Christian Service News

“I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst.” (John 6:34)

Greetings Everyone,

Happy Father’s Day! Below is a little poem I found while browsing the internet recently at www.thoughtco.com. I thought I would share it with all of the dads who may be reading this. It reminded me about the number of ways I was thankful for my dad always being near. He gave me food to eat and drink. He comforted me when I was hurt. My earthly dad passed away several years ago. However my heavenly dad is still close and He always will be. He is the bread of life. This poem could have been written about my earthly dad. And then again I wonder if it was written about my heavenly dad. After reading it a second time, I am really not sure. What about your dad? Which one do you think the author is talking about?

Thank You, Dad

Thank you for the laughter,

For the good times that we share,

Thanks for always listening,

For trying to be fair.

Thank you for your comfort,

When things are going bad,

Thank you for the shoulder,

To cry on when I'm sad.

This poem's a reminder that All my life through,

I'll be thanking heaven For a special dad like you.

--Anonymous

Below are some upcoming Christian Service events and activities that I want to share with you. If you are looking for something to pass the time this summer, please give me a call at the parish office or email me at: gkrinke@st-mary.org. I am sure I could use a little of your help. I know many of you have unique charisms that I do not have. Therefore I would gladly welcome your helping hands.

FOOD PANTRY & CLOTHES CLOSET UPDATE: Thank you for all of the food and clothing you have been donating to our Pantry and Clothes Closet. These items have been a huge help in filling the needs of the poor and homeless who have been visiting us recently. I apologize for always asking you for more. However it seems the “need” never stops. Jesus once said the poor will always be with us. And so it is. Currently, we could use some bottled water; some hearty soup with meat and a few cans of chili. Our clothes closet could use a few pair of men’s jeans, some new underwear (shorts or briefs), and some men’s sneakers.

Thank you also for the parishioners who responded to my request for basic kitchenware items. We received several pieces. It has been a true joy to see the number of people who come to my office and spot a frying pan or a pot sitting on my table. Immediately they look at me with begging eyes and ask if they could have a pot or a pan because they have only one or perhaps none at home. Their eyes light up when I tell them sure. Help yourself. So if you have an old pot or pan that you no longer want, please keep our guests in mind. Please drop one off at the parish office marked to my attention.

LIFE ISSUES – FATHER’s DAY: This Sunday is Father’s Day. Be sure to stop by the Life Issues table and pick up a nice sized “Thank You for Life” cookie to honor all of the dads in the parish. A free will offering that benefits Right to Life Lifespan may be made. If you are interested in joining the Life Issues Ministry, please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205.

OCTOBER 14 – SAVE THE DATE for MERCY IN ACTION DAY: St. Mary will be joining with Shrine, Guardian Angels and Our Lady of LaSalette this year. Service projects include On-campus and Off-campus activities. Please join us to give a unified witness to living out the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. We are especially grateful to Clark's White Glove Delivery for volunteering to provide and set-up the complete breakfast for the Day of Mercy. We are collecting used and new washcloths in preparation for one of the projects. These can be dropped off at the parish office. For more information about our planned events, please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205 or email: gkrinke@st-mary.org.

Blessings to all,

George Krinke, your Christian Service Coordinator