Life Matters

“Human life is sacred, and must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception” (CCC 2258 and 2270).  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you,” (Jer 1:5).

Since 1973, over 61 million women in the U.S. alone decided to kill the new lives growing inside of them, resulting in millions of these women being physically and emotionally scarred.  Fortunately the Catholic Church reminds all that healing from the pain of abortion is possible.  And the Church also extends healing to the fathers of aborted babies and anyone involved in the horrific procedure.  You can experience the abundant compassion of Jesus on a profound level during a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat.  It creates a place where men and women can share, often for the first time, their deepest feelings about abortion. See http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/ for more information and links to phone numbers and locations.

If attending a retreat isn’t possible, then consider going to a priest for the Sacrament of Confession to begin your healing process.  The deep wound of abortion doesn’t disappear simply by the passage of time; usually the pain intensifies as you keep the secret inside of you. So many wonderful resources exist today for healing; don’t be afraid to reach out and take the first step.

If you are wondering what you can do today to stop the innocent killing of our children and harming women, consider adding a pro-life resolution from the list below.  Your small action can make a huge difference.

Thanks for helping to change hearts and minds, one person at a time.

Advent Taize Prayer Service – Dec 4

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 – 7:30 pm in the Chapel

Please join us for an evening of song, scripture and reflection.

What is Taize?
A Taize service blends meditative singing, Scripture readings, and prayerful silence.  It is a peaceful way to deepen your relationship with God.  The combination of the song and Scripture allows everyone present to become deeply aware of God’s presence within them.  United through songs of trust in God and His Word, it is a simple, yet powerful way to join in prayer with each other.  Each service beautifully combines the community with individual prayer.

Bible Studies Coming in September

We have a Tuesday morning study for women, after the 9 am Mass.  Join us for “Living the Beatitudes in Everyday Life / Kingdom of Happiness” by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby for 8 lessons starting Sept. 18.  Lessons include video access from your home computer.  For more information, contact Adrienne at 248-672-8043.

We just started a study that will meet on Tuesdays, at 7:00 PM, but there is still time to join us. This seven week, study called “Fulfilled: Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism,” is a great study for anyone, whether a veteran or new bible reader!  If you’d like to preview Lesson One, you can go online to  ascensionpress.com, and look under “studies” for “Fulfilled.”  Please contact Peggy Casing to register.

We’ll also be taking an in-depth look at the Book of Acts. A wonderful book, filled with information about the earliest Christian communities, “Acts” can be a great place to start in study, or to enrich your previous understanding. This group will be meeting on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM.  Information about the study can also be found at ascensionpress.com, or by calling Peggy Casing. Please call to obtain your materials, so you can prepare prior to the first class on September 19, 2018 (note date change).

Finally, we have another study that meets on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3:00 PM. This study has an emphasis on applying scripture to our lives. We focus on a new booklet and theme once every three weeks, so you can participate by getting the book for any number of the studies and joining us for any of the weeks and themes you choose. If you’d like to join us for “Paul: Pastoring God’s People,” on September 19, 2018, contact Peggy Casing to get the book so you can prepare ahead if time.

The full schedule of topics:  Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study Schedule 2018-19

If you’d like to participate in any of these studies, contact Peggy Casing  (248) 243-0251  to obtain your materials to prepare prior to the first class.

Youth Mass – November 24 – Sign Up to Participate!

Our next Youth Mass will be held Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, November 24 at the 4PM mass. All high school students (grades 9th-12th) are asked to participate and fill the mass roles of Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Musicians/Cantors, and Greeters for the Youth Mass.Training will be provided. All GIFT and MSP families are encouraged to attend this mass to support our youth. Sign up

Sacraments for Adults

If you, or someone you know, is an adult who has “missed” celebrating a sacrament, or is part of another denomination, or any other circumstance where they might be seeking to  celebrate sacraments in the Catholic Church, please feel free to contact me, or encourage them to do so.

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

Christian Classics Book Club

Would you like to start something new, or rejoin a a lovely group of readers? Summer is the perfect time to pick up a book.  Consider joining us!  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, When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi, foreword by Abraham Verghese. Join us on September 17, 2018, at 7:45 PM, for a discussion with a great group of readers!

For more information contact Peggy Casing or (248) 243-0251

Refugee Resettlement Mission

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