Fr. J.J.’s Jottings

Mystery Giver
On New Year’s weekend, some very generous person dropped off a basket of cookies & candy, treats for Jerry, a cake, and some juice and left it in the parish office. It was a great surprise and it was delicious, but we do not know who to thank. So if the mystery giver would please notify me, that would be appreciated, so a proper thanks could be offered! That would be very much appreciated. 

Open Wide and Say Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha
We have the first ever big comedy night happening this month here in the parish. Haywood Banks will join us. He has been featured in “Rolling Stone Magazine” and “People Magazine.” He won First Place in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search  Contest and has appeared on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” MTV’s “1/2 Hour Comedy Hour,” CNN’s “Hollywood Minute,” “Caroline’s Comedy Hour,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “Showtime Comedy Club Network,” “Dr. Demento Show,” “12th Annual HBO Young Comedians Special with Paul Rodriguez” and is a frequent guest on the national Bob and Tom   radio show. 

You can buy tickets for Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st. Wait, CORRECTION: You can buy tickets for Friday the 20th only because the Saturday show is already sold out. Get ‘em quick. So anyway, a rabbi and a priest walk into a bar . . . 

The Kids Are Callin”
Our teen program has been growing and getter stronger. That is a good thing, but our CORE Team is stretched pretty thin. Therefore we need people to help with all the stuff we are doing with the teens. If you are an adult who likes trips, service projects, Confirmation Retreats, helping with prep behind the scenes, and a heck of a good time; then this is for you. 

Hey, don’t forget about our younger ones either. We are still in need of subs for the classes held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. What is holding you back? It’s only subbing. That means you may get a call every once in a while to help out one of our regular catechists. But there is a stipulation. You must be Catholic, either male or female, and have the ability to call the Religious Ed Office to qualify.

Bottles, Bottles Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink
And that is a good thing, because we need them to be empty. We want your returnable’s to support the 6th, 7th & 8th grade project to support “Believe in Miracles.” 

This organization was founded in 2005 by two of our parishioners, Brett Kast and J.D. Sterba. The inspiration came from Brett’s youngest sister Jenna, a beautiful, fun loving and awesome kid. She loved to dance, sing and play soccer and softball. Jenna was only 3½ years old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She fought courageously for 8 years enduring eight brain surgeries, three 6-week rounds of radiation and three clinical trials consisting of different chemotherapy treatments. All the while Jenna never lost her enthusiasm for life. She would continually say, “I know God has a plan for me.” On July 4th, 2010, God called Jenna home.

The mission of Believe in Miracles is to enrich the lives of Michigan children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions by buying gifts and bringing joy and hope to their lives, and was created to let these children and their families know that they are not alone in their battles, that we are praying for them and fighting for them. Take all those holiday party empties and drop them off in the Narthex next weekend.

Yo, Mama!

  • The new “Moms and Tots” group will begin meeting on January 23rd in Meeting Room B! Call Kim Houseman to register. It should be fun – come join them.
  • On Saturday, January 28th, I will be celebrating a Mass for Moms at 8:00 a.m.
  • Fr. Eric will be presenting to moms at Faith @ Work on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:30 p.m. Please call Kim Houseman to sign up for this dinner/presentation on Lent.

So if you are a mom and interested in any of these and would like any more info, please give Kim, our Christian Service Coordinator, a ring.

God bless,
Fr. J.J.