Christian Service News 11-12-2017

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

Greetings Everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying our autumn season. It is nice living in Michigan to have all four seasons available to us. Unfortunately not all of us enjoy this time of year because it is the time when cold weather blows in and snow begins to accumulate. This can be a difficult time of year for our senior citizens. It is hard for all of us to go out in the cold or move about in the snow. But it is so much harder for older adults. I am often asked if we have a group of younger or middle aged healthy adults in the parish that would be willing to shovel someone’s snow or take someone to the doctor or grocery store at this time of year. I always have to say no, not yet. I am praying that this year someone will come forward and volunteer to organize a small group of adults that would be willing to do these kinds of things for the elderly in the parish. If you hear God calling your name and are willing to say ‘Yes’ too leading this Christian Service ministry, please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205. I will be glad to help you get things started.

Below are a few upcoming activities. I do hope you will have the time to participate in some way. Your help will be greatly appreciated. If you would like more information about these please give me a call. I can be reached at the parish office on extension 205.

Christmas card orders will be available after all Masses this weekend November 11-12, benefitting RTL-Lifespan. Members of our Life Issues Ministry will be taking orders either in the back of Church or in the Fellowship Center Atrium.

Giving Tree: I am sure you noticed our “Giving Tree” at the back of church. If you look closely, you will find ornament tags decorating the tree. Each tag has a gift idea printed on it. This year we are helping families related to someone imprisoned in the Oakland County jail, senior citizens living at the St. Patrick Senior Center, some moms and children living at Oakland County’s domestic abuse shelter known as HAVEN, babies supported by Right to Life (RTL) Wee Care and the Council of Catholic Women Operation Layette. We are also collecting gifts for homeless guests of the Pope Francis Center, and some gift tags to help families and guests of our own St. Mary food pantry and clothes closet. All gifts need to the parish office before December 12 (some earlier). The tree will come down on the Monday after Thanksgiving. So please be sure to select a tag and return your gift early.

Secret Santa: If you know of someone in our parish community who could use a helping hand this Thanksgiving or Christmas with food or gifts, please let me know (confidentially). If you are interested in secretly “adopting” a family or part of a family this year and would like to provide some Thanksgiving meal ingredients (i.e. fresh vegetables, frozen turkey, fresh pie, etc.); or perhaps you would like to purchase Christmas gifts for the less fortunate, please let me know.

Thanksgiving Day, November 23, begins of course with Mass. Later, many of us will visit with friends and family, enjoy a hearty meal, and relax in the warmth of our fine homes. Do you have a friend, relative or neighbor that needs help this year with a meal or perhaps a rent or utility bill? As we enter the holiday season, we discover there are many people in our parish community who are struggling. Our St. Vincent DePaul Conference may be able to help them. For more information, please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205.

Christmas Lunch & Concert: The Seniors of our parish are invited to our annual Christian Service lunch and musical event. This year Carol Chadwick, vocalist, and Terry Matthews, pianist will be performing popular American and Christmas favorites from Noon to 2 pm on Friday December 1, in our Fellowship Center. During the concert performance, our Christian Service Commission members and some of our St. Mary eighth grade students, will serve lunch to those in attendance. Admission is free. However reservations are required since this is always an early sell-out. Please call me at the parish office on extension 205 with names of people attending and phone numbers if you want to attend.

St. Mary Clothes Closet: As you put your Christmas lists together, are you wondering what could our St. Mary Clothes Closet use this season? The following are some items we need but seldom get: umbrella’s, men’s belts, men’s new underwear, men’s used all-weather boots, deodorant, men’s jeans, hoodies, white socks and men’s jackets. Drop offs can be made any weekday between 9 am and 4 pm to the parish office.

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