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St. Mary Roman Catholic Church at 210 West Main Street, Manchester, MI 48158 US - In the Parish: News and Events

In the Parish: News and Events

 

News in the Parish
July 19-27, 2014


Time Changes for Confession and Weekday Masses
*** There is change in the regularly scheduled time for the Sacrament of Confession on Saturday afternoons: The new time for this sacrament of healing and mercy will be from 3:30-4:30 pm.
*** Also, a reminder that the Weekday Mass Schedule has been changed: There is now Mass on Mondays at 12:10 pm. Also, the Tuesday and Thursday Masses have been moved to 8:30 am. (Mass times on Wednesday and Friday remain the same, i.e. 8:30 am.)

A wonderful opportunity…
We will be holding an American Heritage Girls Information Session and registration event on Sat, July 26 at 1:00 pm at the Parish Center. Bring your daughters and come find out more about American Heritage Girls! We will be registering at this event for the 2014–2015 program year. Please contact Marie Skrobola by email at (mffox@umich.edu) or Amy Parrish by email at (kaparrish87@frontier.com) for more information.

Special Announcements
*** The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) will begin in early September. During the summer, Dcn. Dennis holds Inquiry classes, which are scheduled depending on need. If you know of anyone who is interested in learning about the Catholic Church, joining the Church, or who needs to be confirmed as an adult, please contact Dcn. Dennis (734-761-3163 ) or the parish office.

*** We would like to provide Holy Eucharist on a more regular basis to parishioners who are sick or home-bound. If you would like to be trained to bring Eucharist to the Sick, please contact the parish office.

*** You may remember an article in the latest parish newsletter about forming Small Sharing Groups, an approach to renewed parish life that the bishop wishes to implement in each parish. On Mon, August 18, Craig Pohl of the diocesan Office of Evangelization will meet with us to explain the bishop’s vision for what these groups are like, how to form them, and how to use the “Lifetime Discipleship Plan” as a tool for group meetings. We will begin the formation of these groups at that meeting. Please save this important date on your calendars. More information later.

Rummage Sale News and Correct Sign-up Dates
     Please note that the dates for signing up to help at our annual Rummage Sale have changed from what was posted in a previous bulletin: Sign up sheets will be available after all Masses
                    next weekend, July 26/27, and the following weekend, August 2/3.
     Please come prepared to sign up and offer your help for this large fundraising project!
We realize that many of you have just volunteered your time to help with the Ice Cream Social, but won’t you please consider donating some time to the Rummage Sale as well? We have MANY slots to fill, with accepting and sorting items, pricing, working at the sale, and boxing up items afterward. Please call Jill Bondy (734) 904-4179 or Amy Parrish (517) 522-4151 if you have any questions, or to volunteer.
     We will begin accepting items for the sale in less than two weeks!
ITEMS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 10.
Drop off times:
          *** Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-noon and 5:30-7:30 pm.
          *** Saturday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm
          *** Sunday from 9:45 am-1:00 pm
The actual Rummage Sale runs from Thursday, August 14 through Saturday, August 16…so spread the word to your family and friends!
     NOTE: Please make sure your items are CLEAN when you bring them; this greatly helps in the amount if time preparing for the sale!
     Thank you in advance for your generosity of donated items, and in volunteering to help with this important fundraising event!
                         —Jill Bondy and Amy Parrish, co-chairs

Keep In Mind…
     * Parish representative needed for the Washtenaw Catholic Council on Aging. For more info, contact Becky Hiser at Catholic Social Services: 734-712-5730 or rhiser@csswashtenaw.org
     * Adorers are still needed: for several regular time slots each month, as substitutes, and for emergency service should bad weather prevent someone at the last minute from being able to come. Please consider the graces awaiting you. Please call either Pete Nashif at 734-428-1836 or the parish office at 734-428-8811.   ?

Envelopes during summer
Summertime promises many blessings, especially if we are able to take some time away from our regular work routine to relax and enjoy family and friends as we vacation. Just a reminder that your regular envelope contributions can be made by mailing your weekly envelope to the parish office (there is even a white, addressed envelope in your envelope packet). Also, many people who do internet banking find it convenient to have their bank send their contribution check to the parish. Just enter the parish name and address and schedule the payment the same way you would your phone, cable, or other bills.

Updating phone numbers
Our parish membership list is in need of updating. Although we have a system for keeping the mailing addresses up-to-date, phone numbers are another matter because many have dropped their land lines in favor of cell phones. If you have done this or changed your phone number for any reason, please contact the parish office to let us know your new number. Who knows. Fr. Bosco may want to give you a call, just to say, "Hi!" Thank you.

Hurrah! Catholic Radio!
Fellow parishioner Doug Shumard invites us all: "Circle your calendar now to save the evening of Thurs, August 7 to join us in celebration. We are planning a gathering with Bishop Boyea to celebrate Catholic Radio coming to Jackson. We look forward to seeing you Thursday August 7th. Details of the event well follow shortly."

#17 Marriage Mentoring Minutes: Sanctification
     “Work out your salvation in fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12). This scripture quote is ignored by those who think salvation is a onetime decision. St. Paul knew that living the life Jesus taught is hard work, hence, this quote. Our toxic culture presents marriage as a fun adventure with a fun partner. The idea that marriage is for sanctification is a foreign concept. As married Catholics, our vocation calls us to sanctification in which we will need to work out our salvation in our marriage with fear and trembling. Sacrificial love of God, spouse and family is how we work out salvation; it is our mission field.
     All sacraments, except marriage, are between Christ and the individual. Marriage, however, is the binding of two very different people together with Christ. Two personalities with separate ideas on everything are asked to grow together in sacrificial love. The sacrament of marriage is not lived in the peace and quiet of a church or monastery, but in the world with every distraction and attack the world, the flesh and the devil can use against it. Catholic couples must avail themselves of constant prayer and frequent sacraments, asking Jesus in the sacrament of reconciliation for the grace to love their spouse more, to let go of their own personality flaws and to heal all that is divisive in their relationship.
     Share this with your spouse. Have you given your salvation any thought? Can each of you think of one thing you can do to grow closer to God and one thing you can do to grow closer to each other? This week, each of you put into practice one new idea to grow in love ..

The complete 52 weeks of Marriage Mentoring Minutes is in book form and can be ordered through the parish or by calling 602-743-4303.

The blessings of our parish
If you attend Mass here at St. Mary’s, it is important that you register with the parish. It is part of our Catholic life to be connected to a parish. Just give the parish office a call; registration can be done on the phone. Registering means that your family’s sacramental history is in the care of a priest, and that the parish is able to serve those who are attending. Please don’t neglect this important step. Call the parish office at 428-8811.

“The “Poor Box”
Perhaps you’ve noticed it: the little wooden box on the wall above the holy water font in the main vestibule. “Poor Box” it says on it. Each week, the coins and dollars dropped in this box are collected and put in a special fund. The priest then has available to him discretionary funds to use at any moment to help someone in the parish experiencing an emergency, unexpected crisis, or serious need. This has been a great blessing to a number of people. Thanks to those, young and old, who have dropped coins in the Poor Box. While the amounts are typically humble each week, occasionally there is great generosity. Thanks be to God! Sometimes our eyes become so accustomed to something that they no longer see it. But take a look. The simple wooden box is there. And what you put in it may be an answer to someone else’s prayer!

Baptism preparation classes
A reminder that if you are expecting a baby, you can arrange to attend the Baptism Preparation Class anytime before the baby is born. You will most likely find this easier than after the little one is born, and it will also mean everything will be ready for a baptism as soon as possible after birth! Please call the parish office to make arrangements. Note: All parents must take the class to be updated in their preparation.

Collection Counter Needed
We are looking for another individual who might be willing to help count Sunday collections – either as an occasional substitute or as a “regular,” once every five weeks. If you think you might be able to serve in this way, please call the parish office at 428-8811.

Mass intentions & Sanctuary Lamps
     Our parish Mass book is filling up quickly. To have a Mass offered for a loved one is a great blessing, and many are anxious to take part in this. But please remember that if the Mass is already “taken” for the date you want, you can request a Sanctuary Lamp.
     You recall the Sanctuary Lamps are the special candles which burn in every Roman Catholic Church to remind us of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, present in the Tabernacle on the Altar. Here at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church we add our prayer intentions to the light of the candle and bring them to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. The prayer intentions for the Sanctuary Lamps are for one week, from Saturday to Saturday. They are published in the bulletin as well as on the card in the main vestibule to encourage all who come to pray to remember and pray for this special intention. Cards to send are also available.
     Like a Mass intention, you can contact the parish office to schedule a Sanctuary Lamp prayer intention. The customary donation is $12.

Can you be a sub for Eucharistic Adoration?
During First Friday Exposition and Adoration, there must be two adorers present at every moment of the 23-hours. Right now all the commitments are made, but there is always a need for substitutes. Can you offer your name as a sub? If so, please call Pete Nashif (428-1836) or the parish office.

If you shop at Meijers.
Please consider getting a “Meijer Guest Card” and designating our parish # 670279 to receive a donation from Meijers worth ½-1% of your monthly purchase totals made by cash, debit card, or Meijer credit card (MasterCard or store-card). This is a simple way to make have Meijers designate funds for St. Mary’s when they are donating to community organizations. To enroll, either get an application from Meijer stores or go online at www.meijer.com/rewards.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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