Catechism CornerAttention New Parishioners!!! Have you registered your children for Catechism? Classes will begin tentatively, Wednesday, September 16, at 6:15PM. Please say a prayer that all the repairs on the Activity Center are completed on time and keep an eye on the bulletin just in case we must delay the start of the Catechism school year. Also, please note that there will be no registration on the first day of class.
We are in the process of ordering books at this time, so we need to hear from you as soon as possible to assure your child will have their books the first week of class. To register your child, please callPaul & Carroll Schuller, (586) 254-9212 or email email@example.com . If you are not a new parishioner but just forgot to register your child, please contact us as well.
8th Grade Confirmandi – Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 10, as it is the first of two mandatory Confirmation Retreats for this year’s Confirmandi. Father Ben has asked that you invite your Confirmation Mentor to attend with you. It will run from approximately 10:00AM—3:00PM. We will confirm the time when we get closer to the date. If your mentor cannot attend, you must bring one of your parents.
*Please Note: There are a few upcoming events at the church that will give the 8th graders an opportunity to earn their service hours. The Festival is always looking for responsible young people and Alice Tocco, Christian Service Coordinator for our parish, is looking for Confirmandi to assist her at the Parish Ministry Fair on September 19 & 20. Please contact Alice at (586) 752-7282 if you are interested in helping.
7th Grade Confirmandi (Parents) – Please note there will be a mandatory meeting for students and parents on Wednesday, September 9. That evening we will explain the requirements for the new two-year Confirmation Program. This meeting includes all parents of 7th grade students in the program and registered homeschooled students.
Thank you, Paul & Carroll Schuller, (586) 254-9212
Marian Catechist Course Informational MeetingAll who are interested in learning more about the Marian Catechist course and who are truly sincere about learning the true depth and richness of Catholicism and how to truly live as Christ calls us to live are invited to an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 1, at 7:00PM in Room #117. The course itself, although free, will require a charge for materials (books, study guides, etc) and will be discussed further during the meeting.
Classes Begin September 22
"Do whatever He tells you." (John 2:5)
Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. has said that "Catholicism is in the throes of the worst crisis in its entire history and that unless true and loyal Catholics have their zeal and the spirit of the early Christians, unless they are willing to do what they did and pay the price that they paid, the days of America are numbered". In other words, only Catholics who know their faith and act heroically in accordance with God’s grace will survive in the world we find ourselves in today. In the early 1990’s, Pope St. John Paul II commissioned Mother Teresa of Calcutta to train her Sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, to be catechists. At the same time, the Holy See asked Fr. John Hardon, S.J. to organize the catechetical training program for them. One of the special fruits of this work with the Missionaries of Charity has been the foundation of the Marian Catechist apostolate. The Marian Catechists devote themselves to growth in their knowledge of and practice of the Catholic faith, so that they may hand on the Catholic faith and its practice to others. If you desire to grow deeper into knowing the Catholic faith and in union with God, the Marian Catechist Course will be available at St. Cyril & Methodius in September.
The early Christians succeeded; the Marian Catechist can, too!
For any further information or questions, please contact: Marian Santi, (586) 731-2791 orPaul Ray, (586) 871-7641
EDGE Youth Ministry2015 Rules and Registrations Forms, Rules Registrations
We are looking forward to our 2nd year of EDGE Youth Ministry which begins in September.
Registration forms MUST be turned in for all new and returning teens for the 2015-2016 school year. Please submit the fee and form into the Parish Office for your 6th, 7th and 8th graders prior to our first EDGE night. Please make checks payable to:Ss. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church.
Please remember that your teen must be 11 years old by December 1 AND in 6th grade by the Fall of 2015 to participate.
Is God calling you to serve as an EDGE Core Member?
Your involvement can be as large or small as you want it to be. There are many ways you could give your time and talents in EDGE. We especially need strong Catholic men to help lead small groups and be present to the boys in the Ministry.
To learn more about supporting EDGE from behind the scenes (prayer intentions coordinator, guardian angel, etc.) and direct involvement with teens thru relational ministry (hospitality, teaching and small group), please contact:Alexandria Lewis,(317) 331-4772 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Deo Gratias Caféis seeking men, women and young adults to be part of our volunteer team. Team members will assist with setup/take-down, serving, greeting, and so much more. No experience is necessary. Just bring a smile and a positive, fun attitude. If you are interested in being a team member, please attend an Informational Meeting on Wednesday, September 2, at 6:30PM in Room 112. Bev & Mary, Deo Gratias Cafe
We are excited to announce thereopening of the Deo Gratias Café on Wednesday, September 9. The café will be located in the gallery and will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. Watch for our expanded days and times in late fall.
Rosary Society Meetingwill be after the Holy Mass and Rosary next Saturday, September 5. Please join us for friendship, great snacks and planning for our exciting 2015 events. Everyone 18 years old and older are welcome to attend. New members and visitors are always welcome..
Northland Family Prayer NewsAlthough summer is winding down, we invite you to pray outside the Northland Family Planning Clinic as time permits. This is great preparation for the Fall 40 Days for Life campaign that begins on September 23. The clinic is open most mornings and afternoons - Monday through Friday.
The monthly Pro-Life prayer and witness event takes placeSaturday, September 5, from 11:30AM-12:30PM. The clinic is located at 3810 17 Mile Road, just west of Ryan Road. May our witness be a labor of life and love!
See the Northland Family Planning flier on the church bulletin board for more info. Questions, please contact: Anne Marie, (586) 873-2004 or Eleanor, (586) 939-5683
Children’s ChoirChildren’s Choir will begin with practice on Sunday, September 6 after the 9:30AM Holy Mass in the church by the organ. Questions: Bethany Cabrera, (313) 522-7238
iNVICTUS Men’s GroupBrothers in Christ, the world seeks to lure us away from God to a life of excess—continually tempting us with money, power, and recognition. As followers of Jesus Christ, we must remember that, "it is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master" (Matthew 10:25). With this in mind, we are called to fully integrate His teachings into our daily lives and answer Pope St John Paul II’s exhortation, Christifideles Laici: "The unity of life of the lay faithful is of the greatest importance: indeed they must be sanctified in everyday professional and social life. Therefore, to respond to their vocation, the lay faithful must see their daily activities as an occasion to join themselves to God, fulfill his will, serve other people and lead them to communion with God in Christ." To some, this is a fool’s errand; however, God has chosen the foolish things of this world to shame the wise (1Cor 1:27). We must choose this day whom we shall serve (Joshua 24:15).
Join the men of iNVICTUS Christus as we encourage each other to serve the Lord our God, frequent the Sacraments, grow in Holiness, and dare to be Catholic in every aspect of our lives.
The iNVICTUS Christus Leadership Team is seeking men of action to assist us in planning and executing our inaugural "Call to Arms" Men’s Conference scheduled for November 14. Please prayerfully consider sharing your God-given talents in this endeavor.
Next Planning Meetings: September 7, 7:30PM, Room 117Contact: Tom Vitale, email@example.com
American Heritage Girlsallows girls (ages 5-18) to experience new challenges, serve others, make new friends, learn leadership skills, and have tons of fun, all in a safe, faith-filled environment. We focus on the spiritual, mental, physical, and social needs of today’s young women. Our leaders are dedicated to building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.
AHG Troop MI0214 is chartered by the Rosary Society,managed by trained adults, and supported by our member’s families.
Meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of each month from 7:00-8:30PM.
Come join us for our first meeting for the 2015/16 year onTuesday, September 8, at 7:00PM in Room #118 for more information and to register. We will have snacks and celebrate the Birthday of our Blessed Mother!
Registration will be on a first come first serve basis. For questions, please contact Troop Coordinator:Stephanie Varchetti, at AHGMI0214@gmail.com
St. Raphael Health Ministrywill be hosting a MAKE AND TAKE on Wednesday, September 9, at 7:00PM in Room #112. What is a MAKE AND TAKE you ask? We will be making four different household products to use in our homes for cleaning that are safe and do not harm us. After you are done making the products, you get to take them home. You will also be given the recipes to take home. All ingredients, including essential oils, and containers will be provided. Sound like fun? Be sure to register quickly as there is limited space. There is a fee of $25/person to cover the costs of materials. Contact person: Michelle Burke, (248) 879- 2406
Our Lady’s Rosary Makers MeetingThe Wednesday afternoon meeting will be held on September 9, in Room #113 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. For information, please contact: Jo Ann, (586) 979-1078 or Helen, (586) 469-3181
The Holy Shroud of Turin: The Face of Mercy "Encountering Jesus Through His Holy Shroud"
A relic of the Holy Shroud will be available for veneration! Venerate the Miraculous Holy Face Image which shed blood! Mr. Donald Nohs, General Director of the Confraternity of the Passion International is known as The Apostle of the Holy Shroud and is renowned expert on the Shroud of Turin and passion of Jesus. Friday, September 11 at 7:00pm www.confraternityofthepassioninternational.org
Altar Boy MeetingSaturday, September 12 Meeting Begins in Gallery: 5:30PM Movie "Big Game" follows Meeting: 6:30—8:00PM Hope You Can Come! Questions: Jeff Gura, Gurasforlife@gmail.com
Life Teen High School Ministry Life Night Kick Off, "Parking Lot Palooza":
Life Nights ("youth group meetings") are large group evangelization and catechesis aimed at continually re-awakening teens to God’s goodness and love, inviting them to come to know better the God who loves them, and providing a welcoming community which affirms them and the faith of the family. Our first Life Night of the 2015-16 school year, "Parking Lot Palooza", is coming up soon onSeptember 14.
Note the following 4 changes regarding Life Nights:
1.) Life Nights will be from 7:00-8:30PM, "doors open" at 6:45PM. 2.) There will not be a Mass before the Life Night. 3.) Life Nights will be on the 2nd--5th Monday of the month, parish schedule and holidays allowing--the 1st Monday will always be off so that the adult Core Team can meet for training and fellowship. 4.) To set the tone for hospitality, there will be a hearty snack at the beginning of the night (not a meal). The food ministry completely relies on the generosity of parents to sponsor the food. Please keep an eye out for emails inviting parents to sign up to help!
Sponsoring a Bible—Give the Gift of Transformation
We want to help teens connect to the heart of God, and a sure fire way to do this is to help them get comfortable with Scripture and to teach them how to pray with it. So our goal is to have enough Bibles for every teen who comes to Life Night (100+) so that they can use it as a prayer tool during the night. I know the impact the Word of God can have on our teens because I know the impact it has had on me. A huge turning point for me (Jordan) was the day I started praying with Scripture. I was inspired to start taking Scripture seriously after I heard a talk by Mark Hart at a ministry training convention I was attending. Before hearing Mark, I saw the Bible as a religious text book I used in theology classes; it was something I used to explain my faith rather than as a way to encounter Him. But through Mark Hart’s witness, I was shown that I can actually experience God’s presence and power through it. Since that realization over six years ago, I have been praying with Scripture on a daily basis, and my life has never been the same. We want to give the teens that same gift of transformation and of hearing God speak directly to them through His Word by regular exposure to and use of the Bible at Life Nights. In the near future, we will have information on how much one Bible will cost and will be inviting parishioners to sponsor the purchase of one. For now, please consider if you would like to be a sponsor. Thank you!
Questions about Life Teen, please contact: Jordan Langbeen, Youth Minister & Life Teen Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org , (586) 943-1722
Junior Sarisan Slovak Folk Ensembleis holding special try-outs for any new members interested in joining. You do not have to be Slovak, and do not need dance experience. Children ages 8-17 are invited to try out on Tuesday, September 15, at 5:45PM in the Fr. Mikus Hall.
Kids must dress accordingly; no jeans/restrictive clothing or flip-flops. For more information, please contact:Daniela Grisak, Director, (248) 659-8522
St. Cyril’s Book Clubwill discuss "Who is the Devil "by Nicholas Corte. This is a discussion on the Church’s teaching on the existence of Satan. We will meet to discuss this book on Monday, September 21, at 7:00PM in Room #115. This book can be ordered at Faith@Work, (248) 250-9216, and can also be ordered online.
YOLO Young Adult Ministry Attention Young Adults: We have officially wrapped up another awesome summer! Thank you everyone who made it possible and came out the BBQ, retreat, sports nights, and ‘Nearer than ever before’ series!
We are very excited to be kicking off another year of weekly (Friday night) meetings starting onFriday, October 2nd. The theme for the year is becoming the absolute "best version of yourself!" (Matthew Kelly) Our generation is bombarded with a mentality that is self-serving and entitled. God has more in store for us than this culture can possibly provide. As young adults, it is a challenge beyond words to stay faithful and always act in a way that is morally good when society is constantly encouraging the contrary. YOLO provides a safe environment that allows young men and women to share that faith, grow in confidence in the love of God, and gain the tools they need to share that love with others. If you, reading this, are a young adult we would like to extend an invitation for you to get to know other like-minded adults who share your faith, morals, and desire to grow closer to God in a fun, friendly, and comfortable atmosphere. Through the sacraments, prayer, and community we help one another become the best versions of ourselves. YOLO is excited to have seen how this ministry has grown over the past few years and anxious to see how much more it can grow in the years to come. If you, reading this, are too young or too old for this ministry, we ask that you keep everyone in young adult ministry in your prayers. We ask that you pray for the leaders, that they keep Christ at the center of every action and always turn to prayer for discernment. We ask that you pray for the young adults who attend YOLO and that they encounter God in a way that gives them an undeniable faith. Last but not least, we ask that you pray for all young adults who do not know how much God loves them and that their value is infinite. Thank you in advance for your prayers!
We are still hoping to have a social and (possibly) a service gathering before the kickoff, stay tuned for detailsQuestions, contact: Facebook page: YOLO Live 4 Christ or Mary Giroux, yolo.live4Christ@gmail.com
Body of St. Maria Goretti is Making a Pilgrimage to the United StatesVisiting Ss. Cyril & Methodius DATE: Saturday, October 10 HOLY MASS: 9:00AM VENERATION: 10:00AM - 10:00PM
Known as the Patroness of Mercy, St. Maria forgave her murderer even in the midst of horrendous physical suffering, a forgiveness that would completely convert him and set him on a path to personal holiness.
In his own words, "Maria’s forgiveness saved me."
"I forgave Alessandro Serenelli … and I want him with me in Heaven forever." - St. Maria Goretti
Salad LuncheonOctober 18 3:00—6:00PM This is a wonderfully fun annual event sponsored by the Rosary Society.
All proceeds benefit Ss. Cyril & Methodius!
* Admission tickets are now available for purchase! Cost is $10 per ticket (or you may purchase a table for 8 for $80). Tickets are available in the Parish office. Please get yours soon. Tickets are limited.
* A wide variety of delicious salads are served for lunch. We kindly ask all attendees to bring a salad, in a disposable container, that serves eight for our buffet table. This provides an amazing array of delicious salads to enjoy throughout the after-noon.
* A variety of raffles are held throughout the event for a chance to win prizes: Showcase Baskets, Handmade Afghans, New comforters, bedspreads and throws, and 50/50.
* Whether you attend the Luncheon or not, you can help make this event a great success: Please consider:
* donating a new full/queen size comforter, bedspread or throw. Many "White Sales" and "Summer Sales" are taking place now.
* making an afghan for our Afghan Raffle. (Afghans should be full-size, or baby blanket size.)
* donating a basket for our Showcase Basket Raffle. All items in the basket should be new. Use your imagination and get creative! You can even ask local establishments for donations (i.e. hair salons, spas, bakeries, florists, Bed & Break-fasts, Ski passes, etc.)
Thank you for your consideration. We appreciate all contributions! As the Salad Luncheon gets closer, donations will be accepted in the Parish Office. Questions, please contact: Karen Bove, (248) 709-9055 or email@example.com
Trail Life Friends and members of Trail Life Troop 214: Summer is very much here, and we are gearing up for the next year of Trail Life! We completed our first full year and are very excited about this next year. We will resume our regularly scheduled meetings on September 1st, and our first social event will be the Flag Retirement Ceremony held by the Knights of Columbus in September 18 … details to follow.
We have a diverse makeup of youth of all ages within our group, and are looking forward to the upcoming opportunities to grow in both skills and virtues. There are a lot of new ideas being discussed, and we are always looking for fresh ideas.
One of the areas that in which we are seeking help is with adult leadership. As new members arrive and others move on, we have a few troop leadership positions that will need to be filled:
Fox Patrol Trail Guides: for the upcoming, undiscovered First Graders. We need (2) for this upcoming group.
Hawk-2 Patrol Trail Guides: for the 2nd Grade group. We are looking for at least (1), preferably (2) adults to head this group, which was brand-new last year.
Mountain Lion-4 Patrol Trail Guide: for the 4th Grade group. We currently have one leader and are in need of a second.
Committee Chair: to oversee the various adult activities within the group, such as planning committees, fundraising, and troop programming.
Woodlands Ranger: known as "Cubmaster" in the BSA Cub Scout program. Oversees programming and activities primarily for the younger group.
If you are wondering how you could help, please feel free to contact one of us. Thank you and we can’t wait to start back up! Denny Jaynes, (248) 410-2243, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hello Parish Family and All Visitors: In an effort to be more actively Pro-Life, especially after there have been six videos (so far) that have been released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) showing the horrible, sickening evil that takes place inside Planned Parent-hood locations throughout our country that works against God’s precious creation of human Life as babies lives are taken through abortion and in some cases being allowed to be born then killed (infanticide) and their body parts are sold for profit to research companies, the Pro-Life Ministry wants to update you on ways you can stand up for Life!
See below some local activities/events that you can participate in between now and the end of September – mark your calendars and look on the bulletin board as well as in the bulletin for further details as we get closer to these things taking place!
* Slovak Festival Pro-Life Booth – Stop by and visit the Pro-Life Ministry’s booth the weekend of August 29/30. It will be located in the parish hall. Literature, bookmarks, prayer cards, Precious feet pins, bumper stickers, pro-life bracelets, childrens’ books and books for young adults/adults, and "Chocolate Lovers are Pro-Life" Candy Bars will be available (some items are free and some have a cost). Adults, young adults and high school students will be volunteering to be available at the booth to assist you.
* Registration for the 2016 Right to Life – LIFESPAN"Movement in Motion" Youth Bus Trip to Washington, DC for the 43rd annual March for Life will be from September 1-October 31. Fliers will be available at the Pro-Life Booth and will also be avail-able by the St. Michael Statue at the entrance doors. If you want more information, please contact Bobby or Sam Smith of the Crusaders for Life Detroit group at email@example.com or contact me at (248) firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Right to Life – LIFESPAN’s Annual Pro-Life Breakfast will be held on Saturday, September 12 at the Holiday Inn on Laurel Park Drive in Livonia beginning at 8:30AM with registration. The topic is "Defund Planned Parenthood" and is very timely because Planned Parenthood is being exposed for who/what they really are and our government should stop funding them with our tax dollars! For more information, call (734) 524-0162.
* On the same day, the third National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children will be held at 2:00PM at White Chapel Ceme-tery in Troy. For more information, call (734) 524-0162.
* 40 Days for Life will begin its annual fall prayer vigil on September 23. The location that is nearest the parish is Northland Family Planning on 17 Mile Rd west of Ryan. Contact Paul, (586) 242-1178 or at 40DfLsterlinghts@gmail.com for more info.
* 2015 Nurses for Life Conference "First Do No Harm" The Threat of Assisted Suicide as End of Life Care will take place on September 26 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac from 8:00-12:30PM. For more information, call (248) 816-8489 or go on-line to www.mnfl.eventbrite.com
If someone you know is suffering from an abortion decision, please contact Christine at Rachel’s Vineyard Detroit, (248) 494-6363 or email@example.com.
Please follow the undercover investigation that CMP is sharing with the public by going to their website www.centerformedicalprogress.org. You can also follow their story through www.lifenews.com, Live Action, Students for Life of America, and National Right to Life (all have websites).
I will share more with you in September for October because there will be several things taking place in that month too!
You can e-mail me if you have any questions at Lynnsscm@gmail.com or call me at (248) 816-1546
Have a very blessed week!Lynn Gura, Pro-Life Ministry
Legion of MaryWith 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
Calixis 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 thethird 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org See Adoration 101
email@example.com. Form here