The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most precious gift anyone can receive.
Christmas Novena Holy Mass Cards are now available (in Slovak and English). Novena cards are available after all weekend Holy Masses and in the Parish Office on weekdays between 10AM-5:30PM. The cards are available with pictures of the creche as it was beautifully decorated in 2013. The 9-day Novena begins December 26.
Catechism CornerCatechism begins at 6:15PM and ends at 7:30PM, so please arrive promptly to drop off and pick up your child.
Wednesday, December 17, at 6:15PM: Christmas Party & Benediction for entire program. All students to meet their teachers in Fr. Mikus Hall where they will proceed as a class to Benediction at 6:20PM.
Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve: NO CLASS
Wednesday, December 31 New Year’s Eve: NO CLASS
Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 6:15PM, Welcome Back: Class for all & Benediction for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th
Saturday, January 10, at 4:00PM: Commitment Mass for Confirmandi. Confirmandi should arrive at 3:30PM and meet in Father Mikus Hall.
Questions, please contact: Directors of Religious Education: Paul or Carroll Schuller, (586) 254-9212
Catechism Cancelation Notification
It is your responsibility to check if class has been cancelled. You can check our website. It would say “classes cancelled” a decision will be made by 1:00pm day of classes. Normally it says “No Closures” Please look for this before you need it. Also See Safety Concerns, Guidelines for a sick Child here
Life Teen High School MinistryMonday, December 15: Christmas Social & Service. We will enjoy a Christmas potluck dinner, make gifts for the patients of Beaumont Children’s Hospital, and have a chance to slow down and reflect on where we especially need Christ to be "born" anew in our own lives.
No Life Nights on December 22 or December 29
Final Dates for Timeline Bible Study Series: Wednesdays, December 17
For updates on our events, visit us on Facebook: "Ss. Cyril & Methodius Life Teen Ministry"Questions: Youth Minister & Life Teen Coordinator, Jordan Langbeen, firstname.lastname@example.org (586) 943-1722
EDGE Youth MinistryMonday, December 15 EDGE Night #9 - "Building the Fortress" This EDGE Night, teens will discuss what it means to be build each other up and encourage each other through prayer. Questions about EDGE: Alexandria Lewis (317) 331-4772 or email@example.com
St. Cyril's Book Clubwill be presenting the DVD "The Star of Bethlehem" on Monday, December 15, at 7:00PM in Room 112.Scholars debate whether the Star of Bethlehem is a legend created by the early church or a miracle that marked the advent of Christ. Is it possible that the star was a real, astronomical event? From Producer Stephen McEveety ("The Passion of the Christ") comes an amazing documentary on the Star of Bethlehem. This presentation explores the exciting truth of scripture and reveals the evidence for God’s existence as seen in the stars above. Presenter Rick Larson walks you through Biblical and historical clues revealing the incredible significance of this celestial event as well as the vastness of God’s creativity. Discover the secret of the Star - a secret of magnificent beauty.
Sacred Relics ExhibitTuesday, December 16, at 6:00PM. Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church welcomes you to a teaching and exposition of Sacred Relics. Over 150 relics will be shown, some believed to be as old as 2,000 years.
Treasures of the Church is a ministry of evangelization of the Catholic Church. Run by Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross, its purpose is to give people an experience of the living God through an encounter with the relics of his saints in the form of an exposition.
Each exposition begins with a multi-media presentation on the Church's use of relics that is scriptural, catechetical, and devotional. After the presentation those in attendance have an opportunity to venerate the relics of some of their favorite saints. Among the treasures are relics of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the "Little Flower"), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska. The supreme highlight is one of the largest relics of the Church's claim to the True Cross in the world and a piece of the Veil that, according to sanctioned tradition, is believed to have belonged to Our Lady.
The veneration of relics is a communion with the heroes of our Christian faith, asking for their powerful intercession. Many people have reported outstanding blessings and conversions, and many have reported healings. Attendees are encouraged to bring their articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends/family members which may be touched to the reliquaries as a means of intercessory prayer. Complete details www.treasuresofthechurch.com
Calix Society The Calix Society was founded in 1947 in Minneapolis in the United States, by a group of five men, all recovering alcoholics, who saw their faith as a sure path to serenity without alcohol. 'Calix' is Latin for 'chalice', and these men accepted the idea that they were substituting 'the cup that sanctifies for the cup that stupefies'. The purpose of the founders of Calix was to use the resources of the Church to aid them as alcoholics to work towards sanctification. Calix gathers its members together as Catholics, on common spiritual ground, with their common problem and their common aspirations, to seek guidance in practical daily living.
Calix is not a ‘Catholic A.A.’. It does not attempt to sober anyone up. Alcoholics Anonymous is very effective in that area and there are other 12-Step programs, and medical alternatives for that purpose. Calix seeks only to provide a complementary and supplementary resource for Catholics, to help them make connections between what they receive from A.A., Alanon, or other 12-Step programs and the faith and practices of the Church.
If you believe you could benefit from being a part of the Calix Society, come to our next meeting.We meet at 8:00PM at the Ss. Cyril & Methodius Activity Center, on the third Thursday of every month. Our next meeting is December 18. For more information call Cassie or Larry G., (586)739-5297
YOLO Young Adult Ministry this month is our Christmas Party! It will be on Friday, December 19, at 7:00PM in the Activity Center. It will be a potluck, so bring a dish to pass and bring a white elephant gift (No more than $5 worth). Dress in whatever Christmas apparel you like: Ugly sweaters, Christmas costumes, red and green, etc. There will be some fun activities, awesome people, and good food! We hope you are able to join us for a great night! If you have any questions, please contact: Facebook page: YOLO Live 4 Christ or Mary Giroux, yolo.live4Christ@gmail.com
Grief Retreat with Father Ben LuedtkeDecember 19—21 Be Still and Know That I Am Grief Retreat with Fr. Ben Luedtke, Spiritual Director — it does not matter how long or how recent your loss. December 19 -21, at St. Paul of the Cross in Detroit. Cost: $225. For info and to register: Sandie at (519) 979-2264.
Fellowshipafter the 9:30AM Holy Mass next Sunday, December 21, hosted by the St. Raphael Health Ministry. Come and enjoy coffee, and bagels with your friends, and meet new ones. Family Christmas gift basket to be raffled, and other surprises! For info, please contact: Mary Richards, (586) 323-4037
Blessing of WineFeast of St. John Apostle Bring your Favorite Wine. Wine will be blessed after all Masses on December 27, (9:00AM, 4:00PM and 6:00PM).
The custom derives from December 27th being the feast day of the Apostle John. There is a legend, which gained great popularity in the Middle Ages, that a pagan priest had challenged St. John that he would convert to Christianity if St. John would drink a cup of poisoned wine and remain unharmed. The legend went on to say that St. John blessed the cup prior to consuming it, and that the poison came out of the cup as a serpent. This is why Saint John is sometimes pictured in art with a chalice with a snake coming out of it. This is also the basis for drinking a glass of wine on December 27 in honor of Saint John! In some countries, there was the tradition of bringing wine to church on December 27, when it would be blessed. There was even an official Blessing of Wine for the Feast of Saint John in the old Roman ritual.
St. John’s wine, blessed by a priest or sprinkled with holy water by the father of the family, is served with the main meal. In Europe, even the children receive a little sip of it after the main course of the dinner. The wine is then poured into glasses and passed around to the family and guests. As each glass is given, the leader says: "I drink thee the love of St. John." So invite some friends over, uncork a bottle of wine, and drink to "Love of Saint John."
If you would like to share in this custom, bring a bottle of your favorite wine to Mass to be blessed on the Feast of St. John, Apostle.
Our Lady’s Rosary MakersWednesday Afternoon Meeting: December 31 The Rosary Makers will meet on Wednesday afternoon, December 31, in Room #113 from 1:00—3:00PM. PLEASE NOTE: The December 24 meeting changed to December 31. For more information, please call: Jo Ann, (586) 979-1078 or Helen, (586) 469-3181
New Year’s Eve Party* SILVESTROVSKA ZABAVA December 31, 2014, 6:00PM–12:30AM
Doors open at 6:00PM / Dancing to DJ from 8:30PM – 12:30AM, Dinner Serving Station Style at 7:00PM includes: Parmesan Chicken, Swedish Meatballs, Mostaccioli, Rosemary Butter Roasted Potatoes, Chef Choice ‘Vegetable’, Dinner Salad, Rolls with Butter, Vanilla Ice Cream with Fudge Topping, Beer, Wine and Pop
11:15—12:15PM: After Glow Late Snack
Bring Board Games and Cards
*KIDS (5& younger): FREE /
Cost (until December 20): Adults (18 & up): $25 / Youth (6-17): $15
Cost (December 21-30): Adults (18 & up): $30 / Youth (6-17): $18
Cost at-the-Door IF Available: Adults (18 & up): $35 / Youth (6-17): $20
Tickets can be purchased in the Parish Office on weekdays from 10AM—5PM or call Mary Hale, (586) 773-8261
Midwest Apologetics ConferenceJanuary 24, 2015, Flyer Here Registration is now open to attend the 2015 Mid-west Catholic Apologetics Conference II being held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 Registration form here
TIM STAPLES, STEPHEN RAY, MARCUS GRODI, GARY MICHUTA
Catholics are constantly being challenged about their Faith:
Why Purgatory? Didn’t Jesus pay for our sins on the Cross?
Making Sense of Mary! Doesn’t the Bible say Jesus had brothers and that all have personally sinned?
"Unless you eat my body and drink my blood there is no life in you" - Symbolic or Literal?
Why Confession to a Priest, who is just a man? Why not confess sins directly to God instead?
On January 24, 2015, four nationally-known Catholic authors and apologists will come to Ss. Cyril & Methodius to tackle these and other questions at the 2015 Midwest Catholic Apologetics Conference. Four talks …four opportunities to be equipped to show how Catholicism is firmly anchored in Scripture, history and reason.
Conference begins with the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Ben Luedtke at 7:30AM, followed by the Conference which lasts until approximately 3:30PM.
Cost: $25 (*Adult Pre-Registration by January 15) / $15 (Student Registration) / $30 (Walk-In Registration) *Light box lunch is provided to all pre-registered attendees. Registration forms can be found by the St. Michael statue in the entryway. Questions: Joan Hartzell, (586) 979-7042 firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival ChoirRehearsals will be held in Room #119 and will run from 7:00-8:30PM. This choir will be preparing to sing for the Christmas Midnight Mass. The men of the parish are highly encouraged to consider participating in this ministry.
Looking for Instrumentalists
If you are an instrumentalist, please consider offering your musical talents at special liturgies throughout the year. Of particular help would be those who can play the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin, and cello.Stephanie Yu, Director of Music, email@example.com
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
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, callBecky Bueche, (586) 781-4635 or write firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com. Form here