2019 Parish Lenten Projects
“Give alms from your possessions. Do not turn your face away from any of the poor, and God’s face will not be turned away from you.
Give in proportion to what you own. If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance;
if you have but little, do not be afraid to give alms of that little.” Tobit 4:7-8
This ancient advice from a father to a son is repeated to us today by the church, particularly during the season of Lent. Please consider joining your fellow parishioners in giving alms to one or more of the following projects this Lent.
Dentures for the Homeless or Low-Income/ St. Leo’s Free Dental Clinic: What if you had no dental insurance, no money to buy a toothbrush and toothpaste, no money to pay for dentures if you lost your teeth because of lack of care? Your nutrition, health and self-esteem would all suffer. Many homeless and low-income men and women face this situation. To meet their needs, The Knights of Malta offer free care at the dental clinic they operate at St. Leo’s in Detroit. Many of the patients have not received dental care for a long time; many have lost all or most of their teeth. The clinic’s dentists and hygienists donate their time, but money is needed to purchase dentures for these patients. Help someone smile again with a monetary gift, a check made out to Malta Medical Dental Clinic OR a check made out to Ss. Cyril & Methodius in a BLUE Lenten Offering envelope, and place your envelope in the Sunday collection basket by April 21.
Slovak Catholic Media Productions/ LUX New York: An active ministry at St. John Nepomucene Church in New York City, LUX produces original programming for Slovak people in the US and Canada to help them deepen their faith and to connect with each other. Its primary service is live-streaming the Slovak language Holy Mass from St. John Nepomucene. Your monetary donation to LUX will help meet operating costs and purchase production equipment for their evangelizing ministry. Place your check made out to St. John Neopmucene/LUX New York OR a check made out to Ss. Cyril & Methodius in a BLUE Lenten Offering envelope, and place your envelope in the Sunday collection basket by April 21.
“Housing with Care”/Vincentinum Family Center in Kosice-Saca, Slovakia: The children of families stressed by severe financial, medical or social situations run a high risk of being removed from their homes. To help struggling families remain together and overcome their difficulties, Foundation
DeDo (NADACIA DeDo) operates centers which provide social and professional services along with affordable rental housing. Families receive ongoing help from social workers, counselors, and health professionals and spiritual guidance until they are more stable, usually about 3 years. In Kosice-Saca, the Vincentinum Family Center is currently undergoing an addition which will provide homes and support for five families. Your monetary donation will help with the final construction costs for this comprehensive family-saving center. Place your check, made out to Ss. Cyril & Methodius, in a WHITE Lenten Offering envelope and put it in a Sunday collection basket by April 21.
Right-to Life/Lifespan Baby Shower: Celebrate life at a “mini-baby shower” for Gianna House, a local home for pregnant teens that will open this spring. Gianna House currently offers free classes on pregnancy, nutrition and baby care for women in need from the community. Upon completion of the classes, the women may “shop” in the home’s Closet for needed baby care items. Come to the Fr. Mikus hall after the 9:30AM Holy Mass on Sunday, March 17, and enjoy live music, a slide show about Gianna House, and refreshments. Donations of diapers (size newborn or 4, 5 and 6 only), baby care items and toiletries, or gift cards, or monetary gifts can be brought to the hall at that time. (Checks should be made out to Gianna House and placed in the appropriate box at the shower.) A complete Wish List of needed items is posted by the Lenten Giving Projects poster. If you are unable to come to the shower, volunteers will be collecting donated items after all Holy Masses Saturday, March 16 and Sunday March 17.
Knights of Columbus Baby Bottle Collection: This Lent, the Knights of Columbus St. Nicholas Council will be collecting change to donate to Gianna House. Gianna House will soon be providing a home and loving care for local pregnant teenagers and their babies up to 1 year after the birth of the baby. If you received a baby bottle, fill it with change during the weeks of Lent, and return it on Palm Sunday weekend. Donations in the form of a check made out to: St. Nicholas Council 7011 will also be accepted. Together, each of our small donations will go a long way toward helping Gianna House provide for these vulnerable women and babies.
Clothing for the Homeless at St. Leo’s: All year-round, St. Cyril’s parishioners generously donate clothing for the homeless and those who live in the neighborhood around St. Leo’s. The Missionaries of Charity, who operate the clothing closet at St. Leo’s, are extremely grateful for all the clothing we provide. At this time of year, there is always a need for new and gently used warm clothing. In addition to that, there is a particular need for new socks and underwear for men and women. Please place your donations in the box marked Clothing Collection located in the coatroom.
Sacred Heart Food Pantry: Once again we will be supporting our less fortunate brothers and sisters in northern Macomb County with donations of non-perishable food items to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Sacred Heart parish in Imlay City. Donations of canned fruit, tuna and chicken are particularly needed at this time. Please help feed the hungry by placing your donations in the box marked Food Collection located in the vestibule coatroom by April 16 .
If you have questions about any of the 2018 Lent Projects, please contact:
Erin Rybicki, Christian Service Coordinator, (586) 530-0547 or Sandi Brady in the Parish Office at (586) 726-6911