Jottings from Fr. J.J.

WE CAN’T TAKE IT WITH US

One of your fellow parishioners, Catherine Smith, who went home to the Lord about a year ago, left St. Anastasia a significant bequest from her estate. God bless you Catherine, because you really helped us in our time of need. We are trying to make up our shortfall from the last fiscal year. 

During the last half-century in America, increased wealth has coincided with decreased giving. Pollster George Barna writes, “Generally, the more money a person makes the less likely he is to tithe.” Indeed, giving levels were higher during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when incomes were low compared to today. American Christians give less than 1 percent of their annual earnings to religious and charitable causes and less than 2 percent of all Christians leave a bequest in their wills or make some other type of planned gift to their churches.

When questioned, folks often state that their churches have not asked them for bequests, and they don’t know how to prepare them on their own. Therefore, I’m asking. You can start creating your bequest by asking our business manager, Brian Burgin for specific bequest information. Your St. Anastasia bequest can even identify the projects in our parish that you wish the money or assets to be spent on.

Pray for Catherine, and thank you ahead of time for your gift.

“IT OPENED MY HEART AND EYES TO GOD”

This is what one of your fellow parishioners said. She also stated that “I understand that the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament is the same loving God: Always Merciful.”  She now sees the compassion and mercy of God in her life more readily. Why? She was one of the folks who completed the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan (CBSM) here at St. Anastasia. In fact, we are one of only four locations in which it is offered here in the AOD.

This program offers an opportunity to read and study the entire Bible over the course of four years. Participants study the Bible systematically with the help of lectures, small-group discussions, weekly coursework, and an annual day-long retreat. Archbishop Vigneron supports this important endeavor and the CBSM courses are available for academic credit through Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Whether you have been a long-time student of the Scriptures or are a beginner, these classes will help you discover the timelessness of God’s Word and, like the parishioner I quoted above, transform your life!

St. Anastasia will be starting a new round of Year A classes on Thursday mornings and Thursday evenings in September! You can get information from the volunteers in the gathering space this weekend, or attend one of the information sessions here on Wednesday, July 16 at 7 p.m., or Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. Call (313) 274-4500 and inquire.

God bless,
Fr. J.J.