Christian Service News 2-11-2018

“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,

Ash Wednesday is this week, the beginning of Lent. If you are a person that always gives up something as a personal sacrifice for Lent, let me offer a suggestion. Try something different. In the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola, do everything “for the greater glory of God.” Customary activities around the house like doing the laundry, caring for a spouse, running errands, even fasting can all become opportunities to show our love for God to others.

If you are looking for an opportunity outside of the house, consider participating in one of these Christian Service activities. Your participation will be greatly appreciated and I am sure God will reward you for your effort. If you would like more information about what Christian Service does and how you might fit in, please give me a call. I can be reached at the parish office on extension 205. We always welcome new volunteers, whether it be for a single project or an ongoing ministry.

Life Issues Ministry meets once per month on the 4th Monday of the month at 7pm. If you are interested in joining the Life Issues Ministry or would like to understand the work that this Ministry does here at St. Mary, please contact Chris Gorecki at mcgorecki@aol.com. Their mission is to learn, inform and promote the sanctity of Life in our community. New volunteers are needed.

Lenten Activities: This Lent you are invited to participate in the following Christian Service activities.

Feed the Hungry - Forgotten Harvest event February 17th: There is still time to sign up. However we are limited to thirty (30) volunteers age 12 and up to participate in a food packaging activity at Forgotten Harvest located in Oak Park. We encourage adults and teens to participate. This is a great way to do something for the greater glory of God. It can be a Lenten sacrifice offered to God for the week. Or this could be a fun way to earn community service hours. It certainly is an example of how to follow Jesus’ teaching, to feed the hungry. The event involves some manual labor and gross motor activities such as walking, carrying, packaging, standing, etc. If you are interested, please call me to make a reservation: 248-547-1818 x205..

Visit the Imprisoned - Easter Baskets February 17th -March 11th: Christian Service is again partnering with the Jail Outreach Ministry to collect small items for packing and decorating Easter baskets that will be given to family members (infants, children, teens and adults) of men and women incarcerated in the Oakland County Jail. A basket with plastic eggs containing a slip of paper indicating the item we need will be found at the back of Church beginning next Sunday, February 18th. Items requested generally will cost less than $5. A wooden box in Church near the organ along the aisle leading to the priest’s sacristy will be available for items being dropped off during Mass times. Items may also be dropped off during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm at the Parish Office. All items should be returned by March 18th.

Care for the Sick - Blood Drive March 11th. The American Red Cross will be sponsoring a blood drive to benefit the sick in our community on Sunday March 11th in our St. Mary School Lunch Room. Sign-ups can be done online using the “Event Code: stmaryro.” Or if you prefer to wait, paper signups will be done after all Masses February 24-25 and March 3-4. The following are some facts from the Red Cross that we should consider as reasons for donating our blood:

  • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
  • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
  • It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.69 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

St. Mary Clothes Closet & Food Pantry: Please remember the poor that continue to visit our pantry and clothes closet throughout the year. Our Clothes Closet is collecting gloves, hats and winter jackets; as well as jeans, hoodies, and all-weather shoes and boots. 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. Food and Clothing drop-offs can be made any weekday between 9 am and 4 pm at the parish office.

Thank you for everything you do to support St. Mary parish and for the poor in our Community.

George Krinke, your Christian Service Coordinator