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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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NEW! Click below for the video tour.

(810) 231-9199
PH: (810) 900-9050
FAX: (810) 900-9051
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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Isadore Garden News
It's time to start planning our community garden~
We will meet this Sunday, April 19th after the 11:00am Mass in the AC.
Also, we'll meet Saturday, May 2nd after the 9:00am Mass in the Conference Rm.
If you plan on gardening this year, you must attend one of these meetings.
Sign up sheet is located in the narthex, or, for more info:
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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
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:
Ushers are Needed
 If you'd like to become part of this parish ministry, we are in need of you!
Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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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"In whatever state a soul may be, it ought to pray.
A soul which is pure and beautiful must pray, or else it will lose its beauty;
a soul which is striving after this purity must pray, or else it will never attain it;
a soul which is newly ...converted must pray, or else it will fall again;
a sinful soul, plunged in sins, must pray so that it might rise again.
There is no soul which is not bound to pray,
for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer." 
- St Faustina Kowalska



 Middle School Youth Group Meeting Dates:
First and Third Fridays,
Time: 3:45-5:00
High School Youth Group Meeting Dates:
 Sundays 3/22 & 3/29
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
choir practice
Choir Practice
Every Monday in the Church
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Grades 9 through Adult most welcome
Please contact Evan at 810-231-9199 x208
or stop by the Music Director's Office after Mass
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Parish Council Connection
The Parish Council exists as a consultive ministry for the Pastor and must consist of representatives from the total parish community. Therefore, all ministries of Holy Spirit Parish should select one member to serve on the Council. This would benefit each ministry, the parish, and Fr. John.
For the parish at large, the meeting times will be posted in the parish bulletin as an invitation to attend meetings without becoming an active member. You may also read the Minutes of the Parish Council that are posted on this website, but going to the top toolbar on the Home Page and using the dropdown menu under Parish Ministry/Commission.
The Parish Council meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:00pm.
Your Parish Council Members
                                                                                                  Fr John Rocus                            Charlette Curtis
                                                                                                  Deacon Jerry Brennan              Sal Gaglio
                                                                                                  Caroline Gabel (Chair)              Janet Duff (Vice-Chair)
                                                                                                  Gary Link                                     Sheila Love
                                                                                                  Mary Yonkovit (Secretary)       Patti Mackmiller
                                                                                                  Ronnie Brennan                         Linda Schuldt
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Family Holy Hour
Fourth Sunday of every month at 3:00pm
Please join us as we pray with our families for our families, our country, the world.

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The Serenelli Group
Join others who struggle with the addiction of pornography
Every 4th Sunday at 7:00pm in the Activity Center
Fr John facilitates this group and welcomes you
Holy Spirit Faith Formation Has A Blog!
Kurt Hoover, Director of Faith Formation,
will be writing at least once a week on it, in an attempt to minister to our congregation through social media.
It's not really for announcements. It is geared towards teaching and ministry.
The more people we have subscribing the more publicity it will get.
It would be awesome if you all could subscribe to it and have your friends and family subscribe as well.
Our ultimate goal would be to have every Holy Spirit parishoner subscribed to the blog.
Please see the link below:
You are also invited to join Holy Spirit Church's "Small Group Discussions".
Please see Kurt for details. Thank you
SCRIP Gift Cards
Submit your order in the School Office by 9am
gift cards
Ushers Are Needed
Anyone interested in joining a ministry please consider being an Usher!
You get to know your parish family and it's really very fulfilling.
Please contact Yvonne Hospodor at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more info


Music Ministry is Looking for Instrumentalists 

Do you play an instrument? Do you like to sing?
Are you retired and still love to play? Are you a young adult lookings to get involved in your parish? Or are you somewhere in between the two?
Then we want you!
We would love to hear from flutists, trumpet players, oboists, violinists, cellists, viola players, etc
and welcome more men to join our adult choir~

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for Evan Wojtys or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for Sheila Kumke

Our Choir Rehearsal Schedule:

Mondays 6:30pm - 8:00pm




Holy Spirit School Tuition Fund Assistance

We are in the process of awarding financial assistance to school families for the 2014-2015 school year. Many of our current and prospective families are facing a difficult decision demanding great sacrifices in order to provide the Catholic education they desire for their children. The current need for financial assistance outweighs our current fund.

We  humbly ask that you prayerfully consider a donation to our Tuition Assistance Fund. Many of these families in need financially, have contributed very much of their time and talent and they ensure the future of our parish and the Church.

We thank you once again for your generosity and, as always, your past support and consideration of this request. Any gift, no matter how small, will be appreciated. You and your intentions remain in our prayers and may God bless you abundantly for your faithful generosity to His Kingdom.

In Christ, through Mary,
Mrs. Anna M. Loewe, Principal


Holy Spirit Gift and Bookstore


Open M-F 9:00am - 4:00pm
After all weekend Masses
9565 Musch & Winans Lk Rds
Brighton, MI
Inside Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Winans Lk & Musch Rds in Brighton, Michigan,
is a well-stocked religious book and gift store! Come and browse through the shelves of books,
find that special rosary or medal, or a holy card of a favorite saint to tuck into a new book.
Statuary large and small, cards for all occasions, Cd's and Dvd's available too. 
"A Voice Undefeated", country music CD by Colin Raye continues to be a favorite!
Fr Michael White & Tom Corcoran's book, authors of the popular book, "Rebuilt"
have released "Tools for Rebuilding" which is now in stock.
The shelves are stocked with new books and DVD's. 
We even have Mystic Monk Coffee and chocolate covered caramels!
The store is open Daily 9:00am-4:15pm and on the weekends
before/after the 4:00pm, 9:00am & 11:00am Masses.
You're sure to find something wonderful.
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Evangelization Team Ministry

The Evangelization Team here at Holy Spirit is in need of more souls~

We welcome anyone interested in spreading the faith through

Movie Nights, Conferences, Productions, and more

Please contact Fr John at 810-231-9199 if you'd like to help out at the events.


Shroud of Turin Exhibit

All are welcome to visit our Shroud of Turin Exhibit, which is open daily,
featuring a Life Size Photographic Negative Reproduction
of the reputed Burial Cloth of Christ,
housed in Turin, Italy. 
Fr John is happy to present a lecture on the Shroud
to any group or individuals who call in advance and request the desire. 
See our Shroud Exhibit Holy Saturday, April 4th from noon to 6:00pm..,
featuring 20 informative panels & a video releasing the latest findings.



School Apiary Project
Our Holy Spirit Catholic School Apiary Project is looking for some parish volunteers:
Many hands are needed!
All are invited to assist in the project -
please contact Mrs Masson at 810-231-9199 x214 if you're interested in helping out.
Thank you!

Dine With Jesus
This life size sculpture pictured above
can be found in Serenity Court.
Please feel free to bring a sack lunch and
Dine with Jesus!
St Joseph Guild Needs You!
Calling all retirees, and those who want to give of their time and talent -
This organization was started 5yrs ago, and has accomplished many projects around our campus.
Some of the projects completed:
restoration/relocation of the Via Dolorosa (Outside Stations of the Cross)
book and gift store renovation/renewal
renovation of Fr John's office w/new cabinetry
addition of colored glass blocks in the Adoration Chapel
So come join us every Wednesday after the 8:30am Mass for fellowship with the guys and gals of this worthwhile group.
Remember, "to whom much is given, much is expected".
Our CD Rack in the Hallway Has Lots of Great CD's
Fr Michael Schmitz "From Love, By Love, For Love" CD
Matthew Kelly's "Building Better Families" CD
Fr Jason Brooks, LC "Fatima: Living the Message" CD
Jesse Romero's "Life-Changing Stories of the Eucharist" CD
A $3.00 donation is welcome!
Needed items:
Soap (dish/laundry/personal)
Paper products
Razors/Shaving Cream
Non-perishable items may be placed in the box near the Activity Center doors.
Any opened products cannot be accepted. Thank You!

All Kroger Community Rewards Program participants must re-enroll for the program in order to earn funds during the coming year 05/2014 to 5/2015.

It’s easy to enroll or re-enroll in Kroger Community Rewards.
click on “Michigan” and click on “Enroll” to register for the first time and “Re-enroll” to re-register. 
All participants must have a valid online account at and must sign up online to participate.

     Once you have successfully enrolled in the program, a line indicating a donation to Holy Spirit School will be near the bottom of your receipt.

     Also, if you have asked any family members or friends to enroll their Kroger cards with our school code,
please contact the office with their name(s) so their rewards may be credited to your fundraising account.
Our Knights of Columbus invite all men of the parish
 to come and pray in the Shroud Room
 Saturday Mornings @ 7:30am
We have, behind the altar, our Adoration Chapel. This is an honored place where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the monstrance.
Our goal is Perpetual Adoration 24/7 for 365 days of the year. 
We don't have enough parishioners to fill all the hours, So if you feel called to spend 1 hour with Jesus Truly Present,
Please call 810-231-9199
 For Chapel weather updates: 810-231-9199 x233 

Adopt A Garden Mission
Volunteers, please continue to work in the gardens as you have in years previous.
Should you need a replacement, or have any questions,
please contact Marilyn or Vix Kennedy.
Thank you!
Wednesday - For Life
Thursday - For Priests
Friday - For our country 
  Invite our Vocations Chalice Into Your Home
 Contact Karen Kanny of our Parish to reserve a week of prayer for vocations in your home.
Our Vocations Chalice has held the consecrated wine, then become the Blood of Christ, at several masses.
Connie Walters brought this back from Poland, and presented it to Fr John and our parish.
We ask especially, your prayers for Sister Regina Mary (Sarah Rzeppa) and John Vinton, Seminarian.
Used during Mass at the convent of St Faustina Kowalska, it holds a special place in our hearts.
Please consider giving it a place of honor in your home!
We continue to pray for vocations!
For all the latest news in and around our Parish,
Please see the Electronic Board located outside our Activity Center Entrance
and the wall board just inside.
They are updated with all School and Parish Activities,
As well as events of  Parishes in our local area!
Parish Ministry Opportunities
Women's Guild  - Jeanette Johnson                    Ushers -  Yvonne Hospodor
Pregnancy Helpline - 810-494-5433                  Faith Formation - Kurt Hoover          
St Vincent de Paul - Michael Farrell                 Vocation Chalice - Karen Kanny
Evangelization Team - Denise Polasky              Bible Study - Jon Sussman
Sat. Men's Prayer Group - Mike Dewan            Young Adult Ministry - Mary Dewan
Divine Will Prayer Group - Todd Borek            Music Ministry - Evan Wojtys/Sheila Kumke
Secular Carmelites - Linda Pesonen                   Prayer Shawl Ministry  
Divine Mercy Cenacle - Mary Dewan               Respect Life - Jason Negri
Community Garden - Jennifer Browner             Eucharistic Adoration - David Fleury
Knights of Columbus - Ken Neal                        St Joseph Guild
Lectors/Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist - Bev Wilkierwicz                              
Altar Servers - Diahann Pearson-Sproule         Homebound Extraordinary Ministers- Jan Hockendoner/Marie Schlepers
Altar Care - Anna Schaufele

Upcoming Events

Tue Apr 21 @ 7:00PM - 07:30PM
Tue Apr 21 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
K of C Mtg
Wed Apr 22 @ 8:30AM - 09:00AM
Wed Apr 22 @ 9:00AM - 09:30AM
Wed Apr 22 @ 9:00AM - 12:00PM
St Joseph Guild


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