Eucharistic Adoration July 5

Adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is life changing. Spending time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament deepens our relationship with Him, while grace flows from Him to us, to our family, and to our parish. All it costs is our time.
“Can you not spend one hour with Me?”  (Matt 26:40).

Come, praise the Lord on Thursday, July 5 following the 9:00 AM Mass and ending with Benediction at 5:55 PM.

Nightfever – June 27

NightFever at St. Mary of the Hills will take place from 10:30 PM to 12 Midnight on Wednesday, June 27 immediately after the Rochester Hills ”Festival of the Hills” fireworks.

Nightfevers 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 to the sidewalks and parking lots 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.

You can help in three ways:  Volunteer for the evening by contacting St. Mary’s parish office (see below for volunteer options), pray for the success of this event, and invite your friends and neighbors.  Use this link to find videos about NightFever from around the world!   https://www.youtube.com/user/nfovideos

Volunteer Opportunities:

Parishioners are needed to help jointly man a booth at Borden Park with St. Paul Street Evangelization.  Passersby can pick up medals, rosaries, information, and talk or pray with a booth volunteer.  The booth is open from about 3 PM until dark.

 

“Nightfever” is an open-church event which takes place after the fireworks. From about 10:30 to midnight, volunteers invite passersby into the church. The atmosphere in the church is one of beautiful music, prayer, and candlelight. The Blessed Sacrament is displayed, and the altar is decorated with the image of the Divine Mercy.  Those who come in can light a candle, say a prayer, and talk to a priest if they would like. It can be a powerful experience.

 

Take Flat Stanley on Summer Vacation!

Flat Stanley Instructions

  1. Take your Flat Stanley on a summer adventure (on vacation, to the park, to the zoo, anywhere you go this summer- be creative!)
  2. Take a picture of YOU with your Flat Stanley
  3. Email the picture to: socialmedia@smoth.org
  4. Check the St. Mary of the Hills Facebook page to see your picture

*please write on Flat Stanley’s sign where the picture was taken

Click for a printable version.

Pictorial Directory- Schedule Your Appointment Now!

It’s time for us to update our photo directory.  Every family photographed receives a free directory and an 8×10 portrait. Seniors 60+, Law Enforcement and First Responders receive 20% any purchase.

All photography will take place at St. Mary’s.  The whole session will last about an hour from checking in to being photographed and viewing your portraits. Portrait sessions are:

Days Dates Times
Tues—Sat 7/31—8/4 2 – 9PM
Tues—Sat 8/7—8/11 2 –9PM
Tues—Sat 8/28—9/1 10AM—5PM
Tues—Sat 9/4—9/8 10AM—5PM

Schedule your appointment at LifeTouch or after Mass in the gym with one of our volunteers.

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

Michigan Action Alert

Click Here to Take Action to Oppose Unreasonable New Michigan Medicaid Work Requirements

The Michigan Senate has approved Bill 897 that would reduce the State’s budget by cutting the number of persons on Medicaid.  The Senate vote was 26-11.  Under the proposed legislation, Michigan residents aged 19 to 64 would be required to work 29 hours a week to be eligible for Medicaid.

Michigan will be the fourth state in the nation within the last year to impose Medicaid work requirements.  Kentucky, Arkansas, and Indiana now require 20 hours a week.  Michigan would be the first state to require 29 hours.  The Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) has said “While MCC appreciates the inclusion of exemptions to protect the vulnerable, concerns remain with predicating one’s health coverage on his or her employment status.”

As Vincentians concerned about social justice, we share that concern and accordingly urge you to take action by clicking on this link to send a message to your State Representative asking that this bill be fundamentally changed before it becomes law.

The three key priority areas that the Michigan St. Vincent de Paul Society Voice of the Poor Committees suggest be changed are below:

1.  Eliminate or reduce the 29 hours of work requirement

The reality for many of the working poor is that they do not have stable working hours.  Having a requirement of 29 hours would be very difficult for those who have a job but are under-employed and not receiving as many hours as they would prefer.  Employers would have the unfair power and burden to control who has the hours to receive medical coverage and who does not. Another difficulty is that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) would be required to enforce who is and is not working 29 hours a week.

2.  Increase funding for DHHS

This proposed legislation creates unnecessary new constraints and bureaucratic hoops through which DDHS must jump in its attempt to help those in need without additional funding.  DDHS is already an overworked unit of our government.  The net practical effect is that DHHS will be able to serve less of our unfortunate Michigan friends in need because of this legislation.

3. Get more empirical data on how this will affect Michigan residents and hospitals

There has not yet been any direct experience with a Medicaid work requirement in any other state.  Do we want to be the test subjects?  Michigan does impose a work requirement for food stamps.  But while there are many food pantries for families, there are less free resources for medical care.  The practical impact of this could mean less people receiving preventative medicine and benefiting from regular doctor’s visits, and more people forced to the Emergency Rooms with attendant big bills that the serving hospitals will never recover.  Thus, this legislation could also negatively impact our hospitals.

Please contact your Representative as soon as possible.

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 EricaH@TheNationalCouncil.org for a chance to be featured on the blog.