Bread for the World Offering of Letters

“Join us now as we put our faith into action. We will be conducting a Bread for the World Offering of Letters campaign, requesting our nation’s leaders to work to end hunger both at home and abroad. We ask all members of our parish to write letters, tweet or email Congress asking them to support and approve the funding for various programs to stamp out hunger.

Sample letters are available on the Bread for the Life site at  Simply update your name, address and email. You can print a letter, sign and mail.  You can also select the “Email Congress” option at the bottom of the page and both US State Senators and your representative will receive the letter. How easy is that!

Sample letters may also be found in the display rack next to the Christian Service Office.

For those of you that like to Tweet, send a message to your Senators and Representative asking them to #endhunger at home and abroad on

More information can be found at, or

Thank you for supporting Bread for the World Offering Letters campaign!”

Adults Seeking Sacraments

Last call for this year’s group!  We only have about four more weeks before our group is “set” for the year.  If you are an adult who has “missed” celebrating a sacrament, if you were part of another denomination, or any other circumstance where you now find yourself thinking about celebrating sacraments in the Catholic Church for the first time, please feel free to contact me. Our regular group sessions are on Sundays from 9:00 (during Mass) until 10:55. To register, or to see what might “fit” for you, please contact Peggy Casing or (248) 243-0251

Fall Outreach

October 14       Catholic Charities Mercy in Action Day –  Register

October  28      St. Mary’s Make a Difference Day

Little People’s Outreach in the Gym
St. Vincent de Paul Pod in the Parking Lot
John R Road Clean UP
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, W. Bloomfield

Hurricane Relief Toiletry Bags due before Oct. 27

November  5     MSP – Kids Coalition Against Hunger
November 8   Serve lunch at Baldwin Center, Pontiac
November 12   Cook and Serve Dinner at HOPE Shelter, Pontiac

Register for any of these events.

Questions – Grace Keane, OSF or contact the Christian Service Office 248-243-0258

Other opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus are welcome.
Email suggestions or drop a note in the big white envelope in the display rack by the Chapel and CS Office.

Other ways to join in are through advocacy, education, and prayer.


Little People’s Outreach

Saturday, October 28   9:30 – 11:30 AM

Grades 1-5
St. Mary of the Hills Gym

Parent, older sibling, or favorite relative please accompany child.
Neighboring parishes welcome.

*Fruit Snacks for Manna Meal
*Cookies for Grovecrest Assisted Living
*Prayers and messages for Hurricane Relief Toiletry Kits
*Children making a difference at home and abroad (youtube)

Use Sign-up Genius to register or contact the Christian Service Office at St. Mary of the Hills 248-243-0258

New Studies Starting

On Monday nights, starting on September 25, 2017, we’ll meet from 7:00PM-8:30PM, to study Bishop Robert Barron’s “The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters.”

Our Wednesday 10:00AM group will start a study called, “Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John,” on October 4, 2017.

A new group will be gathering to take a reflective look at the topic of “Trust” in the bible.  We will meet from 1:30-3:00 on Wednesdays, beginning October 4, 2017.

We’ll continue the “tradition” of having a study on Sundays from 12:15-1:45, by offering the video series, “Symbolon: Knowing the Faith.” More info on the studies and contact information

Christian Classics Book Club

Our next book is, The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run: Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma, by María Ruiz. Join us on November 13, at 7:45 PM, for a discussion with a great group of readers! Please contact me for more information.

Peggy Casing, MAPS, MC—Director of Formation
Peggy Casing or (248) 243-0251.

Our Gift to You

A pre-paid one-year subscription to access Catholic DVD’s, books, audio, printable resources, and more. Like Netflix for Catholics, but more! It’s EASY and FREE for you to register! Visit FORMED.ORG with a web browser
Click on Register (lower right of page)
Enter Parish Access Code:  W7KRFC
Enter your email and create a password (you need this to login later)
Enjoy and share with others in our local community!

Surviving Divorce – Journey of Hope

St. Mary of the Hills and Ascension Press present…
Surviving Divorce
For Men and Women Seeking Hope and Healing
Karen Evangelista and Terri Hemphill, Facilitators
Thursday Evenings 7:00 to 8:30 PM
in the St. Andrew Classroom

Begins Thursday, September 14

St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church is pleased to announce that we are offering this highly-effective program that will bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. Surviving Divorce features fourteen video presentations that cover topics such as shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage.

This program is for the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. It will help them find answers to their questions, restore their hope, and begin authentic healing. Is a friend or anyone in your family divorced? Please send them a copy of this email or invite them to the fourteen-week Surviving Divorce program.

Begins Thursday, September 14

Please complete this Registration Form if interested in attending.

Best phone number to be reached at:
Parish (if coming from another parish):
Separated or Divorced?
How long?
Number of Years Married:
Number of children and their ages:
Word Verification:

Help Wanted

The SMYG (St. Mary’s Youth Group) adult team is looking for additional help.  We have a great team that works hard to support the needs of our youth, but we are in need of additional support.  If you can occasionally make SMYG meetings, would be willing to chaperone on retreats and/or Rainbow, able to oversee a  regular youth Mass offering, etc. please let me know.  In order for SMYG to grow, we need more hands in leadership.  We ask that all SMYG adults are trained in Protecting God’s Children and have an updated Criminal Background Check on file.
Contact Chris Kozlowski for more information.