Christian Service News 2-19-2017

“…Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Matt 5:44)

Greetings everyone,

I hope everyone had a great week resting in the arms of Jesus, reflecting on the power of His love and the hope of heaven. In this Sunday’s Gospel we are reminded to love our neighbor, and our neighbor includes everyone; those who agree with us and those who do not. Can you imagine loving the relatives whom we have not spoken to in many years? And praying for those who annoy us the most? Personally, I am glad I had the chance to rest last week because this week will be quite a challenge. I can only pray that God helps me to love my neighbors while taking another step towards that virtue of perfection that He wants for me to achieve here on earth. How about you? Will you pray for me too?

Below are some upcoming Christian Service activities that you may find helpful in achieving perfection. If you would like to volunteer for some Christian Service work, now or in the future, please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205. I would love to talk to you.

OPIATE EPIDEMIC WORKSHOP: Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan and the Christian Service Coordinators Association will offer an Opiate Epidemic workshop at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 22, at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Mark Kilgore, certified prevention specialist and peer recovery coach, will discuss: The opiate epidemic and how it effects everyone How casual use can lead to addiction How to get on the road of recovery Reshaping attitudes to eliminate discrimination Register online by February 17: at https:// opiateworkshop.eventbrite.com. $5.00 workshop fee.

BLOOD DRIVE: One of the Corporal Works of Mercy is to care for the sick. On Sunday March 12 from 9am to 3pm, the Red Cross will be in the St. Mary School Lunch Room accepting blood donations. This is a great way to care for the sick in our community. You can register to give blood online for St. Mary or you can wait until February 28 & March 5 weekends to sign up here. If you register online, then please try using RapidPass. This is a new tool that allows you to complete your pre-reading and donation questions from the comfort and privacy of your home or office; reducing the time you spend at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes. I did this the last time I donated blood and I found it easy to use and it did allow me to save lives in less time. Either way please consider caring for the sick, accident victims, babies and adults who may need a blood transfusion to get healthy. If you would like to reserve a time to donate blood now, you may do so at this link: http:// www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood and search for the St. Mary’s site. Otherwise please sign up next weekend after all Masses.

EASTER BASKETS for the JAIL OUTREACH MINISTRY: One of the Corporal Works of Mercy is to visit the imprisoned. Not all of us can physically visit them but we can express compassion for their families this Lent. The Christian Service Commission is planning the Easter Basket project again this year, in support of the Jail Outreach Ministry during Lent. Last year, when we did this project, many of you expressed compassion for the imprisoned and their families by purchasing small inexpensive items that we could use to fill Easter Baskets for them. We expect to fill about 75 baskets again this year. So please be on the look-out for a basket of plastic eggs in the back of Church with notes inside indicating small gifts needed to fill each basket. Easter eggs will be available beginning the weekend of March 4th and 5th .

MERCY IN ACTION DAY: Please save the date: Saturday October 14 is the day that we will be hosting one or more Corporal Works of Mercy activities here at St. Mary as we did last October. Bob Fagan and I attended the kick-off meeting with Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan and several other parishes within the Archdiocese to begin planning for this year’s event. Our Christian Service Commission has also started to plan for this big day. We are looking for a few volunteers to help us with the planning. If you are interested, please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205. Last year was pretty good as I recall. However we would like to improve upon it this year; and with your help I am sure we will.

FOOD PANTRY: Thank you for your donations of nonperishable food and the non-food items you are donating. Your generosity allows us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty and provide for the basic needs of many families living in our community. Thank you so much!

CLOTHES CLOSET: Thank you for clothing the naked with your continued donations of men’s and women’s clothing. Our guests appreciate all of the jackets, pants, shoes, new underwear, new socks and deodorant that you provide.

Blessings to all,

George Krinke, your Christian Service Coordinator