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Monsignor Michael Hrydziuszko

Pastor
E-mail Monsignor Michael Hrydziuszko

I am the second of three sons, born on June 10, 1951 to Ann and Walter Hrydziuszko.  Both of my parents are deceased – Dad in 1998 and Mom in 2001.  I grew up in East Detroit (now fashionable Eastpointe!) where I lived up to 1977.  My older brother Ron and his wife Pam live in Washington Township; they are retired.  Their one son, Gary, his wife Ann and their son Tyler live in St. Clair Shores.  My younger brother Jim died in May of 2005 at the early age of 50.

I attended St. Veronica Grade School and then St. Anthony High School (in 1969, I was part of the last graduating class before it became East Catholic High).  Attending Michigan State for five and a half years, I earned a bachelor degree as well as an MBA in the area of finance (I am 2 credits short of a third degree from MSU in accounting.)  After graduation, I joined Burroughs – now Unisys – Corporation, where I enjoyed a wonderful career in Finance and Accounting for almost 14 years.  My last position was that of Director of U.S. Marketing Accounting Operations in Detroit.  My assignments let me see many parts of both North and South America, including the chance to live in California for over two years.

However, as happy as I was, I still sensed a yearning for “something more.”  That desire turned my life around back in 1988.   My journey to priesthood had begun. I first entered the seminary in the fall of 1988, only to pull out after 3 months.  I just wasn’t ready.  So I spent the next year praying, talking with my parish priest, working with the Vocation Office, deciding what path to take.  The next fall, I re-entered the seminary, and began the six-year journey to ordination in June of 1995.

My first assignment was at St. Thecla in Clinton Township for 3 years, and then just a short 20 months at St. Therese of Lisieux in Shelby Township.  As my assignment here, I became the pastor of neighboring St. Isidore in Macomb Township for 12 1/2 years.

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On December 27, 2012, it was announced from the Archdiocesan website, “Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron has announced that Pope Benedict XVI has conferred the title of “Monsignor” upon eight Detroit-area priests: Fathers Ronald Browne, John Hall, Timothy Hogan, Michael Hrydziuszko, Thomas Johnson, Russell Kohler, Gary Smetanka and Daniel Trapp.”

A brief biographical description followed, “Monsignor Michael G. Hrydziuszko (RA-dis-co), 61, presently serves as pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Rochester, the Archdiocese’s largest parish, and on the College of Consultors and as chair of the clergy ownership committee for Changing Lives Together. Monsignor Hrydziuszko has served on the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, the Priest Assignment Board, and the Priest Pension Board. He also was a founding member of Austin Catholic Academy in Ray Township. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in June 1995.”

In the Parish bulletin on January 6, 2013, Monsignor Mike said this,

“By this time, many of you have heard that I have been honored with conferral of the title of “Monsignor” by Pope Benedict XVI, upon the recommendation of Archbishop Vigneron.  This honorary title is given as a sign of appreciation and recognition of the service that those selected have rendered, both locally and in the Church universal.  I feel blessed to have been given such an honor, and  in my mind and heart, it is an honor shared with all the people I have been blessed to minister to and with, and all the parishes at which I have been assigned, for it was through all of them – and you! – that I have been able to do the ministry to which I have been called.  So my thanks to everyone for all their support and help over my years of  priesthood!  (And don’t worry….Fr. Mike still works when calling me!)”.

 

 

 

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Father Grayson Heenan

Associate Pastor
E-mail Father Grayson Heenan

I’m so excited to meet you all! I’ve been preparing for this transition and new beginning for some months now, and I’ve often thought about and prayed for you all, my new community. I’ve been asked to briefly introduce myself in this article, so here it goes! I’m now 33 years old and grew up at St. Paul on the Lake parish on the east side, occasionally being suspended from the school due to bad behavior(!). I cleaned up my act a bit as I later attended U of D Jesuit High School and Academy. For college, I stayed within the Jesuit schooling system and attended Boston College where I studied philosophy/great books; by my senior year I was resolved: I would enter seminary, but I bargained with God that He had to make Himself clear throughout those years in seminary. Wanting a break from “school” however and having a certain restlessness to go on a mission, I spent a year in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with an international Catholic missionary  organization. Returning to the States, I studied at Detroit’s own Sacred Heart seminary for two years, and spent the next five years between the North American College (formation) and the Gregorian University (education), both in Rome, Italy. I was ordained in 2017 with my four Detroit classmates (Frs. John Bettin, Andrew Dawson, Matthew Hood, and Craig Marion, who you know quite well!). My first year as a priest was spent finishing an STL (License in Sacred Theology); for the last three years, I’ve served as Parochial Vicar for St. Damien of Molokai parish in Pontiac, MI.

Parish Office Staff

Parish Secretary - Gayle Durkin 248-651-7486 x100
Parish Bookkeeper - Anne Cairns 248-651-7486 x109
Business Manager - Paul Rybicki 248.651.7486 x103

 

Faith Formation Staff

E-mail Faith Formation Staff

Faith Formation Support Staff – Linda Martens 248-651-7486 x121
Middle School Faith Formation - Brenda Heughens 248-651-7486 x119
Elementary Faith Formation - Beth Sobczak 248-651-7486 x118
Elementary Faith Formation - Lidia Larges 248-651-7486 x120
Coordinator of Early Childhood - Barbara Pacella 248-651-7486 x116
Youth Group - Margaret Kozak  248-651-7486 x117
RCIA Director - Margaret Kozak 248-651-7486 x105

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Music Staff

Music 248.651.7486
Minister of Music - Stephan Pawl 248-651-8466
12:30 p.m. Mass – Jim Balistreri 248-931-1302

Holy Family Regional School

HFRS School Information – Ms. Jeanette Izzi 248.299.3798 x106

Councils & Commissions Contacts

Parish Council Chairperson - Carla Heck 248.875.6697
Finance Council Chairperson – Peter deSteiger 248.651.3322
Christian Service Commission - Diane Bubnar 248.650.0259 and Bill Morrison 248.375.0948
Faith Formation Commission - Kenvin Goethals 248.933.6681 and Andy Groen 248.493.3379
Parish Life Commission - Evan Reynolds 248.656.8396 and Barbara Mihalic 248.608.1472
Stewardship Commission - Linda Maccarone 586.292.5840 and Michael Kasmicski 248.650.5158
Worship Commission – Gary Putz 248.652.2275

Additional Contacts

Maintenance Supervisor – Steve Jordan 248.651.3050
Pontiac Area Vicariate Representatives – Mary Coyle 248. 651.4801
Knights of Columbus & 55 Plus Fellowship – Robert Krueger 248.650.1129