Christian Service News 2-4-2018

“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,

Have you ever had several places to be and a lot of work to get done? Did you ever have a day that you had to leave for an appointment at a certain time because you couldn’t be late? However, sure enough, when the time came that you had to leave, someone showed up and needed to see you? Perhaps it was your child or your mom that needed a hug or had something to talk about that just couldn’t wait? This has happened to me several times. Usually when I take the time to answer the call, it all works out. At the moment it occurs, I am stressed out. Later, however, when I reflect on what happened, it’s all good. Well, Lent is nearby. All of us have very busy schedules and we know we cannot stop what we are doing to participate in one more “Church” thing. I could be wrong but I bet if we did take the time to listen, pray or do one more “Church” thing, it would all work out.

Below are a few upcoming Christian Service activities. We invite you to please make the time this Lent 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 assist with any of these activities or would like more information about other planned Christian Service activities, please give me a call. I can be reached at the parish office on extension 205. I will be happy to meet with you. Better yet, our next Christian Service Commission meeting is Monday February 5 at 6:30pm in the parish office conference room 1. Please stop in. We welcome new volunteers.


Feed the Hungry Forgotten Harvest Event

February 17 from 9 am -Noon:

Space is filling up. 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. A fun way to earn community service hours and follow Jesus’ teaching to feed the hungry.

The event involves some manual labor and gross motor activities such as walking, carrying, packaging, standing, etc. When I participated there, I stood at a table, scooped granola chunks into plastic bags, sealed them and pushed the bag down to someone else that labeled the bag and placed it on a push truck. If you are interested, please call me to make a reservation: 248-547-1818 x205. Make it a family event while we still have room.

Visit the Imprisoned Easter Baskets

February 17-March 11

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 the 1st Sunday of Lent, February 18. Items requested generally will cost less than $5 but will need to be dropped off at the Parish Office by March 11.

Care for the Sick Blood Drive

Sunday, March 11 

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. Signups 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. As most people that have given blood previously know, there are many benefits to giving blood including:

  • It feels great to donate!
  • You get free juice and delicious cookies.
  • It's something you can spare - most people have blood to spare... yet, there is still not enough to go around.
  • You will help ensure blood is on the shelf when needed - most people don't think they'll ever need blood, but many do.
  • You will be someone's hero- in fact, you could help save more than one life with just one donation.
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.

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

George Krinke, your Christian Service Coordinator