For your convenience, here is a 2015 fillable form. To find out more, please call Brian Burgin at 248-689-8380 x 130.
A note from our pastor:
With Lent beginning, the Church collectively addresses how we are called to be better disciples. In everything we do here at St. Anastasia (programs, classes, meetings, etc.), we have made this our streamlined focus since last fall. We are attempting to make conscious, firm decisions to follow Jesus no matter what the cost. As you know, this commitment is expressed not in a single action, nor even in a number of actions over a period of time, but in an entire way of life. This means committing one’s very self to the Lord.
As our template, we are using the Bishop’s pastoral letter: Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response. It states that “Jesus’ call is urgent. He does not tell people to follow him at some time in the future but here and now—at this moment, in these circumstances. There can be no delay. “Go and proclaim the kingdom of God. . . . No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk 9:60, 62)”.
While it is lived out by individual women and men in countless ways corresponding to their personal vocations, human cooperation with God’s work of creation in general takes several forms. Our Lord invites us to develop an intimate, personal relationship with Him, and encourages us to examine our lives and reflect on how we can more fully participate in the mission of the Church as disciples.
As the Bishops remind us, sacrificial giving is part of the disciple’s way of following the Lord, who sacrificed everything for us. Almsgiving is a sacrifice which deepens our experience of Christ. The funds of the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) serve our local Church in a way that no individual parish can: reaching out and ministering to our neighbors who are poor and vulnerable.
Our target last year was a quarter of a million dollars and we are guaranteed that this year’s target will be at least this amount. Remember, St. Anastasia Parish has to pay this whether we raise it or not. Not raising the funds would be a major setback to our budget and ministries.
As a parish community, we need everyone to participate. Even a little from everyone will go a long way. I invite you be the disciple Christ calls you to be and to help support St. Anastasia by contributing to the CSA by using the pledge form on the reverse side of this letter. If you cannot support this year’s appeal, please return the form with a $0 so that we can be good stewards of our resources and avoid sending further correspondence.
I ask that you pray and reflect on what God has given you in your faith, and in return, give back to the Lord a portion in gratitude. Thank you for having a disciple’s generous heart.
Yours in Christ,
Reverend J.J. Mech