Christian Service News

“Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22)

Greetings Everyone,

Our “Day of Mercy in Action” was this weekend, Saturday morning, October 14. According to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, More than 4,000 people and 68 Catholic Churches were expected to participate in this year’s second annual Mercy in Action (MIA) Day of Service. The event will have involved more than 200 service projects to help those in need and improve local communities throughout metro-Detroit in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. Service projects included a walk-a-thon to raise money for several charities, cleaning up historic cemeteries, supporting first responders and members of the military, blood drives, food pantry collections, volunteering at soup kitchens, clothing drives, serving the homeless, visiting nursing homes and much more. As I write this article, it is a little too soon for me to tell you all about our Day of Mercy, which included ten service projects alone. You had to be there. I trust many of you were. Even though I will have been there, I look forward to hearing about it this week, from you. In next weekend’s bulletin I will give you my perspective. In the meantime, let me share some upcoming Christian Service events and opportunities to help.

INVITATION TO ALL LADIES: "Discipleship: Reflection to Action" is the theme for the Day of Reflection with Fther Bob Ytsen, S.J. on Thursday, October 19. Sponsored by the South Oakland Vicariate, Council of Catholic Women, all women are invited--not necessary to be Catholic or a member of CCW. Gathering time is 9:30 a.m. - program begins at 10 a.m. Location is the Manresa Retreat Center, 1390 Quarton Road (16 Mile Road) at Woodward, Bloomfield, MI. Cost is $25. Lunch is included, program ends at 3 p.m. For reservations or questions, call Betty at 248-548- 3724. Tickets must be purchased in advance, none will be sold at the door.

Halloween Candy for the Seminary: The seminarians at Sacred Heart Major Seminary have once again asked us to collect Halloween candy for their annual celebration with their neighborhood children. Each year more than a thousand children and their parents embark on the Seminary for “Trick or Treat.” The seminarians pass out candy and have fun playing games with the children. Please look for the orange plastic bin in the back of Church or in the Fellowship Center Vestibule where you can drop off a bag of candy. If you cannot find a bin, then please drop it at the Parish Office. The seminarians will be picking up the candy we collect on October 26. Please be generous.

St. Mary Clothes Closet: As the weather gets cooler we are getting more requests for hoodies, jackets, sweatshirts, and jeans. If you have any men’s or ladies clothes that are still in fair condition but you no longer want, please keep our Clothes Closet in mind. Drop offs can be made any weekday between 9 am and 4 pm.

St. Mary Food Pantry is always in need of canned meat products (i.e. spam, ham, chicken, tuna and Vienna sausage) as well as chunky soups, chili with and without meat, canned pasta, and pasta sauce. Our homeless guests living on the street, still enjoy soft protein bars, fruit cups, pudding cups, peanut butter crackers and cheese crackers. Drop offs can be made any weekday between 9 am and 4 pm

May God bless you for everything you do to support St. Mary parish. We appreciate it more than you even know.

George Krinke, your Christian Service Coordinator