Fr. J.J.’s Jottings

Research shows that gluten sensitivity in some form, including celiac disease and mild gluten intolerance, affects approximately 15% of the US population. We have several parishioners who suffer with gluten intolerance. Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease have hundreds of symptoms, including: gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating, constipation, gas, and other symptoms like, irritability, “fuzzy brain” or an  inability to concentrate, and clumsiness. Remind me to check on Fr. Eric, since that describes him to a tee. 

Anyway, for a number of years, those suffering from this challenge were only able to receive the Eucharist in the form of the Precious Blood or could only obtain low-gluten hosts from one source in the U.S. (The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, MO, The Secretariate of Divine Worship has now been made aware of a second supplier, Parish Crossroads of Zionville, IN, If you or someone you know are interested in utilizing these for your celebration of the Mass, simply order a supply, place one in a pix on the altar before the liturgy begins and get in the Communion line of the principle celebrant. Easy as that; now I’m gonna go check on Fr. Eric.

This weekend and next we will be collecting new and gently used shoes. Our Capuchin brothers downtown are in short supply. This means that the less  fortunate folks who benefit from the Capuchin’s ministries are in short supply. So it’s spring and time to clean out your closets. Can’t find any to donate, don’t worry we take monetary donations as well. On behalf of many sore tootsies that pound the pavement in downtown Detroit: Thank You.

Speaking of our Christian Service team, they deserve some recognition. A few weeks ago they sponsored “Cuts for a Cause”. Student hair cutters donated their time to trim up your locks and all proceeds went to help out orphans. I am happy to say that $600 was raised to send orphans on a fun trip to play at a water park, and $800 was sent to our former associate, Fr. Thomas Devadoss in India to support his orphan ministry. Good job, oh, and nice new do!

This Sunday, i.e. today, me and the entire staff of St. Anastasia want to express our gratitude to any and all of you volunteers for what you do to help make our parish what it is. This means if you lector, usher, teach in Religious Education, cut out paper hearts for a craft, have gone door to door, coached, were a docent at Art for God’s Sake, or anything else, we want to thank you. So, I invite you to come to the 12:15 liturgy (or at least the last few minutes of it if you want to attend a different Mass) for a little surprise. Following that, we, the staff, will serve you ice cream in the Social Hall. Come by for a nice treat. You deserve it!

God bless,
Fr. J.J.