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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
Sept. 27-Oct. 5, 2014

Exposition and Adoration
On First Friday, Fri., Oct. 4, come spend time with Jesus from 9:00 am until Benediction on Sat., Oct. 5 at 8:15 am as He, in the holy monstrance, awaits our visit – All day and all night! Also there will be the opportunity for Confession on First Friday evening between 8:00-9:00 pm. First Saturday Mass will follow Solemn Benediction, beginning at 8:30 am. In addition to our own prayer intentions, this month we will ask God to hear our prayers for this special intention: For Vocations to the Holy Priesthood in the Diocese of Lansing. Come spend time with Jesus!

October: Praying the Most Holy Rosary
Once again this October, the “month of the Rosary,” we are encouraged to arrive for weekend Mass one-half hour early to pray together the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each weekend we will have a particular intention. The first weekend, next weekend Oct. 4/5, the intention will be: For an end to terrorist violence throughout the world. Please mark your calendars and join your parish family for the praying of the Most Holy Rosary

Blessing of Pets
Our parish American Heritage Girls troop has asked Fr. Bosco to hold a “Blessing of the Pets” on St. Francis’ feast day, next Sat. Oct. 4. The event will take place at 1:00 pm in front of the church. This is part of the girls’ work for their “Pet Care” badge, but the entire parish is invited to join us!

Communion Services this Week
Please note: Fr. Bosco will be away this coming Monday through Thursday, joining with other priests from the Diocese at their annual Emmaus Convocation with Bishop Boyea. And so instead of Mass on those days, Deacon Dennis will lead a Communion Service at the usual Mass times.

Our Support is Sought and Needed!
***  This weekend is the annual “American Evangelization Appeal” (AEA). This special Diocesan appeal helps to fund various evangelization efforts, including Faith magazine. Please use the envelopes in your packet or the one from the bulletin. Or use a plain envelope marked “AEA.”
***  Please keep in mind the collection box in the vestibule for you to drop off Canned Goods and Non-Perishable Items that the parish will then donate to Catholic Charity’s Food Pantry and the Manchester Community Resource Center. We are blessed to have enough to share with those in need.
***  Donations will still be accepted for last weekend's Mission Appeal ("Hands Together") as well as the support for the Persecuted Iraqi Christians. Please be sure to plainly indicate on the memo line of your check and on the envelope what your donation is for.

To the Ladies of the Parish:
The Third Annual Diocese of Lansing Catholic Women's Conference will be held Sat, Oct. 25 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm at the Best Western Plus in Lansing. It is entitled: "Jesus is Calling: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). The day includes speakers (ValLimar Jansen, Dr. Mary Healy, and Matthew Leonard), Mass celebrated by Bishop Boyea, dramatic presentations, praise and worship music, Adoration chapel, reconciliation, prayer teams, shopping. Visit for all the details, including info about the "Friday Fun Night"!
         P.S. Know someone who’s hard a tough year?
         Let them know: Jesus is Calling!

Banns of Marriage
I. Seth Johnson Goodell & Laura Beth Selecki
October 17, 2014

Won’t You Help?
***  Parish Representative is still needed for the Washtenaw Catholic Council on Aging. Call the parish office for info.

Notice Regarding Cemetery Decorations
The Cemetery Board asks all parishioners to remember: It’s that time of the year again! Kindly remove all decorations on graves at St. Mary Cemetery by October 15 for Fall Cleanup. Items remaining after that date will be discarded. Winter grave decorations may be placed on graves after Nov. 15. Thank you.

Adorers still sought
Permanent adorers are sought for First Friday Exposition and Adoration:
First Friday Morning & Afternoon:
       • 9:00-9:30 am
       • 11:00 am-noon
       • 12:30-1:30 pm
       • 4:00-5:00 pm
       • 5:30-6:30 pm
And in the Middle of the Night (early Saturday morning) from
       • 2:00-3:00 am.
SUBS also needed. Please consider the graces awaiting you. Please call either Pete Nashif at 734-428-1836 or the parish office at 734-428-8811.

Thursday Chaplet Prayer Group: Join us!
Each Thursday at 3:00 pm
(the Hour of Mercy), a small group of parishioners gathers in the church and begin praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the short and powerful prayer given by St. Faustina by which we may offers our prayers for specific intentions and for “the whole world.” Please join us each Thursday at 3:00 pm in the church as we intercede for our loved ones, our priests and bishops, and the whole world. This will be the best 15 minutes you can spend.

Collection Counters Needed
     We are looking for volunteers who might be willing to help count the Sunday and/or Holy Day collections – either as an occasional substitute or as a regular team member. Counting takes place on Monday mornings, and teams usually count once every five weeks. If you think you might be able to serve the parish in this way, please call the parish office at 428-8811.
     And on behalf of St. Mary, I would like to thank Guy and Anneliese Little and Suzanne Schweizer for their many years of service as collection counters and wish them many blessings as they move on to new adventures.              —Anne

Fr. Bosco’s Homilies Online
Please visit the parish website  to read a copy of Fr. Bosco's homily. Each weekend, the homily will be posted on Saturday morning:

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.

#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



































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