Movie Night


Congratulations to our 2014 Slovak Festival Raffle Winners!

$5,000 1st Prize:  Geraldine Stelzer, Ticket #039894
$1,000 2nd Prize:  Jeff Jaworski, Ticket #018873
$500 3rd Prize:  Joseph Bieniek, Ticket #003277
$300 4th Prize:  Gregory Kessler, Ticket #020333
$100 5th Prize:  Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Gajewski, Ticket #013728

Fr. Ben, along with assistance from some members of our Junior Sarisan Slovak Folk Dance group, drew the winning tickets on Sunday, August 24, 2014.
Thank you to everyone for supporting our festival and our raffle!


Sunday, September 14, at 10:30AM

Sunday, September 14: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Monday, September 15: Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Patroness of Slovakia)

Sunday, September 14, the 9:30AM and 11:30AM Holy Masses will be combined and begin at 10:30AM.

This special Mass is to acknowledge, and pray for in a special way, the sick and suffering of our parish family. There are many people who have suffered, or currently suffer, physically, mentally and/or spiritually. This Mass will give us the opportunity to pray together for healing and acceptance of God’s will.

You are invited to include your loved ones who have suffered but are no longer with us. Please drop off their picture (no larger than 4"x6") in the Parish Office by Wednesday, Sept. 10, so that they may be included as well. (Please do not submit original pictures.)

It is fitting that we celebrate this special Mass on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which is a commemoration of God’s greatest work: His salvific death on the Cross and His Resurrection, through which death was defeated and the doors to Heaven opened. We exalt Christ’s cross whenever we freely take it up, filled with the certainty that the ultimate meaning and fulfillment which we crave in life comes to us through this unending event. (Magnificat, Sept., 2014)

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is followed by the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Patroness of Slovakia, on Monday, September 15. We honor our Blessed Mother on this day as the faithful disciple and exemplar of faith. Let us pray on this Feast day: "Father, as your Son was raised on the cross, His Mother Mary stood by Him, sharing His sufferings. May your Church be united with Christ in His suffering and death and so come to share in His rising to new life." Looking to the example of Mary, may we too unite our sufferings to our Lord, facing them with courage, love, and trust.

In 1980, (Saint) Pope John Paul II, reminded the faithful, "Mary Most Holy goes on being the loving consoler of those touched by the many physical and moral sorrows which afflict and torment humanity. She knows our sorrows and our pains, because she too suffered, from Bethlehem to Calvary. 'And their soul too a sword shall pierce.' Mary is our Spiritual Mother, and the mother always understands her children and consoles them in their troubles. Then, she has that specific mission to love us, received from Jesus on the Cross, to love us only and always, so as to save us! Mary consoles us above all by pointing out the Crucified One and Paradise to us!"

St. Cyril & St. Methodius, pray for us! Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!

Fellowship in Father Mikus Hall after Holy Mass

After the celebration of the Holy Mass, there will be Fellowship in the Father Mikus Hall for our parish family to gather together to support each other. Please bring a platter of COOKIES to share. Please bring your cookies on a disposable platter.

U. S. Flag Retirement Ceremony The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus is conducting a U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony on Tuesday, September 2, at Ss. Cyril & Methodius in the back parking lot We are collecting unserviceable U.S. Flags for the Ceremony. If you have an unserviceable U.S. Flag, you may place it in the designated receptacle in the Coat Room off the Vestibule. This year’s Ceremony will be accompanied by a small fire work display sponsored by Phantom Fireworks of Sterling Heights

Knights of Columbus St. Nicholas Council 7011 will meet at the Activity Center on Thursday, September 4, at 8:00PM. Rosary begins at 6:30PM at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church.

Rosary Society Meeting Our September 6th Rosary Society Meeting will be replaced by our Divine Mercy Retreat at the Divine Mercy Center, 33826 Beaconsfield in Clinton Township. You may arrive at 8:00AM. Confessions will be heard by Fr. Ben at 8:30AM and the Holy Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Ben at 9:00AM. We will then recite the Rosary, followed by meditation time and a talk by Catherine Lanni. There will be a light brunch, prayer ministry and time for the gift shop. This retreat is open to the public so all are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there.

Fellowship after the 9:30AM Sunday Holy Mass next Sunday, September 7, hosted by the Paideia Homeschool group. Come and enjoy coffee, bagels and muffins with your friends, and meet new ones. For info, please contact Mary Richards, (586) 323-4037

Life Teen  Life Night Kick Off : "Water Balloon War!" Monday, September 15, 6:15-9:00PM

About the Night: Teens will share in a meal and compete in a variety of team competitions that will lead to an (outdoor) water balloon war. This night will build community among the teens and welcome everyone back for the new Life Teen year! All high school teens are welcome! (Must be in high school and turn 14 years old by December 1)

Questions: Youth Minister & Life Teen Coordinator, Jordan Langbeen, , (586) 943-1722

Our participation at the Youth Conference in Steubenville 2014.

ABOUT EDGE    (Flyer)

EDGE REGISTRATION FALL 2014 FORM  Download and print

Please turn the completed form and payment to the parish office

Alex Lewis, Middle School Youth Minister & EDGE Coordinator: (317) 331-4772,

Life Teen: High School Ministry And EDGE Ministry


Important Meeting

EDGE & Life Teen Parents * September 8  EDGE and Life Teen are like Sister Ministries:

EDGE serving the middle school youth and preparing them to enter Life Teen in high school. EDGE and Life Teen are hosting a "Parent Night" for parents of teens interested or involved in these youth ministries. This meeting will give you important in-formation regarding: 1.) Topics that will be covered in the upcoming EDGE and Life Nights 2.) Special events 3.) Areas of need 4.) Greater understanding of what these ministries can uniquely offer your youth and 5.) Registration.

Parents: Please mark your calendar and join us on Monday, September 8, from 7:00-8:00PM in the South Hall -- we need your support and involvement!

EDGE Contact: Alexandria Lewis, (317) 331-4772 / Life Teen Contact: Jordan Langbeen, (586) 943-1711

Registration Fee:

$30 for your first middle schooler (with a $10 suggested donation to cover snacks),

$20 for your second middle schooler (with a $10 suggested donation to cover snacks), and

$15 for your third middle schooler (with a $10 suggested donation to cover snacks)

(*Financial assistance available if needed.)

Middle schoolers must have turned 11 years old by December 1 of this year to participate in EDGE.

Registration forms are available in the Parish Office. If you have any questions, please contact: Alexandria Lewis, (317) 331-4772 or

Thank you for supporting and believing in our ministry to teens!

Jordan Langbeen, High School Youth Minister & Life Teen Coordinator: (586) 943 1722, 

Alex Lewis, Middle School Youth Minister & EDGE Coordinator: (317) 331-4772,

See us now on Facebook  See Life Teen Video here

Holy Trinity Apostolate We will meet to plan the Lenten Symposium on September 8 at 5:30PM in the Overflow Room. Please come and help us with the event. The Most Holy Trinity has blessed us with wonderful volunteers. It would be great to see new faces to help build the Body of Christ! The Archbishop of Detroit will be opening the program with Holy Mass on March 14, 2015. Barbara Middleton, 

Men’s Club will meet on Tuesday, September 9, at 7:00PM in the Overflow Room. All men are invited. If you have any questions, please contact: John Fournier, (248) 410-5866  

Midwest Apologetics Conference Planning Internationally-renowned Apologists, PATRICK MADRID, STEVE RAY, MARCUS GRODI and GARY MICHUTA will return to Ss. Cyril & Methodius for the 2nd Annual Midwest Apologetics Conference (MAC II) that takes place on Saturday, January 24, 2015! The first Conference planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10, at 8:00PM. Everyone is invited to help plan this exciting event!

Catechism Corner  We’re sorry to see summer coming to an end but we are looking forward to seeing all the Religious Education Families on Wednesday, September 10, at 6:15PM for our first week of catechism. This first week tends to be a little hectic, so we will try to have additional volunteers to direct families to their teachers and classrooms. We will begin posting class lists with room locations in the church vestibule a week or two prior to September 10 to help alleviate congestion in the hallways. Please watch for these lists so that you will know where to take your child the first night. Catechism begins at 6:15PM and ends at 7:30PM, so please arrive promptly to drop off and pick up your child.

Please look for future updates or notifications regarding the Catechism program on a monthly basis in the church bulletin.


Wednesday, September 3 at 6:15PM: Meeting for teachers, aides & subs  (You will receive your classroom assignments and books.)

Wednesday, September 10 at 6:15PM: Class for all

Wednesday, September 17 at 6:15PM: Class for all & Benediction for K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Wednesday, September 24 at 6:15PM: Class for all & Benediction for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th

Welcome New Parishioners-

New parish families with children ages Kindergarten through High School that have not yet registered for the 2014-2015 Catechism School Year, please contact Paul or Carroll Schuller, (586) 254-9212. (This includes homeschool students who plan to receive the sacraments or First Holy Communion or Confirmation in 2015).

**Reminder to All Families: We will not be registering children the first evening of Catechism. 

Healing Mass is on Thursday, September 11, at 7:00PM

Symbolon, The Catholic Faith Explained Join us to experience a stunning new video series, Symbolon. It is a ground-breaking new series that unveils the beauty and brilliance of Catholicism. In 20 compelling episodes featuring state-of-the-art video and a team of the nation’s top experts, we will discover the BIG picture of the Faith. Acclaimed teacher, speaker, and theologian Dr. Edward Sri leads a renowned team of over 25 presenters to clearly and comprehensively present the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith. Sessions begin September 15 and will be held on either Monday evenings from 7:00PM—9:00PM or on Tuesday mornings from 10:00AM—12:00PM. Questions: Mary Bann, (248) 459-8965

Senior Exercise It's time to have fun, shape up, exercise and walk program. First class meeting is Thursday, September 18, after the 9:00AM Holy Mass. The first class will be a brief discussion on the NEW PROGRAM! Together We Can make the Difference! St. Raphael Health Ministry Questions, please call: Bev. Moran, (586) 254-6534

YOLOYoung Adult Ministry Attention: Young Adult Men & Women (18-35 years old)!

We are happy to announce open registration for our camping trip that begins on Friday, September 19 Sunday, September 21. There will be a (Cabin) camping trip hosted at Camp Sancta Maria in Gaylord, MI. Carpools are availablesee registration form.

The theme is "Finding the Joy in Knowing God." This is a great opportunity to grow closer together with one another as well as in union with God. Cost is $65 per person and includes room and meals. Preregistration is required. Deadline has been moved to September 6.

Lastly, on Friday, October 3, we will kick off our regular meetings which will be held EVERY Friday evening from 7:00PM10:00PM so keep your schedules free.

For more information on our group or any of these events, please contact: Mary Giroux,

Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, September 21, after the 7:30AM, 9:30AM and 11:30AM Holy Masses. Bring your family and friends.

Fall Blood Drive will take place on Monday, September 22, from 1:00PM-6:45PM and we need you! Please sign up today on the schedule in the vestibule and please ask a friend to sign up too. Your donation is necessary in order to replenish the crucially low blood supply. Without the proper amount of blood on-hand, patients (perhaps even our family members or friends) may not have blood available for necessary operations or emergencies, which could result in possible serious medical complications or even death. If you have any questions regarding the Blood Drive, please contact: or: Sandi Brady, (248) 373-3505 or Alice Tocco, (586) 752-7282

The Gospel of Matthew  Beginning Wednesday, September 24, after the 9:00AM Holy Mass, you will have an opportunity to join Jeff Cavins on DVD to learn and understand the Gospel of Matthew.

The Gospel of Matthew begins with an introductory prologue and an account of Jesus’ infancy and closes with a narration of his passion, death and resurrection.

Come join us. Cost for the material is $27. You can purchase it on your own or I can order it for you. Thank you and God bless you. To reserve a spot or for more info, please contact: Marge Lewandowski, (586) 731-1533

Called & Gifted Workshop Who Am I? Why Am I Here? On Saturday, September 27, from 10:00AM—4:00PM, join us in the Father Mikus Hall as we discover answers to these questions together. God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. Come and begin to discover this work! The Called & Gifted Workshop is a special program that teaches Catholics how to discover their unique spiritual gifts - gifts God gives us all to share with our family, our friends, our workplace, and our community. At the Called & Gifted Workshop we learn about our Catholic understanding of these gifts, and how to start the process of discerning the specific gifts God has given us. At Baptism and Confirmation we receive many gifts from the Holy Spirit. Some of these gifts are for our sanctification and are the gifts that most are familiar with. We also receive gifts (Charisms) that are for the building up and helping the Body of Christ. These Charisms are how God works though you for others. Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are given to all baptized Christians by the Holy Spirit to give them the power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God’s goodness for people (see CCC 798-801). Join us as we discover how to discern our Charisms and God’s purpose for us in this life. Especially useful for: •Cradle Catholics •Active Parishioners •Young adults •People in transition •New or returning Catholics •Those active in ministry •Parish staff and leadership • People looking for answers! Cost: $20, includes workbook/inventory, light breakfast and lunch. Register by September 17. Contact: Rochelle Rosenbaum, (248) 528-1401

Calix is an association of Catholic members of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon who wish to develop their faith more fully as it relates to their recovery. One need not be Catholic or a member of a 12-Step program to attend. If you or a loved one struggle with alcohol or other drugs, you are welcome.

We meet on the third Thursday of each month at 8:00PM in the Activity Center. Please enter by the 18 Mile West door. Matthew Talbot, pray for us. For more information, please contact: Larry or Cassie Giroux, (586) 739-5297

Regina Caeli Academy is now accepting applications for Fall, 2014, at the Ss. Cyril & Methodius Campus!

Regina Caeli Academy offers: Accredited classical Catholic curriculum - uses Mother of Divine Grace curriculum. Hybrid educational model. Classes on-site Mondays & Thursdays and 3 days at home. Nursery – 12th grade. Work tuition program. For more information, see: or contact: Sue Scarchilli at (586) 268-6356 or email

One lap is 12 minutes! Walking Together is sponsored by Ss. Cyril's Health Ministry, named St. Raphael Health Ministry. This walk takes place every Monday and Thursday after the 9:00AM Holy Mass.

Young Moms: Bring your children in strollers! Young Seniors: Bring your walkers, canes and a good pair of walking shoes. Men: We encourage you.

The benefits of walking are numerous! You get to meet new people, you can walk and pray for the souls in Purgatory! Or Walk for the Success of Missions! Come On and Just Try It!

For all the Walkers: At the end of August you will be presented with a special surprise! God bless you! Bev. M. and Volunteers of St. Raphael Health Ministry

Eucharistic Adoration Thursdays

Ss. Cyril & Methodius Parish has a weekly opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration beginning after the 7:00PM Thursday night Holy Mass, and continuing until the 9:00AM Friday morning Holy Mass. We could use a little help as people’s schedules change. Please consider coming in to show your love for our Eucharistic Lord. Our great need right now is between Midnight to 1:00AM and 1:00AM to 2:00AM. Thank you to all adorers who have been able to keep their commitments.

Come and find out what we already know. God cannot be outdone in generosity. Please prayerfully consider taking on an hour. For more information, call Becky Bueche, (586) 781-4635 or write 

Ss. Cyril & Methodius Latin Schola  The schola has successfully been formed and will sing approximately twice a month here for the Saturday 6 PM Latin Tridentine Mass beginning on October 26th (Feast of Christ the King in the Traditional Calendar) and for other special occasions. They practice every week on Saturday from 4:45PM to 5:45PM in Room #119. If you would like to join or have any questions, please contact Michael Semaan, (248) 250-6005.

Adult Choir—Singers Needed  Attention all parishioners! The Ss. Cyril & Methodius adult choir is currently holding practices on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00PM. We need more of all voices - sopranos, altos, tenors and basses! We encourage all those who want to participate in the Holy Mass in this sacred and special way to join us. Our repertoire covers a wide range of musical periods. Please join us! St. Cecilia patroness of musicians, pray for us!

Electronic Giving Now Available If you would like to have your church donation automatically sent from your bank to ours, please see the authorization form in the vestibule. Questions: please contact Suzanne Navarre, (586) 726-6911, or Form here

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