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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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
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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.)
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More information about the Archdiocese’s efforts to
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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
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
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
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...
Sign up or see your giving history at anytime, just by logging in at our Parish's web pageat Connect Now.
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.
Camp Sancta Maria
Looking to spark the faith of your children or grandchildren while they have a blast at the same time? Check out Camp Sancta Maria located in Gaylord, Michigan. We are a Catholic camp that provides fun experiences in a technology-free zone (and they won’t even miss their cell phones!) while immersed in a faith-filled environment. We offer separate camping experiences for boys and girls that include daily Mass, horseback riding, swimming, archery, various sports, high and low ropes, campfires, crafts and more. For additional information, check us out at www.CampSanctaMaria.org or call (248) 822-8199.
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 email@example.com.
For Widowed Men and Women
Widows & Widowers are invited to attend a four-week Grief Support Series, hosted by “Widowed Friends” at St. Kieran’s Church, 53600 Mound Rd., Shelby Twp., 48316 on Sunday, June 9, 16, 23 & 30 following 11:30am Mass (approx. 12:45pm – 2:30pm) in Classroom #1. To register contact Rose @ 586-876-1270.
Join widows & widowers on Wed., June 19th at 5pm for a wonderful dinner of homemade Italian Cuisine, enjoy friendship and conversation at Alfoccino , 2225 N. Opdyke Rd, Auburn Hills. Reserved seating only! Must RSVP by June 14th to Sharry at 248-840-0063 .
For further information about Widowed Friends and upcoming events, visit our website at www.widowedfriends.org
Dominican Literacy Center
The Dominican Literacy Center 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, 8AM- 8PM; F Sat. 9AM- 2PM. Call 313.267.1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.dlcliteracy.org. Location: Samaritan Center, 5555 Conner, Suite 1414, Detroit, MI 48213. Orientation monthly, Tutor Training Workshop Saturday, May 11th 8 am to 4pm
Vacation Bible School - June 17 thru 21
Children ages 4 thru 10 will join us June 17 thru 21 from 9:30am until noon.
Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ - June 22 & 23
This feast is also known as the Feast of Corpus Christi. We will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (the Most Holy Eucharist) Sunday, June 23, at the end of the 8:30 a.m. Mass, with silent Adoration until Benediction at 10:45 a.m. We would like to dedicate that Holy Hour for the cause of Life. For the respect for all life, for the end of all abortions, and for the respect of religious freedom to live out our Right to Life as Christians. Please stay a little longer after the 8:30 a.m. Mass, or come a little early for the 11:00 a.m. Mass and join us in our Prayer for Life.
To pray for anyone is a real privilege. To pray before the Blessed Sacrament is a real gift.
We have much to pray for: our country, an end to terrorism, the protection of human life, an end to the threat to our religious freedom and freedom of conscience, the elimination of the culture of death throughout our society and many other concerns both personal and public.
Please consider taking a few minutes next Sunday to pray in the presence of the exposed Blessed Sacrament with your parish family.
When you think about it, you are being invited for a personal audience with Our Lord Jesus Christ! Don’t ignore the invitation.
Ushers Meeting June 27
The Parish Ushers will hold their bimonthly meeting in the Parish Center on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 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 June 27th meeting or see the June 16th bulletin for contact information.
Catholic Services Appeal for 2019
Please remember to make your CSA check out to:
Archdiocese of Detroit—CSA.
We have the month of June to reach our target of $92,837. Please give prayerful consideration to your donation this year. We can’t reach our goal without your help! Thank you and God Bless.
Why Stephen Ministry
Are you grieving a loss of a loved one?
Are you or a loved one being treated for cancer?
Are you recovering from an illness?
Are you living in a Nursing home or Assisted living, and need someone to talk to?
Are you struggling financially, job crisis?
Are you dealing with relationship issues, family problems?
Are you experiencing a spiritual crisis in your life?
These are just a few of the life experiences that Stephen Ministers deal with. All conversations between a Stephen Minister and their Care Receivers are done in strict confidence. We go thru detailed training before being commissioned as a Stephen Minister, and are ready to be a caring companion thru Christ in your life. Please seriously consider Stephen Ministry in your life. Also, seriously consider having a Stephen Minister come to see you if you are in need of a good listener.
Lastly, please keep this Ministry in your prayers. We are going through a very difficult time right now, and your prayers are desperately needed. If you are interested in Stephen Ministry please contact Florence Murphy at (586) 264- 7515. Remember, we do the listening, but God does the healing.
Right To Life
At eight weeks, the baby is capable of feeling pain. All body systems are present; sucks thumbs, wakes and sleeps. This is the time when most abortions are performed.
“The greatest gift of God, I would think, is the gift of life. The greatest sin of humans, it would seem, would be to return the gift ungratefully and unopened.” John Powell, S.J.
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:
1050 74th St. SW
Byron Center, MI 49513
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.”
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
20. Ushers/Ministers of Hospitality
21. Altar Servers
22. Archbishop Allen Vigneron
23. Archdiocese of Detroit
24. Bishop Robert Fisher
25. Central Macomb Vicariate
27. People of the Parish
28. Homebound Parishioners
30. Parish Choirs
Active Christian Women's Club
Holiday Giving Program
It is hard to already think about Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we have found that spreading this collection out over several months makes it a little easier on the budget, as well as, the shopping experience.
These products will be given to the families we help with the holidays. This is most helpful for them, as bridge cards (formally called food stamps) can only be used for food products. They may not be used for soap, toothpaste, toilet paper or other necessary household goods. Consequently, the families very much appreciate receiving these things. To help you plan how you may want to participate in this project (and maybe take advantage of sales), the products we will be collecting over the next eight months are listed below. You may want to save this article as a reminder of the requested items. Collection boxes will be available in the back of church. Thank you so much for all of your support.
June: Shampoo and deodorant
July: Bottles of dish soap
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! I am blessed to work with this community.