Catechist Formation – August 23

On August 23, 2018, Peggy Casing, Nancy Clancy and other experienced facilitators will be presenting, and facilitating discussion on, four different topics. These sessions will be held in the multi-purpose room at St. Andrew Church in Rochester.  These are great topics that anyone can enjoy, but please know that they fulfill the requirements for the topics needed for catechist (teacher) certification with the diocese.  One night only!  No studying needed!  $8.00 per topic, prior to August 15, 2018, or $11.00 each at the door. St. Mary’s will pay the fee for all catechist/facilitators here at SMOTH. Call Peggy Casing by 8/21/18 to register. Sorry, no “walk ins” or late reservations can be made. The offerings are:

From 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM: (choose one)
Topic A: Exploring and Using Sacred Scripture – a great introduction on how to read the bible. or
Topic 10: Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist

From 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM: Dinner Break (Light meal provided by St. Andrew Parish)

From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: (choose one)
Enrichment: Creative Methods for Classroom Management and Discipline, or
Topic 15: Mary: First Disciple and Model for Catholic Christians

Formation Registration and Info

Register Now for Fall Religious Education Classes

GIFT Registration – Are you looking for a religious education program that is exciting and motivating for your child? Do you want to be more involved in your child’s faith formation? Then the GIFT program might be a great fit for you! We are accepting registrations for Fall 2018 for kids in grades K-5. Early bird pricing ends August 15th. GIFT will begin in September.

Middle School ProgramCalling all sixth graders! We are accepting registration for the next school for students in grades 6-8. If you were in our program this year, you will not need to register again. Early bird pricing ends August 15th.  MSP begins in September.

Registration is also taking place for sacrament preparation for First Eucharist, First Reconciliation and Confirmation.

More info and Registration Forms

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.

SOS Week – August 12 – 19

SOS week takes place Sunday, August 12 through Sunday, August 19. Signup genius has multiple volunteer positions available—we need about 200+ volunteers to make our hospitality week successful! If you cannot donate your time, please consider donating an item or two.

There are separate signup genius sections for donations and volunteers. Thanks in advance for your generosity!    Donna Kopinski

Sign-up to Volunteer or Donate Items

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.

Eucharistic Adoration August 2

Contemplate the Eucharist with ‘the eyes of the Spirit’ and come to know Our Savior in the Blessed Sacrament as the divine Son of God and believe in his presence on the altar. Faith and love enable us to recognize the whole Lord — body, blood, soul, and divinity — physically and spiritually present under the appearances of bread and wine. Bishop Barron remarked,  “ None of this is based on any evidence. It’s based solely on faith in the Person who makes the promise.” So come to Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration and give evidence of your faith in His promise and know what depths of love are in the adorable Eucharist Thursday August 2, following the 9:00 AM Mass and ending with benediction at 5:55 PM.

Bible Studies Coming in September

On Tuesday nights, at 7:00 PM, beginning September 11, 2018, we’ll  start a new, seven week, study called “Fulfilled: Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism.” This video based study features some home preparation, a 30 minute video each week, and small group discussion. It is a great study for anyone, whether a veteran or new bible reader!  If you’d like more information, or would like to preview Lesson One online, you can go online to, and look under “studies” for “Fulfilled.”  Please call Peggy to register and obtain your books.

Our second study will take 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 12, 2018.

Our third study meets on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3:00 PM. With an emphasis on applying scripture to our lives, it is a lovely way of getting to know the bible and deepen your faith along the way! 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.  We start on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 with an introduction of “Fun, Fascinating, and Functional Bible Facts,” and follow that with “Paul: Pastoring God’s People,” on September 19, 2018.  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.

How You Can #BeTheDifference in July

Summer is a great time to focus in on your self-care routine. Getting outside, shopping for fresh fruits and veggies at the farmers market and listening to upbeat summer tunes are all wonderful ways to take care of yourself during the warmer months!

For #BeTheDifference in July, we’ll be talking about ways to practice self-care so you can stay well this summer.

Here’s how you can #BeTheDifference this month:

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.