Christian Service News

“Always be joyful; pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:16-17)

Greetings Everyone,

I really believe that St. Paul had the right idea when he wrote to the early Christians living on Thessalonica. “Always do what is best for each other; be joyful and pray constantly.” It seems like a great way to live especially now during Advent as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. I am sure St. Paul was not saying we should recite prayers with our hands folded all day long.

Rather, I think he was suggesting that we should be mindful of God’s presence throughout the day, no matter what we are doing. I like to think of Jesus as a friend that is always at my side or nearby. When I have a friend nearby, I cannot help but to talk to him or her to ask for advice and guidance. The same holds true for talking (praying) to Jesus. As we prepare for Christmas, let’s try to think of Jesus as our friend and ask him to guide us on our way.

Below are a few upcoming Christian Service activities. I do hope you will have the time to participate in some way. Your participation will be greatly appreciated and I am sure God will reward you for your effort. If you would like to volunteer to assist with one or more of these activities or would like more information, please give me a call. I can be reached at the parish office on extension 205.

The St. Mary Warming Center will again open its doors to homeless guests beginning Sunday, January 7 through Sunday, January 21. Thank you to those who have signed up for this year’s Warming Center! We will be opening our doors to our homeless neighbors from January 7th through January 21st. The Warming Center at St. Mary provides a hot meal and a safe place to sleep each night during this 2 week period. We are still in the need of some help on the following night time shifts:

Mon. 1/8/18 2 people 9:30pm-2am

Tues. 1/9/18 2 people 9:30pm-2am

Wed. 1/10/18 4 people 2am-7am

Sat. 1/13/18 2 people 2am-7am

Tues. 1/16/18 2 people 2am-7am and 3 people 9:30pm-2am

Thurs. 1/18/18 2 people 2am-7am

Sat. 1/20/18 2 people 2am-7am

There are also shifts available in food services, blanket distribution and registration from 7pm-10pm on Thurs. 1/18/18 and Fri. 1/19/18.

There is a Volunteer Training meeting on Tues. 1/2/18 at 7 pm. This meeting is not mandatory but is helpful to new and or returning volunteers.

We are also in need of someone to replace our morning coordinator. This job involves helping to wake guests up, serving a light breakfast and ensuring the guests are on their way by 7am. This 5am-7am position is vitally important to our Warming Center. Training will be provided!

If you are interested in helping out please email Heather Croy (heathermcleese@aol.com) Every little bit helps!

Volunteers are also needed each night from 7pm-10pm to register guests, pass out blankets and serve food. The Warming Center is very grateful for donations of food and financial support. Do you have a special talent or training (i.e. foot care, hair cutting, etc.)? We are always searching for additional medical and dental staff.

If interested in signing up or learning more about how you might be able to help, please give me a call at the parish office: 248-547-1818, ext. 205.

Christmas Baskets, Secret Santa Shop and Giving Tree: I want to thank all of the wonderful volunteers that helped me this past week with the final arrangements related to our Giving Tree, Christmas Baskets and Secret Santa shopping. Everyone was really great! Many gifts had to be sorted, organized, wrapped, picked up and delivered. Some gifts and food had to be purchased. Thank you also to all of the parishioners that donated a turkey so our Christmas families could have a nice dinner celebrated with their families and friends. Thank you also for all of the cash donations received this past week to help fund all of the last minute gifts, food and other various items. All of you know who you are. And all of you were great! Thank you so very much for your help during a time when I was especially stressed out.

Life Issues: Have you heard the news? Right to Life – Lifespan is again is sending EIGHT buses filled with young people and their chaperones on the “Movement in Motion” Youth Bus Trip to Washington, DC for the 45th annual March for Life! The March and Rally for Life will take place on Friday, January 19, 2018. This year’s theme is “Love Saves Lives.” If you have a young person or want to be a chaperone on this trip, please give me a call at the Parish Office on extension 205 and I will put you in touch with someone on our Life Issues Ministry. If you care to make a donation to RTL-Lifespan Educational Fund or find out more information about the trip, you may also call the Lifespan office located in Troy, at 248-816- 1546.

St. Mary Clothes Closet: Thank you for all of your clothing donations. Presently, we could use more gloves, hats and winter jackets. As always, we continue to look for jeans, new white socks, new underwear, hoodies, and all-weather shoes and boots. Clothing drop-offs can be made any weekday between 9 am and 4 pm at the parish office. Did you know that the number of guests visiting our clothes closet has tripled since I started working here at St. Mary? The ratio of men to women is still 75% / 25%. And although I am seeing improvements, still about half of our guests (men and women) do not have a permanent roof over their heads. They sleep in shelters or outside on the sidewalk. Providing them with warm, dry clothes is a necessity during this winter season.

St. Mary Food Pantry: Thank you for all of your food donations! Currently, we are in need of peanut butter, canned pasta, sauces, gravy, chunky soups, canned fruits, tuna fish, canned meats, snack bars, and protein drinks. Thank you for your food donations.

May God bless you for everything you do to support St. Mary parish. We appreciate it more than you even know. May the blessings of Christmas be with you and your family.

George Krinke, your Christian Service Coordinator