Advent / Giving Tree Projects 2015


Catechism Corner

Wednesday, December 2 at 6:15PM: Class for all/Benediction for K & 2nd grades

Saturday, December 5 at 4:00PM (Commitment Mass for 8th grade Confirmandi) at 4:00PM

Wednesday, December 9 at 6:15PM: Class for all/Benediction for 8th grade

Please note there is no Benediction Schedule for the Activity Center at this time. When one becomes available, it will posted in the bulletin. Due to limited space at the Activity Center, parents will be asked to drop off their children and go to Adoration/Benediction at the Church. The building will be locked for the safety of the children. You may approach a hall monitor at one of the doors for emergency access.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Paul or Carroll Schuller, Directors of Religious Education, (586) 254-9212 or

2015/2016 Calendar

PDF file of all forms needed  here

YOLO Young Adult Ministry 

On Friday, November 27, we will host our Third Annual Dance with DJ Spranger starting at 7:30PM! We have decided to declare it a ‘Fall Bash.’ Suggested attire is fall apparel: meaning jeans, flannel, boots, browns, oranges, yellows, etc. It is $10 per person and goes till 11:00PM. There will be appetizers, desserts, and beverages. Feel free to bring a friend! Our last two years have been a great time!

Our December events are as follows: On Friday, December 4, we will host a Pizza and Game Night following the First Friday Holy Mass. On Friday, December 11, we will join the parish for ‘Mother of Mercy Mass,’ and on Friday, December 18, we will host our 3rd Annual Christmas Party! Stay tuned for details of all our December events!

Lastly, as the year of mercy is upon us, YOLO has decided to practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy each month in order to grow charity and in our efforts to imitate Christ! So far this year we joined the Men’s Club and volunteered at Crossroads Soup Kitchen. This past weekend we raked leaves for some of our parishioners. Our December service project is "Adopt a Family." Once all the details are firmed up, we will invite you to participate! Please pray for our ministry as we continue to grow and always seek to be what Christ is calling us to be!

Questions: Facebook Page: YOLO Live 4 Christ or Mary Giroux, 

Quilt Ministry Workshop will take place this Saturday, November 28 at 10:00AM. New members are always welcome and you do not need to sew to assist in the completing of the Quilt tops made by our members. Our Quilts are donated to anyone who is in the need of the warmth and comfort of our Quilts. Our end users are varied and include the homeless in our area as well as shelters, pregnancy centers and foster children.

If you have any questions about this wonderful way to fulfill a Corporal Work of Mercy, call Kay, (586) 752-7991

Advent Sale  On the weekend of  November 28& 29, the World Youth Day Pilgrims will be selling Advent wreaths, advent candles, advent Magnificats, rosaries, cabbage rolls, Miraculous Medal, St Benedict and Carmalite Logo apparel, St. Benedict T-shirts and other Advent items. Come and see what we have and support our youth to go to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016. Thank you and God Bless, Mary Hale  

INVESTITURE OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL Investiture of the Miraculous Medal will be on November 28, after the 4:00PM Holy Mass. Packets with a novena, and a medal suspended on a blue ribbon will be available at the parish office for all those who have registered. Please watch the bulletin board for the announcement.

"Investiture in the Miraculous Medal is an act by which we clothe ourselves with Mary, placing ourselves under her maternal care, acknowledging our dependence on and confidence in her active role in our lives. It is, for us, a concrete reminder that we are her son or her daughter, and that she will lead us to her beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ – and that she will do so in ways we cannot begin to imagine." The Church does not attach any superstition, or voodoo, or magic to the medal. It is not an amulet or good luck charm. It is a sign of our Faith and wearing it shows our allegiance to, and love for, Our Blessed Mother.

In her apparition on November 27, 1830, to St. Catherine Laboure, she instructed her: "Have a medal struck after this model. All who wear it will receive great graces; they should wear it around the neck. Graces will abound for persons who wear it with confidence." With the Church’s approval, the first medal was struck in 1832. Originally it was called the medal of the Immaculate Concepcion, but the abundance of miracles, conversions and healing associated with its use soon resulted in the name, Miraculous Medal. The result of Mary’s intercession through this tiny, but powerful, sacramental was a resurgence in devotion to Our Blessed Mother who gained the title as Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.


1. Novena from November 19 to 27.

2. Miraculous Medal threaded on a blue ribbon (we will provide the blue ribbon). You may use your own medal or we will provide.

3. Confession at least 2 weeks before the date.

4. Enrollment deadline November 20.

To enroll/register and for information, please contact: Donna Mazurkievicz, (586) 268-4235 or Susan Schoenstein, (248) 652-2856 or (248) 495-6949

Edge Youth Ministry  Next EDGE Night: Monday, December 7 "Spiritual Friendship, Part II"

Monday, November 30: NO EDGE

Please review the following Drop Off/Pick Up procedures:

Drop Off The Activity Center officially opens at 6:45PM. Before then the building will be locked, as there is no guarantee of adult supervision. Parents and siblings attending Life Teen are welcome to drop off teens any time after 6:45PM. Please remember that this ensures the safety and supervision of your teen at all times. Your teen, accompanied by a parent or designated adult, is welcome to wait in Room C246, but they will still be the parent/designated adult's responsibility until 6:45PM. Teens cannot be in the building alone.

Dismissal At the end of the Edge Night (8:45PM) teens will gather in the Sofa Room (in Section B). At this time, parents or a designated person or siblings who attended Life Teen can come to either door C (on the left when facing the south side of the building) or door B (center door).

If you arrive before the Edge Night concludes, you will be directed to door C to wait in room C246 until an Edge Core announces the night has concluded and guides you through the building to the Sofa Room. Once inside the Sofa Room, please connect with your teen and exit out of door B.

Our EDGE nights for 2015/2016 are Mondays, 7:00PM—8:45PM in the Activity Center. Teens must be 11 years old by December 1 AND in 6th grade by Fall, 2015, to participate.

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

Life Teen High School Ministry   Monday, November 30: "Love Wins"

This will be our final night in our spiritual battle series. The night will revolve around our hope in Christ’s ultimate victory and how this hope should drive us to joyfully share the Gospel with others, both in our words and actions. Life Night is 7:00-8:30PM in the hall, and is open to all high school teens.

Service Opportunity: PB & J Ministry– Clothing the Poor

Saturday, December12, 7:00-9:45AM in Detroit. We will be working with the PB & J Ministry to hand out clothes and other items to the poor. This activity involves direct contact with the homeless of Detroit. Our group will meet at St. Cyril’s and carpool to the site (a vacant lot near where many of the homeless "live"). Permission forms available upon request (please email Jordan Langbeen) and must be turned in to the Parish Office by Monday, December 7.

Registration for Camp Covecrest (July 10-17, 2016) Opens Monday, November 30!

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

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

Evangelization Committee Meeting we brainstormed evangelization ideas for the upcoming Year of Mercy. At our next meeting on Tuesday, December 1, we will attempt to rate those ideas to make recommendations to Father Ben. We will meet at 7:00PM in the Activity Center, Room C246. Deacon Joe

Northland Family Planning Prayer In the weeks ahead our attention will be on giving thanks to God - for all our blessings and especially for the birth of Christ. Each life is a precious gift that can change the world.

Please join us for a Pro-Life prayer and witness event outside the Northland Family Planning Clinic on Saturday, December 5, from 11:30AM—12:30PM. The clinic is located at 3810 17 Mile Road, just west of Ryan Road. See the Northland Family Planning flier on the church bulletin board for more information.

Rosary Society Meeting will be our annual Christmas Luncheon at 11:00AM after the Holy Mass and Rosary on Saturday, December 5, at St. Nativity of the Virgin Mary Macedonian Church, 43123 Ryan Rd. at 19 Mile Rd in Sterling Heights. This event may only be attended by Rosary Society members who have paid their dues and paid for the dinner in advance. Please do not arrive before 11:00AM, as the doors will not be opened until this time. Please Note: As always, our monthly Mass and Rosary will be at St. Cyril & Methodius and then we will drive to the Macedonian Church for our Luncheon.

Breakfast with Saint Nicholas Saint Nicholas is coming to Ss. Cyril & Methodius. Establish or continue a wonderful family Christmas tradition by taking your children to visit Saint Nicholas. This is a wonderful alternative to a mall visit with Santa. This special saint can truly symbolize the season for your children. Saint Nicholas will be visiting our parish this year during the "Breakfast with Saint Nicholas" event on Saturday, December 5, from 10:00AM – 12:00PM. In a time when it can be so easy to lose the true meaning of the season in the rush of our shopping and traveling, take a break and come to the Fr. Mikus Hall to introduce your children to this great saint known for his generosity and sincerity. Children can say hello to Saint Nicholas, receive a little surprise and have their photograph taken with him by a professional photographer as a memento of their visit. You will be able to download all photos from a website (more information will be given at the time of the photo taken).

We will sell tickets for this special event after all Sunday Holy Masses on November 15 and 22. All families are welcome. Cost for the breakfast is: $8 per adult and $6 per child or buy a table of 8 for $50. Buy your tickets early. Early bird ticket buyers will be first in line to get pictures taken with Saint Nicholas.

If you have any questions, please contact: Eman Louis,

Consecration to Jesus thru Mary  December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, is the next opportunity to make or renew your Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort. For those who have been preparing the last 33 days, the formal consecration and renewal will take place in the Church, following the Holy Rosary at 6:30PM, and Holy Mass at 7:00PM.

To register and insure enough forms are on hand, please call: Jenni Hulway (586) 453-4580.

The next opportunity to become consecrated will begin on December 31 and conclude on February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. What a wonderful way to begin the New Year.

Our Lady’s Rosary Makers The Rosary Makers will meet on Wednesday afternoon, December 9, in Room #113 from 1:00PM—3:00PM. For more information, please contact: Jo Ann, (586) 979-1078 or Helen, (586) 469-3181

Our Lady of Guadalupe Mother of Mercy "The Star of the New Evangelization" (St. John Paul II)

Friday, December 11 6:00PM—Rosary 6:30PM—Holy Mass 7:30PM—Talk on Our Lady of Guadalupe, Kathy Crombie and Donna O’Hara provide a visual, and factually accurate, in-depth overview of the Guadalupe apparitions and message.

Donna O’Hara will follow to explore and explain why Pope John Paul II called Our Lady of Guadalupe "The Star of the New Evangelization." Donna is a Masters of Arts in Theology Graduate of Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

Kathy Crombie will provide a snapshot of the overall story of the apparitions and information about what the image commu-nicates. Kathy is a speaker, writer, prolife professional and iconographer

St. Joseph’s Adoptive Parents Support Group Please consider joining the St Joseph Adoptive Parent Support Group if you have been blessed to grow your family through adoption or are interested to learn about the process. We provide a safe and confidential environment to offer emotional and prayer support.

We will meet again on Sunday, December 13, in the Heritage Room after the 9:30AM Holy Mass. We will have a special guest speaker—a young man who was adopted and will provide his perspective on the effect of early childhood trauma, placement in an adoptive home, his behavioral issues and his journey to peace and reconciliation with the Catholic Church. Questions: Denise Strasz, (586) 764-6263 or

Cordial Invitation to the Deo Gratias Café 2015 Christmas Social The Deo Gratias Café will host a Christmas Social on Tuesday, December 15, from 10:00AM—3:00PM. Come celebrate the spirit of this HOLY season with friends and family, and enjoy music, food and gift tables. For the kids there will be a cookie decorating table ($1), a children's table for purchasing family gifts ($2 and under), and a Christmas gift for each child aged infant to 12 years old. There will also be a beautiful Christmas gift basket which will be raffled off ($1/ticket or $5/6 tickets).

Schedule for the Day

Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice will be available throughout the day ($1.50 each), and cappuccino ($2).

Assorted Christmas cookies, while they last, ($1/plate).

From 12:00PM—3:00PM, enjoy a bowl of potato soup with cheddar cheese topping/crackers ($3), a large baked pretzel with dip ($1), or an egg, tuna or chicken salad sandwich with chips ($2.50).

Whether you're a café regular or a first-time visitor, come and discover the Deo Gratias Café located in the Gallery. We look forward to seeing you soon! Jesus IS The Reason For The Season! Merry Christmas! Beverly Moran & Mary Richards

Ushers Meeting Ushers, and men interested in becoming Ushers, please attend our meeting on Wednesday, December 16, at 8:00PM in the Overflow Room. Thank you, Frank Moran 

St. Cyril’s Book Club Come join us as we embark on a spiritual journey. For the month of December, the St. Cyril’s Book Club will discuss "In Garments All Red" by Fr. Godfrey Poage, C. P. In this book, Fr. Poage discusses the beautiful true story of St. Maria Goretti’s virtuous life and death.

We will meet to discuss this book on Monday, December 21, at 7:00PM in Room 115. The book can be purchased in the Parish Office for $12. For a total of $20 you can purchase both this book and the DVD or BLU-Ray "Sacred Relics of the Saints ". Hope to see many of you, new and old members, there.

What is the Ss. Cyril & Methodius Grassroots Rosary Bouquet?

Since November 2014, members of various ministries at our church have been inspired to actively participate in a Rosary Bouquet for Fr. Ben's special intentions in order to support him spiritually in his wonderful leadership of our church.

Ministries who participate provide the Parish Office with a Rosary Bouquet Calendar listing the name of those praying an extra Rosary for Fr. Ben. These calendars are given to Fr. Ben.

[It is important to note that while many people at St. Cyril already pray a daily Rosary, this commits them to pray one extra Rosary within 24 hours of the day(s) selected anywhere they choose to do so.]

The following groups are among those ministries who have so generously given of their time: iNVICTUS CHRISTUS, The Rosary Society, Friends of The Congo, Rosary Makers, Knights of Columbus, Hospitality Team, Men's Club, Usher's Club, Garden Club, Little Flowers Girls' Club, Perpetual Adoration Adorers, Regina Caeli Academy, and the Vitale Family Breakfast Club.

So far, we are booked through January, 2016. It is our hope that other ministries will participate, as well, in this on-going Rosary Bouquet at least throughout 2017 for Fr. Ben's intentions. [Considering that there are approximately 60 ministries at our church, this could last 5 years!]

Thank you for your prayers for our wonderful Pastor’s intentions. Praise be to The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit for our priests and their charge

If you have any questions, please contact: Sharon Brown,  or (248) 740-1334

Apologetics Conference Planning Internationally-renowned Catholic authors and Apologists, PATRICK MADRID, KEN HENSLEY, STEVE RAY and TIM STAPLES will come to Ss. Cyril & Methodius for the 3rd Annual Midwest Apologetics Conference (MAC III) that takes place on Saturday, January 16, 2016! /   Midwest Catholic Apologetics Conference  MAC III | 01.16.16 

for tickets

Pro-Life News * March for Life, Washington, DC

Dear Parish Family and Visitors, I would like to share with you that we have 84 people from our parish who will attend the annual March for Life in Washington, DC in January. They will be traveling with Right to Life - LIFESPAN on two buses. This number includes several parents, young adults, Fr. Elijah Washington and my husband and I. We have the largest group so far from our parish going on the trip in 2016 as well as the largest group of Crusaders for Life joining us! I am so thrilled and excited! The ages of our young people range from 12-24 years old. We have a large number of newcomers to the bus trip and even to the March itself! Everyone has made sacrifices to adjust their schedules and budgets so they can participate in the largest peaceful pro-Life event in our country (and in the world)! We will join over 600,000 other people (mostly young people in Jr. High/High School and in their early adult years) in our nation's Capitol to walk in solidarity with each other as we uphold the sanctity and dignity of human Life on the tragic anniversary date of the US Supreme Court decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton that together made it the law of the land to kill our most innocent vulnerable human beings in their mother's wombs for whatever reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy! I would like to ask if anyone who is reading this can help give any amount possible to put towards sponsoring some of the students who need assistance to pay for their trip. We do not have any fundraising at the parish for this Youth Bus Trip. I have relied on the generosity of others to help our students each year and whatever doesn't get covered by the families of the students and their sponsors, then LIFESPAN covers it through fundraising. For 2016, there are 13 students from our parish who need at least a $50 sponsorship (some need even more than that). The cost per person is $178 which includes the bus trip, a donation to our host church, a dinner and breakfast at the church, and a warm, cool looking beanie hat (for identification of our group). If you pray about it and decide you'd like to give a small donation to help, please send a check by December 1st made payable to RTL - LIFESPAN. Send it to RTL - LIFESPAN, Coventry Place, 1637 W. Big Beaver, Suite G, Troy, MI, 48084, attention: Lynn Gura. Write in the notation line "Assist a Student from Ss. C & M". That way the money will go directly towards helping our student or students.

On behalf of the students and myself, in advance, we give a warm heartfelt thank you to each of you who would like to help! May you all have a very blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your loved ones and the very best Advent ever in getting yourselves spiritually ready to welcome the precious Child Jesus on Christmas Day!

Lynn Gura, Parish Pro-Life Ministry (and Youth Director at RTL - LIFESPAN)

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:

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  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 Form here

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