Ministries at Church of the Divine Child provide our parishioners with a wide variety of ways of connecting within parish and the community. We learn and grow as individuals, meet those who share values, and reach out to serve the parish, neighborhood, and metropolitan area. We welcome all new members to join us!

 

Worship

Altar Servers

Divine Child Altar Servers


Students from Divine Child Elementary School, Divine Child High School, public schools, and home-schooled students are invited to train as Altar Servers. Students must be in the 6th grade or higher to serve.

Training sessions take place in May/June of each year.

An announcement regarding training sessions will be made at Divine Child Elementary School, Divine Child High School, and at Faith Formation classes for home-schooled students and public school students in the spring of each year.

Please contact Tim Diez for any questions.
(313) 204 4299 or altar-servers@divinechild.org


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion


Registered parishioners 16 years of age and older who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation are needed to assist the priests in distributing the Holy Eucharist at the weekend Masses and also to the homebound and nursing home residents on a regular or emergent basis. Training is held approximately once a year or on an as-needed basis.

We strongly encourage high school students to volunteer for this ministry!



Faith Sharing Group

Faith Sharing Groups offer a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parishioners while enriching our faith. People involved in these groups consistently cite a greater feeling of community as well as better clarity in what it means to live out their faith on a daily basis.

We meet every Thursday in the Gathering Room from 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Materials will be provided. The morning will be filled with prayer, song, Gospel reading and small group discussion. No formal registration is required. There will be a sign-up sheet each day. Feel free to come as often as possible or whenever you are able.

Please contact the facilitator, Linda Ferenczi, at (313) 563-7137 or email lferenczi@aol.com for more details. See you soon!

Intercessory Prayer Team

Please join the Prayer Team to pray for the priests and the needs of the parish every Tuesday night following the Novena. Please join the Prayer Team as they continue to meet and pray together as the Holy Spirit leads. The Prayer Team gathers in the Church every Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend!

Liturgical Art and Environment

Church of the Divine Child’s Liturgical Art & Environment ministry enhances the liturgical seasons and special celebrations with appropriate liturgical drapings, banners and symbols throughout the Church. We welcome any parishioners who are experienced with machine or hand-sewing fabric, graphic design or flower design to participate in this fulfilling ministry!

Music Ministry

NON NOBIS DOMINE, SED NOMINI TUO DA GLORIAM!
NOT TO US LORD, BUT TO YOUR NAME GIVE THE GLORY!

From the origin of the Church down to the current day, scores of clergy and laity have explored and developed the wondrous gift of sacred song.

In the fourth chapter of the document Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council stressed the importance of sacred music as that “treasure of inestimable value” forming a “necessary and integral part of the solemn liturgy.”


In brief, sacred music must possess holy, beautiful, and universal qualities. With these essential characteristics in mind, the Divine Child Music Ministry is seeking generous people who have the willingness to learn liturgical music.

If you are interested in singing at Holy Mass:
Matt Simpson

Matt Simpson

Parish Music Director

Divine Child Choir (18+)


The Divine Child Choir is the umbrella title given to the various vocal ensembles that sing weekend Masses here at DC.
  • St. Joachim's Choir sings the Saturday 4:30pm
  • St. Anne's Choir sings the Sunday 8am
  • Our Lady, Gate of Heaven Choir sings the Sunday 10am
  • St. Joseph, Pillar of Families Choir sings the Sunday 12:30pm

The Divine Child Choir meets Wednesday and Thursday nights from 7 – 9 p.m. for rehearsals in the church choir loft.
There is also a Saturday rehearsal from 3-4pm for those who cannot attend a regular practice time during the week.

Singers must attend at least one rehearsal a week.


Ss. Cecilia and Gregory Choir (Gr. 5-8)


The Ss. Cecilia and Gregory Choir is composed of the hope of the Church – the next generation of young Catholics.

Invoking both the patron of musicians and the father of Catholic sacred music, The Ss. Cecilia and Gregory Choir (Grades 5 – 8) meets Thursdays and Wednesdays from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room and choir loft respectively.


St. Thomas Aquinas Schola (Gr. 4)


The St. Thomas Aquinas Schola is composed of the hope of the Church – the next generation of young Catholics.

Through the intercession of the great 13th century scholar and composer of beautiful Eucharistic hymns, The St. Thomas Aquinas Schola (Grade 4) marks that initial journey into the realm of sacred music.


The St. Thomas Aquinas Schola meets Tuesdays from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room. In combination with their older classmates in the Ss. Cecilia and Gregory Choir, members of the St. Thomas Aquinas Schola regularly sing at many important events throughout the liturgical calendar year.



Our Lady of Fatima Traveling Statue

In 1969, a special statue of Our Lady of Fatima was blessed at Fatima especially for Divine Child parishioners.

If you would like to have this statue in your home, you may do so for one week to receive the many blessings of Our Lady. The statue is present on the main altar in the Church every first Saturday for First Saturday devotions. During May and October, the statue is present in the Divine Child High School Chapel and Divine Child Elementary School.

A special devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, including the recitation of the Holy Rosary, takes place on the first Saturday of the month before Mass at 7:45AM.

Please contact Laurie Lundblad for more information.

Prayers of the Faithful



Do you feel called to express the intentions of God's Word and the needs of people spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally? Do you have a talent for writing?

We invite parishioners to write for the Prayers of the Faithful on Sunday and Holy Days that are celebrated on Sundays. A guide book is provided and the ministry is performed on a rotating basis of one month at a time.



Readers

Most of the Liturgy of the Word is made up of readings from Scripture.

On Sundays and solemnities, there are three Scripture readings:

  • Throughout Ordinary Time, the first reading is from the Old Testament. During Easter Time, the first reading is taken from the Acts of the Apostles, which tells the story of the Church in its earliest days.
  • The second reading is from one of the New Testament letters.
  • The last reading is always taken from one of the four Gospels.

Readers for the Mass are trained on an as-needed basis by the Worship Commission at the discretion of the Pastor. You must be a registered member of Divine Child Parish, must be Confirmed, and must also be high school age or older.

IF YOU DESIRE TO SERVE GOD IN A NEW WAY, THIS MINISTRY MIGHT BE FOR YOU! for more information, please call Joan condon at (313) 565 5315.

Spanish Prayer Group


Tenemos un nuevo grupo de oración en el Divino Niño!

Nuestro grupo de oración en español se reúne todos los miércoles en la sala de reunión de Divine Child Elementary School de 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Leemos y discutimos las Escrituras, (cantar y rezar el rosario).

Damos la bienvenida a nuevos miembros! Si usted está interesado por favor llame María al 313-229-1058.

We have a Spanish Prayer Group at the Church of the Divine Child!

Our prayer group meets every Wednesday in the DC Elementary School Library from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
We read and discuss Scripture and sing and pray the Rosary.

We welcome new members! If you are interested, please call Maria at 313-229-1058.


Ushers



The Ushers Ministry is one of the first ministries in the Catholic Church.


The ushers assist the celebrants and their fellow parishioners at all weekend Masses and various special liturgies throughout the year. Ushers meet on the second Monday of the month in the Divine Child High School All-Purpose Room (APR) at 7:00 PM.

New members (men and women) who are over 16 years of age are strongly encouraged to join!



Weekly Devotions

One of the finest and most longstanding traditions at Church of the Divine Child is the weekly devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Church. Hundreds make this weekly service in honor of Our Lady, and we are very pleased to make these devotions available. Prayers for the Novena may be found at the back of the Church.

Parish Organizations

CYO Athletics

Job Networking Group

If you have lost your job or thinking about changing careers, or are an employer looking for employees, please visit Divine Child’s Job Networking Group.

Since its inception, the group has helped over 500 individuals find part-time, full-time or contract work.

For more information, please contact Bob Jensen at 313.278.0707.

Knights of Columbus

Scouts


BOY SCOUTS


Cub Scouts

Cub Scout Pack 1151 is one of the longest-running organizations in the Divine Child parish. The Cub Scout pack has provided friendship, guidance, camping and fun for young boys between the ages of 6 and 11.
Many of the Cub Scouts receive both the “Light of Christ” and “Parvuli Dei” Christian awards, which give the young scout an opportunity to reinforce his spiritual life through Christian awareness.



Boy Scouts

Boys between the ages of 10 and 18 are welcome to participate in the Boy Scout troop. The Scouts participate in many activities, including camping, merit badge work and community service projects.


GIRL SCOUTS


Young ladies of Divine Child Parish may participate in our very active scouting program. Meetings are held after school or in the evenings. New leaders are always welcome! Mandatory training for volunteer leaders is available at various Metro area sites and is free of charge.

Grade
Category
1stDaisies
2nd & 3rdBrownies
4th, 5th, & 6thJunior Scouts
7th & 8thCadettes


Troop organizing and registration occurs each September.



Men's Retreat

How about taking a short, well-needed weekend retreat away from your sometimes crazy and stressful life? Relax and form a closer spiritual relationship with Jesus by joining fellow Divine Child men and others for a two-night stay (in your own room) at this year's Divine Child Men's Retreat at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat & Conference Center (on Schoolcraft Road just east of Telegraph Road).
All men, young, old, and in-between, are welcomed to attend. This year's theme is, "Called By Name: Living Faithfully in Deed and in Truth."

The DC Men's Retreat starts with registration from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, and concludes after the Sunday morning Mass on March 18, 2018. Preregistration is required, along with a $30 deposit; this ensures your placement at the retreat. Last year's retreat was at full capacity; walk-in registrations may not be available.

Please register by contacting St. Paul of the Cross at (313) 535 9563 or register online at https://www.stpaulretreat.org/ (under "Retreats").

St. Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat & Conference Center
23333 Schoolcraft, Detroit, MI 48223

For further information on the men's retreat, please feel free to call Jim Dominiak at (313) 402 4230 or Jim Bologna at (734) 278 6120.