St. Mary Roman Catholic Church at 210 West Main Street, Manchester, MI 48158 US - In the Parish: News and Events
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News in the Parish
August 30-Sept. 7, 2014
Exposition and Adoration
On First Friday: Fri., Sept. 5 come spend time with Jesus from 9:00 am until Benediction on Sat., Sept. 6 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 and our prayers for our pastor, 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!
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.
Religious Ed Reminders
The Religious Ed. program and St. Mary Youth Group will officially start the year off with Holy Mass on Sun, Sept 7. Fr. Bosco will celebrate this “Inaugural Mass for the Religious Ed. Program” at St. Mary. Our youth will serve at this Mass as altar servers, ushers and greeters, readers, and offertory gift-bearers.
Also on Sun, Sept. 7 a “Parent & Confirmation Candidate meeting” with catechist and DRE is scheduled at 5:15 pm in the Parish Center for any parents to attend with their son or daughter who anticipate receiving the sacrament of Confirmation in 2015.
Immediately following on Sunday evening, from 6:00–7:30 pm, we will kick off the Youth Group program with a Pizza Party and Games. We hope to see all of the St. Mary Youth from 7th through 12th grades there for the start of a great year.
The following evening, Mon, Sept. 8, from 6:15–7:30 pm, classes for grades 1st through 6th will begin at the Parish Center.
A preparatory meeting for all parents anticipating reception of the sacraments of First Holy Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for their children in the 2nd grade will take place at 7:00 pm at the Parish Center on Tues, Sept 16. Fr. Bosco, Mrs. Kelly Flaherty, and I will be there to meet parents and answer any questions about preparation of their children for reception of these sacraments.
On Sun Sept. 21 from 6:00–7:15 p.m. the first preparatory session for 2nd graders planning to make their First Communion in the Spring will take place. —Benjamin Dahl, DRE
From Bishop Boyea: A Plea for Mercy
“Sr. Attracta Kelly, OP, Prioress of the Adrian Dominicans called me this week to inform me about the state of the Iraqi Dominican Sisters who have been evicted along with many relatives from the Islamist State and are basically living on the streets in the Kurdish area. It occurs to me that it might be good to take up a voluntary collection to assist the work being done by these women.” In accordance, St. Mary’s will have a special collection the weekend of September 6-7 with the proceeds to be sent to Sister Attracta for her disbursal to the needs in Iraq. Please make your check payable to St. Mary’s and put it in a plain envelope marked “Iraq Relief” and note this also on the memo line of your check. The parish will then send a single check to the Diocese who will forward it to Iraq. Bishop Boyea states this is an opportunity “to show solidarity with our Catholic sisters and brothers there.”
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) begins on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Parish Center. If you know anyone who would like to join the Catholic Church or who needs to complete the sacraments of initiation (Eucharist or Confirmation), please phone Dcn. Dennis at 734-761-3163 or you may email Dcn Dennis at email@example.com.
Our Monthly Parish Bible Study
Bible Study will meet on Mon, Sept. 8, at 7:15 pm in the Fr. Fisher Hall. We will study Chapter 28 of Matthew's gospel, the resurrection of Jesus. All are welcome, even if you've never attended before!
*** The parish office will be closed on Mon, Sept. 1 for the Labor Day holiday. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday.
*** This coming weekend, Sept 6/7, the children of the parish are encouraged to bring with them to Mass a canned good or other non-perishable item to bring up at the offertroy to be given to those less fortunate in our community.
*** A parish representative is still needed for the Washtenaw Catholic Council on Aging. Please contact the parish office for more information.
*** Diocesan Senior Recognition Mass and Luncheon this year will be Thurs, Sept. 18 at St Andrew in Saline. The event begins with Mass at 11:00 am celebrated by Fr. Francis Mossholder with lunch following. Suggested donation of $10 is greatly appreciated. For reservation, contact Dianne Schwab at 734-428-8976 by Sept. 5.
Religious Ed. Enrollment
Enrollment forms for the St. Mary Religious Ed. program are now available in the church vestibule and on the parish website: www.stmarymanchester.catholicweb.com. Please sign your child up for Religious Ed. grades 1st-12th by filling out this form and returning it to the Parish office or the Religious Ed. office no later than September 5. Thank you!
—Benjamin Dahl, DRE
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
Serving at Holy Mass:
Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, and Ushers: If there are any times October or November that you cannot serve, please call the schedule coordinator, Marja Warner, at 428-9506 no later than Sun, August 31 to let her know. Thank You.
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: http://stmarymanchester.catholicweb.com/
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 www.meijer.com/rewards.
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