Reverse Mass Mob November 4

On Sunday, November 4 we will welcome  Fr. Vic Clore and parishioners from Trinity Vicariate to St. Mary's.  They are our Neighbors from Christ the King, St. Suzanne / Our Lady Gate of Heaven. Please roll out the welcome mat and lend a hand to greet and meet at the 11:00 Mass; mix and mingle at coffee and donuts; engage in a facilitated conversation around Race with Sr. Cheryl Liske, OP, Executive Director from Gamaliel of Michigan and explore action steps. November is Black Catholic History Month in the United States and over the last year Bishop Vigneron has been speaking out.  You may want to visit the Archdiocesan website for Black Catholic Ministries.  Last Spring St. Mary's embarked on a Racial Reconciliation Series with plans to continue after the Reverse Mass Mob - Bridging the Gap.  Ask Fr. Stan, Lori Irwin or contact Sr. Grace Keane at 248-243-0258 for more information. Click here to sign up!

Date: 11/04/2018 (Sun.)
Time: 11:00am - 1:20pm EDT
Location: St. Mary of the Hills Church & Gym
Goals of the Reverse Mass Mob:
1. Intentionally connect City and Suburban congregational members in a brief relationship building conversation on Race.
2. Explore the regional structures that keep us isolated from each other.

3. Experience “Catholicism” in its beautiful diversity; and Build Relationships.

Euchre Tournament

Saturday, November 17

Doors open at 5:30 PM (After 4:00 Mass)

Play starts promptly at 6:00 and goes until 9:00 PM

$10 / person includes pizza, salad, soft drinks, dessert, & prizes. You can pay at the door.

There will be a table just for people who want to learn how to play Euchre, 25 cent Euchres, CASH PRIZE!

This event is hosted by St. Mary of the Hills Fellowship Committee


Fall Outreach Opportunities

October 1-6 - Life Remodeled

The location is not too far from Sacred Heart Seminary. Several Parishioners participated last year.  If you want to organize a group from St. Mary's contact Sr. Grace with a first and second choice of time and day. Otherwise go directly to LR website above and sign up.

October 3 - Pray Together

As the global Christian community, we share not only suffering, but the gift of prayer, which gives us hope. St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day is October 4. Patron Saint of Ecology. Join the online Prayer Pilgrimage for Care of Creation.

October 20 - Mercy in Action Day

Mercy in Action Day is a collaboration with Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan and Parish Christian Service Departments in every vicariate in the Archdiocese of Detroit. You are invited to support the Mercy in Action projects in prayer, in advocacy, and or in action.  See offerings on Sign Up Genius on the link above.

October 21 - Scare Away Hunger Walk

The Rochester Area Neighborhood House is celebrating its 50th year. Check out the Walk on Sunday, October 21 at Rochester College. If you participate, please take pictures and send them to the parish social media email.

October 25 - Informational Meeting with the Samaritas 

The Mamous Family from Syria is moving from Warren to near Dearborn on Oct. 4. Please continue to accompany them in your prayers as they continue their transition to life in the US. The family is very grateful to Christ the Redeemer, St. Irenaeus, St. John Fisher, St. Joseph and St. Mary of the Hills. Together this church collaborative has added miles to individual cars for transportation to doctors, ESL, markets, schools, social events and far more. We continue to partner with Samaritas. A new family from the Democratic Republic of the Congo arrived September 13. Samaritas is currently looking for housing for this family of 8.

October 27/28 - St. Vincent dePaul Pod will be in the parking lot

Please contact Sister Grace for questions or concerns.

Preparing to Vote

September 30

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Christ Our Light Church, 3077 Glouchester Dr. Troy, MI

Open to the public, light refreshments will be served.

New technologies have given us new ways of communicating and understanding the world. But they have also made it more difficult to separate fact from fiction. The public is invited to a free presentation and discussion about how to identify fake news that may impact your views on voting, law enforcement, journalism, politics and religion:

Q & A will follow presentations by panelists:

  • Alan Epstein: Oakland University political science faculty, comparative and global politics; previous director OU religious studies program.
  • Garry Gilbert: Director, journalist programs at Oakland University; 30 year veteran reporter, editor, director in print, radio & online journalism
  • Sgt. Meghan Broderick Lehman: Public information officer, social media manager, and community services supervisor, Troy Police Department. Previous experience in corporate communications.
  • Mansoor Qureshi, M.D: Cardiologist, president, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Michigan Chapter; featured speaker interfaith and community events and media relations.

To register to vote at the forum: Bring a driver’s license or personal ID, photo copy of either, or photocopy of paycheck stub, utility bill or document that lists both your name and address.

For more information, call (248) 689 – 3294Pan or look on Facebook at @SOVJusticeandPeace. Or, here is the event page.

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, 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, 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.

Register for Divorce Support Group

Beginning September 20, Karen Evangelista and Terri Hemphill will be leading the Divorce Support Group here at St. Mary of the Hills. This effective and supportive group will meet every Thursday night from 7:00-8:30 PM in St. Andrew Classroom.

The intention of this group is to bring hope and healing to those men and women who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. Surviving Divorce features 14 video presentations that cover topics such as shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage.

This program is for the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. It will help them find answers to their questions, restore their hope, and begin authentic healing.

Surviving Divorce will help you:

  • Work through the emotional upheaval of separation and divorce.
  • Find personal healing and hope.
  • Discover a deeper understanding of God’s love for you.
  • Gain wisdom and comfort from experts and others who share your experiences.
  • Navigate new concerns like custody, dating, annulment, and finances.

Questions? Contact:

Karen Evangelista or 248-760-9083

Terri Hemphill or 248-219-0842

Fill out this form to register:

Begins Thursday, September 20

Please complete this Registration Form if interested in attending.





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.

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
7/31—8/4 2PM – 9PM
10 AM – 5 PM
8/7—8/11 2PM – 9PM
10 AM – 5 PM
8/28—9/1 2PM – 9PM
10 AM – 5 PM
9/4—9/8 2PM – 9PM
10 AM – 5 PM

Schedule your appointment at LifeTouch or after Mass in the gym with one of our volunteers. Please use the “New User” button and create a new account for the 2018 Directory.

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:
  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.