Christian Service News 1-14-2018

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, lacking clothes…or a stranger and welcome you...?” (Matthew 25:35-40)

Greetings to all,

Your generosity never ceases to amaze me. As you know our overnight Warming Shelter opened for business in our Fellowship Center last Sunday, January 7. The children of St. Mary donated about 300 new socks for our homeless guests. Socks continued to arrive all week from others, which is really great. The likelihood that the homeless will have wet feet as the snow melts is very probable. They will be looking for a dry pair to wear and we will be able to help them thanks to you. A big thank you also goes out to everyone who brought food and other “goodies” this past week. Also thanks to all of the people that responded to our “urgent appeal” for help to staff some of the early morning shifts that needed more volunteers. By your example and generosity through your actions and words, in your own way, you brought the Gospel message to many people including our guests and our volunteers, to name a few.

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 about these, please give me a call. I can be reached at the parish office on extension 205.

 St. Mary Warming Center will continue through Sunday morning, January 21. New this year - parents or family members of St. Mary School students can earn double service hours by volunteering to work one of our overnight time slots! What a wonderful way to let your light shine through the darkness! 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.

Life Issues Ministry: Please pray for the group from St. Mary that is traveling to Washington D.C. for the 2018 March for Life. The group is joining the eight buses that Lifespan of Michigan has organized for the 45th annual March on January 19. This year's theme for the march is "Love Saves Lives." Hundreds of thousands of individuals are set to travel from across the nation to D.C. for this year's March for Life, which seeks to promote the dignity of every human life and to stand against the greatest human rights violation of our time - abortion-on-demand. Please consider praying the "9 Days for Life" novena for the support and safety of those participating in the march for life. http:// www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/9 -days-for-life-resources-for-leaders.cfm. Please contact Chris Gorecki or Jeanne Hutko at mcgorecki@aol.com to join our committee to promote Life Issues in our St. Mary community.

St. Mary Clothes Closet & Food Pantry: Please remember the poor that continue to visit our pantry and clothes closet during the year. Our Clothes Closet is collecting gloves, hats and winter jackets; as well as jeans, hoodies, and all-weather shoes and boots. We can use both men and women clothes. Our Food Pantry especially enjoys receiving water, peanut butter, canned pasta, sauces, gravy, chunky soups, canned fruits, tuna fish, canned meats, snack bars, crackers and protein drinks. If donating canned goods, please try to get cans with flip top lids. Food and clothing drop-offs can be made any weekday between 9 am and 4 pm at the parish office.

Jail Outreach Ministry: Easter comes early this year. Lent begins February 14. Again, this year we will be supporting the families of inmates residing at the Oakland County Jail. Last year, thanks to you, we were able to make 75 Easter baskets for toddlers to adults. We also helped 11 families with Easter dinner and some baskets for the children. If you are interested in helping a family with groceries, give me a call.

General Assistance: The weather is exceptionally cold and snowy this year. Utility bills are higher than they have been in some time. It can be challenging making ends meet. If you or someone you know needs help with food, clothing, rent or utility assistance, please call me at the parish office on extension 205.

May God bless you for everything you do to support St. Mary parish. We appreciate it more than you even know. May you have a blessed and happy New Year!

George Krinke, your Christian Service Coordinator