ST. MARY MAGDALEN Page 1 ALL THINGS CONSIDERED MISSION 2015 The eight parishes of Livingston County are having a mission or retreat for all our parishioners, this Sunday (1/25) through Wednesday (1/28). Each evening will include prayer, a presentation and a reception afterward. It will run from 7-9 pm and will be hosted at St. Patrick Parish in Brighton. Child care is available but you need advance reservations. Email your request to: [email protected] The theme of MISSION 2015 is The Lord IS RISEN,DO YOU BELIEVE? It will be led by Ralph Poyo, a deacon and leader of New Evangelization Ministries. The goal of the four evenings is to lead us into the transforming power of a relationship with Christ. AN INTERESTING COUPLE I stopped counting weddings at 400 in 1988. By now, it is close to 1,000! And while I don’t remember every couple I remember most, and some really stand out. When Jessica Cooney married Patrick Davis, they said that they hoped to go work in the missions for a year early in their marriage; now that is exactly what they are planning to do. Jessica and Patrick Davis will be traveling to Cochabamba, Bolivia through the Maryknoll Bolivia Mission Immersion Program for 9 months, beginning this March. They will be taking time off their jobs: Jessica works for a non-profit assisting individuals coming out of the prison system, and Patrick works as a Paramedic. One of the highlights from their wedding (and they are the only couple out of a 1,000 weddings to do this) Jessica & Patrick washed each other’s feet before they exchanged vows as a sign of their commitment to serve. Now they are heading to Bolivia in March. They will join us next weekend to briefly share what they are hoping to accomplish by working alongside those that have dedicated their lives to difficult work, and what they hope to learn from those who are examples of faith and dedication to social justice. Next weekend, they will be asking for our prayerful support, and hopefully some financial assistance, to help them serve in the missions. GONE Unfortunately, I had scheduled my winter vacation several months before Mission 2015 was planned. (In fact, it was originally planned for Lent.) I hope that my not being able to participate in the Mission will encourage more of you to attend – even if it is only to tell me that I missed a really great set of presentations! I am grateful to Fr. Phong from Cross International for being here this weekend. I am sure, as always, you were very receptive and welcoming. I will be back in the office on Thursday, January 29, hopefully rested and ready to go! Fr. Dave Howell BRIGHTON, MICHIGAN THIS WEEK’S LITURGIES Jan. 26, Monday—Saints Timothy &Titus, Bishops 2 Tm 1:1-8/Mk 3:22-30 9:00 am Communion Service Jan. 27, Tuesday Heb 10:1-10/Mk 3:31-35 9:00 am Communion Service Jan. 28, Wednesday—St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest & Doctor of the Church Heb 10:11-18/Mk 4:1-20 7:00 pm +Mike Conklin Mass of Anointing Jan. 29, Thursday Heb 10:19-25/Mk 4:21-25 9:00 am +Elizabeth Hardy Jan. 30, Friday Heb 10:32-39/Mk 4:26-34 9:00 am +Dennis Zoladz Jan. 31, Saturday—St. John Bosco, Priest Heb 11:2, 8-19/Mk 4:35-41 Feb.1, Sunday Dt 18:15-20/1 Cor 7:32-35/Mk 1:21-28 4:30 pm Vigil +Gillseppa Fazio 9:00 am +Norman VanDenBrouck 11:00 am St. Mary Magdalen Parishioners FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Deuteronomy 18:15-20 The events in today’s reading take place as the Israelites are camped on the shore of the Jordan River ready to enter the Promised Land. Moses is near death and is giving final instructions. He promises that after his death, God will still be with them through another prophet. Both Jewish and Christian readers have seen this as referring to the future Messiah. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 In this section of the first letter to the Corinthians, Paul is responding to their question about whether it is better to remain single or become married. Paul’s belief was that when you became Christian, you shouldn’t take on a new state in life since he expected Jesus would return in glory soon. Mark 1:21-28 We continue in the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark. The evangelist’s opening chapters, including this passage, are packed with exciting narratives and fast-paced action. The reading ends with the subtle acknowledgement of the impact of Jesus’ ministry and fame. Reflect: What are the evils in today’s world that you pray God will free us from? THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Page 2 STEWARDSHIP REPORT Week of 1/18/2015 Approximately 1,412 people participated Env/Cash EFT Securing Our Future TOTAL Children’s Collection $14,264 $14,355 $ 5,320 $33,939 $ 50.81 Thank You for your Gifts Please pray for all the sick who have been commended to our prayer, that they will respond to God’s healing will, especially: Kathleen Sheere, Craig Nelson, Betty Gehan, Mary Serio, Jay Finn, Kip Church, Barry Shiek, Eileen Chvala, Jean Schultz, Gail Kelso, Becky Duneske, Anne Zaragoza, Ellen Andary, Virginia Darga, Jack Matta, Michael Murphy, Patty Nouhan, Robert Laginess, Norma Pellerito, Doug & Linda Lambert, Joyce Egerer, Jeanne and Eugene Buel, Tom Stadtmiller, Janet Husseli, Gwen Maes, Ron Abramovich, Dorothy Keefe, Nancy Sharpy, Bob Sixbery, Betty Carb, Caroline Bilicki, Vic Howe, Tom McSweeney, Heather Bierlein, Linda Heppler, Tom Zremski, Andrew Doyle, Dave Zapfe, Donna Miller, Fred Preiss, Addison Donehue, Marylyn Trader, Donald Gehring, Jameson Timberlake, Michelle Schmid, Ben Hemker, Cheryl Gautherat, Steve Reichardt, Mary Anderer, Shirley Nitz, Bill Gamble, Cynthia McIntosh, Dan Schilkey, Margie Kelly, Lynn Long, Abbie Fountaine, Mark Matras, MaryAnna, David Martin, Hogan McCuan, Sherri Kunkel, Herb Langer. Please remember in your prayers: Sandi Phillips and Family in the death of her aunt, Joan Hibbeln; Dave Wisniewski and Family in the death of his aunt, Theresa O’Connell; Donna Kovalchik and Family in the death of her sister-in-law, Anna Sarnak. JANUARY 25, 2015 THE WEEK AHEAD Monday, January 26 9:00 am Pre-School 5:45 pm 4th Grade Catechist Meeting 6:00 pm Magdalen’s Kitchen 7:00 pm Regional Mission at St. Pat’s Tuesday, January 27 9:00 am Pre-School 10:30 am Advanced Meditation 7:00 pm Troop 385 7:00 pm EDGE Regional Mission at St. Pat’s Wednesday, January 28 9:00 am Pre-School 9:45 am MOMS 12:30 pm Knitters 7:00 pm Mass of Anointing 7:00 pm Regional Mission at St. Pat’s 7:30 pm Time & Talent Meeting Thursday, January 29 9:00 am Pre-School 6:30 pm 7th Grade Catechist Meeting 7:00 pm School for Discipleship 7:30 pm Music Ministry Friday, January 30 9:00 am Pre-School 6:30 pm 8 Great Dates 7:00 pm Divorced & Separated Saturday, January 31 4:30 am Baptisms Sunday, February 1 9:00 am Family Program 10:10 am New Parishioner Meeting 10:15 am Ichthus 11:00 am RCIA Dismissal 11:00 am Kindergarten & 9th Grade Religious Formation All Weekend: Youth Winter Getaway Super Bowl Collection A MASS OF ANOINTING will take place on Wednesday, January 28, at 7:00pm. All who have a serious or chronic illness, or are facing surgery are encouraged to attend. Livingston County Catholic Charities celebrates 30 years at our Annual Salute to the Stars and Celebrity Dance Competition in addition to honoring our community stars. There will be one overall winning dance team that night based on the judges’ scores, and a community-favorite award will be given to the team with the most votes, both online and at the event. Online voting will open March 1st. It will be held March 21st, at the Johnson Center at Cleary College, with Mass celebrated prior at St. Joseph, in Howell. Tickets $60/person or $440/table of 8. To sponsor the event or purchase tickets, contact Julie Amman at 517.545.5944. ST. MARY MAGDALEN Page 3 Religious Formation News BRIGHTON, MICHIGAN Youth News from Mary at [email protected] and Karen at [email protected] from Margaret at [email protected] and Stasia at [email protected] Class break: there are no classes today through Thursday, Jan. 29. Classes resume Sunday, Feb. 1! Change of time: Confirmation class (9th gr.) Sunday, February 1: We will gather at 11 for Liturgy (look for our reserved section) and then our Confirmation “Super Bowl” class begins immediately after Liturgy in the gym until 1:30! THANK YOU to all our youth. They did an amazing job in their ministries at our youth liturgy! See the February Visionary for more! Formation Classes: We still have room in our classes if you haven’t registered yet (regardless of your ability to pay). Come into or call the office for more information. If payment is a problem, please call Mary at extension #115. Pet Food Collection: Don’t forget! Our first grade classes are collecting pet food for various shelters and Gleaners. Marked collection bins are in the Gathering area. WE NEED YOU! We are looking for individuals with the desire to share their faith with the youth of our parish. If you ever felt “called” to inquire into the ministry of catechist or assistant, give us a call! We need you to pass along the fundamentals of our faith. Catechists and aides are needed in our formation classes during the week on Wednesday and Thursday, along with Sunday mornings and evenings. We will provide training, information and support before you ever meet with a class. Even if you do not feel the classroom is the best place to use your talents, our Formation Team is in need of new members as well. This team helps set the direction of the programs and what goes into our classes. If you have ever wondered if you possess the gifts needed and enjoy working with youth, please call me in the office! Just a reminder about snow days: Since it is January, it is a good time to remind you of our snow policy. If Brighton area schools are cancelled due to bad weather, our Faith Formation classes will also be cancelled. In case Religious Formation is cancelled during the school day, we will notify each family by email. (We are no longer using the automated phone calling system.) If you have a change of email or phone (cell) numbers let Karen in the office know. Next week many of us will leave for the weekend for our anticipated Winter Weekend Getaway! We will leave Friday and come home Sunday late afternoon. Please keep us in prayer for safe travels on the road and safety on the hills of Caberfae Ski Resort in Cadillac. Friendships will be formed and deepened, memories made and laughter will be heard all throughout the surrounding wooded area! It is Super Bowl Sunday next weekend and for many people that means an exciting football game, messy snacks, gatherings with friends, and the anticipation of those TV commercials. For us here at St. Mary Magdalen, it means SOUPer Bowl Sunday, which is our annual collection of change (and paper monies) in pots and pans after each liturgy for the needy. Our EDGE adult leaders and many middle school students will be in the gathering area after all liturgies next weekend for the collection. The money collected will sponsor a child in Honduras through the organization Osman Hope; it will help the hungry through a donation to Gleaners and also the homeless in Detroit. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Looking ahead to Valentine’s Day next month, mark your calendar for that Saturday, the 14th, for the Warming the Hearts of Others Dance, for 50+, teens and in-betweens. It will be a formal dance here in the gym and community room. Invite your elderly neighbors, grandparents or the people you sit near during Mass. In addition to sharing the love with those around us, we are conducting a blanket drive for the homeless in Detroit. Put on your dancing shoes, your best dress and grab those gently used blankets or comforters that will be donated to dress the homeless in warmth and love! The following Saturday, the youth will go downtown and work with the nonprofit organization, The Ark Association to hand them out. You can check out the organization at thearkassociation.org. All high school teens are always welcome to come and join us for our weekly youth group meetings, in the youth room, on Sunday evenings, from 7-9pm. EDGE Our next meeting is Monday, January 26th at 7 pm. Hope to see all of you then. Looking ahead to February 23, to fight the winter blues, we are planning an EDGE Night Out to Rollerama/ Zapzone in Brighton. I will have more details as we get closer, but for now make sure to mark your calendar. THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Page 4 Adult Education and Formation Faith and Service - From Sr. Joyce [email protected] Regional Parish Mission January 25, 26, 27, 28 St. Patrick Church, 7-9 pm. Adults, young adults and teens are invited (free-will offering). Our Lenten Faith Sharing will continue with this process. Childcare available, contact: [email protected] Lenten Faith Sharing Groups You may want to begin gathering together your faith sharing group from the past. Sign-ups at the Parish will begin January 24 & 25. Facilitators, please let me know if you have space for more people. Year of Consecrated Life Please keep in your prayers the men and women who live consecrated vowed lives today and pray that God will continue to call self-giving people in this service. M.O.M.S.: Mothers of Ministry Sharing The M.O.M.S. Group meets in the North Room, next to the Nursery throughout the school year. Meetings with Prayer, Food, Fun, and Friendship occur every Wednesday morning from 9:30 am – noon. Moms of all ages and stages are welcome to come anytime. Please feel free to contact Erin Wolfe at [email protected] or Holly Oakes at [email protected] with any questions. Livingston YAM Special Event Livingston YAM and St. Pat’s presents Faith Finances with Tom Zordani on Friday, February 6, 2015, from 7-9pm at McCann Hall, St. Patrick in Brighton. Do you believe that God has a plan for you and your finances? Come join us for a special evening to explore this important topic! No matter your age or stage of life, YOU can benefit from an evening with this unique speaker. Please visit at: faithfinances.net. For more information, contact Shannon [email protected] ICHTHUS: Music, Stories, Friendship Join us each Sunday morning at 10:15 am in the North Room, featuring guest speakers. All are welcome and the Nursery is available and supervised for young children. JANUARY 25, 2015 CHARITY & JUSTICE CORNER KIDS AGAINST HUNGER PACKING EVENT!! Ready, Set, Pack!!! That’s right. We have scheduled our next packing event for Kids Against Hunger. Saturday, February 14th at St. Mary Magdalen. We will run two shifts on that day. Set-up is 8:00 am = 8 volunteers Shift 1: 9-11 = 150 volunteers Shift 2: 11-1 = 150 volunteers Sign up sheets will be available next week in the gathering area. Ages 5 and up are welcome. Children 5 years to 10 years will need to be paired with an adult at the packing station. Please plan on arriving 15 minutes before your scheduled time for instruction and prep. Magdalen’s Kitchen Sign-Up: Names of those interested in serving at Magdalen’s Kitchen for the Mondays of February 16 and 23 and all of March are being accepted. 3 assistant cook positions, 8 set-up/server/clean-up positions, 3 dish washer positions, 4 dessert positions, and 4 sub positions are needed for each Monday. Sign-up sheets are organized by date and are near the Charity and Justice table in the Gathering Space. Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis. Reminder slips are available to remind you of your commitment; a reminder telephone call will be placed prior to the date you are to serve. Volunteers must be middle school age (and accompanied by an adult) or older to fill a server/dish washer position and 18 years of age or older to fill a cook position. Future dates (April and first half of May) will be posted in early March. WALK FOR WARMTH 9:00am on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Hartland Education Support Services Bldg. A fundraiser walk-a-thon to provide support for the people of Livingston County that are experiencing a heat emergency during the year, but especially during the cold winter months. Unable to walk? Please consider donating to the St. Mary Magdalen Team under fundraisers on the website: www.Crowdrise.com/ WalkforWarmthLivingston. ST. MARY MAGDALEN Page 5 MINISTERS OF PRAYER Sun. Jan. 25 Kyle Geran, Michelle Sixbery Mon. Jan. 26 Sr. Joyce, Bob & Dawn Gustitus, Jan Iannuzzi Tue. Jan. 27 Shirley Stork, Gary Prise, Larry Maes Wed. Jan 28 Gale & Pat Harris, Crystal Little Thur. Jan 29 Hugh & Patti Conahan, Rita DeRaud, Audrey Shilkey Fri. Jan. 30 Cindy Sultana, Cathy Hazen Sat. Jan. 31 Kevin Tinsky BLUE MASS: On February 8, 2015, at the 11:00 am. Mass there will be a special blessing for all those who serve in a first responder emergency type position in our area. All police, fire, and EMS people are asked to join us at Mass (in uniform if possible, but not necessary) and be our guests at the pancake breakfast that the K of C is preparing on that day. We know there are many of you in the area and look forward to having you join us at this special Mass in your honor. FROM PRESCHOOL...Kathie Anderer, Director We are having an Open House for the 2015/2016 school year. The dates for the Open House are Saturday, Feb. 7 (4-6pm) and Sunday, Feb. 8 (8:30am12:30pm). Our preschool provides morning sessions for 3 and 4 year olds. Classes are taught by dedicated and highly qualified professionals who understand the importance of a faith-forming education program. Please accept this invitation. We would love to have you join us next year. Coming soon…” Pizza and Parenting” a course on parenting children 0-10 year olds. This course is based on Christian principles and is designed for parents and caregivers with or without a Christian faith. The course is for every type of parenting situation, including parenting on your own, step-parenting and parenting as a couple. Whatever your situation, the practical tools you learn can help you to improve and strengthen your family life. The class runs for five weeks, starting Thursday, February 19 through Thursday, March 19, 2015. It runs from 6:15-8:30pm each night and includes pizza, babysitting, course instruction and class booklet for the full five weeks. Cost is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Coordinator is Dr. Elyce Cron. Registration is limited to 30 participants. Forms and info are available in the gathering area. Join us on this journey! BRIGHTON, MICHIGAN Upcoming Marriage Enrichment Calendar These are marriage enrichment events for the next several months. You can find a full listing for the year, as well as a short description of each program and a web link by clicking on the Year of Marriage logo on the St. Mary Magdalen website. Marriage Conference February 7, at St. Patrick, Brighton: This year’s theme is “Marriage...Faith and Finances.” Join us for a day of marriage strengthening and enrichment! Enjoy a “date” with your beloved in an atmosphere of love, laughter and the inspired Word of God. Listen to engaging speakers, including Tom Zordani of Faith Finances and Randy and Therese Cirner, Christian Marriage Counselors. Celebrate Mass with Bishop Boyea. Visit www.idoforlife.org for info or to register. We Care 2 February 28, 9am-1pm at St. Patrick, Brighton. This program debuted at St. Mary Magdalen last fall and was well received by those who attended. It is a version of the We Care communication class that is offered to engaged couples, but specifically adapted to couples who are already married. This four-hour course could be just for you if you need to refresh your communication skills. Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend March 20-22 in Lansing. Looking for the perfect weekend dedicated to bringing a husband and wife closer together? A WWME weekend is exactly what you are looking for. At a Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the original and continually updated marriage enrichment program, you get away from the distractions of everyday life and focus on each other. Instead of simply listening to lectures about how to improve your marriage, you will actually be improving your marriage! www.wwme.org. WELCOME NEWLY BAPTIZED! Evelyn Grace Kirila, parents are Andrea and Jim; and Jack Christopher Spalding, parents are Jennifer and John. THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Page 6 DIVORCE & BEYOND - RECOVERY & HEALING This program is for people who are already divorced or have filed for divorce, not those considering divorce. It is co-hosted by the Livingston Region Catholic parishes and Livingston County Catholic Charities. It will be held on Friday evenings, 7-8:30 pm January 23 - March 27, here at St. Mary Magdalen. Call Sr. Maryetta, 810.229.8624, to register. There is a $10 fee for program materials. ACTIVITIES Mon. 1/ 26 9:30 am 8:30 pm Tues. 1/27 8:30 am 9:30 am 7:00 pm Wed. 1/28 9:30 am 6:00 pm Thurs. 1/29 8:30 am 9:30 am Fri. 1/30 9:30 am Sat. 1/31 7:30 am 10:00 am Sun. 2/1 9:00 am 11:00 am JANUARY 25, 2015 SCHEDULE Open Walk Men’s Basketball Zumba Open Walk Troop 385 Open Walk Hartland Baseball Zumba Open Walk Open Walk Insanity Boot Camp Special Olympics Family Program 9th Grade Liturgy & Super Bowl Class Our Next Blood Drive is Sunday, February 8th! In conjunction with this blood drive, we will also have a Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive for anyone age 18-44 in memory of one of our parishioners, Dennis Denhard. For thousands of critically ill blood cancer patients, there is a cure. Just 10 minutes and a cheek swab is all it takes!
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