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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."


"America The Beautiful" 


From The Pastor's Desk


 The 4th of July is a secular holiday that has a spiritual dimension to it. Despite what some would say, our country was founded on Judeo/Christian values. A perusal of our founding documents makes that quite clear. And even though our freedoms were not handed over to us on a silver platter, and that they have been purchased and maintained at a great price, we would indeed have to say that we are truly blessed. It’s been a wonderful country to grow up in and we have done much to assist our brothers and sisters around the world in their struggles. However, it has not been without struggles. And it sure seems as if we are in one now. Our prayers then this week ought to be not only prayers of thanksgiving, but also prayers for mercy, and prayers of reparation.

You may not have noticed it but at last week’s Sunday masses, in addition to the regular intentions, I also said mass of a particular cause. In light of the decision that came out of Washington last Friday, I decided that we ought to say a Mass for Special Needs. There is a long list of possible choices that could be used but I settled on one listed as: For our Friends and Relatives. The people dancing in the streets last week are indeed our friends and neighbors, and in some cases, our relatives, our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and yes, in some cases, even our moms and dads. And so I thought it appropriate that we pray for them, even though they may increase their persecution of us who still cling to the ancient truth about marriage and family.

 We are a democracy and in our system the majority rules. Voters go to the polls and elect officials who in turn appoint others who are empowered and authorized to make or interpret the laws of the land. It should be no surprise then that sometimes certain laws get passed or even interpreted in ways that really don’t reflect the true heart of our country. But if it’s any consolation we should remember that the majority ruled on another Friday many years ago and it wasn’t long before we were able to see the blessing of it all. It was the Friday we now call Good and we don’t protest what happened on that day, we celebrate it. So maybe we should look on current events through the same lens. As disciples of Jesus we are called to take up our cross(es) and follow him and, as he died for all, maybe the Universal Church should approach its own Calvary with the same understanding, namely that our cross will ultimately have a salvific effect on all our Friends and Relatives. Can you accept that? Are you ready for that?

 Addenda: Thanks to all of you who contributed to last week’s Annual Mission Appeal. Paula’s story must have touched you because over $7000 was collected as a result of her nun’s story. That was an unusually high collection.

 Still time to join those Bible Studies. Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings. 

Circle July 16th on your calendar. At 7 pm we will have a special healing mass. In addition to the anointing of the sick, we will also pray for those gathered who suffer in mind or spirit. That may be you, or one of your loved ones. Come, or invite that loved one. But don’t drag them. They have to want to be healed. I am planning to assemble a special prayer team for that aspect of our evening. But, for your part, begin praying now. A novena will begin on July 8 so as to end on the 16th. May I suggest that we direct our prayers for healing to our Blessed Mother, as that day will be the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

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The "Four Freedoms"
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Address to Congress January 6, 1941
Chapter 36

"In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want -- which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear -- which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-- anywhere in the world.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.
To that new order we oppose the greater conception -- the moral order. A good society is able to face schemes of world domination and foreign revolutions alike without fear.
Since the beginning of our American history, we have been engaged in change -- in a perpetual peaceful revolution -- a revolution which goes on steadily, quietly adjusting itself to changing conditions -- without the concentration camp or the quick-lime in the ditch. The world order which we seek is the cooperation of free countries, working together in a friendly, civilized society.
This nation has placed its destiny in the hands and heads and hearts of its millions of free men and women; and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God. Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose.
To that high concept there can be no end save victory.
From Congressional Record, 1941, Vol. 87, Pt. I
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“Father, we beg Your blessing and mercy upon the people of the United States of America. For the Right to Life from conception through natural death, for the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman, for the moral and the principaled who have become the new minority, for all who are finding themselves being targets of the vicious culture that grows stronger around us; that you bless us, Father, and protect all who stand up for the Christian dignity of persons.

We ask that you enlighten those who are traveling down death's highway by their involvement, in any way, with either the contemporary death culture, selfism, relativeism, immorality or any of the new age errors of our times. We ask that you envelop our culture with Your Divine guidance and protection from the evil one, helping us both individually and as a nation to true enlightenment, conversion of soul and repentance of self and our culture.

Soften our hearts to turn from our national sin of abortion, our paganistic and immoral ways, and return to, and once again become, a Christian nation, on the narrow road, that is the path to becoming a nation and culture, under God. Amen”


Weekly Announcements PDF Print E-mail

 June 27/28, 2015 

The Parish Office will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of the 4th of July
Our parish is very blessed to have a busy book and gift shop! Volunteers generously give of their time after Mass once a month. “The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few”! We Need MORE HELP PLEASE! The 9:00 hour is very well staffed, but we desperately need people for after the 11:00 Mass, and could use a few more on Saturday after the 4:00 Mass. If you love people, have a willing smile, and would enjoy the opportunity to serve your parish family in a joyful environment, the bookshop is the place for you! (Did I mention volunteers get a discount)? Call Mary Anne or Shawnie to schedule a time for training at 810-231-9199 (ext. 206)
Our Activity Center Renovation is ongoing. Still time to contribute, though, and Special Collection envelopes are available on the table in the narthex for your donation.
 Many thanks to the choir members and friends who recently repaired and cleaned up our hymnals. Also, for your convenience, the Prayers Before and After Mass and Communion (which were on the laminated cards) can now be found on the  inside front cover of the red Adoramus Hymnals. 
Paula Hotalinga representative of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Passions of Jesus, will visit Holy Spirit to ask for your support for the Sisters' work in Romania, a country that is still struggling to recover from the poverty and oppression that it endured for so many years. The Sisters feed the hungry, give shelter to the poor, console the sorrowing, and live a selfless life devoted to helping all God's children who come knocking at their door. The Sisters are hopeful that you will be able to help them in their mission by making a generous contribution to the special collection
 We need more volunteers to help with VBS this summer. VBS is the first week of August and we are looking for volunteers of all ages to come help put on our annual program. Contact Kurt Hoover if you are interested in helping or if you would like more information. 
Family Holy Hour  is Sunday, June 28th at 3:00pm

Serenelli Support Group Sunday, June 28th at 7:00pm

Healing Mass Thursday, July 16th - more info to come


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Upcoming Events PDF Print E-mail
our fathers plan
 Summer Bible Study 
Kurt Hoover is facilitating our summer Bible Study,
"Our Father's Plan" by Jeff Cavins and Scott Hahn
Wednesday mornings after the 8:30am Morning Mass
Thursday evenings @ 7:30pm
Cost is $10/pp
Please contact Kurt to register at 810-231-9199 x209
 Diocesan Young Adult Event
 Saturday, July 11, 2015

 Discerning God's Will

 Tools from St. Ignatius' Discernment of Spirits
  with Dawn Hausmann & Fr. John Linden
Mass, Adoration and Picnic
 Bring a side dish to pass - for all young adults 18-39
 Playground available for little ones.
 For more information contact Shannon @ 810-588-7665
or visit "LivingstonYAM' on facebook
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Healing Mass
Thursday, July 16th at 7:00pm
Fr John and Fr Lew (Chaplain at UofM) will offer a healing mass
on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel,
for those who are suffering physically, emotionally and spiritually.
All who are in need, please come~
 Here is the Novena Prayer that begins Wednesday, July 8th:
"Father God,
Please hear and answer our prayers for those who are in need of healing of Spirit.
They are unhappy, Lord, though they may not even know it.
Pour out Your grace upon them,
Send them the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
to encourage them to come forth,
as we believe it is Your desire
to help them find their way back to You.
We ask this, through Christ our Lord. Amen"
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Holy Spirit Church Vacation Bible School


Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power

Monday, August 3rd thru Friday, August 7th 

9:00am – Noon


Contact Kurt Hoover at 810-231-9199 x209 for info or

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Michigan Courage Conference

 “Love one another as I have loved you” 

Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters with Same-Sex Attraction

 August 10-12, 2015 

St John’s Inn on 5 Mile in Plymouth

"If my people who are called by my name
will humble themselves and pray and seek my face
and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven
and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land"
2 Chronicles 7:14
 -2 Chronicles 7:14
We Humble Ourselves - Turning A Nation Back To God
Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th
22051 Cherry Hill
Dearborn, MI 48124
Free Event
Colonial and Civil War Camps/Reenactments Both Days
Symphony Orchestra and Chorals Sunday 3pm - 5pm
for more info visit:
Corporate Travel is working with 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 September 21st-28th.
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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