Jottings from Fr. J.J.

We Have Hungry Patients 
Recently I have received amazing compliments about our Eucharistic ministers from folks who had been patients at Beaumont Hospital. One of these patients was a priest. He did not let them know that he was clergy, and he shared that the person who gave him the Eucharist was not only very professional, but also extremely friendly and pastoral. He said that I should be very proud of our ministers. I want you to know that I am very proud of these folks who take a few extra minutes out of their Sunday morning routine to make sure that they take care of the pastoral needs of those who cannot join us at the altar table.

However, we need your help. We have ten fewer ministers this year than we did last year. I want to invite you to share your gifts and join up as a Sunday morning hospital minister. We provide training and support! Join with your spouse or kids. Believe me, it will deepen your faith and make what we do during the Eucharistic liturgy, even more fulfilling.

Give, Give, Give
We are so blessed and in this season, we have many wonderful opportunities to share our blessings here at St. A’s. What about the Gift of Warmth? We invite you during the season of Advent to donate blankets, socks, hats, gloves, and even monetary donations so that we can donate them to area shelters in Detroit and Pontiac. Last year, we had our lowest number of donations on record. Simply place them in the boxes in the narthex. Put a can in the center of your dinner table and have the whole family contribute money. It’s never too early train our little ones to be generous.

What about Adopting a Family in need? What a rewarding experience it is to positively impact an entire family. Call Carolyn at 586-323-0302 and you will be given the names, ages, sizes and needs of the family. You would be asked to provide an article of clothing for each person, a toy for the children, and food for Christmas dinner.

What about simply pulling off a few tags from the St. Anastasia Giving Tree? You might simply want to donate a monetary gift to this cause. We have five organizations to collect for and unfortunately someone helped themselves to some of the gifts left under the tree last weekend. Therefore, we are going to have to make up for the loss. 

Remember, God is never outdone in generosity!

God bless,
 Fr. J.J.