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Monday, May 31, 2010

Prayer to St. Joseph for the Work of the Archdiocese of Detroit

Here is a prayer on the Archdiocese's website to St. Joseph!

O Blessed St. Joseph, faithful son of Father Abraham and outstanding descendent of King David, because of the gifts of grace which the Holy Spirit poured out upon you, God the Father chose you to be the foster father of his only-begotten Son Jesus Christ, and husband of Christ's Mother the Virgin Mary. It was your great vocation to be the head and protector of the Holy Family. And without counting the cost, you gave your whole heart and mind and soul to this most noble task in Salvation History.

Because of this great mission and the graces you were given in order to accomplish it, you have been chosen as the heavenly patron and protector of the Church, the mystical family of God.

Therefore, it is with great confidence that we implore your powerful assistance for the Archdiocese of Detroit, as we seek to better steward our resources and make our forms of service more effective – all for the sake of safeguarding the Household of God and building up the family of faith. By your ardent prayers before the heavenly Throne of Mercy, obtain for us from God the Holy Spirit all of the graces we need, especially the gift of wisdom in human affairs, so that we will make judgments that are spiritually wise and practically astute realistic, farsighted and beneficial for the future of the Christian community in the Archdiocese, yet in all ways just and for the true benefit of each person touched by what we decide.

As we have been given a share in the charge entrusted to you – the stewardship of Christ's family – so obtain us from God all that we need in order to imitate you in fulfilling this sacred trust. And do, we trust, the family of faith in the Archdiocese will be all the more ready to take up our share in the great mission of the New Evangelization.

V. Mary, Mother of the Church.

R. Pray for us.

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Trinity Sunday

Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Here’s an excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Trinity (C.C.C. 234):

"The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the "hierarchy of the truths of faith." The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men "and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away from sin."
Let us pray,

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Friday, May 28, 2010

Advertorial in the "New Monitor"

Embedded below is the Advertorial that is running this week in the New Monitor in Detroit.  Special thanks to tireless efforts of Mollie Murphy and Joseph Cabadas for making this happen and of course to the articles sponsors Tom and Arlese Tunson.


"Ite ad Joseph!"

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council met this evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the social hall.  The next meeting will be June 16th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss "Oktoberfest!"

See you there!

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sacred, Beautiful & Universal

Not only is the embedded video a cerebral treat on the revitalization of Gregorian Chant in the Church, but it also features a parishioner of St. Joseph's!

Watching this video shows how lucky we are at St. Joseph to have never lost touch (continuity) with the musical traditions of the Church.  Enjoy!

SACRED, BEAUTIFUL, & UNIVERSAL: Colloquium XIX from Corpus Christi Watershed on Vimeo.

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Sunday, May 23, 2010

"Das Mai Fest!"

The annual "Mai Fest" dinner was held after the 10:30 a.m. German Mass.  The "Mai Fest" is a gift to St. Joseph parish by parishioner Craig Larson and his wife Susan. 
The dinner was served in the parish social hall and catered  by "Dotties."

Thanks Craig your generous gift to the parish and for another successful "Mai Fest!"

"Ite ad Joseph!"

German Mass

Being the 4th Sunday of the month, the 10:30 a.m. Novus Ordo Mass was celebrated in German, for the German community at St. Joseph.

Today's celebrant was Father Vergil Heier from the Missionaries of Mariannhill.

Here are two pictures from the Mass:

"Ja, du bist heilig, grosser Gott, du bist der Quell to aller Heiligkeit. Darum bitten wir dich: Sende deinen Geist auf diese Gaben herab und heilige sie, damit sie uns werden Leib und Blut deines Sohhes, unseres Herrn Jesus Christus."
“Nehmet und esset alle davon: das ist mein Leib, der für euch hingegebn wird.”

"Ite ad Joseph!"


Today is the Feast of Pentecost.  The liturgical color is red which represents the "fire of the Holy Spirit."

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.  The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.  Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,  “Receive the Holy Spirit.  Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” - John 20: 19-23

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament follows both the Wednesday Mass at 12:10 p.m. and Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.  Here are a few photo's of the Benediction service after today's Mass:

"O Sacrament most Holy, O Sacrament Divine!"

The Blessing......

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Wednesday Mass

At the request of the celebrant, the portable "peoples alter" is used.  Today's Mass was celebrated by Fr. Dariusz Strzalkowski, Novus Ordo, in English, versus populum with the peoples alter.
Here are some photo's of today's Mass:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord..."

"Take this, all of you, and eat it: THIS IS MY BODY....."

"My Lord and My God!"

"When Supper was ended He took the cup...."

The elevation of the Chalice

"Through Him, with Him, In Him...."

"Our Father, who art in heaven..."

"This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world."

"May almighty God bless you, The Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit..."

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Monday, May 17, 2010

Fr. Mark Borkowski

Here is an excerpt from Fr. Mark’s good-bye letter to the cluster;

“And finally my dear St. Joseph Church, the last to join our happy cluster! I never really expected to have the honor of being in charge of you. Though the fact of the matter is that St. Joseph was the very first Catholic Church in the city of Detroit I ever stepped foot in or ever attended Mass at. I know your history well also and when I was given charge of you, I did my very best to take the parish back to the glory days of Fr. Bresnahan, a happy memory. I know you appreciated my attempt because you told me. But my dear friends, on this day I think we can all see that St. Joseph is a strong as it can possibly be at this moment and that the threat of closure has passed for you. But I must caution you that his is NOT the time to rest upon your laurels. Keep working hard, you have too much more to achieve. But you are on your way. And we will never forget our time together.”

Father Mark may be contacted at

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Friday, May 14, 2010

155th Pentecost Observance

Our annual observance begins today (Friday May 14).  Here's the Mass Schedule for the next nine days; the Novena to the Holy Spirit will be recited before each Mass:

Day 1 - May 14 - Mass at noon at Sweetest Heart of Mary
Day 2 - May 15 - Mass at noon at St. Joseph
Day 3 - May 16 - Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph
Day 4 - May 17 - Mass at 7:30 p.m. at St. Josaphat
Day 5 - May 18 - Mass at noon at at St. Joseph
Day 6 - May 19 - Mass at noon at St. Joseph
Day 7 - May 20 - Mass at noon at St. Josaphat
Day 8 - May 21 - Mass at noon at Sweetest Heart of Mary
Day 9 - May 22 - Mass at noon at St. Joseph

Each day's novena can be accessed by following this link.

The annual Pentecost Observance is sponsored by the St. Joseph Legion of Mary.

"Veni, Sancte Spiritus!"

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Sunday, May 9, 2010

May Crowning

The Church has dedicated the month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a number of Her Feasts and Memorials are celebrated this month. The Marian Memorials in the month of May are as follows;

May 1   – Our Lady Queen of Heaven,
May 13 – Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament,
May 24 – Mary Help of Christians and
May 31 – The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The tradition of “Crowning” the Blessed Virgin Mary in the month of May dates to the 18th Century, starting probably in Italy. We continue this venerable tradition at St. Joseph’s with our own “Crowning” today after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

For a complete list of Marian Memorials, check out his link!

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

St. Joseph's Blog featured on NLM!

The Latin Liturgy Conference and St. Joseph's Blog is featured on The New Liturgical Movement's website! 

Check it out!

"Ite ad Joseph"

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Upcoming events in May

Here's an update on the events going on in May at St. Joseph's from this Sunday's bulletin:

Sunday May 9 -  May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place at the end of the 10:30 a.m. Mass.  We are asking all the boys and girls of the parish to be a part of Our Lady's Court.  Everyone in Her court will carry a rose up to the Blessed Mother's statue and place it in a vase.  Please call Dorothy Degens at (586) 463-6178 if your child or children want to be a part of this ceremony, so she knows how many roses to buy.

Saturday May 15 - annual flower planting and grounds cleanup.  Volunteers are needed at 10:00 a.m.; lunch will be provided.  Donations for flats of flowers are being taken (please see either Patrick Degens or drop a donation into the collection basket marked "flowers")  Ten flats of flowers cost $10 each.  For more information call Mollie Murphy at (734) 355-7195.

Sunday May 16 - regular fellowship after Mass in the social hall; donuts, coffee, juice, and fresh fruit will be available.

Sunday May 23 - The Feast of Pentecost.  The 10:30 a.m. Liturgy will be in German; musical guests include a German Chamber Choir.  The 12 noon Liturgy will be Tridentine; music provided by our very own St. Joseph's Capella singing Palestrina's Missa Aeterna Christi Munera along with works by Singenberger and Martini.

The annual Mai Fest dinner is also on May 23rd from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the social hall.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children.  German fare provided by Dottie's catering.  Tickets are for sale in the vestibule, for more information call (313) 559-0529.

Thursday May 27 - The parish council meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the social hall; all parishoners are welcome.

See you there!

 "Ite ad Joseph!"

Father "Z" on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf's commentary on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker is great!

Check it out!

"Ite ad Joseph!"

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Instituted by Venerable Pope Pius XII, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker was born in the Cold War to counteract May Day; the international holiday celebrating socialism and labor unions. St. Joseph, long regarded as the patron saint of workers (and of those fighting communism), is viewed as the model for all workers.

Here in Detroit we pray to St. Joseph for his intercession for all the displaced and unemployed workers in our city.  Today's Mass was celebrated by Fr. Peter Hrytsyk, assisted by the alter servers from our cluster parish St. Josaphat.

Here are some pictures of the event:

The sanctuary is prepared....

As is the chalice and paten...
The Mass is about to begin...

The procession....

The prayers at the foot of the alter...

The Introit...
The Gloria...

Incensing the Book, before the Gospel....

The Gospel proclaimed in English from the ambo...

The homily...

The Creed....

The lavabo and incensing of the Master of Ceremonies...

Incensing the faithful...

The Consecration.."Hoc Est Enim Corpus Meum"...

The Elevation of the Host....

The Consecration of the Chalice..."Hic Est Enim Calix Sanguinis Mei"...

The Elevation of the Chalice...

"Domine non sum dignus"....


Post Communion prayers....

"Ite Missa Est"....

The Blessing...

The Last Gospel...

Procession to the Sacristy...

That's all for now!  It was a beautiful Mass; thanks to all who made it happen!

"Ite ad Joseph!"