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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


Many of you texters, tweeters, and e-mailers make use of those little yellow “happy faces” to punctuate your communications. wink emoji
But as you know, the faces are not always smiling. They come in many expressions that reflect the full range of human emotion. Some examples: neutral, angry, confused, frustrated, tired, upset, curious, annoyed, sarcastic, cynical, bitter, afraid, and on and on. Isn’t it amazing how the human face can convey feelings in so many ways? A raised eyebrow, a smile, a frown, a smirk, a scrunched-up nose, drooping eyelids? These expressions have their origins in the heart, which we say is the source of all human emotion. Of course, when I say “heart”, I speak in a symbolic way because, as important as it is, the heart is just one of many organs in our body. Nevertheless, it has always been seen as the very center of our being, our soul, our spirit, the source of our emotions, and it is often affected by the things that we experience in the days of our lives. I am reminded of a passage that I highlighted in my bible, from Jeremiah (17:9), “Ah, the human heart, more tortuous than all else. Beyond remedy. Who can understand it?” How true!
Now this morning, for instance, I woke up and almost as soon as I did, my heart was troubled. What was bugging me? Was it something I ate last night, or something that somebody said to me? Was I “dissed” in some way with a criticism, a correction, an unkind word, or an insult? Was it the condition of the world? Or that Supreme Court decision? Did I make the mistake of watching the evening news? Was it just the barometric pressure? Whatever it was, I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Not to worry, though, it wasn’t so bad that I was looking for a bridge to jump off. I was just a little “blue”, “out of sorts” “long in the tooth”, “down in the dumps”, and I knew from previous experience that this is not abnormal, and given a little time, it soon would pass and I would get on with my day. And so I did.
One of the ways that I have found to help get through these little “blips” is to commiserate with others who may be experiencing the same thing. For me, that happened through my morning prayer. As part of my Office of Readings, I am directed to the Psalms. There are 150 of them and they are what I like to call Prayers for Everyman. Many of the Psalms were attributed to King David and they are windows to his very soul (or heart), and remind us that there is really nothing new under the sun. Even he had bad days when he got up on “the wrong side of the bed”, and he wrote about them. Check out last Tuesday’s morning psalms, 101 and 102. Pretty timely. Do you ever think like that?
About the worst emotion that anyone could ever feel is to be abandoned and forsaken. It’s bad enough when it’s a friend or a family member, but how about when you feel that way about God? David even gave us a line that reflects that deep emotion. On one of his very bad days he said, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” ( Psalm 22). We also know that Jesus himself used that line from the cross. Yes, he felt kinda “bummed out” on that day when he was put to death for just trying to do his best.
So, might I just suggest that you go to the Psalms when your face is not a happy face, but is more reflective of some deep sadness or frustration. Maybe you could find a little consolation from an ancient author who felt the same types of things you feel now. They typically end on a hopeful note. Let me leave you with the very last line of the very last Psalm (150-6): “Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord! Alleluia.” 
Fr John
Fr. Richard invited me to the movies last week. Went to see “Minions”. Didn’t like it. No redeeming social value that I could find. Mindless entertainment. Another priest friend, Fr. Peter, gave a “thumbs-up” to another animated movie, “Inside Out”, a Disney Pixar production. I checked out the trailer and had to laugh-out-loud (LOL) because of the great use of “facial expressions” in the animation, just like those little happy faces. I may have to see that one.
Parishioner Mike Duquet has sort of agreed to be our new environmental recycling guru. As I mentioned earlier, Pope Francis’s new encyclical gave me the impetus to do something that I have felt was necessary, and that is to be more responsible in how we utilize our resources. This could mean turning off lights when you leave a room, or computers at the end of the work day, or not using paper or plastic plates and cups that are then thrown away when we could be using cups that are washable or even recycling. So be prepared to hear from him and his ideas before too long.
I don’t know about you, but this summer is going too fast. Next week will be August already. It is the month of St. Philomena’s (former) feastday and we will celebrate it first with our standard prayer at the end of Mass on the first Sunday of the month, and then with a novena beginning on the 3rd, leading up to her feastday of the 11th. We will honor her, and St. Clare, at the Tuesday evening Mass.



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 August 1, 2015 
VBS has been cancelled

Tickets are on sale after all the masses for this year's Lugnuts Baseball Game Friday, 8/7 to benefit Vocations. $11/pp and $10/pp for the bus. See Frank Love for details.
Activity Center Renovation continues as the new floor is installed this coming week. Special Collection envelopes are in the narthex if you'd like to contribute to the cause. Thank you.
Holy Spirit can use your time and talents....
We are in need of a Scheduler for Adoration 810-231-9199 x203
We are in need of a Scheduler for the Altar Servers 810-231-9199
We are in need of volunteer help in the Gift Shop 810-231-9199 x206
This year's Car Show is Saturday, August 8th. Contact Mike Rzeppa if you'd like to show your car.

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Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Game
Sponsored by our Knights of Columbus

 Mark your calendars for Friday, August 7th~It's time for our annual Lugnuts Baseball Game in Lansing at the Cooley Law Stadium.

The Lansing Lugnuts v The Beloit Snappers. Tickets are $11.00 for the game, and, if enough sign up,
we'll get a bus for the ride out, adding $10.00/pp for the bus.
Game starts @ 7:00pm so we'll leave around 5:15pm.
Tickets sold after the masses, or see Frank Love for all the details. Fireworks after the game too!
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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

50+ Mass and Picnic
Thursday, August 13th
There is no cost for this event, but it's potluck~so please bring a dish to share!
Mass @ 11:00am here at Holy Spirit followed by our Picnic Lunch at noon up at the Pavilion.
Livingston Vicariate Catholic Council on Aging will provide sloppy joe's, paper products & beverages.
Please RSVP by August 10th
Jeanette  810-231-2146 or
Irene 734-449-2219
All community members over the age of 50 years of age are welcome to attend.
"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:
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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
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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