Adopt a Family for Christmas- Still families left to help

Can you help another family have a Merry Christmas?  Many families left that will not have gifts or food this year with out your help.  Helping a needy family have a Merry Christmas is a wonderful way to experience the true meaning of Christmas. When you adopt a family for the holidays, you receive their names, ages, sizes and a need/wish list.

We ask that you purchase an article of clothing for each person, plus a toy for each child, and groceries (or a gift card) for Christmas dinner. Anything beyond that, such as additional toys and clothing, household items, etc. would be up to you. The items should be gift-wrapped and delivered to the family’s parish by December 21st. You may also deliver the gifts to the family’s home.  This year we received the names of many families who are struggling. This is an opportunity for you and family members, friends or coworkers to join together in helping a family for the holidays.

Please consider sharing with a family in need. Call or email Carolyn Plague at (586) 557-3745, or *protected email* for more information.

Light the Advent Wreath at Mass

At each Mass during the Advent season our parish Advent wreath is lit.  You are invited to carry the lit Advent candle in the opening procession and place it in the wreath.  Sign up via the Sign up genius, website or contact Holly or at ext. 109

The Advent Wreath

   Advent begins the weekend of December 2-3.  Everyone is invited to bring their Advent wreath to Mass for a special blessing.

The origins of the Advent wreath are found in the folk practices of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples who, during the cold December darkness of Eastern Europe, gathered wreaths of evergreens and lighted fires as signs of hope in a coming spring and renewed light.

Christians kept these popular traditions alive, and by the 16th century Catholics and Protestants throughout Germany used these symbols to celebrate their Advent hope in Christ, the everlasting Light.  From Germany the use of the Advent wreath spread to other parts of the Christian world.

Traditionally, the wreath is made of four candles in a circle of evergreens.  The circle of the wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end.  The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life.  Candles symbolize the light of God coming into the world through the birth of his Son.  The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.

The colors of the candles vary with different traditions, but there are usually three purple or blue candles, and one pink or rose candle.  One of the purple candles is lighted the first Sunday of Advent.  On subsequent Sundays, previous candles are re-lighted with an additional one lighted.  The pink candle is lighted on the third Sunday of Advent.  On Christmas Day all the greens and decorations are replaced with fresh ones and four new white candles, symbolizing Christ, replace the colored ones and are burned throughout the Christmas season.

The light of the candles reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world that comes into the darkness of our lives to bring newness, life and hope.  As the candles are lighted over the four-week period, it symbolizes the darkness of fear and hopelessness receding and the shadows of sin falling away as more and more light is shed into the world.  The flame of each new candle reminds us that something is happening, and that more is yet to come.  Finally, the light that has come into the world is plainly visible as the Christ candle is lighted at Christmas, and we rejoice over the fact that the promise of long ago has been realized.

At the Family Thanksgiving Mass on November 21st, Advent wreath kits will be available to take home for your family to make an Advent wreath.

Advent by Candlelight -A night with Ste. Anne, every woman’s friend

Monday, December 11th at 6:30 pm

Advent by Candlelight is a wonderful way for women to start the Advent season.  This time of year is always stressful with much to do and prepare.  This will give you the opportunity to sit back and revel in the love of Christ and the real meaning of the season.  The night is joyful and peaceful.

If you have never attended this event Please mark your calendar and CALL me to host a table.  If you have attended over the years, please ask a parishioner/friend that has never had a chance to attend, to be a guest at your table.  (8 chairs per round table).  If you are interested in hosting a table, please let me know soon as the tables are limited.  If you have an open seat at your table, please let me know because there are ladies who have never attended and are looking to sit at a welcoming table. If you have never attended We welcome you to join us this year, please call Heidi and we will find you a spot.

I will need assistance with set up and clean up on the Day of the event, Monday, December 11, 2017.  If you are available to help I would truly appreciate it.

The cut off to reserve a table is: Monday December 4.  Please call me at 248-217-5452 or email at Heidi  to reserve your table.  Leave your name, number and address.  After you reserve a table, I will send you more detailed information in the mail.

Mom & Tot playgroup

We are ramping up to start a new year of Mom & Tot group at St. Anastasia! Meet us in the Social Hall the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00a.m. – 11:45a.m.  2017 – Dec. 6.  Next up, we will have our Parish Nurse come to speak to us on current issues.  Don’t miss out! Kids can play and moms can enjoy fellowship. See you there!

St. Anastasia Mom & Tot group is a group for our parish moms to share in fellowship, grow together in our parenting, marriages, faith lives and daily lives, serve our parish community, and support each other and allow ourselves to be supported, through playdates, simple service projects, book discussions and friendship.

Questions? Email Melissa

Melissa Zech