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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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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


We enjoy a great Catholic legacy here in Michigan because of the hard work and dedication of those who came before us. They have influenced our faith because of all they said and did in the time, and with the grace, that was given to them by God to do His will in the world. I have identified five big names. Going back in time, we have Fr. Solanus Casey of Detroit, Fr. Patrick O'Kelly of Green Oak Twp., Fr. Gabriel Richard of Detroit, Bishop Frederic Baraga of the UP,  and finally Fr. Jacques Marquette, of, well, the territory of what would be called Michigan. He was the first and he served as a missionary to the Native Americans, here and beyond, well before we were a state. Pere Marquette was a Jesuit priest who came from Laon, France in the 1600's and went to the northern part of our state at mission Sault Ste. Marie. He was apparently good at languages and communicated well with the Natives. At some point in time he joined up with explorer Louis Joliet and some voyageurs and canoed across Lake Michigan to Wisconsin, paddled down some rivers, portaged for a short distance (at a place now called Portage, WI) and found the big river that the Indians said went far south. They called it Mississippi. He named it the River of the Immaculate Conception. The explorers went almost all the way to Louisiana before they turned around. On one of his trips, he got sick and died and was buried near Ludington. His body was eventually retrieved and was interred in St. Ignace, where it can be visited today at the Indian Museum right across from the boat docks. The day of his death was May 18, 1675 at age 37. They have named a city after him, a diocese, a university, a river, a forest, many streets, and yes, even a railroad, The Pere Marquette. His statues are all over, including in our national capital in Washington DC. He's certainly one of our Michigan heroes of faith.


The novena to the Holy Spirit (and St. Philomena) begins this weekend on Saturday. It’s on our wall at the back of the church, but for your convenience, here it is:
"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 original prayer I learned for St. Philomena goes like this. 
"Hail O St. Philomena, whom we recognize, after Mary, as our advocate with the Divine Spouse, intercede for us now, and at the hour of our death.”
This is repeated 13 times, using the chaplet beads, representing every year of her young life. We also have some Philomena prayer cards at the back of the Church. I personally feel that all of our prayers to the little saint have not been answered yet. So please continue to invoke her aid as our patroness of both our church and school. We still have some healing that needs to happen. Some loose ends that need to be tied up.
On Memorial Day we will have Mass at 10 am up at Serenity Court at the cemetery (weather permitting). We will be doing something special on that day, an internment in our Angelus Memorial. Recently one of our parishioners retrieved the body of an unborn fetus in medical waste. We don't know the circumstances of its death, but we have decided to  recognize it as a child of God who was denied the gift of life.
Fr. Richard, in his homily last week, gave us 'smart', smart-phone users a little evangelization tip. You might have noticed that at the bottom of your e-mails it says, "sent from my iPhone" or "Sent from my Android phone". "Big deal. Who cares.", he said. You can put in your own message. Go to your "settings" on your phone screen and change your message to something that matters, like a bible verse, or a pro-life message.
Last week after my mini-homily on "negativity", I got some negative news. The movie "Little Boy" had been pulled from the MJR Theater in Brighton. I sent out a "push notification" via our new parish app and told the folks to consider using the power potential of social media and forward my message (a feature of the app) to their contacts, with the suggestion that everyone calls the theater to request a second chance. I'll give all of you their number here. (810) 227-4700.
Father John


Weekly Announcements PDF Print E-mail
May 16/17, 2015      
A reminder of that $5,000.00 matching funds grant. A generous parishioner has offered to match your donation up to 5K. So, again, if you haven’t, maybe it’s about time. We can make as much as $10,000.00 to apply to our Activity Center Remodeling. We’d like to start as soon as school lets out.
 Carmen at Corporate Travel is still accepting reservations to visit with Pope Francis when he comes to Philadelphia in September. Paperwork’s in the narthex, or you can call 313-565-8888.
 There’s an Usher’s Meeting this Sunday after the 11:00am Mass to see how we can better serve our parishioners.
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.

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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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