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Easter Egg Hunt April 15 Sign-Up!

All Children of the Parish are invited to the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Holy Saturday (April 15) at 1 pm in the Gym.  Children will hear the story of the Risen Christ, do a fun craft, and then hunt for eggs to redeem for a gift bag that includes the Jelly Bean Prayer.

This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.  Please RSVP

Help Needed for Easter Vigil

I have some help, but I would really appreciate the help of a few more individuals to make and serve punch and keep things tidy at the Vigil’s reception.  This commitment runs from about 10—11 PM on Saturday, April 15th.  Helping with this reception is a great way to welcome  our newest members to St. Mary’s community, and as we all know, many hands make light work. Contact Peggy Casing to volunteer:  248-243-0251

Registration is Open for Sharing Christ

Sharing Christ is the third part of ChristLife’s three part evangelization processDiscovering Christ, Following Christ, and Sharing Christ.  

Our faith journey can’t stop with encountering the life-changing love of Jesus Christ and following Him as a disciple.  We are called to share the Good News with others! Evangelization must become the everyday lifestyle for Christians if the Church is to become a vibrant evangelical witness in our culture once again.

Sharing Christ will equip you with the practical skills to proclaim the Gospel, draw others into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and invite them to become His disciples as members of the Church.

Sharing Christ includes six weekly sessions and a Saturday retreat following the last session.  The sessions will take place on Thursday evenings, from March 30 to May 11 (7:00 to 9:00 p.m.) with a full-day retreat on Saturday May 13. Each session includes prayer and worship, a DVD-teaching, desserts and coffee, and a small group discussion.

If you have a question or would like to register, please contact Susie Phillips at  phillips.smoth@gmail.com or 586-907-3057

Lent and Holy Week 2017

LENTEN ACTIVITIES

Stations of the Cross:
Fridays Noon (Chapel) followed by Soup & Bread Meal

RECONCILIATION

Penance Service with Individual Confession:
Tuesday, March 28 at 7 PM

Private Reconciliation
Monday, April 10 at 7:45 PM (following Mass)
Tuesday, April 11 at 9:45  AM (following Mass)

HOLY WEEK EVENTS

Holy Thursday, April 13
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7 PM (Church)
Adoration in the Chapel 8 – 11 PM
Taize Prayer at 10 PM (Chapel)

Good Friday, April 14
Veneration of the Cross & Communion Service  3 – 4:30 PM (Church)
K of C Soup / Salad / Bread Meal  5 – 7 PM (Gym)
Living Stations of the Cross  7 PM (Church)

Holy Saturday, April 15
Food Blessing  Noon (Church)
K of C Easter Egg Hunt 1:00 PM (Gym/Outside)

Vigil Mass    8 PM (Church)

Easter Sunday, April 16
Mass at 8:30 AM (Church)
Mass at 11:00 AM (Church)
Mass at 11:15 AM (Gym)

Child care and Preschool will be available during the 11  and 11:15 Masses only.

 

Praying and Exploring the Sunday Readings of Lent

Come join us on four Thursday mornings, from March 16th to April 6th, at 9:45AM, Al and Julie Lacki will be offering an opportunity to gather to reflect on the readings for the upcoming Sunday.  Reflecting and praying on the readings in this way can help to deepen your understanding of them and give you an opportunity for more meaningful participation in the Mass.

Our 40 Day Challenge

Are you ready for “Our 40 Day Challenge?” That’s our Lenten theme this year and it focuses on the challenges contained in the Scriptures for this season. During the first five Sundays of Lent we’re going to reflect on Jesus’ temptations, His transfiguration, His encounter with the woman at the well, His healing of a blind man and finally His raising of Lazarus from the dead. We’ve summarized these Gospel passages as the challenges of temptation, change, emptiness, darkness and death. As we’ll see, difficult times become moments of grace. The Lenten journey of 40 days with its emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving should help us to draw closer to Christ, grow in our faith, and live more joyously as His disciples. Our union with Jesus will give us hope and strength as we face the challenges of life.

Week 1: The Challenge of Temptation
Fr. Stan’s homily – March 5, 2017

Challenge: Identify an ongoing temptation, pray several minutes about it, and write one action that will help you overcome it

Week 2: The Challenge of Change
Fr. Stan’s homily – March 12, 2017

Challenge: Identify how someone has helped you through a significant change, and try to do the same for someone else.

Week 3: The Challenge of Emptiness
Fr. Stan’s homily – March 19, 2017

Challenge:  Fill someone’s bucket this week, (and notice how your own bucket fills up as well)

Week 4: The Challenge of Darkness

Week 5: The Challenge of Death

Best Lent Ever

What is BEST LENT EVER? Best Lent Ever is a free, daily email program that will help you and our St. Mary’s parish have a truly life-changing Lent. This year’s program is based on the perfect book for our parish—Matthew Kelly’s newest bestseller, Resisting Happiness, which was handed out at the Christmas Masses.

This book leads readers, in a deeply personal way, to the realization that we cannot get to where we want to go without God.

Best Lent Ever will take you and our parish on an incredible journey this Lent. Are you ready for a greater sense of parish community? Increased engagement at Mass? A program that inspires us to become the-best-version-of-ourselves?

Don’t give up chocolate for Lent! I encourage you to visit Best Lent Ever to sign up.