JPII GIFT AND BOOK SHOP NEWS By Pat Urban & Barb Cataldo

Thank you to all those who picked up the House Blessing kits last weekend. Your donations will go to pay for the kit supplies and the needs of the parish. We didn’t anticipate the big response, so we apologize to those at the Sunday Masses who were unable to get a kit. We will have more available this weekend, so come by the shop to pick them up. We hope that those of you who used the kits to bless their houses found the experience worthwhile. Let us know how it went, along with the reactions of your families. Was it a teaching moment for your children? You were actually living out Pope Francis’ description of a “domestic church” where our faith is being taught, shared and lived out.

The Gift and Book Shop is back to its regular hours ...before and after weekend Masses. Stop by and browse.


The Saint Kateri canonization commemorative coins are still available at the Gift Shop and in the Parish Office. The donation of $10 is appreciated and remember the donation will go to the Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota.



Sacred Heart Open House: Sunday, January 28th at 12:30 PM. For more information, call 313-278-9192.

St. Sebastian Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, January 14th & February 4th in the Activities Center.

Open House & Science Fair: Sunday, January 28th from 11 AM—2 PM. Please come and take a tour. We offer Little Learners for age 3, Pre-school and Kindergarten through 8th Grade.



The Army, Air Force, and Navy exchange will start allowing all honorably discharged veterans to shop online. The target start date is Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, but you must register first. You must call 1-844-868-8672 after June 1st to register.

Here is the site for more information:



Annual Chili Cha-Cha: Saturday, January 27th at 6 PM in Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Proceeds go to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and St. Vincent De-Paul. Tickets are $30 each. Call 313.278-5555 for tickets.

Women’s Lenten Study: Once a week sessions during Lent, Beginning February 15th through March 29th from 9:30 AM—11:30 AM at St. Anselm. More information to follow.

Spring Tea: Save the date for a wonderful afternoon of spiritual reflection, heartwarming fellowship and a delicious lunch. Sunday, March 4th. More information to follow.



Are you feeling lucky? Join us for our Firekeepers bus trip on Tuesday, January 30th at 9 AM, $30 per person ($20 for gaming and $5 food voucher). To reserve your spot call Steve Jacek at 248-349-0490 or email him at If you can’t make it, our next trip will be Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

The 7th Annual Tim O’Brien Trivia Contest to benefit the U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center is coming on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Tickets are $25 per person. To reserve your team of four call Nora O’Brien at 313.565-4379.

Lenten Fish Fry- Starts Ash Wednesday, February 14th at 4 PM. Friday Fish Frys during Lent hours are11 AM—8 PM. Join us for some great fish.


St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center. Tuesday mornings—February 6, 13, 20,27 from 9: 30 AM - 11:00 AM. The classes will explore the what, where, why and how of prayer. Participants will be invited to ‘sample’ different prayer forms. There will be time for reflection as well as communal experiences. Classes cost $15 per session or $50 for the series. Register online or by phone at 313. 286-2800. or


St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center. Ash Wednesday, February 14th and Wednesday, March 7th from 9:30 AM-3:00 PM. Fr. Pat Brennan, CP, Fr. Phil Paxton,CP: Faith Offman—presenters. $30 fee includes a delicious hot lunch. Register online at or by phone at 313. 286-2800.


Terra Sancta Pilgrimages with Franciscan friar Fr. Alex Kratz will be leading a Catholic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land from April 9-23, 2018. This life-changing experience walking in Jesus’ footsteps includes daily Mass and Rosary, biblical readings on site, time for prayer and spiritual guidance, and meeting local Christians. Cost is $4,299 (all expenses included, round trip from Detroit, three daily meals, all tips and taxes). $500 deposit due at registration. Orientation meeting is February 4. Next pilgrimage: October 8-22, 2018. Call 248-0514-1747 or


January 14, 2018 2nd Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

"He first found his own brother Simon and told him, 'We have found the Messiah.'" After spending the day in the company of Christ, Andrew took action. He shared the good news! Instead of keeping his newfound friendship with Jesus all to himself, Andrew invited his brother into the fold. Andrew found Simon and "brought him to Jesus." This was no small matter because Simon would become Peter, the first pope! How important it is to bring others along with us to meet Christ!

Yet, how often do we reach out with the kind of confidence that Andrew had? Are we ready and willing to share our faith with our family and friends? Do we consider our relationship with Jesus a gift to be shared, or a fact to be safely hidden away in our personal prayer corner?

Part of our call as Christians is to evangelize others, to share with them the good news of salvation. Loving Jesus and following his moral commands is essential, of course, but it is not the end of the story. The Gospel message is meant for all people, and we are meant to be its messengers. Sometimes this requires us to step out of our comfort zone. It may mean speaking up when we'd rather be silent. It may mean inviting someone to Mass when they might say no. But it might also mean a conversion for someone we care about.

It might mean a new minister for the Church. Ultimately, it might mean another saint in heaven. None of that is up to us, however. What we can control is only whether we share our faith joyfully and extend the invitation to others to experience the peace that comes from knowing Christ.


If you have broken rosaries and would like to donate them, please drop them off at the church sacristy or parish office.

Call 313.943-3030 to report any suspicious activity. Support our law enforcement officers. Be their eyes and ears!


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