Life Remodeled

“Effective witness to Jesus has these attractive qualities: joy, hospitality and generous service to the poor and the marginalized.”
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron Unleash the Gospel Pastoral Letter

Life Remodeled is a Detroit-based nonprofit that invests approximately $5 million in cash, labor and materials into one Detroit neighborhood each year. Projects are determined by the community’s needs and vision. Life Remodeled partners assist in three areas: Remodeling a school or other community asset, repairing owner-occupied homes, and mobilizing 12,000 volunteers to clean up 360 city blocks in six days.

This year the project centers around the neighborhood surrounding Sacred Heart Major Seminary, St. Charles Lwanga Parish and St. Moses the Black. Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, Sacred Heart Major Seminary and the Archdiocese of Detroit invite Catholics to put their faith into action through this opportunity to perform Christian service in Detroit.


Clean-up days are July 31-August 5.  Clean up activities include mowing grass, cutting overgrown bushes, removing debris, and some painting.  You are encouraged to sign up for a half day, a whole day, 2 days, etc.

Contact Information:
Parish Life and Services
12 State Street
Detroit, MI 48226-1823
ph. 313-237-5934

Homebound Ministry

Once a week parishioners who are unable to participate in the Sunday Liturgy are visited and brought Holy Communion by a volunteer from the Parish. The Minister visits on the day of their choice, arranged in advance with the parishioners. The rotating schedule requires 1/2 day of time every 4 to 5 weeks, to visit 4-5 parishioners.  Training is provided.  Please consider this prayerful ministry, as I am low on volunteers at this time.

Kim Houseman


St Vincent DePaul news

As many of you may have recently noticed, there is now an envelope in your packet of Sunday envelopes to assist the St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Anastasia.  Many of you have already generously contributed to this cause, for which we are very grateful.

Our staff liaison for the Conference has been on medical leave; thus, we did not provide advance notice for this new envelope in your packet of envelopes.  We apologize for surprising you in this manner.  We had intended to give notice that this would be occurring.  From this point forward, there will be one such envelope in each packet (thus equaling one envelope for 2 months).  We ask that you prayerfully consider using this envelope and helping our Conference continue their work in helping those who are less fortunate than we are.  We – together – help so many Troy families who are struggling paying bills and rent.  Almost every day some one calls with some type of need.  Please keep us in your prayers.


Thank you and God bless.

Garden of Giving

If you have a backyard garden, you probably have an abundance of produce. Once you have shared with your family and neighbors, if you still have an abundance left, we can help you share it with others in need, at Lighthouse in Pontiac and seniors on very low income in Troy.

Simply bring your unwashed, fresh produce to St. Anastasia (4571 John R) on Sundays or Tuesdays. You may drop it off outside, just in the front of the Pastoral Center doors.  There will be containers and a garden fence to indicate the drop off area from August 1 – Sept 15th.

There are many hungry people, not very far away. You can make a difference just by sharing of yourself and your gifts.

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And the king will say to them in reply, Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:37, 40)


For more information please contact Kim Houseman, 248.689.8380.x112.

Seeking New Blood Drive Co-chair

Would be interested in Co-Chairing the Blood drives for the next year, starting in the fall?

Linda Perry has been doing an exceptional job as Chair, but has changed jobs and is no longer able to serve in this way.  My hope is to find 2 people to share the ministry.

Training will be provided.  This ministry  involves writing Good News Bulletin articles, and recruiting volunteers after Masses by having a table in the narthex where parishioners can sign up for appt times.

We try to have 4 drives a year.  We would also need the leaders to oversee the “day of” the blood drive from 1-7pm.  There is a current list of volunteers who love to help out on the day of – also – there is also support from the Red Cross Association on the day of.

We are looking for someone with great organizational skills and a big heart.  Please call me with any questions or interest.  We need you! We are currently one of the Top parishes who donate in the SE Vicariate.  Please let’s continue to give.


Peace and goodness to you

Kim Houseman