Lenten/ Easter Basket Offerings 2016!           2016 LENT EVENTS & SCHEDULE

Catechism Corner

Saturday, February 6:  7th Grade (Mandatory) Confirmation Retreat from 10:00AM—3:00PM (Fr. Mikus Hall)

Ash Wednesday, February 10, 6:15PM: CLASSES ONLY FOR 8th AND 2nd grades. No Class for pre-K, K, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th

Wednesday, February 17: NO CLASS (Mid-Winter Break)

Saturday, February 20, 10:00AM—3:00PM: 8th Grade (Mandatory) Confirmation Retreat  (Activity Center) This retreat is for the students only (no mentors or sponsors).

Wednesday, February 24: NO CLASS (Parish Mission)

Please pray for all our students especially those preparing for their sacraments. If you have any questions, please contact:

Paul or Carroll Schuller, DREs  (586) 254-9212 or p_schuller@yahoo.com

2015/2016 Calendar        PDF file of all forms needed  here

Rosary Society Paczki & Bake Sale  (Other Delicious Baked Goods Needed)

Fat Tuesday is coming early! The Rosary Society will be selling homemade Paczki’s and other goodies at the Rosary Society Bake Sale on Saturday, February 6 (after the 4:00PM & 6:00PM Holy Masses) and Sunday, February 7, (after all Holy Masses) until sold out. Paczki’s are lightly filled with only a few flavors available and will be sold in small lots.

The Rosary Society is also in need of your help in donating your ‘delicious’ ‘favorite’ baked goods for the bake sale. All proceeds benefit Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church.

Rosary Society Members and all Gracious Bakers: Please bring your delicious baked goodies to the hall/kitchen on Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, and please note any special ingredient such as ‘contains nuts’. Thank you for your continued support. God Bless You! The Rosary Society

Rosary Society Meeting will be held Saturday, February 6 after the 9:00AM Holy Mass. Please join us for friendship, great snacks and planning for this new, exciting year. Everyone 18 years old and older are welcome to attend. New members are always welcome.

Northland Family Planning Prayer News A recent Collect Prayer begins with the following 'God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother's womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life.' We hope that you can join us for one or more of the following activities!

A Pro-Life prayer / witness event takes place outside the Northland Family Planning Clinic on Saturday, February 6, from 11:30AM—12:30PM. The clinic is located at 3810 17 Mile Road - just west of Ryan Road. In the case of snowy or cold weather the event may be shortened. Questions, contact:

Anne Marie, (586) 873-2004 or Eleanor, (586) 939-5683

A Pro-Life Rosary is recited at church each Saturday before and after the 9AM Holy Mass. The 40 Days for Life Campaign begins Wednesday, February 10. (Contact Paul at 586-242-1178).

Black Cassock Altar Boy Meeting scheduled for Saturday, February 6, from 6:00PM—7:30PM. This meeting is for altar boys who are already a "black cassock". The meeting will take place in the Heritage Room and include snacks and pop.

2016 Super Bowl Party  Fr. Mikus Hall * Large HD Screen * Surround Sound

Plan to attend our Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 7, at 6:00PM in the Fr. Mikus Hall (kickoff is at 6:25PM). Pizza, Chicken, Salad, Snacks, Beer & Wine

Men’s Club member’s Spouse … $10 *(in advance)

Adult Guests are Welcome … $15 *(in advance)

*At the Door … Add $5 per person (members included)

Contact: David Brockman at (248) 885-1190

Edge Youth Ministry   Monday, February 8 "Unplugged-Effects of Technology on Prayer Life"

This EDGE night will explore the importance of taking time outs from technology and stepping away from the noise and distractions that can carry us away. We will also discuss hearing God in the silence.

If you have not helped purchase or make snacks, please consider helping out this semester or donating. We appreciate all the families’ participation and support!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact: Alex Lewis, (317) 331-4772 or edgecyrilcore@gmail.com

Life Teen High School Ministry  Monday, February 8 "Living the Corporeal Works of Mercy"

This night is our third installment in our Year of Mercy series, and will show the teens how they can live out the corporeal works of mercy in concrete ways, and then challenge them to take action. We will specifically focus on the corporeal works of "feed the hungry", "give drink to the thirsty", and "visit the sick". Our evening includes a hearty snack and fellowship, activity, message, discussion and prayer. The Life Night is 7:00-8:30PM and is open to all high school teens

For updates on our events, visit us on Facebook: "Ss. Cyril & Methodius Life Teen Ministry"

Questions: Youth Minister & Life Teen Coordinator Jordan Langbeen, jordan.langbeen@gmail.com, (586) 943-1722

UNDERSTANDING & PRAYING WITH PSALMS (Part II) February 9, 7:00PM  Overflow Room

Psalms create one of the most interesting and variegated parts of the Bible. They have strongly influenced both liturgy and the theology of the Church throughout the centuries, as well as the personal faith and devotion of countless generations of individuals. In order to rediscover their beauty and relevance for all of us, the second series of talks and reflections about the Psalms will be offered on Tuesdays from mid-January through mid-March.

Each meeting will be dedicated to one particular Psalm, with the intent to explore the most varied and interesting Psalm-categories throughout the series’. While the presentations will be scholarly-based, they will show how a careful reading of the Psalms (and supporting biblical text) can nurture our faith. No specific textbook is required. Hand-outs will be provided but a notebook and Bible may be helpful, but not required. Fr. Libor

Dates for the Psalms Series: February 16, March 1, 8 & 15.

YOLO Young Adult Ministry  We are excited to be kicking off our Lenten series on discernment! Discernment is something that should be a part of each of our lives. This Lent, YOLO hopes to delve into discernment in order to understand what God is calling us to know and do with our lives. Some of the areas we are hosting will discuss the following topics:

February 12 What is discernment and what types of things should we discern?

Each of these evenings will start with 7:00PM Holy Mass with the parish, followed by snacks and discussion on the topic listed. There will be a brief introduction to the topic and a guided discussion to allow us to grow in understanding of how God reveals Himself to us through our discernment.

I would encourage you to consider making it a Lenten resolution to join us for our series on discernment. We hope you consider joining us for a great series that can benefit you no matter where you are in your life!

Questions: Facebook Page: YOLO Live 4 Christ or Mary Giroux, yolo.live4Christ@gmail.com

Called & Gifted Workshop  Who Am I? Why Am I Here?

On Saturday, February 13, from 10:00AM—6:00PM, 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 under-standing 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 February 4. ($30 at the door)

Contact: Rochelle Rosenbaum, (248) 528-1401, rochellerosenbaum@sbcglobal.net

Father Jean Ikanga * Congo Update * February 13 & 14

Fr. Jean Ikanga, whose home country is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and who many of you know from when he regularly celebrated Holy Mass at Ss. Cyril & Methodius in prior years, will be with us the entire weekend of February 13 and 14 and will be speaking at most Holy Masses. Fr. Jean will share first-hand knowledge of the current situation and living conditions for many people in his homeland and their lack of medical services, and how this ties in with our Lenten project of assisting with medical equipment needs for the Congo clinic. Please read page 5 for additional details about the Lenten Congo project.

World Youth Day Events  Bring Us Your Super Bowl Party Returnable Cans & Bottles

Please save all of your returnable bottles and cans until Sunday, February 14, and donate them to the World Youth Day Pilgrims. We will collect returnable bottles and cans before all the Holy Masses on Sunday, February 14.

St. Benedict, Miraculous Medal and Carmelite Logo Apparel is Available

Two Slots Available for World Youth Day from July 20—August 9 For more info, please contact: Mary Hale, (586) 773-8261

St. Cyril’s Book Club Come join us as we embark on a spiritual journey. For the month of February, the St. Cyril’s Book Club will discuss "The Miracle of Father Kapaun "by Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying. This is a story of a courageous priest, soldier and Korean War hero.

We will meet to discuss this book on Monday, February 15, at 7:00PM in Room 115. The book can be purchased at Faith @Work, (248)-250-9216, or online. Hope to see many of you, new and old members, there.

I AM HIS Women’s Fellowship Dear Ladies: Join the Ss. Cyril & Methodius’ women's fellowship: "I am His" as we gather to share in the beauty and joy of being a woman.

Our next meeting will be on: Tuesday, February 16, from 7:00PM—9:00PM. We will meet in the "sofa room" located in the Activities Center (please park and enter through 18 Mile Road side.)

Tina will be leading us in another time of Lectio Divina, as well as a time to contemplate the many women and inspiration saints of this month. Please join us as we delve deeper in Sacred Scripture.

Who can attend? Women, 18 years old or older; single, married or widowed; non-parishioners are welcome.

Who are we? We are women of all ages (18+), married, single, and widowed. We meet every third Tuesday of each month. We come together to share in friendship, knowledge and a strong desire to live our womanhood as a mission; a mission that comprises discovering our true identity as daughter’s of the Creator. We do this by meditating on Holy Scripture, learning from women saints and praying and sharing God's desire for each one of us on this life's journey.

Africa 2017 Mission Trip Info Mtg. If you are interested in learning about, or participating in, the Africa 2017 Mission trip, please attend the Mission Trip Meeting that takes place on Wednesday, February 17, at 8:00PM in the Heritage Room. Thank you, Fr. Ben

Ushers Meeting on Thursday, February 18, at 7:00PM in the Overflow Room. Questions, please contact: Frank Moran, (586) 254-6534

"33 Days to Morning Glory" Class Thursdays, February 18, March 3, 10, 17 from 7:00 - 8:30pm

A New Dawn in Our Life in Christ,  Join us as we begin the book/DVD program "33 Days to Morning Glory". This inspiring program teaches the importance of consecrating ourselves to Jesus, through Mary. This spiritually uplifting program created by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC has already become the 2nd most popular group study program in the nation!

In this 6-week program, Fr. Gaitley will take us on an easy to understand journey into the classic teachings of St. Lois de Montfort regarding Marian consecration. He will also be teaching us about the more recent insights on consecration by great contemporary saints such as; St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Saint John Paul II. Fr. Gaitley believes that these three Marian giants have dramatically added to the beauty and richness of Marian consecration and spirituality originally given to us by St Lois de Montfort.

"Take this retreat ... Believe me, your life will never be the same." - Johnette Benkovic, Founder and President of "Women of Grace" "Finally an easy way to understand and live out the Marian consecration!" - Vinny Flynn, Best-selling Catholic Author

There is no cost to participate in the class. Books can be purchased for $4 each.

Our consecration will take place Monday, April 4, on the Feast of the Annunciation at Shrine of the Little Flower.

If you would like to participate, please contact: Renata Zelenak, (248) 884-3984 or renatazelenak@comcast.net Mary Bann, (248)459-8965 or mary@marybann.com

Lenten Parish Mission  February 22 - 26 "Lent is the Season, Mercy the Reason"

Fr. Ronan Murphy hails from Dublin, Ireland and is a priest of the Camden Diocese. Ordained on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, in the Jubilee Year 2000, Father has served as Parochial Vicar in St. Mary’s Parish, Gloucester City, St. Peter’s in Merchantville and St. Teresa’s Church in Runnemede. He also served at All Saints, Perth City in Australia for three years and has given missions and conferences in many countries. He has returned to the United States and is presently chaplain to a Carmelite Monastery in NY and gives retreats for the Marian Movement of Priests.

Fr. Ronan will lead a Lenten Parish Mission at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Monday—Friday, February 22—26. All meetings are cancelled this week so that everyone may attend the Parish Lenten Mission.

Mission Begins Each Night with 7:00PM Holy Mass followed by Talk. Topics Each Night:

Monday, February 22: St. Padre Pio, a Man for All Seasons, especially the Season of Lent

Tuesday, February 23: The Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Refuge and the Way that will Lead us to God

Wednesday, February 24: A Rosary a Day, Keeps the Devil at Bay

Thursday, February 25: Become Altar Lovers and Tabernacle Huggers

Friday, February 26: Lent is the Season, Mercy the Reason

Knights of Columbus * Student Essay Contest

The Knights of Columbus, Council 7011, is pleased to announce our 2016 Student Essay Contest for Jr. High and High School Students. The topic is: Why the Pro-Life Issue Is SO Important Now!

Cash prizes of $100 for 1st prize, $50 for second prize and a $30 gift certificate to Faith @ Work for 3rd place winner for each group (grades7/8, 9/10 and 11/12). Contest forms and instructions are available from your youth group leader or by the statue of St. Michael in the entryway. All essays must be submitted NO LATER THAN February 19.

The Knights of Columbus, Council 7011

Pro-Life Update

Dear Parish Family and Visitors,

Thank you for all your support of those students who needed assistance to go on the 2016 "Movement in Motion" Youth Bus Trip to DC for the annual March for Life with Right to Life – LIFESPAN. And also, thank you for all your prayers for our safe journey there and back and our health and well being while gone on our "Pilgrimage for Life"!

It was with a very sad and heavy heart that LIFESPAN had to cancel the trip for all nine buses on Wednesday late afternoon, the day before we would leave. The winter storm that was to descend upon the city between Friday afternoon and into Sat-urday was of great concern (road conditions especially through the mountains, strong possibility of being stranded on the road when driving back home or being stranded in DC with no safe place to go for shelter, etc.). The safety of the Marchers was of paramount importance to LIFESPAN. The host churches for all the buses were asking us not come to DC as they expected many problems (power outages, not being able to get their parking lots cleared for the buses to drop off the March-ers, no food service for our buses as planned at the host churches, etc.). The disappointment was truly felt by all of us who were looking very forward to the trip and for me personally as the organizer of the trip with all the work that had been put into the planning of the trip for many months.

The Crusaders for Life group pulled together a day of remembrance on Friday, January 22, with joining together at the Noon Holy Mass, then going to two local abortion clinics to pray outside them for all the unborn babies, their mommies, their dad-dies, their families, conversions in the hearts of the abortionists and all those involved in the abortion, etc. Fr. Steve Pullis joined us at the first location and lead the Rosary. Most of you didn’t know he would have been joining our group at the March for Life on Bus 2. He had just signed up the week before and I was keeping it as a surprise! Anyhow, afterwards, there was a celebration of Life with pizza and beverages and a speaker. It helped us all come together and still do something special that day. Thank you so much Crusaders for lifting my spirit and inviting me to be with you! Also, thank you Msgr. Dylag for a beautiful Holy Mass and homily and Father Ben for your continued support and for the beautiful litany you offered at the end of the Holy Mass.

In my role as Youth Director at LIFESPAN, I will begin the initial plans for the trip in 2017 with securing host churches and holding the buses once I confirm what day the March will be on. Many of those who signed up for the 2016 trip are hoping to go in 2017. I will keep everyone informed of the plans!

May God bless you and your loved ones! Lynn Gura, Pro-Life Ministry

WEEKLY Ministries/ Meetings

Legion of Mary With over 2 million active members and 20 million auxiliary members in the world, place yourself under the banner of Mary so that with her help you may develop greater holiness in your own life as well as spread a deeper devotion to her among others. We meet every Monday at 7:00PM in Room #116. For info: Nicholas Crédi, (248) 568-3434 or Joanne Swatowski, (586) 574-9348; web-site: www.legionofmarymichigan.org

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

Eucharistic Adoration  From Sunday, 10:00 PM, to Saturday, 9:00 AM, (with the exception of Holy Mass times) come visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, “Who gives Himself to us in the Eucharist as the expression of Infinite Love, the mystery of our faith, the fountain of our Christian life…” (The Holy Father, San Pablo Airport). NOTE: For Adoration is the Church during daytime hours and in the Chapel overnight Contact: Julie Varchetti, (586) 214-1825 or adorehim247@gmail.com  See Adoration 101

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 snavarre@saintcyrils.org. Form here

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