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


As I have detailed in past bulletins, because of the changing demographics of our parish, we are making a few changes in our Holiday Giving Program. First, we are decreasing the number of families that we will be helping. I am trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide us to those who have the greatest need. We have already begun the ground work of organizing this program, but still welcome your participation. Following are the options we are working with this year.

• MONETARY DONATIONS: If you would like to opt for this, please write a check out to St. Martin de Porres and put Christmas shopping in the memo portion. Please put this in an envelope marked “Renee’ HGP”. This can be dropped off in the Parish Office or put in the offertory boxes. If you drop it in church, please make sure it is clearly marked so it does not get mixed in with your regular offerings. I will accept monetary donations until the tree trimming, as there are always last minute purchases needed to help families.

• ADOPT A FAMILY: Individuals, families, work groups or a group of friends could choose this option. After deciding on the size of the family you would like to adopt, you will be assigned a family and given a list of needs/requests of the family with a family code. These gifts should be brought to the Tree Trimming Service of December 13. I will take requests for adopting a family until October 22 when I will begin creating tags for the Giving Tree. You can call me in the parish office or email me at

• GIVING TREE TAGS: Our Giving Trees will go up the weekend before Thanksgiving. As in past years, you may take a tag from the tree, purchase the gift and bring it to the Tree Trimming Service.

Thank you in advance for your participation in our Holiday Giving Programs. I believe
that working together we will still be able to bless many people, share Christ’s love and give them a happy Christmas morning.


Mercy In Action Service Day - October 20

The Archdiocese of Detroit is again promoting an archdiocese wide service day to help us with the challenge to live our faith. We are working with some of our neighboring parishes to provide opportunities for you and your family to consider
participating in. The next two weeks is the official registration period. We will have
registration forms available in the Parish Office. All participants will receive a “Day of
Mercy” t-shirt. They will be ordered based on the information given on the registration
forms. Although you may register right up to the event, registering during the next two
weeks will help with planning and purchase of supplies.

This event will start with continental breakfast and a short prayer service at St.
Ephrem (17 Mile and Dodge Park in Sterling Heights) You will receive your shirt and
instructions there before you begin your service. The service opportunities that will

be offered in our area include:

Making Blessing Bags for the homeless to be distributed by the “You are Loved
Ministry”. These bags will be packed with grooming products and snacks. This will
take place at St. Ephrem.

A grounds clean up at the Carmelite Monastery on Moravian Drive. Many
volunteers are needed for this to be completed.

Packing Care Boxes for “Troops Need Love Too” at St. Jane Frances de Chantal (on
Ryan Road, south of 17 Mile)

Making Plastic Sleeping Mats for the homeless. (“Plarning”) This will also take place at St. Jane.

Please consider participating in this Christian Service opportunity. You may talk to me
this weekend at the blood pressure screening on Sunday, or call me in the parish office with any questions.


​To get involved, or for more information about activities in the Northeast Region, you can also contact Debbie Mazur at St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Sterling Heights at 586-977-8080 ext. 107 or At Catholic Charities contact Joyce Hyttinen at CCSEM at 568-416-2300 ext. 4032 or

For Widowed Men and Women

​Bereavement Sessions for Widows and Widowers
Widowed Friends will be hosting a 4-week bereavement program for Widows and Widowers at St. Kieran. If you or a family member has lost a spouse and is looking for an opportunity to discuss this loss with others who have the same need, join us for a caring support group hosted by Widowed Friends
When: Sunday October 14, 21, 28 & November 4 After 11:30 Mass
Where: St. Kieran in Classroom 1 in the Faith Formation Wing
Time: After 11:30 Mass
Cost: $5.00 – to cover handouts
Facilitator: Kathy Kleine
Contact: Preregistration is required. Call Kathy Kleine to register 248- 918- 1622

All Widowed Men and Women are invited for breakfast to enjoy good food, and a chance to meet new friends at the following locations:

2nd Monday of every Month, at 10am. Big Boy’s Restaurant, Hall Rd. and Garfield. 

3rd Tuesday of every Month, at 10 am., Pancake Factory, NE corner of 23 Mile Rd and Schoenherr. 

For further information about Widowed Friends and upcoming events, visit our website at

Phone, Mail & e-Scams presentation - October 17

* Learn the telltale signs of scams found through phone calls, mail, email and texts. 
* Learn how to minimize your risk of being scammed.

This free presentation will be held Wednesday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. To insure adequate handouts are available, registration is recommended. To register, please call Chris Cabe, 586-264-7970.  VIEW/DOWNLOAD THE FLYER

Presented in conjunction with the Office of the Michigan Attorney General

Additional information and handouts are available at; and questions may be referred to Presentation provided by: Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Consumer Programs team.

Film Screening - October 24

Join us Wednesday October 24, 2018 for a screening of the film October Baby.

Doors open 7:20 pm, with the film beginning at 7:45 pm. Free admission. For more information about the film:

View The Flyer

​USCCB rating: The film contains mature subject matter and potentially disturbing references. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

​​Right To Life

St. Theresa of Calcutta once said: “The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion……..because it is a war against the child. When we die, we will come face to face with God, the Author of Life. Who will give an account to God for the millions and millions of babies who were not allowed a chance to live, to experience loving and being loved?” Join the pro- life movement today and speak up for life.

Regina Falkowski
Parish rep for Right to Life

Keep Them In Your Prayers

As baptized people, we have the privilege and duty to pray for one another. We also
know that our ministry among you will only be fruitful if we have your prayerful support.
At the beginning of each month we are publishing this “Prayer Calendar” containing, for
each day, the name of a staff member and others related to our Church. We ask that
you pray for that person and his/her ministry especially on that day as well as for the
larger Church community.

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 (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

Rosary Tuesdays in October

Please join us on Tuesdays in October for a recitation of the Rosary at 6:00 p.m. in the Church

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

Bottle & Can Drive

News from the Christian Formation Office: 

In our Teen/Community Room in the Parish Center, we have an area consisting of a
couch, benches, coffee table and a chair. These items were donated a long time ago.
Students in all levels use the furniture during their class time. We are in need of new
furniture. To help purchase furniture, the students will be collecting clean empty pop
cans and bottles. If you would like to donate, there is a blue barrel located in the parish
center vestibule. We would like to thank you in advance for your donation. If you have
any questions, please contact the Christian Formation Office at 586.264.7970

Fall Retreat for Teens - October 19 - 21

High School Fall Retreat in Attica, MI
St. Malachy ROCK’s 19th annual Fall Retreat is October 19-21.
ALL 8th-12th grade teens are invited!
Join us for a weekend of crisp fall weather, friendship, live music,
Home-cooked meals, and a powerful encounter with Christ.
For more information, contact Julianne Umbarger call | text | email

Simplify with Online Giving

Looking for ways to simplify your busy back-to-school schedule? Try Online Giving. It’s a secure and easy way to make your contributions. You can even set up automatic payments that will occur periodically so you don’t have to worry about remembering when to give.  For more information...

...Read the FAQ

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

Halloween Candy Needed

Halloween is just around the corner, and Sacred Heart Major Seminary needs your help. Each year the seminary community opens their doors and their hearts to over 2000 children from the surrounding Detroit neighborhood so that the kids can have a fun and safe place to play games and trick-or-treat. But they need your help to make this year a success! They are asking for donations of Halloween candy that will then be passed out to the many kids. If you are willing to participate in this important ministry by donating bags of candy please place them in the box in the back of Church by October 21st. Thank you!

Dominican Literacy Center For Adults Needs You!

The Dominican Literacy Center for adults needs volunteer tutors. Help one person move
toward employment, GED, high school completion, higher education, vocational training. Help one person read, do math or learn basic computer skills. Give two hours a week. Open M-Th, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; F-Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Call 313.267.1000 or email
thompson or visit

Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner, Suite
1414, Detroit, MI 48213. Orientation monthly,

Tutor Workshop Saturday October 6th, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.​

​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

​We invite you to visit the Council's Website


Stephen Ministers

Equipping The Caregivers:

When parishioners think about volunteering to become Stephen Ministers, they are often overwhelmed by the idea of caring for a stranger who is experiencing a difficult time in their life.

•  What happens if the care receiver doesn’ t like the Stephen Minister and doesn’ t want to share anything?
•  Will the caring cause the care receiver more pain?
•  How does the Stephen Minister know what to say?
•  What if the Stephen Minister says the wrong thing?

This is a lot to think about! Fear not! One of the outstanding features of the Stephen Ministry program is that the Stephen Ministers are NOT  sent out to care for their care receivers without training on pertinent topics. Because the Stephen Ministers are working with people who are experiencing a difficult time in their lives, the Stephen Ministry training supports them in the situations mentioned above. The training topics include:

•  recognizing and accepting feelings,
•  the art of listening, process versus results,
•  assertiveness,
•  crisis theory,
•  confidentiality,
•  how to have a caring visit and others.

There are also numerous opportunities to practice real life scenarios so that the caregivers are equipped to serve the care receivers in the best ways possible. Please contact Florence Murphy at 586- 264-7515 to find out more about the Stephen Ministry training that begins in September. We look forward to hearing from you.

​Susan Madro

​Active Christian Women's Club


  • Oct 20- 21/Oct 27- 28 – Craft Fair Ticket sales in Church lobbies after all masses.
  • Oct 26 – Board Meeting 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Center Teen Room.
  • Oct 30 – Birthday Breakfast at Ram’s Horn following 9:30 a.m. liturgy. Happy Birthday to Fr. Nick, Lorraine Van Overbeke, and all ladies with birthdays in October.
  • Nov 3 – Craft Fair opens at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. Saleable arts and crafts (by ACWC and Vendors), bake sale items, lunch, raffle tickets and much more for all to enjoy at the fair.

Ushers Meeting, Thursday, October 25

Open Invitation:
Would you like to be of service to our Parish Community? Please consider becoming a
Parish Usher. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please come to our October 25th meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center, or see the Parish Bulletin for contact information. Thank you! 

Craft Fair & Bake Sale, November 3 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The ACWC presents their annual Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, November 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The fair features juried vendors, great food, raffles, and baked goods. Free Admission.  

View the Flyer

Tables are still available to display your crafts at a cost of $30 each. See the August 12 parish bulletin for contact information or to reserve your table.

Attention Bakers!

Please help us fill our tables with baked goods made from your tried & true recipes. (Ahh - the aroma of those beautifully made baked goods ). All your donations can be dropped off
that Saturday, November 3rd  after 9:00 a.m. Please see the Parish Bulletin for contact information to arrange your contributions. 

We wish to thank our parish community for all that you do. God bless all of you.

Wanted:  Altar Servers

If you are a boy or girl, man or woman, have made your First Communion and attend Mass regularly, please consider being trained to be an altar server for the weekend Masses. It is a privilege to be able to participate in that way at Mass and is also helpful in
making the celebration of Mass go smoothly and reverently. Please prayerfully consider volunteering for this ministry and attending the training session on Saturday, October
27th at 11:00 a.m.
 in Church. Please call the office by Oct. 24th if you will be coming so adequate materials can be prepared. Thank you!


- Do you know someone who wants to become Catholic?
- Are you an adult who needs to be Baptized, Confirmed or Receive Communion for the first time?
- Are you a member of another Christian Church who might be called to become Catholic?

THEN RCIA IS FOR YOU!  If you or anyone you know could benefit from the RCIA, please call the Parish Office at (586) 264- 7515. We have a caring team of parish members to help you and them through theprocess!

Other Upcoming Local Events

Parish Bulletin

Our Parish Bulletin is the avenue by which events are announced. Please have any event you wish advertised sent to the parish office 2 weeks before it is to be put in the bulletin.

Announcements at weekend Masses need to be limited to very few. We will no longer read announcements that should be in the bulletin or that are taking place the current weekend.

Organ Recital - October 21

Sunday, October 21, 2018 4:00 p.m., St. Martin de Porres Church presents John McGovern, Organist, in concert. Featured works will include: J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Dubois, Frescobaldi, & Mendelssohn.

Your free will offering helps support our music ministry. Come and enjoy!

St. Martin de Porres Church News

Flu Shots - October 14 & 17

We will have 2 opportunities to receive flu shots at St. Martin de Porres. CVS pharmacy will offer them on Sunday, October 14, from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m. and on Wednesday, October 17, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30p.m. in the Parish Center. Insurance cards and Medicare will be accepted. If you have no insurance, the cost will be $25 for the regular shot and $55 for the double dose. Please consider protecting yourself from this serious upper respiratory illness.​