SOS Volunteer Signup, Sunday August 11 through Sunday August 18

This weekend begins the online volunteer signup for SOS week which takes place August 11th  through August 18th.  Please consider helping us with this important service to welcome and provide shelter for our homeless guests. 

We Need Your Help!

Please click below to go to the Sign Up Genius listing for all open volunteer and donation positions! Thank you so much for your support.
Each team will have a captain that will be able to assist you if you are new to any of these volunteer jobs.  If you have specific questions, please go to to contact the captains of any of the above team or to sign up online.  If you do not have access to a computer, please call the church office at 248-853-5390 to have someone sign you up.  General questions about the week can be directed to

Made for More Campaign

Curious about our newly launched Made for More campaign? Here is some info!

We all have spiritual gifts from the Lord. Some of us may know exactly what our gifts and talents are, others may have a general idea, and some people may have no clue. As part of our baptism as Catholics, we have a calling to discern what our gifts are and use them in service of others.

One of our staff members was vacationing in Texas and went to St. Austin Church. There she found a wonderful Spiritual Gifts Inventory that calculates what your gifts are based on various questions. She brought it back to the rest of the staff. We love it so much we decided to build a campaign around it, because we are all MADE FOR MORE! 

All our staff members took this survey and were able to find our spiritual gifts, NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! Click here to take the inventory.

You can also watch our Made for More videos HERE, where parishioners and staff discuss their spiritual gifts.

Summer Peace Camp for Kingdom Kids

Announcement: Registration is now closed. Thank you for making this event such a success!

Thursdays, July and August

Each week there will be songs organized by the St. Mary's Music Department.

Activities and Crafts related to the Beatitudes and stories of different peacemakers / non-violent followers of Jesus like Blessed Solanus Casey, St. Francis of Assisi, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Martin Luther King, Jr. and more. The activities will relate to Spiritual Gifts, Catholic Social Teaching, and Works of Mercy in age appropriate and engaging ways. There will also be Family Suggestions.

We will invite some of the Children from Tanzania to Peace Camp on August 1. The families are part of the 5 parish effort to accompany refugees in their first months in a new country.

Ice Cream Social With Grovecrest Senior Care

Please Volunteer

St. Mary of the Hills Christian Service

Grovecrest Senior Care

Grovecrest is home to approximately 45 Seniors. Most are low income with little family visits and mild mental difficulties. St. Mary's is visiting every other month with a food-related event.  Twice a month Heather and friends provide fun and activities on alternating Tuesdays and Fridays. July is an Ice Cream Social theme. The residents build their own Sundae or enjoy a root beer float. The children serve as waiters: take and deliver orders. Children, ages 8 and up, with an adult are most welcome. Before heading home, we circle up to pray and ask the Holy Spirit for a word of wisdom. If you would like to carpool from St. Mary's please indicate in the comment section.  Depart at Noon.  For more information contact Betty at or Christian Service at 248-243-0258.

Nightfire 2019

During The June 26 Fireworks, Festival of the Hills

Nightfire is an initiative which grew out of World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. Volunteers pray, welcome visitors, and go out and invite people to encounter Christ at St. Mary’s following the fireworks display. Nightfire combines Adoration, Confession time, prayer time, beautiful music and an opportunity to bring people into our church!

St. Mary’s will host Nightfire 7-11:30pm.

We are in need of volunteers for the following –

5pm – St. Mary’s tent at Borden Park

7pm – Dinner in gym at St. Mary of the Hills

8pm – Set up for Nightfire in church

9pm – Holy Mass in Chapel

10pm – View fireworks from church

10:30pm – 11:30pm Greet guests returning from Fireworks; invite guests to share in Nightfire inside the church and light a candle

11:30 - 12am Cleanup

To sign up to volunteer for this event or for questions please contact:

Mark Joyce


SAW 2019 – We Need Volunteers!

SAW 2019

SAW is still in need of additional adult support. This year we don’t have the blessing of week long chaperones, so all of the various roles that these amazing adults have historically filled are in need of filling. Please consider helping with overnight duty or being a site supervisor.  Reach out to Chris Kozlowski ( or 248-821-8686) ASAP if this is a possibility for you!  We know most people can’t help for an entire week, but if you can help for one night or one day please sign up. As of the writing of this post, this is a need to make the program a success for 2019.

Travel & Activities with the Fellowship Commission

Thursday, May 23 – Gold, Diamonds & DuMouchelle’s 

Cost is $68 per person. Morning pick up at SMOTH, exact time is TBD.

Tour includes: Roundtrip Motor Coach, lunch, goodie bag and surprises! Visit pawn shops, tour and presentation at DuMouchelle’s – the premier art auction house in Detroit, visit an upscale coin dealer and meet the Gold family from the TV Show. You will enjoy a delicious lunch.

Presented by Step On Bus Tours, registration available by clicking the link.

October 6-12 – Cape Cod: Boston, Provincetown, Concord

Cost is $949 per person, double. $1315, single.

Includes: Fully equipped Motor Coach with restroom and reclining seats, 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 1 lunch, 4 consecutive nights on Cape Cod, services of a professional tour director and local guides. Citizenship ID required for this trip: passport, passport card, or enhanced driver’s license. Check out the website below for all the activities included with this trip!

Registration at or flyers available in the office. $100 deposit required with registration. This is a popular trip and fills up fast!

Christian Classics Book Club

The focus of CCBC is to read books that convey the complexities of spirituality, morality, or other aspects of living. Some of the books we have read would be considered “classics,” but most are contemporary
books about interesting characters–whether they are real people (biographies/autobiographies) or merely fictional! As such, I
recommend that you take this opportunity to pick up a copy of
our next book.

Our next book is Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by
Jamie Ford. This historical fiction novel features a bit of romance, but also a look at the internment of Japanese Americans
during WWII and all of the ramifications of being an Asian American in that period of history. Read the book over the summer
and join us at 7:45 PM on September 16 for a lively discussion.
Feel free to contact me for further information.

Our full reading list (past and present) is available on the St. Mary's Website!

Peggy Casing, MAPS, MC—Director of Formation
Email Peggy Casing or call (248) 243-0251.