The councils and commissions of Church of the Divine Child provide direction for the parish, ensuring implementation of our Mission and parish goals. The commissions are encouraged to establish committees to carry out the work of God.



The Worship Commission is responsible for guiding the continuing liturgical renewal of the parish, which a communion centered on the Eucharist as well as serving as the liaison for relations with other Christian and non-Christian churches and religious bodies.

Since the liturgy is the "source and summit" (SC 11) of Christian life, the Worship Commission needs to be actively and directly connected and concerned with all aspects of parish life. The function of the Church of the Divine Child's Worship Commission is to develop and establish objectives to realize and accomplish parish and Archdiocesan goals and ecclesiastical norms in the area of liturgy and parish worship. The Commission is responsible for assisting the parish priests with planning and implementing special liturgies (i.e., Mass of Remembrance), and providing an outlet for parishioners with liturgical concerns.

Please visit the Ministries, many of which the Worship Commission oversees. For more information, contact Chairperson, Jodi Ann Micallef, at 313.277.3110 ext 222.

Parish Pastoral Council

The Divine Child Parish Pastoral Council in an essential consultative body of the parish that "assists the pastor in the administration of the goods" of Church of the Divine Child (Canon 537). This advisory group assists the pastor in areas of budget, maintenance, insurance, stewardship and other similar concerns. The vision of this council is integrated into the parish's ongoing parish life activities.

The Parish Pastoral Council assures that the established goals and objectives are implemented by the various Council & Commissions and reviews the goals and objectives annually.

Executive Board

Pastor: Rev. Robert McCabe
Associate Pastor: Rev. Matthew Hood
President: Ernesto Bridgnanan
Vice President: Margaret Van Houten
Secretary/Treasurer: Pamela Szpytman



Christian Service: Beth Stawasz
Education: Marti Biscaro and Tess Noonan
Finance and Stewardship: John Micallef
Worship: Jodi Ann Micallef


  • Gordon Brooks
  • David Paluszewski
  • Andrea Swierlik
Youth Representatives:
  • John Balash
  • Camryn Pieknik

Christian Service

The Church of the Divine Child’s Christian Service Commission is dedicated to answering God’s call to service by promoting programs that assist the parishioners of Divine Child and members of the surrounding community with their spiritual and human needs. The Christian Service Commission exists as a model and resource of Catholic social teaching to enable the entire parish communion to put the social teaching of the Church into action.

All parishioners are invited to share their time and talent with the Commission as it works to fulfill its mission of service, love, justice and peace under the mantle of evangelization.

The Commission meets in the Elementary School Library on the second Monday of the month, September through May, 7 p.m. For further information, please call the Parish Rectory at 313.277.3110.

Bereavement Card Ministry

At the end of each month, the rectory sends the Bereavement Card Ministry a list of individuals whose funerals took place at the parish during that month. Cards are supplied by the parish and personally signed by the Pastor.  There is space inside each card to write a personal message to the family member whose address is included on the list. Two prayers cards and a notice regarding the special mass for the deceased, which is held each year on All Souls Day, are included with the card.

Some months there are several cards and other months there can be as little as 3 or 4 cards mailed.  It is not a difficult task but the families involved appreciate the concern and prayers from the parish.

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering for this ministry, please call the parish office at 313-277-3110.

Blood Drive Ministry

Divine Child hosts an American Red Cross Blood Drive three times a year. The blood drives are held in the spring, fall and winter. Dates for the specific drives will vary from year to year but will always be announced in the bulletin at least four weeks prior.

Appointments for donating blood at the drives may be made online. Log on to and identify the sponsor code: divine child. Appointments can also be made the weekend prior to the blood drive after all the Masses. The sign-up sheets are available in the gathering room.

The drives are held in the high school cafeteria on a Sunday and run from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm. Nursing and support staff are provided by the Red Cross. However, volunteers are needed for the appointment table on the weekend before the drive and for the registration table and canteen on the day of the drive.

For additional information on this ministry, pleased contact: Cathy Ballnik at 313-303-2544.

Fiber Arts Ministry

Knitting, Crocheting, Quilting, Cross Stitching, Embroidering, Sewing, etc.

Members work on their own projects, create items for charity, or seek help from other crafters in a relaxed atmosphere. Learn a new craft from our talented members. There is no cost to members. Members attend as their schedule permits. Good conversation and laughter guaranteed!

Meetings are typically held the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 pm in the Divine Child High School All Purpose Room.

Please contact us with any questions:
Anne Parisot – or 313-274-4237
Barb Lucas – or 313-277-1935

Homebound Ministry

We presently have a group of volunteers who distribute the Eucharist to the homebound. Members of this ministry are trained at Divine Child. Once trained, ministry members would be called if a homebound parishioner requests the Eucharist to be brought to their home.

If you are interested and feel you are being called to join this ministry, please call Mary Tomilo at 313-278-2503.

Hospitality Ministry

The Hospitality Ministry provides and serves food for many parish events including:

  • Easter Vigil Reception
  • Mass of Remembrance Reception in November
  • RCIA Dinner: April/May
  • Paczki Sunday: Sunday before the 1st Sunday of Lent
  • Parking Lot Jam: August
  • Special Events such as DSO Afterglow, Young Adult Reception, etc.

We warmly welcome you to join our team to support us at the events you desire.

If you have questions or are interested in joining our ministry, please contact Marilyn O’Brien at or call 313-277-3110.  She will be happy to talk with you about this wonderful group.

“If obedience sends you to the kitchen, remember that the Lord walks among the pots and pans and that He will keep you in inward tasks and in outward ones, too.” 
-St. Teresa of Avila

Life Issues Ministry

Life Issues is a pro-life ministry that advocates for respect and dignity for all human life from conception to natural death.

  • This ministry sponsors:
  • Two drop off events to donate baby supplies to pregnancy help centers
  • Respect for Life Sunday prayerful demonstration upholding life, adoption
  • Christmas card sale
  • Luminaries marking the memorial of the horrendous Roe vs Wade decision legalizing abortion
  • Mother’s Day/Father’s Day celebration & acknowledgements

For more information please contact Cindy at 313-565-2246

Mercy In Action Ministry

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan collaborates with parish Christian Service coordinators and other volunteers throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit to provide volunteer services to local parishes, communities and neighborhoods in need on one common pre-determined day. It is an annual event, generally in the fall, with planning started in late spring.

We share one common goal of bringing Christ’s love and compassion to all people through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

For information, please contact the parish office at 313-277-3110

Nursing Home Ministry

The Divine Child Nursing Home Ministry meets at Heartland Healthcare Center, 26001 Ford Rd., Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

We presently have four teams of volunteers who visit Heartland twice a month, on a rotating basis, spending a few hours, providing a short prayer service and distributing Holy Communion to the Catholic residents.  We are also blessed to have Fr. Matthew Hood celebrate Mass at Heartland once a month, his schedule permitting.  Our schedule for 2019 is posted in the bulletin twice a month for the Saturday services.

If you have interest for more information please contact Freda at: (313) 561-0515

Seniors Ministry

The Senior Ministry provides outreach to seniors at the St. Patrick Senior Center in midtown Detroit. The outreach involves the preparation and serving of a homemade lunch to center seniors up to three times a year.

If you are interested in participating in our next outreach, please contact Marylou Jansen by email at or by phone at 313-300-1247 or Carole Zikowski by email at

We would love to have you join us in this service project.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Several years ago, Divine Child partnered with the Sacred Heart Dearborn SVdP, and our joint conference serves people within both parishes’ boundaries. Our mission is to visit those in need, in their homes, just as the Vincentians have done since the Society was founded in the 1800s. We pray with them, and help with food, clothing, medical bills, utility bills, furniture, and rent when possible. We conduct annual clothing drives at both Sacred Heart and Divine Child.

The conference relies upon the generosity of our parishioners through the Church “poor boxes.”  These donations go directly to the poor, 100% in their entirety.  In addition, the Vincentians engage in fund raising such as:  Walk for the Poor each September on Belle Isle, Tree of Lights in December, and the Chili Cha Cha in January. 

If you wish to make a difference in someone’s life, consider joining the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.  This rewarding ministry affords you warm fellowship, prayer and devotion, as well as inherent value in helping our brothers and sisters in need.  

If you have questions or wish to join, please call Pamela Szpytman at 313-561-7566. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., excluding July, August, and December.  They are held in the lower level of the Sacred Heart parish office through the rear entry door.

"This and That" Ministry

The Rectory Office occasionally needs help with administrative tasks such as bulk mailings, stuffing envelopes, bulletin assistance, or baking for receptions. If you can assist, please contact us! No experience required!

Please contact Marilyn O'Brien to be put on the call list at 313.277.3110 ex. 300.


The Church of the Divine Child Education Commission assists, promotes, and supports parishioners in understanding that the entire parish community has responsibility for participating in the evangelization and teaching mission of Jesus entrusted to the Church.

The Church of the Divine Child Education Commission assists, promotes, and supports parishioners in understanding that the entire parish community has responsibility for participating in the evangelization and teaching mission of Jesus entrusted to the Church. The Education Commission has the responsibility of developing, promoting and evaluating programs in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Detroit and the Church of the Divine Child Parish staff. Some responsibilities of the Education Commission include:

  • Discerning the parish's formational/educational needs at all levels
  • Assisting in providing an array of informational and formational opportunities for people at every stage of life
  • Ensuring compliance with educational directives, guidelines, norms, and policies of the parish, Archdiocese and universal Church.

Education Commission committees are Adult Faith Formation, Catholic Schools, Family Life, Catechetics, Vocations and Youth Ministry.

Moms and Tots

Divine Child Parish preschool children and their caregivers meet for weekly playgroups and for monthly special events (i.e., field trips, holiday parties, mom’s night out, etc.). Gatherings are on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to Noon; location varies.

For further information contact Andrea Swierlik at 313.779.0864 or Kathryn Peacock at 313.590.2093 or email:

Finance and Stewardship

Divine Child's Finance and Stewardship Council is concerned with the promotion of Christian stewardship as a way of life, and how living out our call to discipleship in service to the Church and her members provides a living example by which the spirit of evangelization is witnessed.

Divine Child’s Finance & Stewardship Council is an advisory group to our pastor in the areas of budget, maintenance, insurance, stewardship and other similar concerns.