Help Needed for Easter Vigil

We really could use your help! Appetizers and desserts are needed for the reception following the Easter Vigil (3/31/18). “Finger foods” are the best, and they can be dropped off in the afternoon or evening on that day.  Just make sure that they are clearly marked.  Contact Peggy Casing or (248) 243-0251 if you have any questions.

Bible Opportunities for Lent

We’ll be starting a three-week study on “Paul: Proclaiming Christ Crucified,” beginning March 7, 2018. This study meets on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:00 PM. This same study will also be offered on Monday nights, at 7:00-8:30 PM, beginning March 12, 2018. If you’d like to participate, contact Peggy Casing at least a few days prior to get materials to prepare.


Faith in Action

Organized by James Archey, parishioner and student at Notre Dame Prep.
Suggestions and Information


March 18 at Noon

Responding to the Sin of Racism

Bishops Address Sin of Racism

Confronting the Poison in Our Common Home

Prayer for Peace

The Enduring Power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Principles of Nonviolence.”

Archbishop Lori of Baltimore poses questions for reflection and discussion. And so, after looking at the principle that “nonviolence holds that suffering can educate and transform,” Archbishop Lori offers these three questions:

  • “In what ways am I called to bear witness to the truth?”
  • “How do I respond when my witness to truth is rejected or ridiculed?”
  • “How do I overcome the urge to retaliate?”

CRS Rice Bowl

  • Make your own CRS Rice Bowl
  • Read the Story of Hope each Sunday
  • Pray for 5 minutes each day
  • Prepare simple meals each Friday
  • Put your Lenten sacrifices into your CRS Rice Bowl, convert to a check or give online, return prepared envelope on Palm Sunday.


Sunday, April 15 –
6:15 PM – 9:00 PM
Sign-up to Help

Contact the Christian Service Office to  explore Sacred Conversations.
Grace Keane, OSF
Christian Service Coordinator
248-243-0258 X 124  Christian Service Office

Pray Together, Reach Out Together, Learn Together, Act Together

Lent 2018 – Come to the Water

The Lenten Message Series began  Sunday, February 18. Listed below are the themes and challenges for each week.

1st Sunday of Lent – Theme: The symbol of death and life
Listen to Deacon Joe’s Homily

Challenge: List the ways water affects your life in one day and discuss with someone the possible effects of its absence.

2nd Sunday of Lent – Theme: Blessings flow from the mountain
Listen to Fr. Stan’s Homily

Challenge: Think about the blessing you find hardest to share and share it.

3rd Sunday of Lent – Theme: Someone is asking for a drink
Listen to Fr. Ron’s Homily

Challenge: Satisfy someone’s thirst this week

4th Sunday of Lent – Theme: Cleansed in Jesus, the living water
Listen to Fr. Stan’s homily

Challenge: Be reconciled with God and someone in your life this week

Lent and Holy Week Events

Stations of the Cross – Fridays during Lent-12:00 PM (Chapel) and at 6:15 PM (Church)

Anointing of the Sick – Monday, March 12, during the 7:00 PM Mass

Tuesday, March 13, Communal Penance Service with Private Reconciliation following 7:00 PM (Church)

Monday, March 26—Private Reconciliation at  7:45 PM & Tuesday, March 27, at 9:45 AM (Chapel)

Taize Stations of the Cross – Friday, March 16, at 7:00 PM (Chapel)

Holy Thursday – March 29
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00 PM (Church)
Adoration 8:00-11:00 PM. Taize Prayer at 10:00 PM (Chapel)

Good Friday – March 30
Veneration of the Cross & Communion Service 3:00-4:30 PM (Church)
K of C Soup, Salad & Bread Meal 5:00-7:00 PM (Gym)
Living Stations of the Cross 7:00-7:45 PM (Church)

Holy Saturday – March 31
Food Blessing at 12:00 PM (Church)
K of C Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00 PM (Gym/Outside)
Vigil Mass at 8:00 PM (Church)

Easter Sunday – April 1
Mass at 8:30 AM (Church)—11:00 AM (Church)—11:15 AM (Gym)



Volunteers Needed!

Coffee & Donut Host – families, individuals or ministries sign up to host Coffee and Donuts after Sunday Mass. Sign up to host through Sign up Genius

Usher Chairperson– We are in dire need of someone to lead our usher teams. Your responsibilities would be:

  • Putting the annual schedule (in December) for the upcoming year together for all three Masses. Already done for 2018.
  • Holiday Mass Schedule Boards (Christmas / Easter)
  • Special Holy Days of Obligation Masses Schedule
  • Weekly counting number of parishioners at each Mass
  • Recruiting more ushers

New ushers welcome to join also

Our Ministers of Care – Vigil Service is in need of 1-2 people to join their ministry. You would be called upon once a month or perhaps only twice a year and be a part of a team of 2 or 3 to guide the Scripture Service or Rosary. Training is provided. 

Be a Greeter – Welcome parishioners and visitors before each Mass at the entry. Arrive 20 minutes before Mass. Smiles and kind words needed. We are also in need for someone to lead this awesome ministry. Your basic job would be to schedule for upcoming year and holidays.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Lisa at 248-243-0260 Email

Bible Studies for 2018

Our Wednesday 1:30-3:00 group will begin “Sarah and Hagar” on January 3rd.

Starting on January 10, 2018, our Wednesday 10-11:30 study will begin “First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Community,” with Dr. Tim Grey. This study is from Ascension Press, so it provides video access from home!  This 11 week study will wrap up, on or around, March 21st.

Our Monday night study meets from 7-8:30 PM.  On January 22nd, we’ll start a short study on the topic of “Trust” in the bible. This topic will be the first in a series of topics offered at this time-slot, followed by “Mercy” and “Mary.” The study we’ll be using is from the folks at Little Rock, and it is great for taking the words of scripture and applying them to your life. Each topic is only about three sessions long, so you can join any time by calling Peggy Casing to get  your materials to prepare for the next session.

A bible study about “Dashed Hopes: When our Best Laid Plans Fall Apart” begins on Wednesday, January 24th, from 1:30-3:00 PM.

Christian Classics Book Club – we will be reading The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls and discussing on March 19,2018, at 7:45 PM.

Finally, if you’d like to learn more about what the Church teaches on a wide variety of topics, join us on Sundays from 12:15-1:30, for a DVD viewing and discussion. “Symbolon: Knowing the Faith,” features “experts” presenting a new topic each week.  You can come to one session, or the whole series. Drop into the St. Joseph Room and join us!

For information on any of these studies or to order materials, please email Peggy Casing or (248) 243-0251.

Children’s Music Ministries

Do you want your children involved in music at church?  We have many options!

Jesus Jam (grades 6-9) Sing, or play an instrument with other students your age, preparing music to play for Mass on an occasional basis.  Taught by Holy Family music teacher, John Garland, this group meets each Monday from 4 PM until 4:45 PM and welcomes any students in 6th grade or older who play an instrument or sing.

Handbells (Grades 7-up) Ring hand bells and challenge your musical skills with other students your age, and adults who like to ring.  Directed by Mr. Bob Sheldrick, who has over 20 years of experience teaching youth handbells, this group rehearses each Tuesday from 7 PM – 8 PM.

Praise Kids (Grades K-2) and Children’s Choir (Grades 3-6) Praise, Sing, explore, and learn about music with certified music teachers, Mrs. Rosanne Thomas, and Mrs. Barb Sheldrick.  Rehearsals are held each Monday from 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM and the students sing for Mass approximately once per month.

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Be the Difference – Mental Health

The new year marks a fresh start for many, including setting goals for the upcoming year. While many resolutions often center around physical health, we believe that incorporating mental wellness into your New Year’s resolutions is critical.

That’s why we’ll be focusing on building healthy habits for the new year during #BeTheDifference this January. Here’s how you can get involved this month:

1. Join our chat. On Thursday, January 18, we’re hosting a #BeTheDifference Twitter chat on how to incorporate mental health into your New Year’s resolutions. To join and share your strategies and goals for the year ahead, follow @MHFirstAidUSA on Twitter and use the hashtag #BeTheDifference in your responses.

2. Read the blog. We’ll be writing about ways to refocus on your mental health all year on the Mental Health First Aid blog. Read up and share with your networks!

3. Share your stories. As always, we’re looking for stories from our community about how Mental Health First Aid has impacted your life or someone else’s life. If you have a story to share, reach out to Erica Hoffman at for a chance to be featured on the blog.

Christian Classics Book Club

The focus of CCBC is to read books that would be found in a “classics” section of a bookstore, or more contemporary literature that is written to convey the complexities of spirituality, morality, or other aspects of living. Our next book is The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls. Join us on March 19th at 7:45 PM for a discussion with a great group of readers! For more information contact Peggy Casing or (248) 243-0251