Lenten Offerings & Easter Basket, 2017
A new command I give you; love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35)
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. (St. Augustine).
Know Love Serve: Jesus, Mary, Church, World!
Relationship, Holiness, Service, Healing!
The holy season of Lent will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 1. Our parish is on the path to holiness, through Know, Love, and Serve Jesus, Mary, Church and the World! May the spirit, meaning and practice of our parish Mission and Vision guide us through the holy season of Lent in preparation for the glory of Easter! Lent, a time of prayer and reflection on our Lord’s passion, death and Resurrection assists us to develop a deeper spiritual renewal with God through prayer, fasting and alms-giving. To Know is to unite us to Jesus by opening our hearts to “the breath of the Holy Spirit, who makes all things new.” (Msgr. Forte, 2004). To Love, is to rediscover the value of sacrifice. “A small sacrifice, a gesture of love, humbly given, hidden but genuine, but it is something done in praise of God for someone who is suffering and in need.” (Msgr. Forte). To Serve is to give to one another, …to share our love, gifts, and even possessions (alms-giving) to those less fortunate than ourselves. But it is more. “Alms-giving is far from being an act of
giving, it is an attitude of the heart.” It is a heart that is humble, repentant, merciful, and compassionate. It is a heart that seeks to love others through mercy imitating our own merciful relationship with Jesus.” (Msgr. Forte).
LENTEN OFFERINGS & EASTER BASKET COLLECTIONS
Father Jean Ikanga’s Medical Clinic in the Congo: The medical clinic is located in Yassa, a province of Bandundu. It is situated in a remote area of the Congo with very poor conditions in which access roads leading into and out of it are still quite primitive. It is in an area where the nearest facilities or hospitals are impossible for the local people to take advantage of. Father Jean’s clinic will give desperately needed primary medical care to over 30,000 people living in the area who are members of three, remote Catholic parishes in the surrounding area. Fr. Jean will be present to discuss this very important project in person next weekend, March 4 & 5.
Monetary Donations are being accepted for Fr. Ikanga’s Clinic: Make checks payable to Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church. In the subject line write: Congo Clinic. Envelopes for donations are located in the church vestibule. Please drop off your donation in the weekly collection basket or in the Parish Office by Wednesday, April 12.
Imago Dei Pregnancy Center: Imago Dei Pregnancy Center is located in the city of Detroit at 4151 Seminole Ave., on the parish grounds of St. Augustine & St. Monica. Deacon Joe Iskra and his staff provide life and maternity classes to approximately 8-12 young women weekly. Women are counseled regarding keeping their infants through physical, emotional, and spiritual support and care. Free pregnancy tests are available on-site to give immediate support for those just learning of their pregnancies. There are no costs for any of the young women throughout their counseling, care, and treatment.
Monetary Donations are being accepted for Imago Dei Clinic: Make checks payable to Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church. In the subject line write: Imago Dei. Envelopes for your donation are located in the church vestibule. Please drop off your donation in the weekly collection basket or in the Parish Office by Wednesday, April 12.
Imago Dei Baby Items are being collected: In the coatroom, there is a box for clean, gently used baby items (clothing), diapers, blankets and buntings, as well as, packages of baby shampoo, powder, lotions, and wipes (please place in a sealed baggy) and place in the cardboard box marked, “Imago Dei” in the coatroom. Collections start on Ash Wednesday and go through April 12.
Ss Cyril & Methodius Families in Need: Many of our parish families are in need of monetary donations as well as gift cards for gas and food items. Please consider opening your hearts to these families as many continue to struggle against hunger, lack of transportation, and assistance with medical and financial problems.
Monetary Donations are being accepted for St. Cyril Families in Need: Please make checks payable to Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church. In the subject line write: St. Cyril’s Families. Envelopes for donations are located in the church vestibule. Please drop off your donation in the weekly collection basket or in the Parish Office by Wednesday, April 12.
EASTER EGG DONATIONS
Once again this year, EDGE and the Little Flower Girl’s Club have beautifully decorated over 400 cut-out Easter Eggs each one labeled for a specific donation: (1) St. Cyril Family in Need for either a gift card to Meijer for food or gas or a Kroger gift card for food. (2) Congo Medical Clinic for a monetary donation. If you choose to pick an Egg donation, please place your cardboard Egg and your donation in a plain white envelope marked, Easter Egg Donation, Place the envelope in the collection basket or drop it off in the Parish Office by Wednesday, April 12.
Three boxes will be set up in the coatroom for the following collections: (1) Food Pantry Collection of non-perishable foods such as canned soup, rice, beans, cereal, and pasta. (2) Imago Dei Baby Items: gently used baby clothes, packages of diapers for newborns, and a large zip-lock baggy with items of baby wipes, powder, shampoo, and lotion. (3) Cool / Spring Clothing Collection: jackets, sweaters, sweats, jeans, khakis, underwear, socks, shoes and hygiene products… for men, women and children… large sizes preferred. Collection of these items will begin the weekend of February 25 until Monday, April 10.
Lord, bless our parish family during this coming Lenten season! Help us to be filled with faith and love for one another by seeking to know you more intimately, love you more deeply, and serve You, Mary, our Church and the World ever more faithfully. Give us the grace to heal our relationships, grow in holiness, and open our hearts to serve one another through selfless acts of generosity, good works, and acts of love.
For more information about the Lenten projects, please call: Sharon Valenti at (586) 549-1905 or Sandi Brady at (586) 726-6911