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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."
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"YHWH, I know you are here. Standing always at my side." Yes, those are the words from the song that we are no longer allowed to sing. The inscription at the beginning is that “tetragrammaton” that I talked about last week at the beginning of my homily. That big word literally means “four letters” and those letters mean God, which, as I said, was not to be allowed to be spoken aloud by believing Jews. Nevertheless, despite the papal decree about not using that particular word in our liturgies, I wanted to remind you that God is indeed very near, and always by our side.
Last week Kurt wrote a fine bulletin article in which he spoke about The Mission that he and many young people recently attended at St. Catherine of Siena Academy. I got the impression that he found out personally that God was indeed at his side, and at the sides of all of those teens with him. Many of them had one of those "Jesus Encounters" that I speak about from time to time and were even emboldened by the Holy Spirit to give their testimonies in front of their peers at the retreat. Maybe I can get some of those young people to tell of their experience here in this space, or from up at the Ambo. We'll see.
I wanted to tell you what our Building Committee has been doing in the early hours of Wednesday mornings. We’ve been talking about Phase 2 of our building project, which is the refurbishing of our Activity Center. For over ten years it was borrowed by our school. Two classrooms and the school office and our floor for gym activities. But now it’s time to restore it to the Church.
At this stage there's been a lot of brainstorming about what we could do, should do, or want to do. Most basically we want to restore the room to its original size. That would add another thousand plus square feet for us to use for various parish activities. That translates into room for about another 100 people, which would have come in handy this weekend for our sold out St. Joseph Table pasta dinner.
Some of our walls need to be scraped and painted because of water damage, and our ceiling tiles look dingy and are sagging. There's been some discussion of a new floor, and storage for our tables and chairs and many other things that churches need to hide away. We’re also talking about a lounge where people can meet and relax and perhaps peruse a book from our store, while sipping a cappuccino.
Of course we would also like to improve our electronics. An upgraded sound system, Internet capabilities, projection capabilities, etc.
Tim Comperchio, our new facilities manager, has been very helpful in looking for suppliers, getting bids, and just doing general research. His very diverse background equips him in a special way to help on this project. He has provided sketches to help us visualize what types of things could be done.
As I mentioned from the pulpit last week, all of this requires funding, and frankly, we just don't have enough to do all that we would like to do. So please, let me again extend an invitation to any of you who are either new to our parish, or who did not participate in last year’s capital campaign which built our beautiful new school, to please consider making a generous contribution to this second phase of our project. I think it’s something that we could all be very proud of.

~Fr. John


For all of our ministries who have storage space in the AC, maybe it’s time to do a little spring house cleaning. Is there any stuff in there you haven’t seen in five years? Well, maybe it’s time. We do have a Rummage Sale coming up, you know.
Someone took me up on that request for a High-Def TV. Thanks Greg and Alice. It will go into our lending library, which is incidentally looking pretty good. We have a 10 foot conference table and Tim found some plush executive chairs on Craig’s List. Jerry Carley has made three more bookshelves. Several ladies are working hard to edit and organize our books and other media. Maybe we can reopen for business sometime soon.
Planning continues for our Shroud Exhibit on Holy Saturday. I’m still looking for some ushers who could assist on that day. A little shroud knowledge would come in handy. We can provide learning materials to help you prepare. 


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Women's Guild Bake Sale This Weekend~
After Palm Sunday Vigil Mass @ 5pm & Palm Sunday Masses @ 9:00am and 11:00am.
Boutique Items for sale as well~
If you would like to donate baked goods to sell, please drop them off in the Activity Center BEFORE these masses. Many thanks!


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Looking for a quality Catholic education for your child in the Brighton area?

Holy Spirit Catholic School is located at 9565 Musch Rd just west of Rickett on Winans Lk Rd (near Legacy Sport Center).  Meet our principal Mrs Anna Loewe and our accredited staff. View the unity a uniformed student body brings, see our new school building and then consider sharing your child with us as we promote
Education for Life and Faith for Living.
For more info please call 810-900-9050 or visit


 Lenten Communal Penance Schedule

Sat March 28  St Patrick Brighton 9:00am
Mon March 30  St Mary Magdalen Brighton  7:30pm


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We are soon entering Holy Week, and all are welcome to attend any and all of our church's journey with Jesus!
 This Saturday at 4:00pm is Palm Sunday Vigil Mass (Hosanna!) with Sunday's Palm Sunday Masses @ 9:00am and 11:00am.
Chrism Mass at the Cathedral is Thursday, April 2nd @ 10:30am
Mass of the Last Supper is Thursday, April 2nd @ 7:00pm here at Holy Spirit
Good Friday, April 3rd we will solemnly hear the Passion Scripture passages with meditation on the Cross at noon.
Holy Saturday, April 4th is quiet in the Church worldwide, and here at Holy Spirit we will be holding our Shroud Of Turin Exhibit noon - 6:00pm
And we celebrate with joy the Resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Sunday, April 5th @ 9:00am and 11:00am


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Accept the Challenge - Rise Up!
Catholic Men's Conference
April 25, 2015
St Mary Magdalen Parish
2201 S Old US 23
Brighton, MI. 48114
Mass with Bishop Boyea, Talks by Bert Ghezzi and Matthew Leonard, Music with Brian Flynn
 $40/adults   $30/students includes lunch
register online at


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Holy Spirit Gift and Bookstore
Open daily from 9:00am - 4:00pm
and after masses on weekends
You'll find reflective books, DVD's, CD's to strengthen you on your Lenten journey.
Sacramentals, statuary and gifts to celebrate the Easter Season and
much, much more.
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Shroud of Turin Display at Holy Spirit
Make plans now for you and/or your group to visit Holy Spirit Catholic Church on
Holy Saturday, April 4th
Noon - 6:00pm
Over 20 panels will be on display, including several that will display new research
that would seem to date the shroud back to biblical times and locate it to the holy lands,
explaining every aspect of the Passion of Christ as
seen through the Shroud, The Reputed Burial Cloth of Christ.
There will be a 3:00pm Presentation as well as newly released videos that reveal the latest findings
and our lifesized photographic reproduction of the actual Shroud of Turin.
Mark your calendars now. Free Will Offering
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Father Richard Lobert is in need of a midnight caregiver Midnight to 8:00am for his elderly parents.
He will be in the home, but needs to be able to sleep, comfortable in his parents' receiving snack and bathroom care.
$80/shift. Please call 810-333-6134 if you know of anyone who will be able to help in their care. Thank you.
Weekly Announcements PDF Print E-mail
March 21/22, 2015      

Penance Service here at Holy Spirit this Monday, March 23rd at 7:00pm

 The St. Vincent de Paul Conference will be in the narthex after Mass collecting your monetary donations toward food certificates for their Easter Food Baskets.

St Joseph Guild will begin spring cleaning over at the cemetary. If there are any items you don't want thrown away, please remember to take them home with you after Mass today.
Our last Soup Supper is this Friday, 5:30pm -7:00 pm
Stations of the Cross follow at 7:00 pm
Our last Lenten Ecumenical Breakfast Gathering is this Wednesday morning @ 10:00am at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Hamburg.
Women's Guild Bake Sale & Boutique after this weekend's Palm Sunday Masses, Saturday March 28th @ 4:00pm, Sunday March 29th 9:00 & 11:00am
Diocesan Services Appeal Commitment --Please turn in your DSA pledge as soon as possible. Remember, 50% of all paid pledges in excess of our parish goal will come back to our parish for local use. Our parish goal of $47,657. 
Holy Week Sign Up Sheets are posted near the sacristy for Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Don’t forget to pick up your school raffle tickets after Mass. This is their biggest fundraiser. So please support them.
Throughout the weeks of Lent, our Holy Spirit School children are hosting a bottle drive for the corporal needs of the many persecuted Christians. Returnables can be dropped off at the marked container outside the school entrance. The final collection will be made following Palm Sunday weekend.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Please mark them "bottle drive" and leave them at either the church or school office.  For every dollar raised, a friend of the school will add another 50 cents.  

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Lenten Reconciliation Schedule
Sat March 28  St Patrick Brighton 9:00am
Mon March 30  St Mary Magdalen Brighton  7:30pm
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Women's Guild Bake Sale and Boutique
Women's Guild Bake Sale & Boutique after all Masses
this Palm Sunday Vigil Saturday, March 28th and Palm Sunday, March 29th.
Any donations may be dropped off prior to these masses! Thank you~
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Thursdays After 8:30am Morning Mass
Join us each Thursday morning after the 8:30am Mass as we discuss the Catholic faith!
Mike Kokitka is facilitating an Apologetics Bible Study. Share a cup of coffee with friends and enjoy our lively discussion~
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Stations of the Cross
Our last Stations of the Cross is this Friday, March 27th @ 7:00pm in the Church
Our Last Soup Supper is this Friday, March 27th at 5:30pm
As early as the 4th c., Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land would walk the route that Our Lord walked
as He made His way to Golgotha for our salvation. When Muslims captured Jerusalem and it became too dangerous to make this  pilgrimage ,
Christians replicated the sites back home in Europe, and there developed the "Stations of the Cross" devotion
(also known as "Way of the Cross," "Via Dolorosa," or "Via Crucis")
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Shroud of Turin Display at Holy Spirit
Make plans now for you and/or your group to visit Holy Spirit Catholic Church on
 Holy Saturday, April 4th 
Noon - 6:00pm
Over 20 panels will be on display, including several that will display new research
 that would seem to date the shroud back to biblical times and locate it to the holy lands,  
explaining every aspect of the Passion of Christ as
 seen through the Shroud, The Reputed Burial Cloth of Christ. 
There will be a 3:00pm Presentation as well as newly released videos that reveal the latest findings
 and our lifesized photographic reproduction of the actual Shroud of Turin. 
Mark your calendars now. Free Will Offering
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Women's Guild Spring Rummage Sale
Thursday, April 9th
Friday, April 10th
Saturday, April 11th
Ushers are Needed
 If you'd like to become part of this parish ministry, we are in need of you!
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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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