Christian Service News 4-23-2017

“Father forgive them,” (Luke 23:34).

Greetings Everyone,

“Peace be with you,” (John 20:19). Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. When I think about forgiving others, offering them peace and being merciful, many thoughts go through my mind, right now. I have to think about the many guests we help with food, clothing, etc., here at St. Mary. They keep coming back each month asking for another helping hand. I think about the homeless man looking for a bike and the merciful parishioner who mysteriously comes forward offering a bike for someone in need. I think about the person lucky enough to find an apartment and get off of the street, but needs an old DTE bill paid so he will have electricity. And I think about the donation that arrives just in time for about the right amount of money needed to pay that past due utility bill. I think about the family who calls asking for a ham and some vegetables for Easter dinner. And I think about the food in our pantry and the ham that was dropped off at the Parish Office for some family that may be hungry. This was my reality during Holy Week. Some may think these events were coincidental. I think today’s Gospel teaches us that God is a merciful God and His mercy shines through each one of us. During this past Holy Week, I believe God allowed His mercy to be seen. As Jesus said, “You believe because you can see me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” (John 20:29)

Thank you everyone who emails or calls me asking how they can be of service to our parish and to our neighbors. We are always looking for volunteers to help us out in Christian Service. If you would like to volunteer, now or in the future, please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205 or email me: gkrinke@stmary.org. I would love to talk to you.

EASTER GIFTS: Thank you once again to everyone who donated food or a small item to assist the families of those incarcerated at the Oakland County Jail. Thanks to your help the Christian Service Commission volunteers assembled 75 Easter baskets for toddlers, preschool, and school age children and even adults. Thanks to many of you, we were also able to provide meat, produce, dairy, canned goods and gift cards for eight Jail Outreach Ministry families plus four additional families living in the community. You were truly an instrument of God’s mercy to all of these families.

DEMENTIA WORKSHOP: Dementia Communication Skills for Everyone Presentation will be hosted here in the St. Mary Fellowship Center, April 26 from 7-8:30pm. St. Anne’s Mead trained staff will demonstrate simple skills that all of us can use to communicate successfully with someone experiencing memory loss at any level. Admission is free. However seating is limited, so be sure to make a reservation by calling me at the parish office on extension 205 to reserve a seat. Seats are filling up. Thank you to everyone who has already RSVP’d.

OPERATION LAYETTE: The Women for Christ will be collecting new baby clothes, disposable diapers, wipes, blankets, and layette items on the weekend of April 29-30, after all Masses. Please watch for more details.

OCTOBER 14 - MERCY IN ACTION DAY: ”One thing I learned is that most people really do want to make a difference and will volunteer if you just ask them.” Although it is not October yet, I am asking for volunteers to help plan and organize this year’s “Actions of Mercy.” Perhaps you have some ideas you would like to suggest or some talents to share. Meetings will begin in May. Please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205.

Blessings to all,

George Krinke, your Christian Service Coordinator