Nightfever – June 27

Evangelization Events Coming to St. Mary of the Hills for the Rochester Hills Fireworks
During and after the Rochester Hills fireworks on June 27, St. Mary’s will be hosting two important events which touch the public and invite them to communion with Jesus.

The first is a booth at Borden Park, manned jointly 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.


The second is “Nightfever,” 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.

You can help in three ways:  Contact the parish office to volunteer for either of these events, pray for their success, and invite your friends and neighbors.

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Eucharistic Adoration – May 3

During this Easter season shouldn’t we pause to realize what happened and is still happening?  The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is just as strange, incredible, and otherworldly as His miraculous appearances on Resurrection Day.  In Scripture­ we see the apostles struggle to understand the unthinkable wonder of Jesus making Himself present in their midst and in the Bread and Wine of communion. Today, at every Mass we too experience this mystery of faith with a spirit of awe, love and worship. To prolong and contemplate this profound mystery take time to come to Eucharist Adoration on Thursday, May 3 following the 9:00 AM Mass and ending with Benediction at 5:55 PM.

Christian Classics Book Club

If you think that you’d like to participate in a book club that features books with a moral, or deeper meaning, especially if that book club meets for one, meaningful conversation about the entire book, we have the group for you!

Our next book is, With God in Russia: The Inspiring Classic Account of a Catholic Priest’s Twenty-three Years in Soviet Prisons and Labor Camps, by Walter J. Ciszek, S.J., and Daniel L. Flaherty, S.J. Join us on May 21, 2018, at 7:45 PM, for a discussion with a great group of readers! For more information contact Peggy Casing or (248) 243-0251

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 for a chance to be featured on the blog.

Surviving Divorce – Journey of Hope

St. Mary of the Hills and Ascension Press present…
Surviving Divorce
For Men and Women Seeking Hope and Healing
Karen Evangelista and Terri Hemphill, Facilitators
Thursday Evenings 7:00 to 8:30 PM
in the St. Andrew Classroom

Begins Thursday, September 14

St. Mary of the Hills Catholic Church is pleased to announce that we are offering this highly-effective program that will bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. Surviving Divorce features fourteen 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. Is a friend or anyone in your family divorced? Please send them a copy of this email or invite them to the fourteen-week Surviving Divorce program.

Begins Thursday, September 14

Please complete this Registration Form if interested in attending.

Best phone number to be reached at:
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Number of Years Married:
Number of children and their ages:
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