Real Focus

   We have this idea.  It’s been on the back burner for a while…. And now it is time to bring it to the front!   St. Anastasia’s next parish mission will be a week-long “Unplug/Reconnect” program. The point of the week is to encourage people in our community to turn off their electronic devices and look into each other’s eyes instead — to break away from immersing ourselves in the media’s version of reality so that we can celebrate the truth God plants in our own hearts.  To recognize that, as Pope Benedict XVI puts it, “Life only becomes real life when it receives its form from looking toward God.”

   Everyone would be welcome.  We could have people sign pledges, wear T-shirts, and join in on communal activities. Perhaps each day could focus on a different way to connect with what’s truly important.  We could put on events each evening – perhaps a fun one, a service one, an educational one, a worship one, a feast one, or others. (Ooh – What’s your idea?) We could link up with other houses of worship, schools, the community center/library, and local businesses. 

   This could be a week that can make a real difference, in thousands of ways.

   We’ll need planners, callers, sponsors, printers, party-throwers, decorators, speakers, and more. We’ll need fund-finders, food-makers, cleaners, greeters, promoters, shoppers… and more. We’ll need you.   We will start planning with you on Monday, October 24 at 11 AM in Meeting Room B.  If you’d like to help but can’t attend that meeting, please call or email to let me or Chris Broses know how you can be involved.  

   Let’s enable our whole community to peel our eyes away from the fleeting charms of our flat screens long enough to experience the deep, real joy of following St. Paul’s timely advice: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8). 

Your Pickle,

Marian Bart

248-689-8380 ext. 108