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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 

mjoyce7@yahoo.com

(586)596-0302

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 (chrisk@smoth.org 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.

Summer Peace Camp for Kingdom Kids

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 8. The families are part of the 5 parish effort to accompany refugees in their first months in a new country. Click below to register your child!

We need volunteers to make this work! If you would like to volunteer, click below!

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.

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 www.travelwithnance.com 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.

Easter Vigil

This year our Easter Vigil will take place on April 20 at 8:00 PM. There will be a reception directly following the Mass and will end at 11:30 PM. If you are interested in volunteering to help our Hospitality Ministry with this event, please click here.