​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




BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY CHANGES

For many years we have been blessed to have a wonderful Bereavement Ministry at St. Martin de Porres. The ministry included a visit with the grieving family either at the funeral parlor or at the in-state at church. It also included a year long follow up with the family, using carefully worded letters and Care Notes. Most families found this to be very comforting.

Over the years ministers have had to leave the ministry due to health issues or family issues. Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to replace all of them, leaving the ministry very short staffed. With only a few ministries to try to keep up with the number of funerals that have been celebrated at our parish, they have been  overtaxed.

It has been decided that this ministry will have to change how it has looked for these many years, and downsize to a mail ministry. This will probably start this summer. I will be meeting with the current ministers to determine what the changes will be. Please know that we will do our best to still provide some love to our families that are grieving.

Stephen Ministers 

Why Stephen Ministry


As the heat and humidity of summer embrace us, we close the doors and windows of our homes and kick on the air conditioning. We try, to the best of our ability, a way to find comfort in our lives during the hot days of summer. It is so easy to turn on a switch and get that comfort in our lives.

How nice would it be if we could do the same thing in our personal lives. If we could just turn on a switch and find answers to our everyday problems, such as losing a job, losing a loved one, fighting depression, loneliness, etc. How wonderful would that be!

As we all know, that is not a reality. However, the answer could be found in having a Stephen Minister be by your side. 

A Stephen Minister, who is trained to listen to your situation and pray with you. As you look to find the answers to your problems, that Stephen Minister might be that "switch" that you turn on to help you find comfort in your life. Please consider having a Stephen Minister in your life. It's only a phone call away. If you are interested in finding out more about this, please contact Florence Murphy at (586) 264-7515.

In the heat of summer, as you turn the air on, turn onto Stephen Ministry and find a greater comfort in God.

God Bless,
Dave Druzynski




​​​Right To Life

Just because something happens to be legal does not make it moral, ethical or right. Abortion is perhaps one of the most dramatic examples of a situation where something is legal, but very much a sin against God. And mankind.



Regina 
Parish rep for Right to Life




Cancelled Stamp Collection


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 top shelves just outside of the usher’s room.




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




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.”


August 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

Other Upcoming Local Events


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.


​​Retrouvaille
A program to Help Couples Heal and Renew their Marriages.

​· Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage?

· Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse?

· Are you constantly fighting?

· Or, do you simply shut down?

· Have you thought about separation or divorce? Does talking about it make it worse?
Retrouvaille can help!

What is Retrouvaille?
The word Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) is a French word meaning
rediscovery. The program offer tools needed to rediscover a long marriage relationship. Tens of thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program.

The Retrouvaille Program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of
twelve follow up sessions over the course of six weeks. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The main emphasis of the program is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new andpositive way.

Retrouvaille Programs for 2019
Over 5,500 hurting couples have experienced hope through the Retrouvaille program
in the Detroit area. Struggling couples are looking for help and want a lifeline, but do not know where to turn. Retrouvaille can help. Retrouvaille is a Christian Peer Ministry focused on reaching out to hurting married couples longing for renewal and hope. Metro Detroit has multiple English and Spanish programs scheduled this year, each beginning with a weekend on the following dates:

Upcoming 2019 Programs
August 23-25 
​October 4-6

This could be the best gift you ever give yourself, your children, your family, and your
friends!! There is an alternative to divorce. **Please pass this information on to anyone who you suspect might be a hurting couple** For confidential information or to register call 800-470-2230 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE: HelpOurMarriage.org

St. Martin de Porres Church News

​Active Christian Women's Club

​​​​​​Upcoming:​ 


  • Aug 23 – Board Meeting at 10:30 AM in the Parish Center Teen Room.
  • Aug 24 - Memorial mass for deceased member Beverly Michon at 5 PM liturgy.
  • Aug 27 – Birthday Breakfast at Leo’s Coney Island following 9:30 am Liturgy. Happy
    birthday to Deacon Marion, Sr. Pat and club member Gloria M and to all who celebrate birthdays in August. 

  • Craft Group – Parish Center tile and carpeting construction – no activities in Parish Center. Anticipated completion date is August 17, 2019.




Holiday Giving Program

HOLIDAY GIVING PROGRAM OPTIONS
Although it is only the beginning of August, in the Christian Service world, we are already starting to plan for the Christmas holiday. We made a few changes last year that worked pretty well, so we will continue to include those changes in our program. These changes included options to help those of you who wanted to contribute, but could not physically shop, wrap, deliver to church, etc. We are hoping that the changes we are making will greatly decrease the number of tags we have left on the Giving Tree a few days before the Tree Trimming. The options we are offering for you to participate in the holiday program are:


• MONETARY DONATIONS: This option will give us money to have volunteer shoppers purchase items for those we are helping. 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. Although I will accept donations until the Tree Trimming, (there are always last minute things to get) I would appreciate if most of the donations were turned in by October 1. This will help us plan how many shoppers we need and how many families we can eliminate from the Giving Tree.


• 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 on December 19. Requests to adopt a family should also come to me by October 1. You can call me in the parish office or email me at rheileman@smdeporres.com.


• 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.


Blessings,
Renee’


Monthly Collections:
August: Laundry soap
September: paper towel
October: Toilet paper
November: Thanksgiving food and turkeys
December: Christmas food and turkeys

Starting in March we have also been keeping a portion of your weekly food donations for this program. A portion of the food goes to St. Veronica in Eastpointe and we store a portion of the food dated for the following year so we know it will be good until well after Christmas. Again, thank you for the generous support you consistently give all of all of our Christian Service programs! 

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

Catholic Night at Comerica Park


Come join us for a relaxing night of bath, fun and fellowship at the ballpark Tuesday, September 10, 6:40 p.m. Each ticket purchased includes a limited edition Detroit Tigers + Unleash the Gospel baseball cap and a $5 donation to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. Get your tickets at UTGDET.org/CatholicNight.


For groups of 15 or more, contact jessica.ruddy@tigers.com




Encore Remarriage Workshops

Considering getting married again? Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) can help you and your future spouse welcome Christ into your union, improve your communication skills, and position your relationship to grow stronger over time! The session is led by CCSEM therapist Dr. Janusz Wrobel. Encore remarriage workshops focus on replacing communication styles from the previous relationship with new ones based on trust and friendship. Couples bringing children into their new union will benefit from additional content on talking with children about the pending marriage and issues that can arise in a blended family.


The next Encore workshops are Sept. 7, and Dec. 7. All sessions are at CCSEM in Royal Oak at 1424 East 11 Mile Road. To learn more and register, call 248-548-4044 ext. 3100 or email crewsh@ccsem.org.

View The Flyer




For Widowed Men and Women

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




Fire, Police, and EMT Appreciation Mass September 8


All first responders, their families, and friends are invited to join in fellowship at the fire, police, and EMT appreciation Mass at St. Peter Catholic Church in Mt. Clemens on September 8 at 2:00 PM

Members of all faiths are welcome. Immediately following the Mass, there will be a dinner in the parish hall. RSVP by August 30: 586-468-4578 or
stpfirstrespmass@gmail.com

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

Simplify with Online Giving


Keep St. Martin de Porres in mind during your summer travels.
Have fun on your summer vacations! We know you’ll be out of town for a few Sundays this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate through your regular tithes. With ParishSOFT Giving you can contribute from wherever you are… you can even set up payments in advance if you like! And when you give online, it helps us make our budget, even when attendance is low. 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.




Dear Fr. Zukowski & Parishioners of St. Martin de Porres Church,

We have just received a check from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and a letter indicating that your parish donated $4,548.33 in response to our appeal for help in connection with the 2019 Missionary Cooperation Plan. I am also grateful for the hospitality shown to me while I was at St. Martin de Porres Church.Thanks again for your help and may God bless you.

Your Brother in Christ,
Fr. Thomas R. Carroll, Sch.P.
Mission Director




​Catholic Services Appeal for 2019


Please remember to make your CSA check out to: Archdiocese of Detroit—CSA. 

This year’s parish target for the Catholic Services Appeal, our annual support of the services and ministries of our “Mother Church,” the Archdiocese of Detroit is $92,837. To date, we have received almost $80,000 in gifts and pledges. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This means that we still need to raise $12,837 to meet our target. If you have not yet made your gift, please do so! I heard of a neighboring parish where the pastor asked his parishioners to TRIPLE their gift to this year’s CSA! I will be very happy if everyone could DOUBLE their gifts and pay it off over a ten-month pledge payment! Remember to write “Archdiocese of Detroit” on your check and “St. Martin de Porres” on the memo line – a new change this year.​




Abortion Petitions to sign August 24 & 25

This weekend after Masses Right to Life volunteers will be collecting signatures to ban the dismemberment abortion procedure in Michigan. This is a barbaric practice and should never be allowed. This is yet another battle in the fight for the right to life. Please take the time to sign the petition. Every signature is important!

Just because something happens to be legal does not make it moral, ethical or right. Abortion is perhaps one of the most dramatic examples of a situation where something is legal, but very much a sin against God. And mankind.

Please keep praying.




Boy Scouts Popcorn Sale August 31 & September 1

Troop 1954 will be selling popcorn after all masses. August 31st and September 1st.  Pricing ranges from  $5.00 - $40.00. Please consider making a purchase to help support our Scouts.  Thank you!



Parish Ushers Meet September 5

The Parish Ushers will hold their bi-monthly meeting in the Parish Center on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

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 September 5th meeting or see the parish bulletin for contact information.




Music Ministry Openings

St. Martin’s music ministries will begin rehearsing soon. New singers and instrumentalists are always welcome. Below are the first rehearsal dates for the choirs. Consider and pray about joining!

Contemporary Choir:
Tuesday, September 3, 7:30 p.m. in Church. They will alternate ministering between the 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses on a monthly basis.

Handbell Choir:
Monday, September 9, 6:30 p.m. in Church. They minister at various Masses throughout the year.

Adult Choir:
Wednesday, September 4, 8:00 p.m. in Church. They will alternate ministering between 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses on a monthly basis.


Anyone interested in joining the Resurrection Choir or Cantor program may leave a message for me at the parish office.

John McGovern
Director of Music




ACWC Fall Card Party Thursday, October 10

Tickets are $8. Please contact Dolores G. for tickets or stop by the Parish Center kitchenette beginning September 3, 2019 on Tuesdays only from 9:30AM – 11:30AM. Deadline for ticket sales is: October 6, 2019. Tickets will be available for sale at the September General Meeting.

Please note: We continue to need items for gift baskets. Your contributions can be brought to the Parish Center on Tuesdays from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM to our Craft Group in Room 6. Suggestions for donated items to the Card Party:


Toiletries: Soap, lotion, body spray, perfume, etc.
 Bathroom towels, wash cloths, hand towels, etc.
 Season appropriate items (fall/winter)
 Italian food items
 Cleaning products
 Men’s accessories, etc.
 Baking goods, utensils, etc.
 Chocolate and or Pumpkin baking themed basket
 Gift Cards: Supermarkets, Restaurants and Gas

Our sincere appreciation for your donated items and your continued support of ACWC.




Mercy In Action

This year's Mercy In Action service day will take place Saturday, October 26. More information to follow.