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Parish Mission Statement

We are a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people. Our parish mission is:"Our Lady of the Angels is a worshipping community dedicated to the education and spiritual growth of the whole parish family.  With guidance from the Holy Spirit we extend our Christian love to the community we serve.  We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord with all our hearts and we welcome all to join us on our journey in following Him."




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    A Few Words from Fr. Dariusz..





The Portiuncula which means a small portion, refers to the land in Assisi, Italy, that used to belong to the Benedictines.  There is a small Catholic Church located with the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels in Assisi in the frazione of Santa Maria degli Angeli, situated about 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) from Assisi, Umbria (Central Italy).  It is the place from where the Franciscan movement started.

On this land there was an old Church dedicated to the Virgin Mother of God.  Unfortunately, this Church was abandoned.  The Great St. Francis of Assisi had great devotion to the Queen of the world and when he saw the Church was deserted, he began to live there constantly and repair it.  He heard that the angels often visited it, so that it was called St. Mary of the Angels.

The Benedictines wanted to give Francis the church but in order to remain faithful to "Lady Poverty".  Francis wanted it from them with the annual compensation of a basket of fish from the Tescio River.  This is where Francis began his service to Christ and His Church.  Here, at this Church, Francis founded the Order, received Clare as his spiritual daughter, and where he died commending this spot avove all others to the friars.

On a night in July, 1216, Francis was praying in the little Church of the Portiuncula he was devoured by love for God and thirsted to save souls.  He prayed for the forgiveness of sins of mankind.  Suddenly a brilliant light shone all around in great splendor.  Jesus and Mary appeared in the midst of a dazzling cloud surrounded by a multitude of radiant angels.  Out of fear and reverence, St. Francis adored Our Lord and prostrated upon the ground.

Then Jesus said to him, "Francis you are very zealous for the good of souls.  Ask me what you want for their salvation." St. Francis was wrapped in ecstasy before Jesus.

When he regained his courage, he said: "Lord, I am a miserable sinner. I beg You to concede an indulgence to all those who enter this Church, who are truly contrite and have confessed their sins.  And I beg Blessed Mary, your Mother, intercessor of man that she intercedes on behalf of this grace."

Our Lady at once began to beseech her Son on behalf of Francis.  Jesus answered, "It is a very great thing, that which you ask me, but you are worthy of even greater things.  First Francis, and greater things you will have.  So, I accept your request but I want you to go to my vicar, to whom I have given the power to bind and loose in heaven and on earth, to ask him on my behalf for this indulgence."

With one of his companions, Francis hastened to Pope Honorius III and inplored him to proclaim that everyone visiting the Church and confessing his sins with a contrite heart would be as pure from all sin and punishments as he was immediately after Baptism.  The Pope granted this petition.  This indulgence has been extended to all parish churches throughout the world.

The date was set from vespers of the first of August until sundown on the second of August, the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels.  It is said that St. Francis was given this day by Our Lord because the Feast of the Chains of st. Peter celebrated on August first is the day Peter was released from prison and his chains removed.

This is an extraordinary demonstration of God's mercy in removing the chains of sin from those who devoutly and faithfully seek to be reconciled with God.

As we honor Our Lady of the Angels, may we find inspiration for our own growth and development in the Gospel way of life that Saint Francis embraced and lived so completely

God bless you all, 

Fr. Dariusz 




Statement from Archbishop Vigneron

Regarding the Expiration of the General Dispensation

"Sunday Mass is an important part of the life of every Catholic. We have a grave obligation to attend Mass every Sunday and holy day of obligation unless we are prevented from doing so by a serious obstacle. During the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment of significant instability that required relaxing the dispensation from this serious obligation for all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

For the past 10 months our parishes have learned how to safely and reverently celebrate Mass for anyone who was able to come. Now, as cases of COVID are dropping and the rate of vaccination is increasing, it is time for more of us to return to Mass. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass has returned for most Catholics this weekend. There are still particular dispensations for those who remain at a higher risk of infection or illness, so it may be a while for some of our brothers and sisters to return. 
As we welcome more people back to our churches, we want to keep in mind the need for all of us to be patient with and supportive of each other. As an act of charity toward others, it is important that we continue to maintain social distancing and wear face-coverings at indoor events – including Mass. Exceptions are made for small children but for adults, face coverings are required.

Pastors and parish staffs have been asked to help the faithful as they come back to Mass by reminding them of these directives, so that all will feel safe as they join us for Mass and receive the Holy Eucharist. 

We know that this can be a challenge for some people, but your cooperation and support is a great spiritual and practical help, opening the doors for more people to safely and reverently participate at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. To those of you returning today:

Welcome back and let us prepare ourselves for the Mass."





Discovering Poland

                    Parish Trip 


with Fr. Dariusz Strzalkowski




Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw & Krakow

May 14 — May 25, 2022 

12 Days  14 Meals




Recording of Poland Presentation

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More Trip Information

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 For people attending Mass and other services at

Our Lady of the Angels Parish



Weekend Masses will be celebrated on Saturday at 4 pm, Sunday at 9:30 am and 11:30 am.

A recording of our Saturday Mass will be available after 6:00pm every Saturday; please use the link on our website: to view Mass.  Daily Masses will be celebrated on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at 8:45am.  If there is a funeral, the morning Mass will be canceled.

Before you receive ommunion, please  bow 6 feet away from the priest, say amen, remove your mask and the priest places the Eucharist in your hand (YOU CANNOT WEAR GLOVES WHEN RECEIVNG COMMUNION!)

As we continue to make progress against the COVID-19 virus in Southeast Michigan, the following Liturgical restrictions are being amended.  All of these below are at the pastor's discretion, using his best judgment about the needs of and situation at his parish:

1.  Those who are fully vaccinated may wear a face-covering and social distance but are no longer required to do so in churches.

2.  Those who have not been fully vaccinated are to continue wearing face-coverings and to practice social distancing to protect themselves and others in Churches.  Because a parish community - and our society - requires mutual trust and a commitment to the common good each individual is asked to make the best decisions for himself as well as for others.  Parishes do not have the responsibility to verify who is and who is not vaccinated.

3.  Each parish is to provide a portion of the Church - with a size to be determined by the pastor - where social distancing and face-covering are consistently maintained.  This section is for anyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated.

4.  All unvaccinated Catholics are encouraged to consult with their doctor about the vaccines.  Resources to assist Catholics in understanding the moral use of COVID vaccines can be found at

5.  The Sign of Peace may resume with the normal wording, "Offerte vobis pacem / Let us offer each other the sign of peace," allowing parishioners and families to make their own determinations about how widely to share some sign of peace.

Confessions are by Appointment Only.  You will need to stay in your car with your mask on to confess your sins.  Face to face option only.  Please call the office to schedule an appointment.

In the end, I hope this can help us to stay safe. There might be other changes taking place regarding our safety. I will try to adjust when I see where such changes are needed.  Thank you all for your cooperation and understanding during this time.

God’s blessing to all of you.
Fr. Dariusz



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