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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. 13-21, 2014

"Hands Together”
     Next weekend our parish participates in the diocesan Mission Cooperative Plan, and we welcome Mark Curnette who helps the missions in Haiti. The Missionary Cooperative Plan assigns a mission group to every parish to speak about the work of the Church in other parts of the world and to remind us that the Church is fundamentally a Mission Church. Our diocesan mission office assigned Hands Together, a Catholic mission outreach working in Haiti, to share with us news of how our Church continues to help the poorest of the poor.
     The Church in Haiti is struggling to bring God’s love to the many hurting people, and we are the comfort. In Haiti there are 9.5 million people in an area smaller than Maryland. 70% of these cannot read, and 85% live below poverty level. In slum areas 4 out of 5 children do not reach the age of five, and nationally 1 in 3 children suffer from chronic malnutrition. The Hurricanes in 2004 and 2008, along with the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake and hurricane later that same year, have left Haiti severely damaged and in desperate need of our prayers and support.
     Hands Together runs free schools, medical clinics, and nutrition programs in Cite Soleil, providing 15,000 daily school meals and helping thousands of people who struggle to survive. Their work among the violence and savage poverty here is founded upon the Catholic social teachings of the dignity of human life and a preferential option for the poor. Hands Together embraces a clear ethic of life based on Catholic teaching that proclaims God’s infinite and absolute love for us. About one-third of Hands Together’s mission work supports educational, health, charity, and developmental projects in the Dioceses of Fort Liberte and Gonaives where more than 1 million live in abject poverty.
     Mark is a faithful volunteer for Hands Together who makes service trips to Haiti and gives mission talks at parishes in the United States.

Last Bake Sale of the Season!
The last Altar Society Bake Sale for this year at the Farmers Market will be this month on Thurs, Sept. 25. Our sales have been going well this summer. The August sale netted $170.00 with the help of several bakers and also a donation of some fresh farm eggs. Thank you to all who donated and also to those who purchased items. There will be a sign up sheet in the church entrance the weekend of Sept. 20 and 21. Please bring your items to the Father Fisher Hall on Wed, Sept. 24 before 5:00 pm, or Thurs. by 3:00 pm. They can also be brought to the Market after 4:00 pm. If you have any questions, please call Inge Roncoli (734-944-0219) or Kathy Brogley (734-428-7013) Thank You.

Bishop Boyea’s Plea for Mercy
Last weekend we took up a special collection for the persecuted Christians in Iraq. If you were unable to contribute, it is still not too late! Please be sure to do so ASAP. Put in the collection basket or mail your check, payable to St. Mary’s, indicating clearly on your check memo line and the envelope you use that it is for the “Iraqi Christians.” We will forward all parish monies to the Diocese to send to Iraq. May God bless you for your generosity.

Grow in faith…
     The “What Catholics Believe” session for September will meet this Wed, Sept. 17, from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Parish Center. The topic will be the sacrament of Confirmation. Everyone in the parish is encouraged to attend, since this is your opportunity to learn about your faith at an adult level. Catechists get diocesan certification credits by attending or by listening to the presentations online.
     ALSO… It is not too late to join RCIA! We meet on Tuesday evenings at the Parish Center from 7:00-9:00. For more information, contact Dcn. Dennis at 734-761-3163 or you may email Dcn Dennis at

Religious Ed Reminders
     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 this 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

YOUR Altar Society
Ladies of the parish: You are automatically members of the St. Mary Rosary Altar Society! Please consider attending the monthly meetings and lending your hand to the many good works the Altar Society does! The first meeting of the fall will be this week on Thurs, Sept. 18 at 7:00 pm in Fr. Fisher Hall. This dedicated group of Catholic women, serving our Lord through the work of the parish, welcomes YOU. Please stop by!

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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