Much has been written in the press and in the Church about the Refugee crisis. Churches in the Pontiac Vicariate are conversing about the need and our response. What can St. Mary of the Hills do for Refugee Resettlement? Pray, Be Informed. Advocate, and Help one family for six months in practical ways.
What are some practical ways? Help with clothing and household; food and personal items; hospitality and social; transportation and finances. Join a steering committee or subcommittee.
The vicariate churches would be working with SAMARITAS. If you have questions, concerns, suggestions or offers to help, call or email the Christian Service Office or add comments to the SUGGESTION ENVELOPE near the chapel.
Come to a round table discussion on Sunday, June 4, 12:10 PM, East Overflow. More info
NightFever Coming to St. Mary of the Hills June 28 after the Rochester Hills Fireworks
NightFever is an initiative which grew out of World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Germany, and is spreading across Europe and North America.
NightFever’s are open churches with a special atmosphere of music, prayer and candlelight — at a time when the churches are usually closed. During this special event, the church is opened for visitors, the Blessed Sacrament is displayed, and the altar is decorated with the image of the Divine Mercy. Volunteers go out into the streets and invite people to come in, light a candle, and spend a few minutes with Jesus. It is a powerful experience.
NightFever combines adoration, confession time, prayer time, beautiful music and an opportunity to bring new people into the church. NightFever at St. Mary’s will take place from 10:30 PM to 12 Midnight on June 28, immediately after the Rochester Hills fireworks conclude in Borden Park. We are located on the East side of John R Road, ½ mile south of the fireworks.
Plan on stopping in if you attend the fireworks, and invite your friends and neighbors. Click this link to find videos about NightFever from around the world. https://www.youtube.com/user/nfovideos
We are a little over one month into our 2017 CSA campaign, “Opening Doors to Encounter Christ,” and wanted to provide everyone with a quick update. So far, we have received pledges from 255 families amounting to $97,390! Thank you so much to the families that have contributed so far! While this is good progress towards our parish goal of $200,000, we still have a long way to go.
With 1,773 registered families at St. Mary of the Hills, we are confident we can achieve our goal. If your family has not yet participated in the campaign, now is a good time to do so. Please pray about how you can help further the ministries funded by our CSA, and consider making the most generous gift possible given your other financial obligations.
If you’d like to make an online donation, go to: http://smoth.aodcsa.org. If you can’t locate your envelope or have any questions about the CSA, please call the parish office. Thanks, and God Bless!
Did you know that about 27% of our CSA contributions go to support the Sacred Heart Seminary? Our donations have a profound impact, helping ensure we have well trained priests in the future!
SOS week is coming!
St. Mary of the Hills welcomes our SOS guests August 13 through August 20. Sign up to volunteer: SIGN-UP
This year, in lieu of the flower mobile, you can pick an item(s) to be donated by clicking on this link: SIGN-UP
Every evening (except June 28) from June 18 to July 3 at 7 PM, we will meet outdoors by the crosses to pray the rosary for an end to abortion. Please join us.
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!
We have set the St. Mary of the Hills goal for 2017 at $200,000. Our CSA assessment for this year is $173,000. With your financial support, we are confident that we will meet and exceed our goal. As you may know, all funds raised in excess of the assessment stay with us untaxed, for use on projects and needs vital to St. Mary of the Hills. In 2016, we used the excess funds toward the budget for a new St. Mary of the Hills LED sign. Based on our results last year, we are more than half way there. If we get to our Parish goal of $200,000, we will be able to fund our sign.
Donations may be made online through this link: CSA Online