Fr. Tom Belczak - Pastor
Letter from Bishop Reiss
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There is something very special about belonging to Saint Kenneth Parish in Plymouth – it is our spiritual home: a safe haven to experience God's love on our journey in life. For almost fifty years people have called Saint Kenneth their church community. In the past five decades we have witnessed much change in the universal Church and in our Saint Kenneth Community: five popes, three cardinal archbishops, five pastors, three worship sites - but the people of this community have created that special place where individuals and families feel “welcomed and accepted.” In God’s house, everyone is important and precious! The leaders of the Church will come and go; the leaders of this parish community and its priests will come and go; what must remain and endure is the ability of each person in our community to reflect the power and presence of Christ to and for one another.
Saint Kenneth was established on June 21, 1967 by Archbishop John Dearden to meet the needs of an expanding population in western Wayne County. As the chief shepherd of the Church of Detroit, Cardinal Dearden once wrote:
Nothing we do is complete. This is another way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us. No sermon says all that should be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the church's mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in that. This enables us to do something and do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, and opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest. We may not see the end results, but that is the difference between the Master Builder and the worker. We are workers, not Master Builders …ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future that is not our own.”
As a spiritual home, our parish cannot accomplish everything – but we can cooperate with the Master in building a safe environment where people can feel “welcomed and accepted.” This web site was designed to help you know a little about our community and what we offer. As Cardinal Dearden so eloquently wrote, “We cannot do everything …this enables us to do something and to do it very well.” It is my hope, wish and prayer that you will want to join our community and call Saint Kenneth “home” and give the opportunity “for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.”
Fr. Tom Belczak
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