Registration is now taking place for our 2019-2020 Religious Education and Sacrament Preparation classes. Families have the opportunity to register for these programs before the rush of summer and fall. Please note: early discounted fees are available until August 15, 2019. More Information
Join us on March 18, 2019, at 7:45 PM, to discuss, The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens. This award winning novel is billed as “compulsively suspenseful,” as it features the complexities of a man’s life, both the heroism of his actions as a soldier, and the horrible crimes he committed, interwoven with the complexities of other human interactions. This book should be a good one!
For more information contact Peggy Casing or (248) 243-0251
St. Mary’s sent a group of 38 people (adults and youth) to attend the annual CYO Rainbow Convention. One of the highlights of the weekend was the youth were able to celebrate Mass with the Archbishop of Detroit, which speaks volumes of the value that our area Church puts into our youth. Additionally, the youth had opportunities to pray together, to be inspired by world class speakers, to attend break out sessions with their peers, to perform an area service project, and more. Rainbow, for years, has been an incredible opportunity for the youth of Detroit to gather and grow together.
On Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 7-9 PM, we are happy to be offering a session that just might spruce up your prayer life this Lent!
This two hour gathering is designed to provide you with some inspiration regarding prayer from scripture and with practical ideas for meaningful prayer in your life. Catholic school teachers and religious education volunteers are especially encouraged to attend, as this topic fits within the certification process, but it would be beneficial for anyone, especially during Lent. For more information, please contact Peggy Casing (248) 243-0251.
“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.
- Pray and fast weekly or once a month for the protection of life and ending abortion.
- Inform yourself on legislative issues that threaten life. Susan B. Anthony List (https://www.sba-list.org/), American Life League (https://www.all.org/), and the National Right to Life (https://www.nrlc.org/site/) are good starting places.
- Pray in front of a local abortion clinic. Sign-up to pray during the 40 Days for Life campaign (https://40daysforlife.com/) in Macomb or Ferndale.
- Support local crisis pregnancy centers either by volunteering or through donations. See Crossroads Care Center at https://www.crossroadscarecenter.org/ or call them at 293.0070 to learn how you can best help them.
- Educate yourself. Call the Right to Life – Lifespan office for educational materials at 248-816-1546 or see http://milifespan.org/. Sign up to receive their newsletter or talk to our church rep, Karen Schenk.
- Other valuable resources for education include: Right to Life of Michigan https://www.rtl.org/, Priests for Life http://www.priestsforlife.org/, and the USCCB Pro Life Activities site http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/index.cfm.
Thanks for helping to change hearts and minds, one person at a time.
New Bible Study Forming
Do you understand the meaning behind the parts of the Mass? In his video-based study “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass,” Dr. Edward Sri explores the roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance. In this study, you will come to know and understand the Mass as never before, leading you to a richer, more fruitful worship experience. We offered this study several years ago, and the participants gave it a resounding “thumbs up!”
Join us for “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass,” beginning Monday, February 4, 2019 from 7- 8 PM, and continuing every Monday for six weeks.
Contact Peggy Casing (248) 243-0251 for more information or to register for the study.
After one year since the initial launch of Click to Pray, thousands of users around the world continue to use the innovative app to engage in the spirituality of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. It is a great tool to deepen a person’s spiritual life and one of the many methods of entering into the Way of the Heart.
But what is Click to Pray?
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.