Spring Film Festival

St. Mary of the Hills along with Denis Naeger presents the Spring Film Festival.

When: Tuesday, March 26 and April 2 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.

Where: East Overflow Room at St. Mary’s

For: Anyone is welcome!

Cost: FREE

What: Films that will linger in your heart. Some will be serious, others will be funny, but they will all be touching.

Please register by March 25. Although walk-ins are welcome! If you plan on attending either or both evenings please email or call Denis: dnaege02@aol.com or 248-683-2514

*Bring your own drinks and snacks!

 

Lenten Journey Registration

You can now sign up for our Lenten Journey program! Just fill out the form below and someone will contact you with more information.

The Lenten Journey begins Sunday, March 10 and ends with a retreat on Saturday, April 6. Through four unique sessions you will learn how to share Jesus with others, how to share our relationship with Jesus with people in our day-to-day encounters, develop methods and actions to do this, and focus on personal or friendship evangelization.

If you wish to see a timeline of the program, click here.

2019 Rainbow Conference

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.

 

Lent Offering on Prayer – March 28

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.

 

Fr. Strain Health Update

Due to a recent fall, Fr. Strain is currently residing at Mercy Bellbrook receiving physical therapy and trying to regain his strength. He appreciates all of your prayers and cards but also cherishes rest time. Please plan to visit with him after recovery.

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.

New Bible Study – begins February 4

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.

Attention Parishioners!

Register for My Own Church to Access Your Membership and Financial Info Electronically!

My Own Church gives church members the ability to access their church records anytime from any web-enabled device (smartphone, tablet, or computer).

Registered users can log in and perform many tasks in My Own Church, including the following:

  • Manage your own church records and keep personal and contact information accurate and up to date.
  • View your personal giving history.
  • Download year-end contribution statements.

Click here to register:  https://detroit.parishsoftfamilysuite.com/

If you need help, click here for an instruction guide.

ALSO – Any donations you wish to be credited to 2018 need to be in the office by Friday, December 28!