Christian Service News 5-14-2017

"Do not be troubled. Trust in Me.” (John 14:1)

Greetings Everyone,

Happy Mother’s day! We have been celebrating Mother’s Day since 1914, when Woodrow Wilson signed the resolution to designate the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day. If you have been reading “The Little White Book” that was given out on Easter, you already know that Mother’s Day began as a day to encourage peace and bring people together after the Civil War. Moms today continue to be peace makers and are usually the ones responsible for holding our families together. It may be the Sunday dinner, a phone call across the miles, or an unexpected visit that brightened our day making us realize that mom our troubles will get better and she was there for us. My mom’s ways reminded me a lot of Jesus’ ways that St. John speaks about in today’s Gospel. “I may be leaving, but don’t be troubled. Trust me instead.” (John 14:1) I encourage everyone to spend some quality time with your families especially your moms, physically and / or spiritually, this weekend. Say a prayer together. Share your love for each other.

Below are some upcoming Christian Service volunteer opportunities or events that may be of interest to you. If you can spare an hour, please think about being of service to your neighbor. We are always looking for volunteers to help us out in Christian Service. 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.

LIFE ISSUES MINISTRY: will be offering carnations for all of the ladies of the parish after all Masses this weekend, in honor of Mother’s Day. Please be sure to get one. All donations will be given to support Right to Life - Lifespan.

SENIOR SING ALONG & LUNCH: The Christian Service commission and our Music Director, Paula, invite you to our annual Senior Sing Along and Lunch on Wednesday June 7 from 12 noon to 2pm in our Fellowship Center. Admission is free. Just bring your voices. Please RSVP no later than June 1 by calling me at 248-547-1818 ext. 205 or email gkrinke@st-mary.org.

OCTOBER 14 - MERCY IN ACTION DAY: We are having our first planning meeting on Monday May 8 at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Center. If anyone is interested in helping plan, organize or work on the MIA committee, you are welcome to attend this meeting. Perhaps you have some ideas you would like to suggest or some talents to share so this year’s events are even better than last year.

One activity that we are planning involves wash cloths, bars of soap and plastic bags. We are actively collecting clean, used or new wash cloths for this project, which can be dropped off at the Parish Office to my attention. If you have any questions or want additional information related to MIA, please give me a call at the parish office on extension 205.

FOOD PANTRY & CLOTHES CLOSET: Our food pantry shelves are a little empty especially related to canned meats (e.g., ham, tuna, chicken), hearty soups with meat, protein bars, snack crackers, saltines, and cereal. Our Clothes Closet is beginning to shift its wardrobe over to light weight summer items for day time wear. We are still in need of men’s shoes size 10 to 13; jeans; new white socks and new men’s underwear especially sizes Medium and Large. Since occasionally we see men and women who are moving into an apartment for the first time, we would like to provide them with a few basic kitchen ware items to help get them started. So if you have used but still working, clean housewares, we will accept them on a limited basis. Please call me on extension 205 before dropping them off. Our space is very limited.

PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY: Our parish health ministry partner, St. John Providence, offers us some information related to fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis this month. Some food they suggest for helping us stay healthy and help us fight this disease include omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. These have an anti-inflammatory property and can relieve tender joints and ease morning stiffness. The best source is found in cold-water fish such as herring, mackerel, trout, salmon and tuna. A serving size of 3 ½ ounces of fish contain about one gram of omega-3 fatty acids. If you choose to try fish oil supplements, talk to your doctor about a dosage. People with RA can often take a higher level of fish oil than is recommended for the general public, but there can be side effects. Higher doses of fish oil may interact with certain drugs, including those for high blood pressure. Increasing your intake of fiber from fruits, vegetables and whole grains may also help reduce inflammation. Studies show that adding fiber to the diet results in lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood; CRP is an indicator of inflammation. Extra-virgin olive oil may contain a compound called oleocanthal that blocks the enzymes that cause inflammation. But, it would take 3½ tablespoons of olive oil – 400 calories worth – to equal the anti-inflammatory properties of one 200-mg ibuprofen tablet. Instead, use the oil as an alternative to other cooking oils and butter. (www.arthritis.org)

Blessings to all,

George Krinke, your Christian Service Coordinator