Our Small Groups

Welcome to our Emmaus Small Groups! Below, you can find a list of all of our groups, with information about the group leaders, the types of groups, when they meet, and where they meet. If you have specific questions contact Julie Szymkowski at jkrs04@yahoo.comMany of our groups have limited space and placement in selected groups is not guaranteed.  

Interested in joining one of our groups, please register.

College Students/Recent Graduates

Leadership Opportunity

Format: In Person
Day: TBD
Time: 7:30-8:30pm
Frequency: TBD
Pets: None
Location: Our Lady of Sorrows
Demographics: College students and Recent Graduates
Bio: Help us form this new group.  All we need is someone willing to lead!  We encourage anyone interested in learning more about being a Leader or Assistant Leader to contact Julie at jkrs04@yahoo.com.  Support, training materials, session outlines and content will be provided.  Come join our Leadership teams and make new friends! 

Zach Norman & Marc Diederich

Format: In person with option to call in
Day: Tuesday
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Frequency: Weekly
Pets: None
Location: 12 Mile & Orchard
Demographics: Young Adults (mid 20's to 30's) Single and Married.
Bio: Zach is an engineer who loves entertaining guests, games, movies, video games, and cooking. Hannah is a Librarian by day and Crafter by night.

Marc is a computer engineer who likes board games, hiking, travel, and Notre Dame football.  Zach, Hannah and Marc welcome new members and would love for you to join their group!

High School Group

Format: In Person
Day: Saturday
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: None
Location: 10 Mile & Power
Demographics: High School 9th - 12th Grade
Bio: Thomas, Sabrina, Ian, and John would like to welcome all in High School (9th grade through 12th grade) to join their group.  They meet to support one another in their faith journey and will occasionally gather to have social fun.  They are understanding of busy high school schedules and would love to have you join them!

Melissa Peura & Johnna Balk

Format: In Person
Day: Monday
Time: 5:45-7:15 p.m.
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: None
Location: Our Lady of Sorrows
Demographics: Open to all especially Religious Education Parents
Bio: Melissa is from Massachusetts and has lived in Farmington for the last 20 years. Married with 4 children, she has been a member of OLS for 6 years. Her favorite verse is "Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."  Matt 11:28

Johnna is a librarian for Oakland Community College and has lived in Farmington for almost 25 years. She and husband Erik have three adult children and daughter-in-law. They began attending Sorrows a few years ago after she attended an Endow group. Having been raised in an evangelical church, she decided to join RCIA and was confirmed.

Chuck Nagi

Format: In Person
Day: Thursday
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: Cat and Dog
Location: Grand River & Drake
Demographics: Open to all
Bio: Chuck would love to welcome you to his group! He is married to his lovely bride Therese and has two adult children. He has served as an assistant leader and both Chuck and Therese feel very blessed to have participated in an ESG group for the past several years. As they form a new group, anyone possibly interested in being a host or assistant leader would be greatly appreciated. All are welcome to join!

Joanna Kowalik & Mike Kandah

Format: Mix of in person & online
Day: Sunday
Time: Afternoon
Frequency: Monthly
Pets: 1 Trained Dog
Location: Power & Grand River
Demographics: Couples with Young Children - Childcare provided onsite
Bio: Joanna is looking forward to connecting with other Catholic parents of young ones in the parish. She and her husband Neil have two children under age 7.  Joanna enjoys music, crafting, and bargain hunting. 

Mike is married to his lovely wife Stefanie, and they have a young daughter that attends OLS.  Mike is a dedicated teacher and Acting Principal in Detroit. He loves rooting for Detroit pro sport teams, being involved with the Knights of Columbus, playing the ukulele, fishing and golfing.  This group has remained active through Zoom meetings and some outings and really look forward to getting back towards face to face meetings! Couples in this group are encouraged to coordinate and share expenses for onsite childcare. 

John Somerville & Matt Damasceno

Format: In Person
Day: Wednesday
Time: 7:30 p.m.-8:45 p.m.
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: None
Location: Rotates around Farmington Hills
Demographics: Couples or Singles in the "Older Millennials" age range (30-40ish)
Bio: John Somerville loves to spend time with his wife Erin and children, Johnny and Susanna, as well as travel, and complete DIY home renovations.

Originally from Brazil, Matt loves spending time with his wife Alex and daughter Zoey and is looking forward to welcoming a new baby to the family in early 2022.

We regret that we can not offer babysitting but babies who will remain seated on laps are welcome to join us.

Jerry & Fran Ashe

Format: In Person (or online if necessary)
Day: TBD: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
Time: 7:00 pm
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: None
Location: Orchard Lake & Lone Pine/Can rotate homes if desired
Demographics: Couples of all ages
Bio: Jerry and Fran originally met in a hospital at the age of 16 and have been married for 46 years.  Fran enjoys reading and getting together with friends and family.  Jerry enjoys golf, hockey, and coaching high school softball.  They both love spending time with their grandson.  Their Favorite Bible verse is 1 Thess 1:2 "We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly.”  Jerry and Fran welcome couples of all ages to join their new group.

Cori Michalski & Anne Klein

Format: In person
Day: Tuesday
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Frequency: Weekly
Location: Our Lady of Sorrows
Demographics: ages 50 and Up - Men and Women
Bio: Cori is happily retired, loves to garden and crochet and enjoys trying new restaurants.  She has enjoyed her time with the Tuesday morning group leading a weekly scripture study, as well as attending other faith formation classes at OLS. She volunteers her time at St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen, and is a member of the OLS Martha Ministry team. Anne owns a cat sitting service and has loved attending OLS since transferring from the  St. Claires parish.  She enjoys volunteering for C.A.R.E.S. and supporting the clothes closet there.  She has loved participating in the Tuesday scripture study for 5 years and attending various faith formation events.

Robert Cybulski & Megan Rady

Format: In person
Day: Tuesday
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Frequency: Weekly
Pets: None
Location: Our Lady of Sorrows
Demographics: Young Adults and College Students, age 20ish, Single and Married
Bio: Robert is an engineer, who enjoys traveling, playing hockey, and hanging out with friends and family. He's excited about leading this group since it will serve as an extension of the young adult group at Our Lady of Sorrows. 

Megan is currently working as an engineer in the automotive industry. With any free time, she enjoys various outdoor activities and loves to make things - whether it's cooking, crafting, or home & garage DIY projects.

If you're looking to connect with other young adults in fellowship and faith, we'd love to have you!

Dorothy Phillips & Laura Smentowski

Format: In Person
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: Dog
Location: 11 Mile & Drake Road
Demographics: Women
Bio: We are a group of women at all stages of life who get together for the opportunity to share our faith, thoughts, and experiences.  Learning, sharing, and growing in friendship and faith is such a blessing.  If this is something you'd be interested in, please consider joining us.  Favorite Scripture verse of the moment: " [A]nd hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." (Romans 5:5)

Susan Riggs & Pat Labrecque

Format: In person with option to call in
Day: Wednesday
Time: Evenings
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: Small Dog
Location: 11 Mile & Farmington
Demographics: Single Women age 40's & Up
Bio: Susan enjoys gardening, golfing and cooking. Her two cats, Ben and Jerry keep her company since her two children are grown and are no longer living at home.

Pat has been a member of the parish for more than 15 years and has enjoyed participating in the ESG program for three years.  Pat has worked in education and in human resources and is currently volunteering at a local hospice.  She likes theater, music, shopping, reading, eating at new restaurants and spending time with family and friends.  She is enjoying the freedom of retirement. 

Tom Szymkowski & Chuck Nagi

Format: In Person
Day: Thursday
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: Cat
Location: 9 Mile & Halstead (Rotate Homes)
Demographics: Couples
Bio: Tom grew up in the Chicago area and worked for the Air Force testing C-130 and F-16 Avionics systems.  Now he works for FCA and volunteers at OLS as an Usher.  He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 adult children and supporting occasional service projects.

Chuck feels blessed to have participated in ESG for the past several years. He is married to his lovely bride Therese and has two adult children. They love to hike and spend time traveling.

Jennifer B. & Nina Gjonaj

Format: In Person
Day: Friday
Time: 2 p.m. (an hour before school lets out)
Frequency: Monthly
Pets: None
Location: Our Lady of Sorrows
Demographics: Open to all Women/Mothers of school aged children; especially convenient for those picking up children from OLS.
Bio: Jennifer has been blessed with the gift of wonderful parents who have instilled in her the gift of faith and is a mother of 5 children that attend OLS. Over the years the seed of faith has grown and she enjoys sharing her love for Christ and the Church with others. She has been involved in various prayer groups throughout the years, and recently was inspired to lead an Emmaus.  Nina is married with 4 children that attend OLS and owns a construction company with her husband. Her favorite Bible verse is “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matt 6:33

Marie Wilkie & Maureen Altermatt

Format: In person
Day: Monday
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Frequency: Weekly
Pets: 2 small dogs at one location
Location: Our Lady of Sorrows
Demographics: Anyone
Bio: Marie loves being Catholic and getting together with like-minded friends - new and old. She is rather fond of cats, reading, knitting, and good food.  She's also eternally single - hence her hobbies.  She was the girl who faked a stomachache when she had to do oral presentations in grade school, and now she's been leading an Emmaus Small group since the pilot program - the Holy Spirit works in mysteriously wonderful ways! Maureen is a recently retired educator who wishes to continue growing in her faith and service to others. Her favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:6-7.

Kathy & Joe Sparks

Format: Mix of online & In person
Day: Tuesday
Time: Evenings
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: None
Location: Orchard Lake & Lone Pine
Demographics: Couples
Bio: Joe and Kathy enjoy spending time with other couples especially given the opportunity to share faith and fellowship. We strongly value the power of our Sacrament and growing together as a couple. Our favorite Scripture is Romans 8:38-39 "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

We invite you to join us in the journey of Emmaus Small Groups.

Linda & Mark Kaminski

Format: Mix of online & In person
Day: Saturday
Time: 7-9:00 p.m.
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: Varies depending on who hosts
Location: Rotate homes
Demographics: Couples (ages 40-60's)
Bio: Mark and Linda were both born and raised in the Catholic faith and received much of their education in Catholic schools. They have been members of the OLS Parish for over 22 years with faith and prayer being an integral part of their marriage and lives, giving them strength, consolation, and joy. Mark’s favorite bible passage is Ephesians 2:4-5 “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Linda’s favorite scripture verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

Barb McCulloch

Format: In person
Day: Monday
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: none
Location: Middlebelt & Joy - Access to home requires the ability to navigate 3 stair steps.
Demographics: Mix of men, women singles/couples age 50s thru 70s
Bio: Barbara enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, and spending time with family at various family events.  Barb leads the evening Bible Study sessions and is a member of the Bible Study Planning committee.  Barb was a leader and alternate host for ESG since it's inception and has participated in the Christ Life Program.  Barb also functions as a retreat captain for the OLS parish women's retreat group at St. Paul of The Cross.

Lynda & Chris O'Donnell

Format: Mix of online & In person
Day: Friday
Time: Evening
Frequency: Bi-Weekly
Pets: Dog
Location: 9 Mile & Halstead
Demographics: Anyone
Bio: We try to meet every other week; however we are open to people's busy schedule.  Lynda's favorite Bible Verse: "The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self control." (Galatians 5:22-23)

Form A New Group

Don't see a group that works for you? Sign up to be a leader and form your own group. We provide all the materials and training to make your small group meetings simple and easy to lead.