A Listening Ear
Our pastoral staff of priests, deacons, and lay ministers are available to listen to your concerns, answer questions, and provide practical help. To make appointments with any of the staff, please contact them directly. If you are not sure who to talk to, please call Florence in the parish office (248-689-8380) for guidance. Our Stephen Ministers are well-trained and eager to provide a compassionate, Christian sounding board for you; if you would like to know more about the one-on-one Stephen Ministry service, please contact Kim Houseman.
Our St. Joe’s Workshop website provides information about job listings, seminars, health care, faith, and more for those who are seeking a new career. Also, the extensive document below lists the many, many local resources available to help the unemployed, seniors, and others in our community.
Troy-area Interfaith Group recently endorsed an important initiative in Troy: the Troy Career Assistance Network (CAN), a group including the City of Troy, Troy Chamber of Commerce, the Troy School District and dozens of other organizations joining to work “together to facilitate the education and/or employment success of the adult learner in Troy”. They asked for TIG support in a number of ways: Helping get the Success Navigator (the org. services directory) out to others; provide information to TroyCAN of any resources or programs any of our Houses of Worship (HoW) provide for the unemployed or underemployed. They are here to help you. please reach out and use this TroyCAN free-of-charge service.
Here is a very large listing of local services that provide aid in many different circumstances. Unfortunately we can not guarantee the pro-life position of these services, so please take good care in that regard. Look it over before choosing to print it out – it’s a LOT of info and, so, a lot of paper!
A team of emergency caregivers is standing by for local parishioners whose regular caregivers or relatives are temporarily unavailable. Arrangements for no cost, short-term light housekeeping, errands, meal preparation, babysitting, or rides can be made by contacting Kim Houseman on extension 112.
As the Lord says so often, “Fear not!” If you need help with a pregnancy, or have questions about adoption or post-abortion counseling, we are here for you. You may contact Kim Houseman at the parish office on extension 112, or call 1-800-57WOMAN, a toll-free hotline, 24/7 to be connected to kind people at a confidential agency. Or, you can find a local agency online – including addresses, phone numbers, and websites for over 150 Michigan agencies and 2 in Northern Indiana.
Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound
Homebound parishioners within the boundaries of Coolidge, M-59, Mound Rd, and 14 Mile may receive a Eucharistic visit. To be included on the schedule, please contact Kim Houseman on extension 112.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique.
The boundaries for St. Anastasia’s chapter of St. Vincent de Paul are Rochester Road, Dequindre, South Boulevard and 14 Mile Road. You must live within this area to receive assistance from our chapter. If you do live within those boundaries, please contact Florence Parent in the parish office (248-689-8380) during daytime office hours. After an initial interview you will be contacted by a Vincentian.
For information on joining the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please call or email Florence. Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (or “Vincentians” ) are men and women who strive to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We come from all walks of life, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our gifts (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need. We are energized by the awareness that service to our brother or sister in need is in fact an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes. Meetings are twice a month on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited. There are many roles you can assist with as a member of this group.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Detroit (SVdP) has recently announced the launch of its new custom website. The new site is divided into two sections, one as a resource for those in need, and the other as a resource for those wanting to provide assistance in the form of monetary donations, volunteering, sponsorship or donating to one of its 11 area thrift store locations.
You can assist our Vincentians by supporting their various activities, such as bake sales and raffles.
In Need of Food? Have Food to Give?
St. Anastasia houses the Troy People Concerned (TPC) Food Pantry. If you are in need of food please call TPC at 248-528-9199. After a brief screening, they will refer you back to us to pick up your food. To be eligible for this service you must live within the Troy city boundaries.
If you would like to be a part of fulfilling Christ’s call to feed the hungry, you are welcome to drop off food at any time the parish office is open. Things to remember when purchasing items for the food pantry are:
- Remember that those coming to us for food do not have full pantries to supplement what we give them. So think in terms of a complete meal. For example, a can of tuna needs a small bottle of mayo/salad dressing or a box of tuna helper or a box of noodles and a can of cream of mushroom soup. Pancake and biscuit mixes should be the kind that only requires water; and, syrup is always nice to give with the pancake mix.
- Hearty soups, such as Progresso and Campbell’s Chunky make a full meal for someone. Staples such as peanut butter and jelly are great to give with each order.
- We have limited refrigerator and freezer space so the majority of our items need to be non-perishables. Canned meats such as chicken, ham, spam are welcome donations.
- We are always in need of “paper products.” This includes toilet paper, kleenex, paper towel, and napkins.
- Personal care items are another item in constant demand. These do not have to be brand name products; look for sales. This area includes: toothpaste, shampoo (the 2 in 1 is nice), deodorant, hand soap. With the flu season upon us the antibacterial products would be nice to give out with each order.
- Cleaning supplies are another item in demand. This includes laundry detergent and softener, all-purpose cleaners for bathrooms and kitchens, and dish soap.
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to call the parish office.