​Bells for Holy Thursday & Easter Vigil

Bring a bell to ring on Holy Thursday evening, April 18,  and at the GREAT EASTER VIGIL on Saturday, April 20th.



Easter Greeters Wanted


Since having greeters at the Christmas Masses was so successful, we are asking again for volunteers for our Easter Masses. This is a one time commitment that involves the following: Arriving 20-30 minutes before Mass begins; smiling and welcoming all who enter our Church; taking a “Greeter” tag and being at the entrance you signed up for; at the last blessing, returning to your position and assisting in passing out the gift books.
Sign-up sheets are on the table in the back of Church.



HOLY THURSDAY – April 18
Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 p.m.
Eucharistic Adoration following the Liturgy in the Parish Center:
First Hour – Private and Silent Prayer
Second Hour – K of C – Private and Public Prayer
ending with Night Prayer at 11:00 p.m.



GOOD FRIDAY – April 19
Stations of the Cross – 12:30 PM
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – 1:30 p.m.
Divine Mercy Chaplet – 3:00 PM
Private Veneration of the Cross – 3:00-5:00 p.m.




HOLY SATURDAY – April 20
Blessing of Easter Food – 12:30 p.m.
NO 3:00 Confessions


GREAT EASTER VIGIL – 8:00 p.m. (NO 5:00 p.m. liturgy)
Service of Light and blessing of new fire
Liturgy of the Word
Blessing of the Baptismal water

Liturgy of the Eucharist

​​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
May 3-5, 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:​ 


  • Apr 25 - Spring Card Party in the Parish Center. Tickets are $8 and include lunch
    and table prizes. Doors open 11:30 AM; lunch at Noon. Tickets available for purchase until April 21st. Dolores G. is chairing this event. Your donations toward card party prizes is greatly appreciated. Contributions may be brought to the Craft Room 6 on
    Tuesdays between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

  • Apr 26 - Board Meeting at 10:30 AM in the Parish Center Teen Room following
    9:30 AM liturgy. 

  • Apr 30 - Birthday Breakfast at Ram’s Horn following 9:30 AM liturgy. Happy
    Birthday to club members Dolores G, Annette F, and Yvonne Q, and all ladies with
    Birthdays in April.

  •  On Going – The Craft ladies meet every Tuesday, at 9:30 am in the Parish Center, Rm 6.
  • Members of ACWC: Our records, as well as the Parish Office’s must be accurate and up-to-date, for us to be able to contact you by phone or mail when necessary. If you have either relocated (including Nursing Home or Assisted Living) or have a new phone number, please contact theParish Office so the records can be adjusted.

Knights of Columbus Council #3848 65th Anniversary - May 4

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
The St. Pius X Knights of Columbus Council #3848 will host their
65th Anniversary Celebration with Food, Fun, & Fellowship
Come after 5:00 p.m. Holy Mass and help our Council celebrate its founding


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Unleash The Gospel - New website


Do you feel God calling you to go deeper? To encounter Jesus and let your heart be captured by him? To be in relationship with Jesus and alignment with his will the central guiding principle of every aspect of your life?


The new UnleashTheGospel.org website provides inspiration and resources to encounter Jesus anew, grow daily as his disciple, and give witness to the power of his mercy. Read stories from people like you —striving to live as joyful missionary disciples — and be encouraged to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and share the Gospel. Visit UnleashtheGospel.org and follow us on social media: @UTGDetroit on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 


Stories to inspire you. Resources to guide you. Community to encourage you.




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 workshop is April 27, and then on 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.

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CCSEM Announces “Time, Talent and Treasure” Parish Award Winners
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan will honor five Catholic parishes with our annual "Time, Talent, and Treasure" awards at our upcoming Annual Celebration April 27th at Petruzzello's in Troy. The award-winning parishes include: 

Christ Our Light Parish, Troy
St. Anthony, Temperance
St. Christopher, Marysville
St. Kenneth Parish, Plymouth
St. Lawrence Parish, Utica

Come learn what these parishes are doing to support our ministries serving those in need in southeast Michigan. To register to attend the CCSEM Annual Celebration, contact Farrah Shammas at 248-778-6150 or shammasf@ccsem.org.




For Widowed Men and Women
Thursday April 18th at 1:00pm: Widowed men and women are invited to meet for friendship, social time and good food at Sugarbush Tavern, 19080 E. 10 Mile Rd. in Eastpointe. RSVP by April 15th to Sue @ 586-778-7458.


Widowed men and women are invited to meet for lunch at Oakglen Restaurant (inside Bellbrook, 873 W Avon Rd) Rochester Hills @ 11:30am on April 25th. Following lunch we will tour the Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 s. Rochester Rd. Tour is free. MUST RSVP by April 19th to Kay @ 248-852-8606.

​​

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

Stephen Ministers 

Play Ball!


It's that time of year again. Flowers are starting to pop up, and the grass will be turning green. And it's also baseball season again. Time to enjoy America's favorite past time, baseball. Along those lines, I recently read an article in the OSV Newsweekly about a pitcher who pitches for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His name is Trevor Williams. He tells of his devotion to God, saying that before he pitches he says, "Jesus, I trust in you." We too should be saying "Jesus, I trust in you", everyday! We should let Jesus handle our problems and let him lead us to Stephen Ministry, either as a Care Giver (Stephen Minister), or as a Care Receiver. As a side note, Trevor is also a Knight of Columbus.

As I am also a Knight, as well as a Stephen Minister, I look to the men here at St. Martin DePorres, to think about Stephen Ministry. And/or to become a Knight. We need men to sustain this ministry, and also to help our Knights membership grow too. The doors are open to both of these fine ministries. Come closer to God by considering both. 

If you're interested in learning more about Stephen Ministry please contact Florence Murphy at (586) 264-7515.

If you're interested in learning more about the Knights of Columbus please see the April 14 Parish Bulletin for contact information.

It's time to play ball. So batter up.......God is ready to make his first pitch!

God Bless,
Dave Druzynski




​​​Right To Life

Since legalizing abortion in 1973 the incidence of child abuse has soared at an alarming rate. Abortion weakens the social taboo against hurting the helpless and diminishes the value of life. If you don’t believe it, just watch the news. Abortions are 100 percent fatal to the baby and it’s never the baby’s “choice”. Let’s pray for an end to abortion.

Regina Falkowski
Parish rep for Right to Life

Vacation Bible School - June 17 thru 21

Children ages 4 to 10 are invited to join SonForce Kids—God’s courageous team of disciples standing side by side to serve Him. As SonForce special agents, they will follow in the words of Joshua 1:9: Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.


The SonForce Kids headquarters is located on a satellite orbiting high above the earth. In this hi-tech command center, SonForce agents gather to prepare for their five Daily Missions: Trust! Unite! Train! Follow! Lead!

Join us June 17 thru 21 from 9:30am until noon. Registrations forms are available in the Parish Office, bookrack in Church and in the Christian Formation Office. If you have any questions, contact the Christian Formation Office at 586.264.7970 So get ready for an out-of-this-world adventure. SonForce Kids—courageous kids on a mission for God!

Organ Recital - May 5

Join us in church for an Organ Recital by John McGovern on Sunday, May 5th at 4:00 p.m.  Works by: J.S. Bach, Boyce, Cocker, Buxtehude, Dupré, Duruflé & Merula will be performed. Your free-will offering helps support our parish's music ministry.  


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April 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.”


April 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 (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

Blessing of St. Joseph The Worker - May 1

The beautiful statue of St. Joseph the worker that was a gift from the ACWC is a welcome addition to our Church. Unlike other statues of St. Joseph which represent him as the guardian of Mary and foster father of Jesus, this one is more representative of us. He is symbolized as a carpenter – a working man – an ordinary human being. His title as
St. Joseph the Worker often attracts people who can identify with his ordinariness.

We will officially bless our St. Joseph the Worker statue on Wednesday evening,
May 1st during our 7:00 p.m. Mass.

​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


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Mission Trip : Potential Missionaries

Most of you are aware that for the last three years a group of people from our parish  and from St. Michael’s parish for the last two years) have traveled to Louisa, Kentucky in the summer for a mission trip. Besides growing spiritually on these trips, we have done home repairs for some of the people living in the Appalachian Mountains. It has been hard but fulfilling work for those who participated. I also hope that reading the blog has been inspiring for those at home praying for the success of the mission trip.


This year we are planning on going on this trip July 14 thru the 20th. If you are interested in going on this mission trip, please email (rheileman@smdeporres.com) or call me in the parish office. I know this seems like a long way off, but registration paperwork must be completed and submitted by the end of March. ​Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and in good health and willing to do physical labor. (Construction skills are needed by some of the volunteers to lead the projects.) You must also complete a “Protecting God’s Children” class that is facilitated by the Archdiocese of Detroit. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve God and His people.


Renee’

Other Upcoming Local Events

Ladies Potluck Dinner - May 9

Ladies of St. Martin de Porres Parish:  The Active Christian Women’s Club would like to invite you to be our guest at our last social activity of the year - a potluck dinner, on Thursday, May 09, 2019. Doors open at 5:30 PM – dinner served at 6 PM. Come meet with our group and learn about the benefits of becoming a member. For more information, see the April 14 parish bulletin.

Spring Card Party Thursday April 25

The Spring Card Party will be held Thursday, April 25.  Doors open 11:30; lunch at Noon.  


Tickets are $8 including lunch and table prizes. Deadline for tickets: Sunday, April 21st. Your support in contributing items for our beautifully made raffle basket prizes is appreciated. Your contributions can be dropped off on Tuesdays in Room 6, between the hours of 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.


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Parish Ushers Meeting - May 2

The Parish Ushers will hold their bi-monthly meeting in the Parish Center on Thursday, May 2, at 7:00 p.m.   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 May 2nd meeting or see the April 21 Parish Bulletin for contact information.

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

Children's First Eucharist - April 28

Please join us for the FIRST EUCHARIST MASS on Sunday, April 28, at the 11:00 a.m.  Please keep children and parents in your prayers this week as they prepare for the sacrament.

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


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.


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