Jottings from Fr. J.J.

Jingle All The Way . . .
You can pick up those Christmas Ball tickets this weekend. Get ‘em early and get ‘em often since so many folks are homeless. The more we raise for the Christmas Ball, the more we can help the warming center at St. Aloysius. The numbers in need are growing, so meet your need for a great evening and invite some of your family and friends who do not belong to St. Anastasia.

As we enter into November, we reflect upon the Feast of All Saints, and the Feast of All Souls. Amidst this changing season, we look forward to a season of preparation, Advent. A time when the light begins to shine, and we have a tremendous feeling in our heart to share what we have with others. Having said this, I am prompted to ask you to consider being a part of our Annual Charity Christmas Ball that benefits St. Aloysius. This is a PARISH event! The need exists for many hands and feet to help before and after the event. It is not just one evening. Preparations begin in early spring to help our brothers and sisters in Christ, by hosting this festive event!  “What can I do” you ask?  Well, we need:

  • strong arms to help set up
  • creative hands to help decorate
  • able bodies to lavish the tables with cloths
  • festive minds to assemble & decorate Christmas trees
  • friendly faces to tend bar
  • generous-hearted people to help tear-down the day after the ball

Please pray over the many opportunities that only require your time! My thoughts take me back to Mother Theresa and her philosophy that we cannot do great things, but small things with great love!

 If you have an interest in helping any one of these areas, please contact Kathy Rochon, our volunteer coordinator for the Christmas Ball, at 248-689-8380, Ext. 117 or  Email her.

 Help is on the way
I invite you to take a look at a new resource we are offering you which begins this week. Bringing Home the Word is a two page tool that we will insert into the bulletin for the next couple weeks and then offer in the narthex after that. Unfortunately, because of copy right issues, we cannot offer it on our new website. It is a scripture tool written for the average Catholic. It offers weekly reflections on the Sunday scriptures for your family, small groups or RCIA participants. It includes “Reflection Questions” to help Catholics break open the Word; since Gospel living is simple living, it offers tips and inspiration for simplifying one’s life and getting through the recession with grace and goodwill; “The Home Church” offers a faith-filled reflection and an activity for families; “Prayer” can be used as a table blessing or in small group meetings; and even the “Weekday Readings” are cited for the coming week. I hope you find it useful.

Sing With Me: Alleluia, Alleluia
Why are we singing? We hit our CSA target. That means that we do not have to dip into our operating budget this year. You folks deserve a lot of credit. $237,000 is no small chunk of change. I pray that those who did not give will still do so, because we can then keep that tax free. Thank you so much one and all who helped.

Are You Artsy and Bored; Forget That Last Part, Are You Artsy?
The Liturgy and Environment committee brings new and fresh ideas for each liturgical feast and season to help you engage in the Eucharist more fully. They had flames hanging all over the church on Pentecost, they make Christmas look like a winter wonderland, and they hung the Advent wreath over the body of the church the last two years. They have some new ideas, but they need your help. Could you possibly help us make some banners? We are really short handed. If you can, please give us a call in the office and we will set you up. Thank you ahead of time.

Are You Good With Public Relations?
Do you have experience in public relations or advertizing? I could use your expertise. We are planning a huge event here in the parish for the spring of 2011. I won’t tell you what it is yet, but we need some advice and assistance from someone with a PR background. Give the office a call and inquire. Your help will not only help the parish, but it will give God some praise as well. I’ll wait for your call.

 Thank You And Godspeed!
Those of you who belong to the St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus already are aware, but I thought the rest of the parish should know as well. Our Grand Knight, Mark Brezenski has to move out of state for a new work position. Although we are very sad that he has to leave, I am sure we are all grateful that in this difficult financial time, that he has a job. Mark is an excellent man who displays many great qualities as a disciple. He has served not only the K of C Council well, but also our parish. Please keep him and his wife (also a great lady) in your prayers.

God bless,
Fr. J.J.