Center, MI 49513
1-800-783-1623
Email: DLaney@Diocesan.com



SMdP LOTTERY/RAFFLE

​SMdP Lottery - Here's how it works:
Purchase a $5 raffle ticket
Your ticket is good all month
Tickets are numbered from 000 to 999 and assigned randomly
Only 1,000 tickets will be sold each month
The more you purchase, the better your chance of winning
Watch the Michigan lottery evening drawing

Every day of the month at 7:28 p.m. on WDIV (Channel 4) after Wheel of Fortune, or go to www.Michigan.gov/lottery after 8:00 p.m. OR watch the Sunday bulletin to see if you are a winner

There are 90 chances to win. Here is how you win:
If your number matches the 3-digit lottery number you win $50
If your number matches on Wednesday, you win $100
The Seller of the Wednesday matching ticket wins $50
If your number is one number down you win $10
If your number is one number up you win $10

Here's an example:
Evening lottery number is 123
Your number is : 122 you win $10
Your number is: 123 you win $50 or $100
​Your number is: 124 you win $10

Here is how your contribution helps:

100% of the proceeds from this raffle will be used for the general operations, repair, and maintenance of our parish facilities.

Ticket Sales begin October 5th - Start winning November 1st 
Watch the bulletin for updates

View the FAQ



Monthly Prayer Calendar

It is a privilege to pray for one another as baptized people. Here at St. Martin’s all parishioners are remembered at a Mass every weekend. Below is a list of those who are employed at St. Martin’s and those who are liturgical ministers or serve within the Archdiocese of Detroit who also need our prayers. We ask that on the day given you offer a simple prayer for that person or group that they be given the help they need to be “joyful missionary disciples.”

December 2019


 1. Fr. Nick Zukowski (Pastor)
2. Deacon Marion Jurewicz (Permanent Deacon)
3. Sr. Pat Whalen (Worship Coordinator)
4. Janis Ayoub (Administrative Assistant))
5. Christine Cabe (Director of Christian Formation)
6. Greg Dominick (Evening Maintenance)
7. Zora Dziurman (Part Time Administrative Assistant)
8. Renee Heileman RN (Parish Nurse/Christian Service Director)
9. Lori Isaac (Office Manager)
10. Larry Lage (Maintenance/Building Manager)
11. Bruce Langlands (Contemporary Choir Director)
12. John McGovern (Music Director)
13. Mary Loria (Administrative Assistant)
14. Dawn Peters (Bookkeeper)
15. Jackie Sciotti (Housekeeper)
16. Brian Tomaszewski (Weekend Maintenance)
17. Parish Council & Commission Members
18. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
19. Lectors
20. Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality
21. Altar Servers
22. Archbishop Allen Vigneron
23. Archdiocese of Detroit
24. Bishop Robert Fisher
25. Central Macomb Vicariate
26. Seminarians
27. People of the Parish
28. Homebound Parishioners
29. Vocations
30. Parish Choirs
31. Volunteers

Other Upcoming Local Events

Give Thanks with Online Giving


We have much to be thankful for! Consider using Online Giving to make a special “Thanksgiving Gift.” You can use the “Quick Give” feature to give a one-time gift without creating a login, and you’ll see a list of our special funds from which you can choose to
contribute. We’ll also be giving thanks when you use Online Giving because it’s so easy for us to process! For more information... 


...Read the FAQ


Sign up or see your giving history at anytime, just by logging in at our Parish's web pageat Connect Now.


If you have not made your contribution to the 2019 CSA drive you only have until December 31, 2019. Please consider donating, any money over our target comes back to the parish. Thank you.




Holiday Giving Programs for Christmas

We are collecting the following items for our Holiday baskets:
Non Perishable Staples and Holiday Food
WE ARE ALL SET ON TURKEYS! Thank you for your generosity!




Remembering Those in Service to Our Country


Starting in December we will begin a list of Parishioners or relatives of parishioners who are in the military. Please fill out the form from the November 24 parish bulletin and return it to the parish office.




Advertise and Support SMdP


During the week of December 8th, Dave Laney, a representative from our bulletin publisher, Diocesan Publications, will be seeking new and renewing present parish bulletin ads. If you are interested in advertising please call the parish office for contact information. We feel this is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to increase their visibility in the community. Advertising in the bulletin allows this publication to be printed each week at no cost to the parish.




Colorful Art Meets December 13


We would like to invite all those that enjoy the companionship of others by getting together once a month to color, crochet, needlepoint, knit, read or to those who simply look forward to companionship for a little while? Come join us on Friday, December 13, 2019, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Parish Center Room 6. Our sessions are held on the second Friday of the current month. We  invite you to join us.




Advent Penance Service Friday, December 13


On Friday, December 13, we will have our Advent Penance Service here at St. Martin de Porres, starting at 7:00 p.m. We will begin with a Liturgy of the Word Service, and Examination of Conscience and a Prayer of Contrition and Repentance. Several priests will be on hand to hear individual confessions and offer absolution. If it has been a while, or if your need to confess as part of your spiritual growth, please accept this warm invitation.




Parish Office Close Early Tuesday, December 17


The Parish Offices will close at 11:30 a.m on Tuesday, December 17




Tree Trimming Thursday, December 19


On Thursday, December 19th, we will celebrate the spirit of giving and the joy of the season at our annual Tree Trimming Service. Parishioners of all ages are invited to join in this special service. This year our Christian Formation students will present a short play entitled, “Just a Little Christmas.” It will tell the story of the first Christmas. The children have put a lot of time preparing for this evening, so we hope that many of you will join us this Thursday evening. They have also made special ornaments in class to
decorate our church Christmas tree. We invite you too to bring any spiritually themed ornaments to help decorate the tree.


The festivities will start at 7:00 pm in the church. It will be a time of singing, praying and giving. Parishioners are asked to bring the gifts they have purchased for those in need to the service. Please attach the tags from the Giving Trees to the outside of the packages or have them marked with the family codes that have been provided for you. This will help with the sorting of the gifts and ensure that they are given to the appropriate family or group. If you did not have an opportunity to take a gift tag from the Giving Tree, but would like to bring a gift, a new unwrapped toy would be appreciated. Gift cards for gas would also be welcome for the families we are serving.


PLEASE RETURN ALL GIFTS BY THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19. If you cannot attend the service, please bring the gifts to the Parish Office or church by that date. All gifts will be distributed on Friday, December 20. If not received by Thursday, the gifts probably will not go to the person they were intended for!


Please consider coming to support the children and our Holiday Giving Program. Everyone is invited to go to the Parish Center after the service to enjoy some Christmas cookies and beverages. Santa will be there for the children to visit with and share their wish list with. This annual event is a special time for our parish. We hope to see you there!




Judelaires in concert at SMdP Sunday, December 22


The Judelaires will present a holiday concert on Sunday, December 22, at 4:00 p.m. Come enjoy the sounds of the season.




Christmas Flowers


Christmas flower envelopes must be returned by December 22 in order for the list to be in our January 5, 2020 bulletin. Please print names of the deceased.




CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Wednesdays - 7:45 p.m. Saturdays - 3:00 p.m.

December 22 – 4th Sunday of Advent – 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Masses

Christmas Eve - December 24 Vigil Masses at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Christmas Day - December 25 Masses at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Feast of the Holy Family - December 28 - Mass at 5:00 p.m.

December 29 – Masses at 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Vigil – December 31 – St. Blasé – Mass at 4:00p.m.
January 1 – St. Martin – 9:30 a.m. Mass

Epiphany of the Lord Jan. 4-5

Masses at 5:00 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Sunday




A note about Christmas Offerings


Christmas Offerings are not taxed by the Archdiocese of Detroit. The Christmas collection is used in the formula to get our CSA target. Please make sure you either use you Christmas Envelope or mark Christmas Offering on an envelope, if you do online giving please be sure to use the dropdown for Christmas so we know where to place the funds. Please help us to get back on our targeted budget for collections. Christmas offerings can be made the whole month of December.




New Transportation Program


Thank you to all who volunteered to find out more about the new transportation program we are considering at St. Martin de Porres. Due to the busyness of the Christmas season, we will not attempt to have an informational meeting and training this month, but will work to schedule a meeting in January. Please watch the bulletin for information on that. If you did not have an opportunity to sign up for the program, you may still attend the meeting. We very much appreciate your interest in helping parishioners who cannot drive any more.




Unused flat screen TV? Donate it!


Christmas is a time when many people think about upgrading their flat screen TV to the latest and greatest model. And with all the great deals out there, there is a lot of incentive for them to make that purchase. If you are getting a new flat screen TV this year, and would like to help out the Church's Religious Education program, please consider donating your used flat screen TV to the church. As long as your TV is in good condition, and is HTML compatible, the Religious Education program can use it. With more online learning programs and courses available to the both students and instructors, these TVs will allow the Religious Education program to have full access to this wonderful, faith filled content. If you have any questions, please see the December 8 Parish Bulletin for contact information. Thank You!




Stump The Pastor Returns next February!


Don’t Miss It! Coming Soon to your nearest  St. Martin de Porres Parish Center 
Saturday, February 29, 2020