From the Parish Manager

To Be a Christian Steward
A Summary of the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Stewardship

 "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Pt 4:10).

What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure.  But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.

Disciples as Stewards

Let us begin with being a disciple—a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. As members of the Church, Jesus calls us to be disciples. This has astonishing implications:

  • Mature disciples make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, no matter what the cost.
  • Christian disciples experience conversion—lifeshaping changes of mind and heart—and commit their very selves to the Lord. 
  • Christian stewards respond in a particular way to the call to be a disciple. Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives
  • and the way in which we live.

Jesus' disciples and Christian stewards recognize God as the origin of life, giver of freedom, and source of all things. We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and for one another. We look to the life and teaching of Jesus for guidance in living as Christian stewards.

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Stewardship is a way of life embracing all areas of life. It is a central theme of the Bible, which tells us that we are accountable to God for all the gifts of time, talent and treasure that God entrusts to us for our lifetime.

Stewardship has far reaching implications for people of faith. It is a deliberate decision which recognizes one's need to give and the ability to do so, as an act of gratitude to God. As stewards of God's gifts, we have the responsibility to share those gifts with others. This is particularly true within our parish and the extended family it serves. When we support our parish, we help build the kingdom of the Lord in our community.

There are many ways to support Saint Joseph Parish.  One way is through financial giving in the Sunday Offertory Collection.  Giving the gift of your time by volunteering around the parish is a way to share your time and become involved in the life of the Parish.  Sharing your talents within the parish could mean many things:  being a catechist sharing our faith with the young people of the parish, becoming a Lector, Usher, or Eucharistic Minister to help at Mass, or just driving someone to Mass that otherwise might not be able to come.  These are just a few of the ways you can get involved in Saint Joseph Parish – can we count on you?

Mass Schedules

Weekend Mass
Saturday at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon

Weekday Mass
Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Wednesday & Friday at 9:00 AM

Holy Day Mass as Published

Sacraments And Pastoral Concerns

Sacrament of Baptism
The sacrament of baptism is ordinarily celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of the month following the 12:00 Noon Mass. Please call the Parish Office at 248-446-8700, at least two months in advance in order to make arrangements. There is a required Baptismal prep class which is normally offered on the second Monday of each month. Please call the Parish
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
(RCIA) is the process whereby new members are initiated into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and eucharist, and baptized Catholics may complete their initiation. For information, call Cathy Borsh, Pastoral Associate, Ext. 109.
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Sacrament of Marriage
Please call the Parish Office at least 6 months before the proposed marriage dates in order to arrange for the necessary preparation. An appointment is necessary before a wedding date may be scheduled.
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Order of Christian Funerals
At the time of death, contact the funeral home of your choice. The funeral home will then contact
Saint Joseph Parish.
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Registration in the Parish:
You may come to the parish office or call 248-446-8700, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM.
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hearing

Interpeter for Hearing Impaired at 5:00 PM Mass on the third Saturday of each Month.