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Jesus Christ, The High Priest (Hebrews 4:14)


Fr. Libor Marek, Pastor –

Fr. Juraj Nuota, Associate Pastor -

Fr. Paul Czarnota, Priest in Residence –


Deacon Gerald Smigell,

Deacon Phil McCown,



Parish Address:  41233 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Office Telephone: 586-726-6911 / Fax: 586-685-1070






All Holy Masses are in English unless otherwise indicated. Check parish bulletin for any changes.

Please check with web-site or Parish Office for our 6:00 am Holy Mass Schedule


SATURDAY – SOBOTY, 9:00 am, 4:00 pm

SUNDAY – NEDELE, 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am (SLOVAK), 1:30 pm, 6:00 pm (Tridentine Mass) 8:30 pm

MONDAY – PONDELOK, 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 Noon

TUESDAY – UTOROK, 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 Noon

WEDNESDAY – STREDA, 6:00 am, 9:00 am (LATIN), 12:00 Noon

THURSDAY – STVRTOK, 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 Noon, 7:00 pm

FRIDAY – PIATOK, 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 Noon

FIRST FRIDAYS – PRVE PIATKY, 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 Noon, 7:00 pm

HOLY DAYS – PRIKAZANE SVIATKY, 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 Noon, 7:00 pm

CONFESSIONS:  The sacrament of Reconciliation is held every day ½ hour before each Holy Mass

& every Saturday after the 9:00 a.m. Holy Mass until all confessions are heard.

The Holy Rosary is recited daily after the 9:00 a.m. Holy Mass.




*BAPTISM:   Parish Office      586-726-6911

*MARRIAGE: Parish Office     586-726-6911

RCIA:    Parish Office     586-726-6911

CATECHISM:   Paul & Carroll Schuller:   586-254-9212

 or via email at:




PRESIDENT:   Linda Whetstone:  586-726-6911

CHRISTIAN SERVICE:   Erin Rybucki:    586-726-6911

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION:   Paul & Carroll Schuller: 586-254-9212

STEWARDSHIP:   Suzanne Navarre:  586-726-6911

EVANGELIZATION:   Parish Office 586-726-6911





Evangelization Ministry- The group’s vision is that every person evangelizes!

Contact: Parish Office 586-726-6911


Religious Education- Classes range from kindergarten through high school beginning in September through May. Classes meet on Wednesday at 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm.  Contact:  Paul & Carroll Schuller, (586) 254-9212 or   Also see Forms


RCIA- The RCIA program at Ss. Cyril and Methodius seeks to instruct candidates in the Catholic Faith that comes to us from Christ through the Apostles as it is faithfully preserved by the Magisterium of the Church.  Our program provides an opportunity for those who are open to the Holy Spirit to grow in understanding and appreciation of God’s Revelation, primarily through sacred Scripture. Fundamentally, being Catholic means being on the true path, the one intended by God to achieve our best possible relationship with Him. In our search for faith, confirmed by reason, we are given the opportunity to experience a life- changing conversion of heart calling us to lead a life in imitation of Christ. This transformation is facilitated by God’s grace made available to us through the Sacraments, particularly the Eucharist, which is Christ’s most intimate presence with us. Ultimately, our relationship with God, through Christ and His Church is essential to our perfect happiness. As a part of the Body of Christ, we participate in the life of the Trinity, “the love that never ends.” The reward is great, for the way of Christ leads to eternal life and contrary ways to destruction. Classes begin in September, 2017 on Thursdays at 7:00 pm.

Contact: Steven Piskorowski, (586) 883-3093 or


Edge Middle School Youth Ministry- Edge provides middle school youth an opportunity to grow closer to Christ through relational ministry. During Edge nights teens, together with the adult core team, learn more about their Catholic faith through dynamic games, presentations, and small groups tailored to a 6th, 7th and 8th grade level. Teens are challenged to lead a vibrant prayer life, read the scriptures, and build relationships with their peers and the core team. Edge nights run September through May most Thursday nights from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in the Activity Center.

Contact Alexandria Lewis at 586-641-7672 or


Life Teen Ministry- Life Teen is a Eucharist-centered, relational driven high school ministry. Our mission is to lead teens closer to Christ. We serve teens by building Christian relationships with them and leading them, by example, into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Our ministry offers the high school youth a variety of ways to deepen their relationship with God, including service projects, Bible studies, retreats, and weekly youth group meetings called “Life Nights.” “Life Nights” are on Monday nights during the school year (6:15 pm to 9:00 pm). Contact: Alexandria Lewis (High School Youth Minister, 586-641-7672 or

Contact: Monica Majcher (Middle School Youth Minister),


Bereavement Ministry – Participates in Vigil services, funeral Holy Masses, etc., to assist those who have had a death in their family and also organizes annual parish Memorial Service.

Meeting Time:  Announced through parish bulletin and from the pulpit.

Contact:  Kathleen Kortebein (586) 713-9097


Bible Study- Bible Study classes offered throughout the year.  For details:  Contact: Marge Lewandowski, (586) 731-1533


Book Club – Read about the lives of the Saints, watch videos and meet with the group to discuss.

Meeting Time:  3rd Monday of every month at 7:00 pm in Room 119.

Contact:  Gina Smak, (586) 431- 2585


Choirs: Adult Choir – 9:30 am Holy Mass Organist and Director:  Joe Long, (810) 882-1806 or 7:30 am Holy Mass Director: Mary Shiner, (248) 879-9776 or


Children’s Choir- Ages 5 to 12. The group sings at the 9:30 am Holy Mass, the last Sunday and for special events. Contact: Joe Long, (810) 882-1806 or Sarah & Trinity,


Church Property Maintenance- For information regarding church property maintenance and general matters.  Contact: Rudy Grado, (586) 292-9609


Communion for the Homebound- If you or a loved one is unable to attend the Holy Mass and need Holy Communion brought to your home or to the hospital, please:  Contact the Legion of Mary, Mary Shiner, (248) 879-9776, or Joe Marine: (586) 739-4232


Communion to Troy Beaumont Hospital Ministry- The fifth corporal work of mercy is to visit the sick. Please prayerfully consider bringing Jesus, in the Holy Eucharist, to a sick sister or brother who is in the Troy Beaumont Hospital on Wednesdays. Times may vary. For more information:

Contact: Alice Tocco, (810) 241-1182


Friends of the Abbey Ministry – Reaches out to establish relationships and develop friendships with our lonely brothers and sisters in the Abbey Nursing Home in Warren (12 Mile between Hoover & Schoenherr). Meeting Time:  4th Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Abbey Nursing Home.  Contact:  Gina Smak, (586) 431- 2585


Friends of the Congo- The group is a Mission of Prayer Ministry while raising awareness and encouraging sacrifice and almsgiving for the donations of Medical Equipment and other assistance in building a Clinic for the people who are suffering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Meetings held monthly, on Sundays after the 9:30 am Holy Mass, in a parish classroom. This ministry is open to all parishioners!

Contact: Barbara Batchik, (248) 584-2823


Garden Club-Join the fun and help keep out parish gardens beautiful! No gardening experience necessary.

Contact: Diane Corrigan, (586) 612-4534


Hands of Mercy Ministry- The group’s aim is to offer simple concrete forms of support to parishioners in a time of need, whether they have just welcomed a baby, are grieving the loss of a loved one, have a family member hospitalized or deployed. Members will begin by providing meals for those in these situations. Contact: Anna Sutherland, (734) 395- 6269 or


Hospitality Team- This group of enthusiastic parishioners has been formed to serve at a variety of activities. If you would like to get to know others and provide a helping hand at parish events.

Contact: Mary Richards, (586) 354-1694 or


iNVICTUS CHRISTUS (Unconquerable Christ)- A lay Catholic men’s leadership apostolate that seeks to raise up, train up and build up the next generation of heroic Catholic leaders and sets out to strengthen men, not just for temporal battle, but the spiritual battle as well. It is the objective of iNVICTUS CHRISTUS to inspire men to attain heroic virtue and bold leadership. To that end, the group fortifies men in four foundational pillars of virtue: Faith, Formation, Holy Fraternity and Fortitude. Anchored in these Four Pillars, a man becomes a “man of mission,” who sets out to not only lead and uplift his family but to transform the very world he lives in with the Word of God and the unconquerable love of Christ.

Meetings, for men age 18 and up, are held the 2nd Thursday. of each month at 8:00 pm in Room 117

Contact: Tom Vitale (586)206-1905


Knights of Columbus-

St. Nicholas Council: A Catholic men’s family organization, for ages 18 and over, that works to support charities- especially focused on the mentally impaired. The group’s ministry also supports Ss. Cyril & Methodius activities through fundraisers. Meetings are held the 1st Thurs. of each month at 8:00 pm. Contact: Tom Starynchak, (586) 489-8661 or


Blessed Virgin Mary Assembly 1839: The group is a Patriotic 4th Degree (Color Corp). New members must be 3rd Degree in good standing. The 4th Degree is a Catholic, Family, Fraternal service organization. Involvements are to support the Veteran Affairs Service, collect food for the veteran’s pantry, march in patriotic holiday parades, conduct a yearly U.S. Flag Retirement ceremony and Color Corp participation, per the pastor’s request, at special church activities. A Ladies of the Assembly group is comprised of the spouses of the 4th Degree members. The ladies assist and support activities. Meetings are held the 3rd Thurs. of each month at 7:30 pm.

Contact: Mike Gray, (586) 566-0242 or Joe Honce, (248) 879-8972


Lector Ministry- This beautiful lay ministry is appointed to read the word of God in the liturgical assembly. Volunteers read the lesson from the Sacred Scripture, except the Gospel. The Commentator reads the announcements before and after Holy Mass. Contacts for each Holy Mass: Sat. 4:00 pm, Sylvia Bieniek, (586) 739-2852 or; Sun. 7:30 am, Al Varchetti, (586) 786-2162 or; Sun. 9:30 am, Joe Honce, (248) 879-8972 or; Sun. 1:30 pm, Amy Perugi, (734) 674-4772; Sun. 8:30 pm, Dennis Zitny, (586) 871- 7226


Legion of Mary- The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation. Under ecclesiastical guidance members participate in Mary’s and the Church’s work of crushing the head of the serpent and advancing the reign of Christ. The Legion shows whole-hearted devotion to the Mother of God, and aims to bring Mary to the world as the infallible means of winning the world to Jesus. Meetings are held Mondays at 1:00 pm in Room 116.

Contact: Joanne Swatowski, (586) 933-3986, or Mary Shiner at, or


Marian Catechists- Father Hardon’s Marian Catechist Adult (18 & older) Basic and Advanced Courses were written at the request of Saint Pope John Paul II to assist individuals to internalize the truths of the Catholic Faith, to grow in relationship with the Person of Christ, to apply the concepts to daily life and to hand on the Faith to others.

Contact: Janice McCown, (248) 376-2223


Married Couples Evening of Reflection – “2Beocme1” Marriage Group - Spend an evening spiritually strengthening your marriage.  Features guest speakers and socializing with your fellow parishioners.

Meeting Time:  Last Thursday of every month at 7:00.

Contacts:  Matthew & Maria Moceri, (586) 256-3080 or (586) 256-3081


Men’s Club – Men, 18 years and older, meet to socialize and also organize parish functions such as pancake breakfasts, fish fries, parish festival, etc.   Meeting Time:  1st Tuesday of each month usually at 7:00 pm in the overflow room.

Contact: Jon Ruthenbeck (248) 953-9053


Men of the Sacred Hearts- Members are part of an Apostolic organization of Catholic laymen united spiritually to help spread the Kingdom of Christ by enthroning homes. An enthronement is a public recognition of Jesus as Lord and King of a home, business or school. The founder’s desire was to spread ‘The Twelve Promises” St. Margaret Mary received from Jesus by enthroning an image of Jesus’ Sacred Heart. For meeting times,

Contact:  David Tay, (248)330-9533 or


Northland Family Planning Prayer Group- The first Saturday of each month, Pro-Life supporters gather outside the Northland Family Planning Clinic for peaceful prayer and witness. The event which consists of the rosary, chaplet and other prayers begins at 11:30 am and lasts about an hour (rain, snow or shine.) The clinic, located at 3810 17 Mile Rd. just west of Ryan Rd. is usually closed on Sat. If you would like more information or wish to participate in weekday prayer,

Contact: Anne Marie Krahala, (586) 873- 2004. Please contact member for guidelines if your group is interested in praying at the clinic on a different day or time.


Our Lady Queen of Peace Apostolate- This group is an association of Catholic volunteers faithful to Jesus, the Holy Father and the Bishops. The mission is to evangelize through catechesis using modern media and to promote devotion to Jesus and Holy Mary. If you want to contribute ideas, time and talent to the mission you are needed and welcome!

Contact: Susan Schoenstein, (248) 652-2856 or Mila Flores, (248) 879-8166 or


Paulatim Ministry- Through small group facilitation, the members will learn to promote, educate, and assist Catholics in the essential practices of spiritual reading, mental prayer and rooting our defect. Website: Contact:  Jim Weil, (313) 550-9406 or


Pro-Life Ministry – Informs parishioners about activities that help to defend human life from conception to natural death, supports existing pro-life organizations, offers various forms of participation in pro-life activities and coordinates them on a parish level.

Meeting Time:  As announced and published.

Contact: Lynn Gura, (248) 816-1546 (work) or or


Quilt for the Needy Ministry- No previous sewing skills are required to join this friendly group that makes simple quilts to send to the needy both locally and internationally. Meetings are held the 4th Sat. of each month after the 9:00 am Holy Mass in the Activity Center.

Contact: Kay Cameron, (586) 752-7991


Rosary-Making Class – Learn how to make handmade knotted cord or plastic bead rosaries.  Rosaries are prepared for missions or personal use. Please call if rosaries are needed.

Meeting Time: Meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month in Rm 112 &113.

Contact: Jo Ann Traczynski, (586) 979-1078 or Helen Staels, (586) 469-3181.


Rosary Society – A women’s group that prays together and organizes and/or helps at certain parish functions (e.g. parish festival, bake sales, salad luncheon, rummage sales, etc.).  Also operates as Altar Society (decoration of church, sacristy, washing of altar linens, etc.).

Meeting Time: 1st Saturday of each month in the Parish Hall, after the 9:00 am Holy Mass and Rosary.

Contact:  Andrea Davis, (586) 405-4666 or


Senior’s Club – Offers a good time for anyone over 55.  Begins with the 9:00 am Holy Mass, followed by the Rosary.  Continues with coffee and cake, cards and games.

Meeting Time:  2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (from Sept.-June) after the 9:00 am Holy Mass.

Contact:  Judy Arwady, (586) 997-1517


St. Raphael Health Ministry- This group organizes programs that will support the health of the whole family. Outreach programs and speakers will focus on family nutrition, exercise and emotional health.

Contact: Bev Moran, (586) 254-6534


Usher’s Club – Consists of male members of the parish who assist in the orderly procession of the general flow of traffic within the church and the collection of any monies.  Also includes those who assist as Extraordinary Ministers in the parish.

Contact: Frank Moran, (586) 254-6534




Altar Boys:  All boys ages 3 years and older are welcome.

Contact:  Jeff Gura, (248) 340-2400


Columbian Squires- This is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus for Catholic boys ages 10-18. Squires have a five level Advancement Program that promotes leadership and character building by focusing on: home, family, Squires & Knights, community, country, & church.

Contact: Paul Propson, (313) 670-5228,


Little Flowers Girls’ Club- The group is a program that strives to provide young Catholic girls, ages 5 and up, with an opportunity to gather and learn about their Catholic heritage, faith and traditions, as well as other “womanly” traditions that may have faded from view. “Little Flowers” will learn what it means to be a Catholic girl and eventually a Catholic woman. Whether she is called to a life of consecration to Our Lord, a single life or as a wife and mother, she will obtain a strong foundation upon which to build. The Little Flowers Girls’ Club meets 35rd Friday every month between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Sheri Kanan, (248) 659-8227 or


American Heritage Girl’s Club- Are you ready to see your daughter’s dreams take flight?  American Heritage Girls allows girls, ages 5-18, to experience new challenges, serve others, make new friends and have tons of fun, all in a safe, faith-filled environment. AHG Troop MI0214 meets two Tuesday evenings a month, from September- May. Our Mission Statement: Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.  Contact Kristine Ginther, (248) 515-0185 or


Trail Life USA, Troop MI-0214- Trail Life USA is a Christian adventure, character and leadership program that serves boys and young men from grades Kindergarten through 12th. It is a program that centers on outdoor experiences that build a young man’s skills and allow him to grow on a personal level and as a role model and leader for his peers. Living the Trail Life is a journey established on timeless values derived from the Bible. Meeting time for both groups: Tuesdays at 7:00pm.

Contact: Mike Lawler, (248) 705-9681 or




Art Class – Taught by Don West for children ages 8 and up ($10 per student/per session).  Students complete a drawing at each class with step-by-step instructions and demonstrations.

Meeting Time:  Call for dates, times and location.

Contact for Registration:  Betty Abate, (248) 848-0414


John Paul II Home Educators Support Group – This is an energetic home schooling group that offers Parent Support Group Meetings, field trips, classes and a private Yahoo Group Community for homeschooling topics and activities. Contact: Amy Hastings,


Sancta Familia Homeschooler Support Group – Support group for local Catholic home schooling families. Activities include parent’s meetings, volunteer work, field trips and social

Meeting Time: Meets periodically during the school year.

Contact: Jeannie Langlois, (248) 608-4022.




Annual Slovak Festival – Enjoy the sights, sounds and customs of Slovakia at the Annual Slovak Festival held the weekend before Labor Day.  Festival features delicious traditional foods, drinks, music, costumes, singing and dancing, along with games of chance for the adults and games of fun for the children.  Everyone is invited.

Contact: John Fournier, (248) 410-5866


Fraternalistic Organizations:

Jednota – First Catholic Slovak union.  114-year-old fraternal benefit society selling life insurance and annuities. Contact:  Anna Magusin, (586) 751-2960

Slovenska Liga – Contact:  Jozef Krajcovic, (248) 496-1062


Slovak Catholic Sokol - A fraternal organization founded over 100 years ago to promote the Slovak traditions in the United States & Canada.  Its' members follow the beliefs of the Catholic Church. It encourages education by providing scholarships at all levels of education. It encourages members to be active by sponsoring many athletic & gymnastic programs. We finance the organization through a life insurance program to its member.  The Group 16 Detroit/ Rossford has been affiliated with the St. Cyril & Methodius community since its origin on August 15, 1926 in Detroit, MI.  We welcome all to our fraternal group.

Contact: Andrea Papcun, Group 16 President, or (248) 343-9429


Junior & Senior Sarisan Dancers – Learn and perform traditional dances from Slovakia at the Annual Slovak Festival on the parish grounds and at other venues.

Junior Dancers – Age: starting at 6 years old. Interested new member’s assessment in February.

Meeting Time:  Junior Sarisan:  Meet on Tuesdays beginning at 5:15PM   Contact:  Daniela Grisak, (586) 795-4246

Senior Dancers – Age: 18 years old and up. Meeting Time: Tuesdays beginning at 7:00PM

Contact: Milan Straka, (248) 478- 3818





Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima – Meets for the Rosary, Holy Mass, and Procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima and for spiritual discussions.

Meeting Time:  13th day of the month between May and October and as announced in the parish bulletin.

Contact:  Ismael Lebron, (586) 751-6439


Monthly Bilingual Rosary Group -- Come pray a single Rosary in Slovak and English for our fellow parishioners and countries of Slovakia and America.  The evening starts in Church at 7:00PM and also features prayers, music, and reflection.  There is a social afterward with light refreshments. Call or text your prayers to (586) 413-4050 or e-mail them to  The dates for 2019 are as follows:  February 15 (third Friday), March 11 (second Monday), April 8 (second Monday), May 17 (third Friday), June 14 (second Friday), July 12 (second Friday), August 9 (second Friday), September 13 (second Friday), October 11 (second Friday), November 8 (second Friday) and December 13 (second Friday).

Contact:  Dennis Zitny, (586) 871-7226


Total Consecration to  Jesus Through Mary (St. Louis-Marie de Montfort Method) – The spiritual program that our Holy Father, St. John Paul II, used to consecrate himself to Jesus through Mary.  The Holy Father encourages all Catholics to do the same.  Saints Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church is the Center for this consecration.

Contact:  Eman Louis, (586) 726-6911 or


Holy Hour of Reparation on First Fridays/Sacred Heart of Jesus Devotion – The Sacred Heart of Jesus said to St. Margaret Mary, “Make reparation for the ingratitude of men.  Spend an hour in prayer to appease divine justice, to implore mercy to sinners, to honor Me, to console Me for My bitter suffering when abandoned by My Apostles, when they did not WATCH ONE HOUR WITH ME.”

Meeting Time:  Every first Friday of the month, starting immediately following the 9:00 am Holy Mass and Benediction.


Our Lady, Mother of Mercy Secular Discalced Carmelite- A secular Carmelite undertakes to live in the world an evangelical life of fraternal communion imbued with the spirit of contemplative prayer and apostolic zeal according to the example of and teaching of the Carmelite saints.

Contact: Sharon Sedlak, (248) 842-5691


 Our Lady of Perpetual Help Devotion – Novena prayed to Mary, our most powerful helper before the throne of God.  Her dignity of Mother of God, her ardent charity, and the fact that Jesus gave her to us as Mother, enable her to obtain for us through her intercession more than all the angels and saints can obtain.

Meeting Time:  Every Tuesday morning at 8:40 am before 9:00 am Holy Mass.


Perpetual Adoration- From Sunday, 10:00 PM, to Saturday, 9:00 AM, (with the exception of Holy Mass times) come visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, “Who gives Himself to us in the Eucharist as the expression of Infinite Love, the mystery of our faith, the fountain of our Christian life…” (The Holy Father, San Pablo Airport). NOTE: For Adoration is the Church during daytime hours and in the Chapel overnight.

Contact: Julie Varchetti, (586) 214-1825 or


Pro-Life Rosary – This Rosary, dedicated to Pro-Life, starts with the Joyful, Luminous and Sorrowful mysteries before Mass and concludes with the Glorious mysteries after the Holy Mass.

Meeting Time:  Every Saturday morning at 8:00 am before 9:00 am Holy Mass.


St. Monica Sodality – This group prays for family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and civic leaders to return to full practice of the Catholic faith.

Meets:  4th Sunday of every month at the 1:30 pm Holy Mass.

Contact: Anne Marie Krahala, (586) 873-2004


Stations of the Cross

Meeting Time:  During Lent, every Wednesday at 8:30 am before 9:00 am Holy Mass and every Friday at 6:30 pm before the 7:00 pm Holy Mass or Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction.




Families of Nazareth Movement- This is a worldwide movement for anyone who hungers for God’s unconditional love. The mission is to become aware of the truth about God. Members aim to come to trust and believe in God’s merciful love. The group experiences this through communion of life with Christ through Mary.

Contact: Gosia Purzycka, (248) 224-1245 or


Touch of Mary Prayer Group – The group joins the 7:00 pm Holy Mass on Thursdays to honor Our Ladies’ call for conversion for the world and the church. The 20 decade rosary for priests and Christian unity will begin at 5:45 pm. Please join in anytime! Following Holy Mass, Exposition with prayers will take place.

Contact:  Lorraine Drozdowski, (586) 323-1833 or Judy Zabawski, (586) 697-5265


Updated September 14, 2018