From Pastor's Desk
“I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confidence of this that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:4-5).
As we have started this Advent season of “patiently waiting” in preparation of the Birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ, the church calls us to pray and reflect on our faith in the Son of God. Always being vigilant to recognize and welcome the Lord who comes to us every day, in the ordinary events, places and people in our lives.
This is to inform you that my bishop in Kenya has called me back to the diocese. “IT IS HARD TO SAY GOODBYE”, but the time has come for me to say... “Good-bye”.... I am really grateful to the Archbishop Allen Vigneron and my bishop Salesius, for allowing me to serve in the Archdiocese of Detroit beyond the 5 years that I was supposed finish my studies and go back to Kenya.
Saying goodbye is not easy, but I want to take this opportunity to thank you all, for your love and friendships we have shared here at St. Alphonsus-St Clement parish. I have been humbled as your servant in sharing the word of God and sacraments together for the last seven and half years here in Dearborn. Prior to coming here, I worked in Wyandotte, serving St. Joseph’s, St. Elizabeth, and St. Patrick parishes.
I am grateful for having associate pastors that have worked with me here, Fr. Jim, Fr. Aaron, and Fr. Greg, who have been very helpful to me in serving our parish family. God bless you fathers for your advice and devotedness to the Lord in service to his people.
The parish has been blessed with an incredible and dedicated staff both here and at the Henry Ford Village chapel, who really do all the work behind the scenes and often receive little credit. It is because of their hard work that our parish family has remained vibrant.
I would like to thank in a very special way, the parish pastoral and finance council members, the commission groups, lectors, Eucharistic ministers, Ushers and volunteers for working together so diligently in fostering the unity and growth of our parish and the merger and closure of St. Clement parish. Your counsel has brought us this far in helping the parish unite under the patronage of Saints Alphonsus and Clement.
For all those that I may have forgotten, please feel most appreciated for your prayers, love and support to our parish family. God bless you all.
Fr. Linus Kinyua, Pastor
December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
The dogma of the Immaculate Conception asserts that, "from the first moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was, by the singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of Mankind, kept free from all stain of original sin.
"It is designated a holy day of obligation when all Roman Catholics are required to attend mass.
Mass times: St. Alphonsus-St. Clement Church 9:00 AM (also live-streamed)
Allegria Village 10:00 AM
Online Mass from St. Alphonsus – St. Clement
We are thankful that so many parishioners are returning to mass. For those who are unable to attend mass in person we are continuing to livestream mass every weekend so you can remain connected with our parish family by participating in the mass online.
The 4:00 PM Saturday and 9:00 AM Sunday masses can be seen on our YouTube channel. To view the current week’s masses or previously recorded masses click below for links to the livestream mass:
St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Food Distributions
The St. Alphonsus-St. Clement SVDP will again distribute food boxes to our neighbors in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our parishioners and patrons, we are not in need of any food for these families -- our food pantry is fully stocked!
However, if you wish to donate food for the holiday season, we request that you provide small, individually wrapped items for the care kits we give to the homeless and indigent. The items needed are granola or fruit bars, raisins, peanuts, cheese and crackers, small To Go peanut butter tubs, beef jerky, tuna packets, beanie weenies, Vienna sausages, sealed fruit cups, applesauce cups, cookies and other sweets. Please keep in mind that volunteers pack 8 - 10 items in a quart-sized zip lock baggie, so the smaller the food item the better.
Our conference is truly blessed with such generous, caring supporters, and we appreciate all you do for those in need! As the saying goes, you help us help others.
St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Giving
Last year the St. Alphonsus-St. Clement SVDP modified its Christmas Giving process due to COVID that kept so many of us away from crowds. lnstead of buying specific gifts for needy children, we provided families with gift cards. This went over so weil that we've decided to do the same in 2021!
As was the case in 2020, we will not be putting up a Christmas Tree with gift requests from children in our community. lnstead, we will distribute gift cards to every child 16 or under who requests holiday assistance. In addition, we will set aside some cards for the Justice Initiative, which serves the incarcerated and those recently released from prison.
lf you wish to participate, you may purchase one or more gift cards from VISA, Meijer, Target or Walmart for $25 and drop them in the SVdP poor box or at the parish office. lf you prefer not to shop at all, you can make a monetary donation instead. Simply put a check or cash in an envelope labeled "Christmas gift cards" and leave it in the poor box or office. Please have your donations in by Sunday, Dec. 6 so we can start planning the distribution. Thank you for your generosity and support!
During this pandemic St. Alphonsus-St. Clement still needs your support. We still have a need to pay our staff, maintain the church building and, importantly, continue our outreach ministries. We ask that, to the best of your ability, you continue to make your weekly offertory donations, either by mailing them to the Parish at 7469 Calhoun, Dearborn, MI 48126, dropping them off in the office mail box, or making an Online Donation.
St. Alphonsus-St. Clement parish has reached 100% of our goal for the 2021 Catholic Services Appeal. Thank you to the 101 parishioners who have made gifts and pledges totaling $57,538. If you are still prayerfully considering your CSA pledge, please know that our parish will now receive 100% of the gifts we receive. We will continue to accept CSA donations through April 2022. Any and all CSA donations will be returned tax free to the parish.
Thank you again for helping to Fuel the Mission to witness Christ.
If you are still prayerfully considering your CSA pledge, you may mail your completed pledge card in the pre-addressed envelope that was provide you. You may also pledge your gift to our parish's campaign online at givecsa.org
Click below for more information.
Choir rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the church. We still need new voices for our 11 AM Sunday Christmas Season Choir. All are welcome to sing the Lord's praises!
Music Director: Lawrence Zelanka
Organist for 9 AM Sunday Mass
ST. ALPHONSUS~ST. CLEMENT PARISH in Dearborn is in need of a 9 AM Sunday Organist/Pianist/Vocalist starting January 9, 2022. Our 9 AM Sunday Mass is Live Streamed on YouTube. Long or short term, we are flexible in scheduling.
St. Alphonsus~St. Clement Parish
Director of Music Ministries
Lawrence (Lari) Zelanka
(734) 485-2723 - Home
(313) 581-7495 - Office*
Veterans Christmas Stockings
Our parish LIFT Sodality will be collecting items that will be used to stuff Christmas Stockings for our hospitalized Veterans. These stockings are passed out over the holidays to hospitalized veterans, both men and women.
ltems needed are: travel size items-toothpaste, shampoo, hand soap, hand cream, combs, puzzle books, Sudoku, crossword, word search, etc., pencils, pens, playing cards, individual size snacks-crackers, cookies, fruit snacks, gum, hard candy, instant coffee packets, instant hot chocolate packets, tea bags. (PLEASE NO razors or sharp objects.)
These items may be placed in the box, marked "Veteran's ltems", at the back of the Church. Please bring any items to Church or items may be dropped off at the parish office by Dec. 6th. On behalf of our hospitalized veterans, THANK YOU! LIFT (Ladies in Faith Together) Sodality.
Resumption of Public Masses
August 17, 2021 Update from the Archdiocese of Detroit:
The Archdiocese of Detroit encourages Mass-goers, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face-coverings and to practice social distancing to reduce exposure to COVID-19.
The faithful are reminded that particular dispensations from the obligation to participate in Holy Mass remain in effect for people who are ill or who find themselves in other specific circumstances.
The general dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days expired on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
We encourage those who can to come and join your parish family in celebrating Mass on Sunday. Sunday Mass and keeping the Lord's Day holy, is still an obligation for all. If you are unable to attend mass in person please check our livestream schedule.
Parish Office: 7469 Calhoun St., Dearborn, MI 48126
Phone: (313) 581-5218 ~ 581-7495
Fax: (313) 581-4233
Email: [email protected]
Monday – Thursday
9:00AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Church address: 13540 Gould St., Dearborn, MI 48126
HENRY FORD VILLAGE CHAPEL:
15101 Ford Rd., Dearborn, MI 48126
Phone: (313) 846-7712 ext. 1121
St. Alphonsus ~ St. Clement
Saturday 4:00 pm (Confessions @ 3pm)
Sunday 9:00 am & 11:00 am
Sunday 9:00 am
@ Henry Ford Village Chapel
WEEKDAY MASS TIMES
Monday 8:30 am
Tuesday 8:30 am
Tuesday 2:30 pm
@ Henry Ford Village Chapel
Thursday 8:30 am
Friday 8:30 am
Families of Parishes
Led by the Spirit on Mission A Pastoral Note from Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron on Families of Parishes (November 22, 2020)
Sent on Mission is the next phase of our movement to Unleash the Gospel throughout southeast Michigan and beyond. It is the continuation of the work of the Holy Spirit to move us from maintenance to mission. It is our effort to realize the fruit of Synod 16 where the Holy Spirit spoke through the faithful in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Over the next two years, all parishes of the Archdiocese of Detroit will join other parishes in new groupings called “families of parishes.” Families of parishes are groups of parishes, generally three to six, sharing resources to advance the mission, including having multiple priests and deacons serving the family of parishes. This new model will allow the priests, deacons, and lay staff associated with each parish to better share their gifts and talents with the whole family of parishes. This is a significant change of the way our parishes are currently structured, but a necessary step in our missionary transformation. Just like the early Church and the missionary activity of the early apostles, the transition to this new structure will require docility to the Holy Spirit, a spirit of collaboration and innovation, and confidence in God who continues to lead us in our mission to unleash the Gospel in southeast Michigan.
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Readings for the week of November 28, 2021
- Sunday: Jer 33:14-16 / Ps 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 [1b] / 1 Thes 3:12—4:2 / Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
- Monday: Is 2:1-5 / Ps 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9 / Mt 8:5-11
- Tuesday: Rom 10:9-18 / Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 / Mt 4:18-22
- Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a / Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 / Mt 15:29-37
- Thursday: Is 26:1-6 / Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a / Mt 7:21, 24-27
- Friday: Is 29:17-24 / Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14 / Mt 9:27-31
- Saturday: Is 30:19-21, 23-26 / Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 / Mt 9:35—10:1, 5a, 6-8
- Next Sunday: Bar 5:1-9 / Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6  / Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 / Lk 3:1-6
St. Alphonsu Liguori
The Catholic Faith
Saint of the Day
12/06/21 7:00 am
The great veneration with which St. Nicholas has been honored for many ages and the number of altars and churches all over the world that are dedicated in his memory are testimonials to his wonderful holiness and the glory he enjoys with God. As an episcopal see, and his childhood church falling vacant, the holy Nicholas was chosen bishop, and in that station became famous by his extraordinary piety and zeal and by his many astonishing miracles. The Greek histories of his life agree he suffered ...Read More
12/05/21 7:00 am
Sabas was born at Mutalaska, Cappadocia, near Caesarea. He was the son of an army officer there who when assigned to Alexandria, left him in the care of an uncle. Mistreated by his uncle's wife, Sabas ran away to another uncle, though he was only eight. When the two uncles became involved in a lawsuit over his estate, he again ran away, this time to a monastery near Mutalaska. In time the uncles were reconciled and wanted him to marry, but he remained in the monastery. In 456, he went to ...Read More
12/04/21 7:00 am
Saint John Damascene has the double honor of being the last but one of the fathers of the Eastern Church, and the greatest of her poets. It is surprising, however, how little that is authentic is known of his life. The account of him by John of Jerusalem, written some two hundred years after his death, contains an admixture of legendary matter, and it is not easy to say where truth ends and fiction begins.
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Catholic World News
12/03/21 6:12 am
British Columbia now permits houses of worship to operate at 50% capacity, though more worshipers are permitted if everyone has been vaccinated.
12/03/21 5:12 am
Father Geoff Drew has pled guilty to the rape of an altar boy in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the child was 10-11 years old.
12/03/21 5:12 am
Three parishioners lost their lives in their attempt to rescue Father Bako Francis Awesuh.