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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."


           From The Pastor's Desk


From time to time I have mentioned, both from the pulpit or in the bulletin, that there is a great resource nearby that we should support and take advantage of. It’s Catholic radio, and of course, you don’t have to be “nearby” to enjoy it. You can be on the other side of the world and listening on your cell phone. But WDEO and Ave Maria Radio have made great strides over the years under the direction of talented people like Al Kresta and Dcn. Tom Loewe. They have been involved in an ongoing effort to improve their technology so as to make their programming ever more accessible to as many people as possible. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time to listen to their shows but occasionally, via the grapevine, I hear of something that was broadcast which I missed but would like to hear. Well, they have archives that you can go to and listen to the missed show. Very convenient. That happened last week. Fr. Lobert heard a particular edition of Kresta in the Afternoon which was titled “A pinch of incense to Caesar is still a pinch too much.” It aired on August 10th, and I thought I’d say a little bit about it. First off, the title alludes to a practice that was required of all Roman citizens back in the early days of Christianity. Rome, interestingly enough, was a tolerant empire. It was multi-cultural, and accepted the fact that there were many religions. They did, however, require that everyone declare their loyalty to Caesar as the supreme deity by something as simple as taking a small pinch of incense and dropping it on the burning coals in front of the emperor’s statue. And what if you refused? Well, you know what they did to Christians back then who followed their conscience. So, the point of this particular show was to suggest that those times have returned to us with the recent Supreme Court decision.

I’m sure you’ve heard about the implications of that decision in the various newcasts and commentaries, but it’s something that may eventually affect us right here at Holy Spirit. It was our hope with our newly remodeled Activity Center to maybe make a little money on it by making it available for rental to outside groups. We’ve done this in the past. It’s been a common practice for Catholic Churches worldwide. But that has presented problems. Take for instance, Bingo. It’s always been a great money maker for the Church, and in some cases a means of service to the community in that a portion of the profits may have been distributed to the needy of the community. That was indeed the case up in Flint when I was a pastor there. As Bingo died out, Texas Hold em’ became the fundraiser of choice. In both cases there was a sense that the Church was involved in things that were questionable; that the end did not justify the means. Many felt that we were violating our Catholic-Christian conscience by renting to particular groups.

So the current concern would be that if we advertise our newly remodeled hall for rent, we would be forced, by law, to rent to anyone who asked. But what if the local branch of the Church of Satan wanted to rent our hall? We now would be forced to violate our conscience and allow them to worship the devil in our facility. That’s crazy.

I anticipate that we will be getting some direction from our Bishops regarding the matter but as for us, for now, I’m thinking that we will be forced to limit our hall usage to parish sponsored events. I, for one, have no plans to pinch incense to our misguided U.S. Supreme Court. Who do they think they are? God?

Fr John


So, another reminder that it costs a lotta money to keep Ave Maria Radio afloat. They could use your contributions. They evangelize in ways the rest of us can’t. They need and deserve our support.

And, yet another reminder that we here at Holy Spirit also struggle to keep current. We have the same financial issues that the radio station has so we depend on your generosity to pay for things like our Activity Center remodeling. Currently, we have run out of money. The place looks great but we can’t afford the electronic improvements that we’d like to install. Again, if you haven’t contributed to the Capital Campaign, we still could use your help.

We’d like to have a Grand Re-Opening of the AC sometime soon. Last week Parish Council discussed what we might do to celebrate this great accomplishment.

You may know that our beloved Fr. Richard has had a rough time of it this summer. He would have enjoyed a period of rest, relaxation, and recuperation on Cape Cod where he vacations at the family home, but his step-father Bob recently died and his mom, Jacqueline, has been in decline. So he was here with us taking care of business. In my opinion, Fr. Richard is the quintessential “Good Son” and I have included a video of Father and his mama in the Fr. John’s Links section of our parish website. They sing to each other in French. Father, I might add, speaks very highly of his health-care assistants who are from our Parish.

I’d like to start recommending various books and videos from our newly re-furbished Lending Library. This week’s book pick is The Song at the Scaffold by Gertrude Von Le Fort. It’s the novelized true story of the 16 Carmelite nuns who were executed in the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution.

The video pick-of-the-week is a VHS from the Paulist's Insight TV series of the 1970’s. God Incognito is the title of the tape, but it features one episode called Jesus BC, which I preached about recently. Remember, God directing creation as if conducting a symphony?

Please make plans for attending our Parish Picnic in September. Our grounds are more beautiful than ever with the resealing of our lots, the elimination of those school modules and some landscaping and grading. And we will be announcing the recipient of this year’s Stella Maris Award.


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We're mentioned in Roadside America as a worthwhile stop with our "Dining with Jesus" Statue. Please stop by, have a snack at the table, or just think for a moment about John's Gospel, " “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
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Director Of Liturgical Music Job Opening

Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church is a small parish, serving 390 families and a school Pre-Kg – 8th grade, located near Brighton, MI and is seeking to fill the position of the This person will be responsible for developing, planning and directing all liturgical music in the parish.
A profound understanding of liturgy, proficiency at playing the organ, experience with directing a choir and cantor is required. Responsibilities include 3 weekend Masses, 1 weeknight choir rehearsal, additional seasonal rehearsals, additional yearly liturgies, availability for weddings and funerals and occasional work with the school children. 
Salary will be based on experience and education.
The candidate must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, an active member of a Roman Catholic Parish with knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of the Catholic Church’s teachings and mission.
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 August 22/23, 2015 

We Welcome our Holy Spirit School Students this Tuesday, August 25th! Happy First Day of School kids~

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 "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:
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Ave Maria Radio Fall Fundraiser
There are many ways to give.
Please visit the following link:
Or if you'd like to donate online:
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Holy Spirit Parish Potluck Picnic
Saturday, September 13th
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:
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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
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Fri Aug 28 @ 7:00PM - 11:00PM
Spirit Jam
Sat Aug 29 @ 9:00AM - 09:30AM
Sat Aug 29 @ 9:30AM - 11:00AM
Sat Aug 29 @ 2:30PM - 03:30PM


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