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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.

 

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.

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; most of us have taken it and have found it to be spot on! We love it so much we decided to build a campaign around it, because we are all MADE FOR MORE! 

With all this being said, we have entered into phase one of our Made for More Campaign: “Ask ME about my gifts.” You have probably seen some of the staff wearing pins on their lanyards or shirts. Don’t be shy – ask us what our gifts are! We are happy to tell you what the Lord has given us and how we use those gifts to serve others. We can also tell you what avenues we probably shouldn’t be pursuing (for example, there’s only a select few of us who are musically inclined!)

Be sure to watch out for phase two, which will be coming out in February, where we will give YOU the opportunity to take the inventory and find out what your gifts are!

In the meantime, check out our videos!

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.

 

Travel & Activities with the Fellowship Commission

Thursday, February 21 – Imported from Detroit: Mystery Fine Dining

Cost is $68 per person. We will meet at SMOTH at 5:00 PM for pick-up.

The tour includes: Roundtrip Motor Coach, complimentary appetizers, 5 course meal and entertainment at a mystery restaurant.

Enjoy a Motor City influenced craft cocktails, beer and wine at the cash bar!

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

Monday, March 4 – Paczki, Pierogi, & Hussars

Cost is $68 per person. We will meet at SMOTH for pick-up, exact time is TBD.

Tour includes: Roundtrip Motor Coach, Lunch, goodie bag and surprises! Visit two historical Polish churches, the Polish Art Center and bakeries. Enjoy a bountiful lunch and an appearance of the Hussars! There will also be dancing and a tour of Hamtramck.

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

April 8-9 – A Lenten Reflection: Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John, Indiana

Cost is $250 per person based on double occupancy. Call for a single supplement rate. The registration deadline for this event is March 25.

Pick-up is in Royal Oak at 7:00 AM, drop off the next day at 5:30 PM.

This tour includes: Roundtrip Motor Coach, lunch, overnight stay, breakfast, snacks, and goodie bag. Daily rosary is said on the bus. We will visit the Ark of the Covenant Room at St. Catherine of Sienna in Portage, MI, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart Museum at Notre Dame, and the Shrine of Christ’s Passion.

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

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

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.

Christian Classics Book Club

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

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.