Christian Service News 3-4-2018
“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,
Can you believe it? Lent is about half over, already. If you haven’t started with your sacrifice, don’t give up. There is still plenty of time to do something worthwhile and God will reward you for it. As for those of us volunteering in Christian Service, we had a good start. On February 17, thirty two members of our parish volunteered to work three hours at Forgotten Harvest. Volunteers included St. Mary School students, our Youth Group and St. Mary adults. They packed tomatoes in an effort to feed the hungry. The staff at Forgotten Harvest praised the St. Mary volunteers with many kudos for their hard work and said they could return any time. On February 21, some of us participated in the Catholic Charities presentation on mental health at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. We learned how to recognize the symptoms of depression and anxiety and how these conditions contributed to alcohol and drug addictions. I hope to have a similar presentation here at St. Mary later this year so everyone can have a chance to learn more about how to care for our mental health.
I am very pleased with your enthusiasm to select an Easter egg and purchase an item or two that Christian Service can collect and prepare Easter Baskets for the families of the incarcerated. This is an annual Lenten project that we began three years ago to support the Jail Outreach Ministry. This year we are preparing 50 Easter Baskets for infants, elementary grade children, teens and adults. Items needed are written on slips of paper inside each plastic Easter egg and should cost less than $5. The Christian Service Commission is wanting all items returned to the parish office no later than March 18.
Several parish families have volunteered to adopt a family or an individual member of a family of the incarcerated. The Jail Outreach Ministry asked us to care and feed seven families this year. All seven have been accounted for. Some parishioners are preparing Easter baskets with candy, games, puzzles, and possibly a small toy inside. Other parishioners are purchasing the ingredients for a nice Easter dinner to feed a family. Some are donating gift cards so the family or other volunteers can do the shopping. If you volunteered to provide something for the family you adopted, please turn in everything to the parish office by March 15 or sooner. Please be sure to include the family name on the basket or box.
Christian Service has some good news to share. One of the homeless men that we have been helping in our Food Pantry and Clothes Closet recently moved into a “Low-Income” apartment. He also secured a job if he had reliable transportation to get to it. Christian Service helped him pay for the repairs to his scooter so he will be able to get to work and contribute toward his rent and utilities. If you are still looking for a Christian Service activity to participate in, please consider one of the events below. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes it gets very busy here and I may have lost your contact information.
Life Issues Ministry will participate with the 40 Days for Life campaign this Lent by leading the rosary on March 18 at 1pm in front of Planned Parenthood located at 23338 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI. Everyone in the parish is welcome to participate. The Life Issues Ministry meets monthly 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 email@example.com. 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: Please don’t forget to drop your plastic Easter egg and requested item in the wooden box found in Church near the organ, along the aisle leading to the priest’s sacristy. They 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. Please remember to bring your Easter baskets and / or dinner items to the parish office no later than March 15. Please note on the box or basket the Jail Outreach family’s name. If you missed out on the Jail Outreach families but you are still interested in adopting a family or member for Easter, please contact me. Although the Jail Outreach families are depleted, I may have a family or two that Christian Service is supporting.
- Care for the Sick - Blood Drive 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. Sign-ups can be done online using the Event Code: “stmaryro.” Or if you prefer, please stop by the table in back of church to sign-up after all Masses this weekend.
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