Parish Life







Children’s Liturgy of the Word | On Sunday mornings during the 10:00 am Mass, children who are potty trained through 2nd grade attend their own Liturgy of the Word in the parish office basement. The children are dismissed from Mass with the Leaders of the Word after the Opening Prayer and return during the Preparation of the Gifts. Contact Armando Bravo | [email protected]

Adoration Chapel | “Pray always!” The Good Book tells us, and Jesus exhorted us to make sure that our prayer was patient, persistent, and persevering.

Eucharistic Adoration accomplishes this. It tells the world that “we can’t give what we don’t have” and that if we do not constantly turn to God in prayer for His grace and mercy, we’re finished. “The best thing people of faith can do is pray… I can’t think of a better place to do that than before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. (Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York)

There is no formal format to private Eucharistic Adoration. Say the Rosary or your favorite prayers, read scripture, talk to the Lord and share your burdens, or just sit in His presence and let Him speak to you.

Eucharistic Adoration is offered at St. Frances Cabrini 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the Adoration Chapel of St. Hugh. Simply call the parish office to receive the entry code.

Feel free to stop in anytime during this time; spend a few minutes or an hour. In this hectic and busy world, wouldn’t it be nice to spend some quite time with the Lord.

For more information or for the entry code, please contact the parish office at 313-381-5601.


Music | Inspired by the witness of St. Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, St. Frances Cabrini Parish welcomes all who wish to share their God-given talents in music ministry.

We’d love for you to join our dynamic and welcoming music ministry program at St. Frances Cabrini. Try us out! If you decide its not for you, no worries! At least you tried it.

Music, like many others, is a ministry that thrives on community and all of us working together to share worship and share the good news of Jesus Christ.

All are invited!

The Choir | Our largest vocal ensemble is open to singers 16+ and does not require an audition to join. The choir rehearses once per week on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8:30pm. Director of Worship Tim Schneider | [email protected]

Instruments | St. Frances Cabrini is seeking skilled instrumentalists to add to our worship team to lead music as a band or accompaniment (guitars, bass, drums, etc.) Instrumentalists need to be well-prepared and able to lead. Director of Worship Tim Schneider | [email protected]

Cantors | Cantors lead music solo (without an ensemble). A cantor must possess a strong and confident voice and be well-prepared to lead music at Mass. Auditions are scheduled as needed. Director of Worship Tim Schneider | [email protected]


Altar Servers | Altar Servers are part of a very ancient tradition in the liturgical life of the church. The server is a member of the assembly who assists the priest and deacon during the Eucharist and other liturgical ceremonies so that the liturgy can be conducted with grace and reverence.

Servers carry the cross and processional candles. They carry the incense and censer, assist the priest when he receives the gifts from the people, and assists the priest and deacon as necessary.

Boys and girls are fully initiated Catholics and in 5th Grade or above. Contact Fr. Ryan Walters | [email protected]


Lectors | Proclaim the word! Along with our deacons and priests, St. Frances Cabrini’s lectors are entrusted with the crucial task of making the word of God come alive for the parishioners gathered at the Mass. Our parish is blessed with a diverse group of men and women who combine the power of the Word of God with their personal faith and public speaking skills. Serving as a lector provides an enriching addition to your spiritual life and to your understanding of the scriptures. Contact Jennifer Schuman | [email protected]


Eucharistic Ministers | The administration of Holy Communion during the Mass is truly a ministry. It is the ministry of bringing the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ to the People of God. It is also the ministry of witnessing to faith in the real presence of Christ in the action of sharing the Eucharistic meal of Christ’s sacrifice. The ministry of the Eucharist should be treated with utmost dignity and reverence.

To serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, you must be Baptized and Confirmed Catholic, fifteen years of age or older, and eligible for this ministry. They are persons who sincerely try to live the Gospel message in their communal and individual lives. They should participate in the Sunday Eucharist and with God’s grace strive to live their faith in every aspect of their lives. Contact Fr. Ryan Walters | [email protected]


Ushers & Greeters | Ushers contribute effectively toward making the worship experience a reverent one for parishioners and visitors. By their actions, they are proclaiming God’s Word of welcome and all-embracing love. Ushers welcome those arriving for the weekend and Holy Day Masses, take up weekly offering collections, control the flow of communicants, and perform other necessary tasks.

Adults and teens, both male and female are welcome to serve as an Usher. Contact Darryl Niner | [email protected]

Those who serve in the Greeters Ministry regularly remind us of our call to share God’s all-encompassing love with everyone we encounter. While we understand that every member of the assembly is a minister of hospitality, those specifically designated to serve in this ministry not only welcome the stranger, but also awaken within others our oneness in Christ.

If you are natural with people, smile, friendly, warm, and helpful, you should prayerfully consider being a Greeter. Contact Therese Tardiff | [email protected]


Decorators | These parishioners help with the behind-the-scenes preparation to make our church beautiful for the Liturgical Seasons of the year. Please consider volunteering as little or as much as your schedule permits. Contact Maria Valdez | [email protected]


Hospitality Team |

Parish Gardens | Feeling uncertain? Take a trip to the garden. Seasons change, gardens grow and die, but God remains steadfast. Join other parishioners in cultivating your faith by spending time caring for a garden on the parish grounds.

Contact Joyce McCabe | (313) 506-6154

Funeral Lunch | Supporting our fellow parishioners who are grieving the loss of a loved one, St. Frances Cabrini provides a meal for family and friends at Holy Family Hall following the funeral liturgy. Dozens of parishioners share their favorite dishes to nurture the bodies and spirits of those gathered. The meal is arranged during the family’s initial meeting with parish staff.

Coffee & Donuts | On one Sunday between September and May, teams of parishioners share the ministry of hosting coffee and donuts in the Blessed Solanus Casey Parish Center after our morning liturgies. Scheduled on a rotating basis, each team typically serves once every few months.

Homebound | Recognizing the desire of the elderly and infirmed to remain an integral part of our parish community, parishioners visit homes, hospitals, and nursing facilities to share conversation, prayer and Holy Eucharist. Visits can be requested by calling the Parish Office.


Discipleship Groups | To follow Jesus is to commit to lifelong learning and growth. Like Jesus’ disciples, our walk with the Lord today is not one lived in isolation but rather one immersed in community and enriched by authentic friendship with others.

Whether at a home or at the parish, in the company of friends (8 – 10 in a group), Discipleship Groups provide a place of deep transformation where adults can be known, loved, and cared for as they strive to deepen their friendship with Jesus and one another. To learn more or find a group that best fits you in your faith journey, contact the Parish Office. Contact Therese Tardiff | [email protected]


Welcome Retreat | Most of the people you see every day feel like something is missing in their lives. Welcome is an incredible experience that helps women discover what that something is—and what to do about it. It’s run by parishioners for parishioners, and its re-energizing parishes across the country.

Welcome is an overnight welcome experience for parishioners given by women who have previously attended Welcome at our parish. Through fellowship, faith sharing, hospitality, music, individual and group activities, Mass, and more, participants have the opportunity to step back from the everyday to reflect on their lives and their spiritual journeys and build meaningful relationships with other women in the parish.


Parish Service Days: Twice a year, during Lent and in October, parishioners of all ages are encouraged to take part in a morning of projects at Holy Family Hall. Among the programs we support are Blessing Bags of hygiene products, Sani-pads for young ladies in Africa, cutting plastic bags for “plarn” mats and decorating lunch bags for the Sr. Judie Ministry, creating Comfort Cards of encouragement and fleece blankets for Freedom House residents.

Food Pantry: St. Frances Cabrini does not house a food pantry; however, we help local initiatives through a monthly collection of non-perishable items. Each month, a pantry and its needs are published in the parish bulletin; bins in the church Narthex are the drop-off point for donations.

Soup Kitchens: Throughout the year, teams of 10-14 parishioners coordinate and serve lunch at the St. Leo, St. Christine’s, and All Saints soup kitchens, all in Detroit. Each location serves 100-150 people who live in the surrounding neighborhoods.

ChristNet Lunch Making: A team of volunteers meets for one hour in the Holy Family Hall Kitchen to prepare lunches for homeless men and women.

This ministry frequently needs large brown paper lunch bags, fruit cups, juice boxes, individually wrapped cookies, and monetary donations to help off set the cost of lunch meat and bread. Donations can be dropped off at the Parish Office. Contact Therese Tardiff | [email protected]

Manna Meals: A small team of volunteers prepare and serve simple bagged lunches. The group typically meets outside of Holy Family Hall at 6:15am and returns at 11am. Transportation is provided.

This ministry frequently needs donations of Free and Clear laundry detergent, bleach, Awesome or Fabulosa, gently used men’s clothing (seasonal only), white underwear/socks, toilet paper, and paper towels. Monetary donations are also accepted for the purchase of fresh fruit.

Contact Joyce McCabe | (313) 506-6154

ChristNet Warming Center: Each year, for a week in March or April, in collaboration with a network of local churches, St. Frances Cabrini provides night shelter for 30 homeless men and women. As hosts, parishioners of all ages welcome these special guests by preparing and serving meals, coordinating nightly activities, washing their laundry and clothes, and packing lunches before they leave each morning. Sign-up sheets for volunteers are posted in the church Narthex.

St. Martha’s Sewing Ministry:

St. Vincent de Paul: The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Frances Cabrini offers assistance in multiple ways to those in need on a person-to-person basis. Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society actively reach out to serve parishioners and others who are in spiritual or financial need, requests for help with rent, food, utilities, and medical assistance.

When people in need call for assistance, one of our members calls them back to discuss the basics of their needs. Many times, we can help them with referrals to the appropriate social services. After that initial contact, we will set up a home visit. A pair of our members will visit the person’s home and discuss the problems and ways to help. An essential part of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served.


Join us at the St. Frances Cabrini Festival June 7-9, 2024, with live entertainment, food/beer, raffles, carnival rides, Vegas, bingo, baked goods, arts & crafts, and so much more!

Hours: Friday, 5pm to 11pm; Saturday, 12pm to 11pm; Sunday, 1pm to 9pm

Live Entertainment:

Friday: DTour

Saturday: Lay Down Loners & Fifty Amp Fuse

Sunday: Kielbasa Kings & Stone Blossoms