Read the Bishop’s Letter

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is encouraging Catholics to call their U.S. Senators and share our concerns with the latest attack on religious liberty—S. 2578—the “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014”.

In a letter to the Senate, the USCCB outlined the objections to the bill and concluded by writing: “the bill does not befit a nation committed to religious liberty. Indeed, if it were to pass, it would call that commitment into question… We oppose the bill and urge you to reject it.”

To read the letter in its entirety, go online to this link.

 

Senior Outing – Thursday, August 14

We are joining the Big Daddy bus and going to FireKeepers Casino, Battle Creek

The bus will pick us up at 14/Vandyke (Walmart lot) 9:30 am, return 6:40pm

$30 per person

*Receive a FireKeepers play card with $20 in free play and $5 to use toward dining

Checks to “Big Daddy Tours

Call Joan Burcar with RSVP – 248.528.0120 – leave ur phone #!!!

All are welcome, bring a friend – hurry, register and pay while seats are still open

 

Save the date –

Sept. 18 – 10am Bingo & Luau here at St. Anastasia

Are You Being Called to Stephen Ministry?

 

In the past five years, 30 people in our Parish have answered the call and have gone through training to become Stephen Ministers.  These are ordinary people who have a gift for listening to others in a compassionate way in their time of need.  Might you also have this gift?

The Stephen Ministry program at St. Anastasia provides confidential, one-on-one, Christ-centered care to individuals who are grieving, seriously ill, separated or divorced, unemployed, depressed, or hurting in any way.  Stephen Ministers visit with these people on a weekly basis in order to let them know they are loved and cared about.  In Fr. JJ’s homily last week, he spoke about a nurse who cared for a man in the hospital suffering through cancer treatments.  The man was depressed and isolating himself from others.  Each day that the nurse came to work at the hospital, she would bring the man a cup of tea and just sit with him.  At first he didn’t want to talk, but gradually he began to trust her and felt cared for.  He soon left the hospital and began to heal.  Later he said “she saved his life with a cup of tea.”

 

This is a good description of what Stephen Ministers do.

Each year in the fall (one night a week thru April), we begin a new series of classes that train those interested in becoming Stephen Ministers.  While attending these classes, you would receive exceptional and thorough training in caring ministry skills and concepts such as listening, empathy, and grief, just to name a few.

If you would like to know more about becoming a Stephen Minister, or know someone who could benefit from a Stephen Minister, please call Kim Houseman in the Christian Service office at 248-689-8380 Ext. 112.

 

Prayer Shawls – for the month of June

I have the most wonderful ladies making beautiful prayer shawls for you and family and friends. They make these beautiful creations and pray while they knit. They will bring comfort & strength to those going through hardships/grief/challenges/ illness. All you have to do is set a time to pick one up from my office. They are here, as a gift for you to show God’s Love to those who are in need.

kim or 248.689.8380 ext. 112

Plant food to feed hungry

This is the time…

Are you planting vegetables? Can you plant one extra, hearty plant for the homeless?

Starting in August we will be delivering fresh vegetables to local shelters twice a week.

Mondays mornings are in line for the first delivering of the week, – which means you could bring your fresh picks to the garden fence outside the Pastoral Center Sunday (anytime). starting in August.

From home you could help feed the hungry and we can deliver for you.

Thank you

Kim Houseman