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2016 Confirmation Candidate, Parent, and Sponsor Gathering: Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m. in the PAC

All 2016 Confirmation candidates (8th grade with parents and sponsors (if available), please plan on attending Sunday, April 17 from 3 p.m.-4:15 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center (PAC) for a gathering with the High School Youth.

This gathering encourages further personal and spiritual growth for our youth and helps them find their place in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community. Our gathering will be led by Enzo Randazzo, our youth minister and facilitated by our team members, Catherine Anderson and Andrew Kanitz.

Please also remember, rehearsal for Confirmation is Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Church and the date of Confirmation is Saturday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. (Candidates and sponsors are asked to arrive by 2:30 p.m.) at UM Hill Auditorium.

For questions, please contact Ellen Ward at or call 734-821-2130.

2015/16 Confirmation Schedule

Clases para niños en edad preescolar para aprender y apoyar el uso del español en sus hogares:  Inscríbase aquí.

Classes for Preschool Children to Learn or to Support Spanish Spoken in the Home: Register here.
Help your child learn or maintain their Spanish language spoken in the home.  We are offering a unique opportunity for preschool children aged 3-5 years to learn or maintain Spanish (through music, games, & dance) basic concepts, such as greetings, numbers, colors, days of the week as well as basic prayers, including the Our Father and Hail Mary.  The children will also have an opportunity to learn about the Spanish culture.  Classes are held weekly on Mondays from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. in the church choir room, located in the basement of the church.

Please sign up using this form or call the Religious Education Office at 734-821-2130 or email (or contact Ellen Ward at You may also contact the teacher of the class, Lucia Rondon-Cardone at with questions about the class. A small fee of $50/child or $75/family covers expenses.

Ayude a sus niños a aprender y mantener su Español. Ofrecemos la oportunidad única para niños entre 3 y 5 años de aprender a través de la música, juegos y danza conceptos básico como saludos, números, colores, días de la semana y oraciones básicas incluyendo el Padre Nuestro y el Ave María. Los niños también tendrán la oportunidad de aprender acerca de la cultura latina. Las clases se reunirán cada Lunes entre las 2 y las 3 de la tarde, en la sala del coro localizada en el sótano de la parroquia.
Por favor inscríbase usando este formulario o llamando a la Oficina de Educación Religiosa al 734-821-2130 o en el correo electrónico (o Ellen Ward o en el correo electrónico Si tiene alguna consulta puede contactar a la profesora de la clase Lucia Rondon-Cardone en el correo electrónico El valor de la inscripción es de $50 por niño o $75 por familia y es para cubrir los costos de los materiales.

Help Us Build our Children's Resources for Books and DVDs on topics relating to our Catholic Faith.  If you are able, consider a donation towards new books or purchase (or donate used books in excellent condition).  Bring donations to the Religious Education Office.  For information, please contact Mary Tillotson at 734-821-2130 or

A list of suggested books follow:

Saint biographies by Vision Books (Ignatius Press)
Chronicles of Narnia
saint biographies by Louis de Wohl
My First Book of Saints, ed. Louis M. Savary
My Path to Heaven: A Young Person's Guide to the Faith by Fr. Geoffrey Bliss
The Catholic Children's Bible by Mary Theola and J. Verleye
A Little Book about Confession for Children by Kendra Tierney
The Shoemaker's Dream by Mildred Schell
Good King Wenceslas by John Wallner
Mystery of the Flying Monk by Antonio Tarzia
Saint Anthony and the Christ Child by Helen Walker Homan
Before the Stars Were Made by Lois Rock
The Clown of God by Tomie de Paola
Jesus Detective by Peter Martin
Look and Find Bible by B&H Editorial Staff
Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did by Mindy Macdonald
9 Fruits Alive by Mindy Macdonald
7 Days of Creation by Mindy Macdonald
The Nativity: Six Glorious Pop-up Scenes by Francesca Crespi
The Father Brown Reader: Stories from Chesterton
The Father Brown Reader II: More Stories from Chesterton
The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary (Old and New Series)
Jesus is Alive by Kees de Kort
St. Patirick's Story for Children by Gabrielle Bean Ui Dhomhaill
Gopherwood Zoo: The Story of Noah in Rhyme by Calvin Miller
Lift the Flap Lost Sheep by Juliet David, Sylvia Ward
Noah's Ark (Picture Yearling Bood) by Jacobus Revius, Peter Spier
The Fourth Wise Man by Susan Summers, Jackie Morris
Bible Detective: A Puzzle Search Book by Peter Martin, Peter Kent
The Look and Find Book of Bible Stories by Marion Thomas, Andrew Everitt-Stewart
Can You Find Saints? Introducing Your Child to Holy Men and Women by Philip Gallery, Janet Harlow
Can you Find Jesus? Introducing Your Child to the Gospel (Search and Learn Books) by Philip Gallery, Janet Harlow
24 Christmas Stories to Welcome Jesus by Various Authors
24 Christmas Stories for Little Ones by Various Authors
The Legend of Saint Nicholas by Demi
Take it to the Queen: A Tale of Hope by Josephine Nobisso, Katalin Szegedi
The Weight of a Mass: A Tale of Faith by Josephine Nobisso, Katalin Szegedi
Roses in the Snow: A Tale of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary by Dessi Jackson, Lydia Grace Kadar-Kallen
Forever You: A Book about Your Soul and Body by Nicole Lataif, Mary Rojas
My First Catechism: The Catholic Faith for Little Ones by Christine Pedotti
The LIttle LIfe of Jesus by Anne Gravier, Adeline Avril
St. Joseph's Story by Geraldine Guadagno, Maria Chistina Lo Cascio
Jesus Speaks to Me about Easter by Angela Burrin, Maria Cristina Lo Cascio
Praying the Rosary with Mary by Angela Burrin, Maria Cristina Lo Cascio
Walking with Jesus to Calvary: Stations of the Cross for Children by Angela Burrin, Maria Cristina Lo Cascio
Jesus Speaks to Me about the Mass by Angela Burrin, Maria Cristina Lo Cascio
Jesus Speaks to Me on My First Holy Communion by by Angela Burrin, Maria Cristina Lo Cascio
The Story of Christmas by Pamela Dalton

Leaders are needed for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses.  A Coordinator and leaders are needed for Toddler's & Two's.

Please contact Ellen Ward at  or 734-821-2132 for more information or to volunteer to teach or assist in teaching the Faith to our parish children!  

Click here to See the Full RE Calendar

Register for Fall Religious Education classes for children in grades preK-8 by August 30 for the early enrollment discount.  Forms are available on-line in the column on the right of this webpage.  For questions, please contact 734-821-2130.

Wednesday Religious Education classes (6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m.) for children in grades 1-8 begin September 30 and run weekly through May 11, 2016.
Sunday preschool begins October 4 (10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.) and runs weekly through May 1, 2016.
Sunday Family A (10:20 a.m.--12:15 p.m.) for children (and at least one parent) in grades preK-5 and youth in grades 6-8 begins October 4 and  meets on the following Sundays:  October 4 & 18; November 1 & 15; December 6; January 10 & 24; February 7; March 6 & 20; April 3 & 17; May 1
Sunday Family B (10:20 a.m.--12:15 p.m.) for children (and at least one parent) in grades preK-5 and youth in grades 6-8 begins October 11 and meets on the following Sundays:  October 11 & 25; November 8 & 22; December 6; January 17 & 24; February 28; March 11 & 20; April 10 & 17; May 1

The celebration of First Reconciliation is on Saturdays, January 23 & 30, 2016
The celebration of First Eucharist is the weekend of April 23 & 24, 2016 (Saturday 10 a.m.; 5 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m.;10:30 a.m.;12:30 p.m.)
The celebration of Confirmation:  The Vigil of Pentecost, Saturday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. at UM Hill A
The Living Nativity and Advent Carol Service:  Sunday, December 13 at 5 p.m.