2018 St. Cyril & Methodius Advent Giving Projects

“Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.” -St. Benedict

 

During the upcoming days of Advent, when decorating and gift buying squeeze their way into our busy days, the Church reminds us to prepare also our hearts; to step back from the commotion and the noise and to quiet ourselves and to listen. In that quiet we can hear, as Christ hears, the needs of the poor, the vulnerable, the weak and the lonely in our midst.

Also like Christ, we can reach out to them in generosity and love. The Advent Giving Projects give us the chance to do this together as a parish.

This year’s projects include purchasing a gift or gift card from the Giving Tree, supplying food, warm clothing or other basic necessities, or making a monetary donation. Whether we ourselves have a lot or a little, there are many ways to give, making it possible for each of us to help in some way to care for these individuals and the agencies that serve them.

 

Please prayerfully consider how you can give generously to one or more of the projects described below.

If you have questions about any of the 2018 Advent Giving Projects, please contact:

Erin Rybicki, Christian Service Coordinator, (586) 530-0547, or Sandi Brady, Parish Office, (586) 726-6911

 

Monetary Donations

If you would like to support one of the following projects with a monetary gift, please place your donation

in a 2018 Advent Projects envelope, indicate the project(s) you would like to help, and place it in the

Collection Basket. You may also drop off your envelope in the Parish Office by December 25. Envelopes are

available in the Church Vestibule.

 

Africa Projects/Bishop Minde: Bishop Minde has asked for our help with two projects. First, at Holy

Family Parish in Kagongwa, our sister parish, we will be helping with the construction costs for the

St. Martha Homecraft Program. Our Advent collection in 2017 for this project enabled the start-up of

this program for training the young women of the parish in the skills they need to maintain a home and

raise children; the project has grown and is in need of its own building. The second project, also in

Kagongwa, is to complete the construction of Ss. Cyril & Methodius English Medium Primary School.

(Please make your check payable to “Ss. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church” and in the memo

line indicate “Africa Projects”. Note: Donations to international projects are not tax-deductible, per IRS

regulations.)

 

Abigayle Ministries: Lives are changed at Abigayle Ministries, a loving home for homeless pregnant

women located here in Sterling Heights. Women come to Abigayle without resources, without support,

often without hope. While living there, they learn to keep a part-time job, go to school, and learn to

care for their baby and themselves. Most of all, they experience the love of God through prayer time,

Bible study, the staff and each other. Your donation will help with the daily operating costs of this life

transforming ministry. (Please make your check payable to “Ss. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic

Church” and in the memo line indicate “Abigayle Ministries”.)

 

Seminarians Sponsorship/ Sacred Heart Major Seminary: A number of young men from our diocese,

including St. Cyril parishioners Charles Giroux and Ryan Walters, have generously responded to the

Lord’s call to the priesthood and are in formation at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Please consider

supporting the seminarians with a monetary gift to help meet the cost of tuition. This is a great way to

help them financially and to invest in the future of the Church here in southeast Michigan. (Please

make your check payable to “Ss. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church” and in the memo line

indicate “Sacred Heart Seminary”.)

 

Slovak Seminarian Sponsorship: Since its foundation, our parish has been blessed with generous

pastoral care of priests from Slovakia. In this 100th Anniversary year, this project gives us an

opportunity to show our appreciation to the Slovak Bishops for their continued support of Ss. Cyril and

Methodius and to help build the Church in Slovakia. Currently 32 men are in priestly formation. You can

help one of these men with the cost of tuition with a gift of $300. If you would like to sponsor a

seminarian, please contact Sandi Brady in the parish office. You will be given your seminarian’s name

and a Christmas ornament with his photo to place in your home as a reminder to pray for him daily.

(Please make your check payable to “Ss. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church” and in the memo

line indicate “Slovak Seminarian”. Note: Donations to international projects are not tax-deductible, per

IRS regulations.)

 

PLEASE RETURN GIFTS FROM GIVING TREE BY NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9.

Giving Tree Donations: Bring the joy of receiving a Christmas gift to a local child or adult by taking a tag from the giving tree and purchasing the requested gift. The Giving Tree is decorated with hundreds of tags for

the members of needy families and disadvantaged men, women, children and babies. These individuals are being assisted by St. Dominic’s Outreach Center, Mary’s Mantle, Macomb County Community Mental

Health, and our parish. Please take a tag from the tree and return it, attached to the wrapped gift, to the Parish Office by December 9. If your tag has a gift card request, please put the tag and gift card in an envelope

and place it in the Collection Basket or drop it off in the Parish Office.

 

Material Goods Collections

 

Sacred Heart Food Pantry Collection: During Advent, food donations will be collected for the hungry

families served by the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry located at Sacred Heart Church in Imlay City. In

order to support these brothers and sisters in our local area, we will be collecting non-perishable food

items such as rice, beans, cereal, pasta and canned goods. Please place your donations in the appropriate

box located in the vestibule coatroom by December 16.

 

Mary’s Children Family Center Collection: The mission of Mary’s Children is to bring God’s love to adults

suffering from traumatic brain injury. The center cares for each of the patients with respect and

encouragement to reach his full potential. In order to help the center meet the daily needs of these

individuals, we are collecting Lysol wipes, paper towels, toilet tissue and individual servings of applesauce.

Please place your donations in the appropriate box located in the vestibule coatroom by December 16.

 

Warm Clothing Collection: To supplement our ongoing collection of clothing for the homeless and

low-income individuals served by the Missionaries of Charity at St. Leo’s in Detroit, we are collecting warm

winter clothing. New and gently used warm clothing in adult sizes, especially coats, boots, hats, gloves,

scarves and thermal tops and bottoms for men, are needed. Please place your donations in the appropriate

box located in the vestibule coatroom by December 16.