Fr. Richard Perfetto - Administrator
Click here for a Collaborative letter from the St. Kenneth Parish Council, St. Kenneth Finance Council, and the Archdiocese of Detroit in answer to numerous questions that were posed about Father Tom Belczak, the present state of St. Kenneth Parish, and the role of a parish adminstrator.
Click here for a letter from Bishop Reiss regarding the change in Administrator.
For almost forty years people have called Saint Kenneth in Plymouth their church community. In the past four decades we have witnessed much change in the universal Church and in the Saint Kenneth Parish community: five popes, three cardinal-archbishops, five pastors, three worship sites – but the people of Saint Kenneth have created a 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; parish leaders and priests will come and go. Change is constant. And yet, it is the enduring the mission of Saint Kenneth that each and every person in its parish community will be empowered to reflect the power and presence of Christ to and for one another. Now and forever.
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, Saint Kenneth Parish cannot accomplish everything –but it commits itself to maintain a safe environment where people can feel “welcomed and accepted.” The parish is the spiritual home to 2,400 families in western Wayne County. The parish patron, Saint Kenneth, ministered in Ireland and Scotland in the Sixth Century. He preached that prayer is a powerful expression of friendship. That is as true today as it was then. As a first-line introduction, this website invites you to learn more about Saint Kenneth Parish, its people and its programs.