Christian Service News 2-25-2018

“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,

How is Lent going for you? Personally I’m finding it difficult to keep my Lenten sacrifice of giving up computer games. However I am determined to keep trying and start again each day. I am realizing some success in continuing to read Luke’s Gospel and the book “Prayer for Beginners” by Peter Kreeft. Both of these allow me time to talk to God and listen for his advice. I think it is necessary to seek His advice especially during this time of Lent when we are trying to be good and become closer friends with God. I will keep you in my prayers and ask you for yours that we may continue our journey this Lent without giving up.

If you are still 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. Remember we cannot wait for the Poor to come to us. We need “to seek and find the forgotten, the suffering, or the deprived” so we can bring them God’s love. If you would like more information about what Christian Service does and how you might be able to help us this Lent, 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. If you signed up to volunteer in Christian Service and I have not contacted you, please forgive me and try contacting me again on extension 205 or email, Sometimes it gets very busy here and I may have lost your contact information.

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 Their mission is to learn, inform and promote the sanctity of Life in our community. New volunteers are needed.

Healthcare Volunteers needed: Are you a healthcare professional, nurse, aide, physical therapist, social worker, doctor, dentist, other? Do you have an hour per month available to promote preventative health care and education? Our Parish Healthcare Ministry is in need of more volunteers to help with our blood drives, blood pressure checks, and lunch & learn presentations. If you are interested in learning more about this Ministry, please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205.

Spring Cleanup: Do you live close to St. Mary School? Do you still have leaves that need to be raked up, flower beds that have last year’s dead flowers and weeds in it? Would you like a helping hand getting your yard ready for the warm sunny days ahead that we call Spring? We have some energetic St. Mary 8th graders that are looking for some “Free” community service hours to spend cleaning up your yard. If interested, please give me a call to make a reservation and to obtain more information. I am at the parish office on extension 205.

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

Visit the Imprisoned - Easter Baskets: Don’t forget to pick up a plastic Easter egg. 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 senior 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 this weekend. 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 is 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 18.

Feed the Hungry: Adopt-A-Family for Easter. The Jail Outreach Ministry has asked us to consider adopting seven families of inmates incarcerated in the Oakland County Jail this Lent. We normally provide them with the “Fixings” for a nice Easter Dinner and an Easter Basket for each member of the family based on their age and gender. If you are interested in adopting one or two members of these families or a whole family, please let me know as soon as possible.

Care for the Sick - Blood Drive, March 11. Did you know that March is Red Cross Month, a month dedicated to recognizing blood donors, volunteers and blood drive partners, just like you? Yes it is! And the American Red Cross will be sponsoring a blood drive to benefit the sick in our community on Sunday March 11 in our St. Mary School Lunch Room. Sign-ups can be done online using the Event Code: “stmaryro.” Or if you prefer, please stop by the table in back of church or on Sunday to sign-up after all Masses this weekend, February 24-25 and next weekend, March 3-4.

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 the poor in our Community.

 George Krinke, your Christian Service Coordinator