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"How To Build A School In Under 10 Minutes"

  Holy Spirit  Church and School are under the patronage of our dear little saint, Philomena. You can read the story of how she came to enjoy this honored title at our church and school by clicking on "Articles" above. We could actually use more help than we can afford here at Holy Spirit. Would you consider making a contribution to our Capital Campaign? It would be greatly appreciated and would go to the cause of providing a good Catholic Education to our young people. Thank you.  

Fr John Rocus

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Mission Statement
"As disciples of Jesus Christ,we, the people of Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, 
dedicate ourselves to living the Great Commandments to
  "Love God with all our hearts, souls and minds..and to love our neighbor 
as ourselves."
  We will do this under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
 committing ourselves to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church
 by evangelization and education of all, beginning in our parish family 
and then reaching out in loving service to our world."



Prayer to the Holy Spirit 

"Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Holy Spirit
we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations,
Through Christ Our Lord, Amen."




The month of May is the "month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady," and it is the occasion for a "moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God's mercy come dow...n to us from her throne in greater abundance" (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May, no. 1).  Please join us before each Mass as we pray the Rosary.

To read more on Devotions to Mary:  Catholic Culture - Mary


From The Pastor's Desk


Happy Birthday, Universal Church. And Happy Patronal Feastday to us, here at the local church named after the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.
The Holy Spirit is for me the most mysterious of the Three Persons. I mean, I have a ton of books on my shelf where theologians, saints, and various expert commentators have tried to explain Him (or It), but still it’s a challenge to grasp that aspect of God which is represented by a bird. A dove.
 We are told that we receive the Holy Spirit at Baptism and then receive a greater outpouring as we progress through our spiritual lives. This apparently would culminate with the Sacrament of Confirmation in our teens when the Bishop anoints us and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. But I’ve never seen anyone respond too dramatically at that particular moment. What I have seen is people responding in different ways at different times in life. And it would seem that this has always been the case. Remember recently when we read in The Acts of the Apostles about the Roman centurion, Cornelius, who apparently received The Holy Spirit even before he was baptized?
I myself have been prayed over many times by charismatic Catholics with the intent that I receive “The Gift”, only to be frustrated with me when I didn’t respond in the way that they would have hoped, namely with speaking in tongues. But as I’ve told you many times, my personal sense is that the Holy Spirit must be working in me in more subtle ways. The main result for me is the simple fact that I am here with you, as a priest. This is something I could never have imagined doing in my life so it must have been. . .The Spirit. At some point I was confirmed in this understanding when I found a passage in the God Calling book in which Jesus said that no one can tell when the Spirit of God enters into a person. It can only be recognized in results. Yes, I like that explanation. The Spirit blows where It wills and sometimes takes us down pathways that would seem strange to us.
So what advice could I give to any of you with regard to the Holy Spirit? Well, first off, I’d say, don’t worry about it. The old adage applies, “Be not afraid”. I do think, however, that it would behoove all of us to ask for that greater outpouring so that we might experience those results, that is, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Who wouldn’t want to be wiser, or bolder, or more patient, or calmer, or whatever types of things that might help us grow in faith, and in influence, as we strive to be more intentional disciples?
The world needs the light of The Holy Spirit and we should desire to be channels of that same Spirit as the world continues down its path into darkness. So, please continue to pray: “Veni Creator Spiritus, Come, Holy Spirit”!
Again, it’s my intent to start a need-based scholarship program for our young people who graduate from our elementary school and desire to continue their Catholic education but can’t because of prohibitive costs. What a shame it would be if, after all of our efforts, that influence couldn’t continue on in the safe, positive, and faith-filled environment of a good, Catholic high-school, or even a Catholic college. We have three great options nearby. Fr Lobert is happy to teach to the new freshmen at Fr.Gabriel Richard in Ann Arbor, and up I-96, we have Catholic Central and St. Catherine of Sienna Academy.
I will commit $10,000 to the fund as seed money and hope that you will join me in the effort. If anyone is interested in assisting me in this venture, in any way (advisors, administrators, financial contributors, etc.), don’t hesitate to contact me.
Another reminder of “Fr. John’s Links” on our website. These are web-links from you and others send me via e-mail. If I find something interesting, I post it on the left side for you to view. The latest came from Gary Wilson and it’s a very neat story about the doctor who saved Mother Teresa’s life. Soon I will post a link of a concert in Russia of the St. Matthew Passion by composer Bishop Hilarion Alfayev.
Remember that we are having a Memorial Day Mass at 10am (weather permitting) on Monday up on The Serenity Court above the cemetery. We are also planning the internment of a baby fetus that was found in medical waste. We are adopting it as our “Unknown Child”.
And, thanks to all of you who remembered me in any way on my birthday.


Father John


Weekly Announcements PDF Print E-mail

 May 23/24, 2015

So far we have collected $5756.00 for the Activity Center renovation, equivalent of $10756.00 with the matching funds. Special Collection envelopes are available on the table in the narthex for your donation. 
Memorial Day Mass, 10:00 am at Serenity Court. If raining weather than mass will be in the church.
Our Raffle Roast Picnic last weekend was a success, as the weather held off!  The entire school family would like to thank the entire parish for everything throughout the raffle to make it a success.  Despite all efforts, they were just shy of their goal this year but are very close and would gladly still accept any and all donations, large or small. So if you didn’t get a chance to purchase tickets but would like to contribute, you are invited to drop off donations in the drop box at the parish office this week.  
Holy Spirit Library Sale (Free Will Offering), this weekend and next.—Excess books, audio-visual materials, VHS and cassette tapes will be available for adoption. These are available in the storage room at the back of the Activity Center. Monetary donations are requested to help with the purchase of current books and CD’s for the library. 
Diocesan Services Appeal Commitment -- Please turn in your DSA pledge as soon as possible. So far 159 participants have pledged $39,109.00, which leaves $8,549.00 to reach our goal of $47,657. Remember, 50% of all paid pledges in excess of our parish goal will come back to our parish for local use.
 Family Holy Hour – Sunday, May 24th @ 3:00pm
Serenelli Support Group – Sunday, May 24th @ 7:00pm in the AC


Please join us as we pray the Rosary before each of our Masses this month.
Check out the bulletin regarding our new Parish App. To download the Parish App please visit:  My Parish App
Our two portables up on the hill are for sale now that the school is built. Please call Tim at 248-767-7363 for more info.

Find us on Facebook at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church

Upcoming Events PDF Print E-mail
VHS/Cassette Tape Cleanout
Due to reorganization of the library,
we will focus on DVD's and CD's.
We have VHS and cassette tapes no longer to be kept at the parish
and now available for you to take.
Free will offering
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Scrap Metal Drive
The Knights of Columbus will be collecting your
scrap metal, odds and ends,
Friday, May 29th
Saturday, May 30th and
Sunday, May 31st
Corporate Travel is Sponsoring Holy Spirit Parish, St Joseph's Parish
and St Thomas the Apostle Parish
to make a pilgrimage as families for the Holy Father's visit in September.
More info to come.
Online registration available at:
2 Portables for Sale
Now that our school is built, these two portables can find a new home.
Please contact Tim at 248-767-7363
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And Holy Spirit Has It
For push notifications, keeping up on events and cancellations, please download our App by"
or by going to your App Store and search for "my parish app".
Ushers are Needed
 If you'd like to become part of this parish ministry, we are in need of you!
We're meeting Sunday, May 17th after the 11:00am Morning Mass.
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Thank you!
Please join us as we pray "A Million Memorare"
to raise $1Million for our NEW SCHOOL
Archconfraternity of St Philomena #61 PDF Print E-mail


Holy Spirit Catholic Church Named USA Archconfraternity Center #61

Congratulations to Fr John for his efforts and devotion, and the St Philomena Prayer Group and Holy Spirit Catholic Parish and School for their prayers of devotion. Holy Spirit Catholic Church has been named Archconfraternity of St Philomena Center #61, among the international centers dedicated to St Philomena’s promotion and devotion.

The following link will take you to the Home Page of the

"Universal Archconfraternity of St Philomena"

 St Philomena Centers worldwide are located here, information on the life of St Philomena and pilgrimage information.
You can locate a St Philomena Center nearest you by scrolling over the "Archconfraternity" tab at the tob and clicking "Centers World Wide" from the dropdown menu.
You'll find Brighton Center #61 under "Michigan". We'd love to have you visit!
 If you'd like to know more about our St Philomena Story, click "Articles" from the toolbar at the top of this page and scroll down to "Fr John's Articles".
You'll find  "Fr John's St Philomena Story" there.


Fr John Rocus talks with Fr Jason Kulczynski

Radio Maria

About St Philomena

Listen here:

August 9, 2013 Aim High Program


Monsignor Giovanni Braschi celebrated the

Feast of St Philomena with a procession of the Miraculous Statue of Philomena

through the streets of Mugnano del Cardinale.

"My dear members of the Family of Saint Philomena,

The grandest festivities for our Saint - the Sacrificial and Thanksgiving Walk to the Sanctuary for the battenti. These local pilgrims walk to the Sanctuary on their bare feet, and upon entering the Sanctuary they the crawl to the altar of our Saint without their feet or hands touching the church floor until they have kissed the sacred altar. This year we have a third squad. They presented some beautiful gifts of flowers and candles to our Saint.

The procession of the miraculous statue of Saint Philomena around the town of Mugnano del Cardinale was truly blessed with many spontaneous events. One could feel a very strong presence of Saint Philomena around the town today and within the church. I feel blessed to have been here to witness this annual devotion to our Dear Little Saint, Philomena."

Msgr. Braschi

Click the link below for photos of this wonderful procession for our Little Patroness!

Feast of St Philomena August 11, 2013


The Sanctuary of Saint Philomena Needs Your Support

God has allowed the Sanctuary in Mugnano del Cardinale to be safe from rain storms once again. Saint Philomena’s devotees and others who love the Sanctuary sent almost enough money to repair the dome of this beautiful example of devotion to Our Lady. The Blessed Mother’s story is painted on the wooden ceiling and the statue of Our Lady of Grace is situated above the high altar.

For thousands of devotees this is such a very special church because within it rest the sacred remains of our Dear Little Saint, Philomena. Those fortunate enough to visit soon understand the strong spiritual presence held within.

Major repair to the dome has now been completed, but the contractors finished their expert work with only our word that the final payments would be forthcoming. So we must ask once again for help. With continuous restoration required in the Sanctuary along with the monthly outlay for general upkeep we don’t have enough to add this final amount. Donations came in from those who want Saint Philomena’s resting place to remain an eternal refuge. It is our mission to see that it remains just that.

We also must protect the many wonderful artifacts: the miraculous statue of Saint Philomena; the tiles from her tomb in the catacombs of Priscilla; Ven. Pauline Jaricot’s chair – where she sat as she was miraculously cured; the altar of Saint Philomena, which broke into two pieces and was miraculously joined together; the oil lamp which burns in front the sacred body of Saint Philomena and from which many miracles have been recorded. Please be generous and support the earthly home of Saint Philomena wherein rests her sacred body.

 Fr John has posted 4 videos of his trip to the Sanctuary of St Philomena in Mugnano, Italy. 

Please click "Article" on the toolbar above, "Fr John's Articles" and "Sanctuary of St Philomena Videos". They show you a small snippet of the much needed repairs. If you'd like to donate, please visit the shrine's website  through the link below and you will find that PayPal is the easiest way to do it there! Thank you and God bless!

Shrine of St Philomena

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