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St. Ignatius of Antioch

On Oct. 17, the Roman Catholic Church remembers the early Church Father, bishop, and martyr Saint Ignatius of Antioch, whose writings attest to the sacramental and hierarchical nature of the Church from its earliest days. Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate his memory on Dec. 20. In a 2007 general audience on St. Ignatius of Antioch, Pope Benedict XVI observed that “no Church Father has expressed the longing for union with Christ and for life in him with the intensity of Ignatius.� In his letters, the Pope said, “one feels the freshness of the faith of the generation which had still known the Apostles. In these letters, the ardent love of a saint can also be felt.� Born in Syria in the middle of the first century A.D., Ignatius is said to have been personally instructed – along with another future martyr, Saint Polycarp – by the Apostle Saint John. When Ignatius became the Bishop of Antioch around the year 70, he assumed leadership of a local church that was, according to tradition, first led by Saint Peter before his move to Rome. Although St. Peter transmitted his Papal primacy to the bishops of Rome rather than Antioch, the city played an important role in the life of the early Church. Located in present-day Turkey, it was a chief city of the Roman Empire, and was also the location where the believers in Jesus' teachings and his resurrection were first called “Christians.� Ignatius led the Christians of Antioch during the reign of the Roman Emperor Domitian, the first of the emperors to proclaim his divinity by adopting the title “Lord and God.� Subjects who would not give worship to the emperor under this title could be punished with death. As the leader of a major Catholic diocese during this period, Ignatius showed courage and worked to inspire it in others. After Domitian's murder in the year 96, his successor Nerva reigned only briefly, and was soon followed by the Emperor Trajan. Under his rule, Christians were once again liable to death for denying the pagan state religion and refusing to participate in its rites. It was during his reign that Ignatius was convicted for his Christian testimony and sent from Syria to Rome to be put to death. Escorted by a team of military guards, Ignatius nonetheless managed to compose seven letters: six to various local churches throughout the empire (including the Church of Rome), and one to his fellow bishop Polycarp who would give his own life for Christ several decades later. Ignatius' letters passionately stressed the importance of Church unity, the dangers of heresy, and the surpassing importance of the Eucharist as the “medicine of immortality.� These writings contain the first surviving written description of the Church as “Catholic,� from the Greek word indicating both universality and fullness. One of the most striking features of Ignatius' letters, is his enthusiastic embrace of martyrdom as a means to union with God and eternal life. “All the pleasures of the world, and all the kingdoms of this earth, shall profit me nothing,� he wrote to the Church of Rome. “It is better for me to die in behalf of Jesus Christ, than to reign over all the ends of the earth.� “Now I begin to be a disciple,� the bishop declared. “Let fire and the cross; let the crowds of wild beasts; let tearings, breakings, and dislocations of bones; let cutting off of members; let shatterings of the whole body; and let all the dreadful torments of the devil come upon me: only let me attain to Jesus Christ.� St. Ignatius of Antioch bore witness to Christ publicly for the last time in Rome's Flavian Amphitheater, where he was mauled to death by lions. “I am the wheat of the Lord,� he had declared, before facing them. “I must be ground by the teeth of these beasts to be made the pure bread of Christ.� His memory was honored, and his bones venerated, soon after his death around the year 107.

Secretary/Website assistant

Position Summary: Responsible for providing secretarial and related office services for members of the parish office and parish. Must have 4 years experience in Excel, Word, and Publisher. This is a part time position Monday through Friday


  • Greets and assists visitors, schedules appointments, answers the phone, responds to messages for the Pastor and Business manager.
  • Serves as back-up for providing daily report of occurrences; process mail, prepare letters, reports, and memos; schedule parish facilities and events in the absence of Parish office secretary.
  • Help maintain Website and Social Networking with updated bulletins, schedules, and event information.


Custodial Position - Full Time Day Shift - Parish/School

Dedicated, responsible, full-time person needed to maintain a clean and safe environment around campus.  Duties include but are not limited to vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, mopping/scrubbing floors, cleaning windows, wiping down tables/chairs, set-ups/tear downs for special events, and trash removal.   

$11 per hour with full benefits after 90 days.

Family Service Advisor


Family Service Advisors serve families with care and compassion, educating and guiding them through the process of making informed decisions for Cemetery & Funeral Advanced Planning, At-Need Cemetery, and Memorialization products and services. 

Family Service Advisors will demonstrate by example, CFCS’ Core Values–Share the Journey, Serve with Care, and Make It Happen–in all their dealings with families, staff, and internal/external contacts. 

Reporting to the Location Manager, Family Service Advisors interact with families, Family Service Directors, and other personnel/departments. 

Family Service Advisor

Family Service Advisers  serve families with care and compassion, educating and guiding them through the process of making informed decisions for Cemetery & Funeral Advanced Planning, At-Need Cemetery, and Memoralization products and services. 

Family Service Advisers will demonstrate by example, CFCS’ Core Values–Share the Journey, Serve with Care, and Make It Happen–in all their dealings with families, staff, and internal/external contacts. 

Reporting to the Location Manager, Family Service Advisers interact with families, Family Service Directors, and other personnel/departments. 


Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church & Parish School (OLGC) is a rapidly growing parish, located in Plymouth, MI, committed to the New Evangelization.  Our vision is “To offer every person in our community a life-changing encounter with Jesus.”  The Custodial Team’s function is to support the vision of our parish & school by providing care to our built environment making our “City on the Hill” a delight for all the senses so that all can carry out the work of the Lord without distraction in a safe, comfortable, and beautiful setting for worship and formation. 

The successful candidates will be passionate about OLGC’s vision and thrive in a team environment.  They will be enthusiastic, hard-working, joyful self-starters with a servant’s heart. 

This is a part-time position, evenings, up to 19 hours per week.  Schedule may vary by season.  

Part time organist/pianist

We are looking for an organist/pianist, to be able to play at Sunday Mass 8am and 10am in English. also play during Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Advent, New Year, and Holy Day Obligations


Under the direction and supervision of the Pastor and Facilities Coordinator a Maintenance employee is responsible for the effective, efficient, and safe maintenance, renovation and upkeep of the parish buildings, property, and equipment.  Shifts overlap to maximize coverage from 6:00am through 4:30pm as well as alternate weekends for general maintenance needs and response to emergency situations. 

This is a Full-time position.

Regular and Routine Responsibilities
  • Unlock all doors per schedule and turn on all building lights as needed
  • Set out parking cones for morning/dismissal school traffic; pick up cones after dismissal
  • Prepare Church and Chapel for funerals and weddings 
  • Prepare all meeting rooms on campus with requested set-up, equipment and supplies
  • Clean and maintain baptismal font on a regular schedule
  • Maintain a regular schedule cleaning outside areas for each building and maintain overall appearance and upkeep of the parish grounds
  • In winter, keep all sidewalks and all building entrances clear of snow and ice
  • According to season, maintain the rectory humidifiers or dehumidifiers and air filters 
  • Accept freight deliveries, notify appropriate staff and deliver to assigned location
  • Remove trash from the rectory and other areas as needed.
  • Check/correct/ repair lights in all buildings and regularly test all emergency lights and inspect all fire extinguishers 
  • Complete immediate and essential maintenance requests as assigned
Inventory and Purchasing
  • Regularly monitor and restock hospitality supplies in each building
  • Contact a rental company for tables/chairs for special events when necessary
  • Order signage, furniture, or equipment as directed
  • Monitor battery supply and equipment for each building sound system
  • Purchase cleaning supplies for the rectory and church sacristy
Specialized Maintenance
  • Inventory and monitor all aspects of building key control, lock and key adjustments
  • Troubleshoot and/or complete minor plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and other repairs
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive preventive maintenance schedule for various systems including a timetable for filter changes for all HVAC and boiler systems. 
  • Investigate and troubleshoot any heating and/or cooling issues and concerns for all buildings.
  • Complete paint jobs as assigned for the upkeep of buildings; maintain listing of all paint used
  • Remove debris from all roof drains and gutters as needed on all buildings.
  • Work with outside contracted services to facilitate repairs

Reverend John Maksym

Reverend John Maksym appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Daniel Parish, Clarkston, effective October 11, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Lake Orion.

Reverend Ronald Babich

Reverend Ronald Babich granted a personal leave of absence, effective October 11, 2019.  Fr. Babich currently serves as the Pastor of St. Daniel Parish, Clarkston.