Jottings from Fr. J.J.

MISTAKES HAPPEN, BUT STILL PRAY FOR US
My life gets a little nuts at times and I try to work ahead. Unfortunately I wrote a little blurb about Fr. Moses and I going to the Convocation and it got printed last weekend instead of this weekend by mistake. Oops! So, just a reminder that the majority of clergy in the Archdiocese will travel up north for our bi-annual convocation this week for prayer, education, and fun (Mon-Thurs). Please keep us in prayer that we have a safe and a refreshing journey.
Not all priests go, so we have called a few who are not going and they will celebrate daily Masses for us. 

WOOF, WOOF
As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice something odd: A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, are led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets. This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Francis, whose feast day is October 4th, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey. Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” And there was testimony in the cause for St. Clare of Assisi’s canonization that referred to her little cat!

Even our presidents get into it, with various pets as residents in the White House over the years. A pet can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from work to find a furry friend overjoyed at their return. The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. No wonder people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to church for a special blessing. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated. The love we give to a pet, and receive from a pet, can draw us more deeply into the larger circle of life, into the wonder of our common relationship to our Creator.

I invite you to bring your furry, feathered, and scaly friends next Saturday, October 5th at 11 a.m. to the Church for a blessing.

CALLED AND GIFTED
Coming soon to our parish is an opportunity for each of us to deepen our relationship with Jesus and to discover God’s plan for our lives. In the Called & Gifted discernment process you will learn that every lay Christian, each baptized person without exception, has been given a unique and deeply personal call to work with/for our Lord. Discerning your call will give you a new perspective on your life and will help you to be more fulfilled in your work and in your relationships.

If you are dissatisfied with your job, or are recently unemployed, your spiritual gifts are excellent clues for discerning a new direction.

Are you going through, or planning to make, a transition in your life? Perhaps your children have recently left home. Perhaps you want to return to work after an absence, or you are considering a call to the priesthood or religious life. Knowing what gifts God has given you to offer other people can help you to discern His will for your life—and provide you with direction when you make choices.

Our parish is sponsoring a teaching team from the Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs to offer the introductory Called & Gifted workshop, which will be on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate. To register or find out more, check our website, www.stanastasia.org or contact Regina Simony at gro.a1498448447isats1498448447anats1498448447@ynom1498448447isr1498448447 or 248-689-8380, Ext. 120.

SPEAKING OF AWESOME GIFTS!!
We kick off our Religious Education program every year with something special. This Tuesday we are hosting the Magic Carpet Theatre in the church at 7pm who will present the Parable Project. They will tell the stories that Christ told using drama, audience participation, and improve to bring the Gospel alive. Come join us. All are welcome!

SPEAKING OF AWESOME GIFTS!!
While my Dad was always the boisterous outgoing one, my Mom was always the quiet supportive one in the background. As a little boy, I saw her really find her nitch. Where? Surprisingly, it was through joining a bowling league. She had a riot, made friends, and was even selected as the treasurer. God uses everything for our talents and gifts to shine and to get us to thrive. The St. Anastasia Bowling league is starting again. At 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the Troy Lanes you can thrive too with fellow parishioners. Make friends and maybe find your nitch too. But sign up quick. It all begins in September. Contact Bill Palmer at 586-943-2693 or moc.o1498448447ohay@1498448447100211498448447mfou1498448447.

THE POPE OF TROY STILL BEING CARED FOR
Fr. Davidson, our founding pastor, chose to be buried here in Troy rather than in the section reserved for priests at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. He has rested at the Troy Union Cemetery on Square Lake, just East of Rochester Road since the Lord called him home in 1996. I have shown many people his beautiful monument (including a sculpture of his image) and explained why so many folks leave golf balls on top of his stone (he wanted to die on the golf course and the good Lord granted his wish). Thank you to Henry Allemon, our fellow parishioner, who has maintained Fr. Davidson’s grave. It looks beautiful. The anniversary of Fr. Davidson’s death is ????  If you want to visit his grave, it is easy to find (it’s a small cemetery, and it’s the only grave covered in golf balls!).  Regardless, say a prayer for him.

God bless,
Fr. J.J.