Looking to expand your prayer life with others? We are pleased to offer a variety of prayer and discussion groups for our parishioners.
Catholic Thinkers Book Club
All members of the parish are invited to meet one Tuesday a month from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Loyola Room to read and discuss selected great books by Catholic and other spiritual writers. The fall readings include:
September 27 The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister
October 25 Saint Thomas Aquinas: The ‘Dumb Ox’ by G.K. Chesterton
November 22 The Life You Save May be Your Own (first half) by Paul Elie
December 20 The Life You Save May be Your Own (second half) by Paul Elie
For more information, contact Professor Andrew Hoffman.
Centering Prayer is a silent practice of prayer that rests on the faith that Christ is present within by his Holy Spirit. It is an excellent preparation for contemplative prayer, which is a grace or gift bestowed by God. Centering prayer is an intentional openness to, or practice of “waiting” on God encouraging the building of a more intimate relationship with Christ and the movement of the Holy Spirit. It is rooted in centuries-old monastic prayer. The book, Open Mind, Open Heart by Father Thomas Keating, OCSO, is a good introduction.
The first Monday of each month we listen to an introduction to centering prayer and then pray for 20 minutes. Otherwise, we typically sit and pray for two 20-minute sessions with a short meditative walk in between. All are welcome.
Contact Serena firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Into the Light
Into the Light is a prayer group that meets at 7:30 AM Saturdays during Advent and Lent to share our faith and forge new friendships. At each meeting, the group reflects on Sunday’s scripture readings and holds a communion service together. Attendees bring a dish to share for breakfast! Please join us – all are welcome.
For more information, please call the Parish Office at 734.663.0557.
Parish Bible Study
Practice scripture-based faith sharing in small discussion groups which are guided by church-approved commentaries, question guides, and Catechism of the Catholic Church. Meets each Monday at 7:00 PM.
For more information, contact Kathy Ann Moilanen 734.668.7437.
St. Mary’s Discussion Group
The St. Mary’s Discussion Group meets one Sunday a month from 3:00pm – 5:00pm in Donnelly Hall to discuss current topics of interest and to offer support to the parish. Socializing begins at 3:00pm with snacks and beverages. Discussion begins at 3:30pm . Topics for this academic year will be determined by the group at our September 11 meeting. New members are warmly welcomed and meetings are open to parish members and guests.
For more information, contact Sherry Warden 734.663.8818.
Women of the Heart
Women of every age are invited to connect, be inspired, and celebrate their faith with one another. Women of the Heart meets the second Thursday of each month from 10:15 AM – 12:00 noon to enjoy a light brunch and explore relevant topics. This year’s theme is Our Scriptural Sisters: Their Roles and Ours. Please check the schedule for dates, topics, and scriptural passages:
Sept 22 Mother, The Canaanite Woman
Oct 13 Siblings, Martha and Mary of Bethany
Nov 10 In-Laws, Ruth and Naomi
Dec 1 Cousins, Mary and Elizabeth (please note date change)
Jan 12 Spouses, Abraham and Sarah
Feb 9 Adoptive Mothers, Wife of Moses
Mar 9 Friends, Mary Magdalen
Apr 13 Widows, Widow of Naim
May 11 Healed by Jesus, Variety of Scriptural Passages