Jottings from Fr. J.J.

A Little Home Town Pride
There are official guidelines set by the Archdiocese for Catholic Schools that deal with the quality and standards of teaching the Catholic Faith.  There are different, i.e. less stringent standards set for Parish Religious Ed programs.  I am happy to repeat something that Marian Bart, our Parish Catechetical Leader, said about St. Anastasia’s Religious Ed program: “We are nailing it!”   What she then went on to explain is that the Religious Education we offer our kids, even exceeds the guidelines set for Catholic Schools.  Good job St. Anastasia Religious Ed Team!

If you want to see our team shine, stop in during our Vacation Bible School this week.  They do an awesome job!!  Please pray for its success.

Do You Want To Feel Totally Awesome-
Well you certainly can.  How?  There are parishioners who are unable to participate in the Sunday Liturgy.  A volunteer from St. Anastasia visits and brings them Holy Communion.  The minister visits on the day of their choice, arranged in advance the person they visit.  Because of the rotating schedule, it would require you to do this as infrequently as every 4-5 weeks.  Training is provided, so do not worry.  We are very low on homebound ministers at this time, so please contact our Christian Service Coordinator, Kim Houseman at 248-689-8380 x 112 or Email

We Reap What We Sow
Our “Garden of Giving”, the area between the Pastoral Center and the Administration Center, has been cultivated and nurtured by some of our amazing volunteers.  We use the produce grown to help two organizations who assist those in need.  If you have an excess of goodies from your own garden, you are welcome to drop off your goodies on Sundays and Wednesdays behind the garden wall outside of the Religious Ed offices.  The team will make sure they get to hungry mouths.

Speaking Of Gardening
We are in need of Garden Angels.  These awesome folks help take care of the beautiful grounds of St. Anastasia.  We do not want to wear out these generous folks.  So, if you have a few extra minutes every week to help, please call the office and let us know.  HELP

Next Saturday, June 28th at 6pm we will be celebrating a Mass in Spanish for our Hispanic community.   If you know of anyone who would benefit from this liturgy, please let them know and invite them to join us.

God bless,
Fr. J.J.