2018 Lenten Projects
“The Lenten season is meant to help believers, through a commitment to personal purification, to relive this same spiritual journey (of the Hebrews in the dessert) by becoming more aware of poverty and of life's uncertainties and by rediscovering the providential presence of the Lord, who invites us to open our eyes to the needs of our brothers and sisters in need. In this way Lent also becomes a season of solidarity with individuals and peoples … who find themselves in very difficult situations.” St. John Paul II
Once again during Lent, we can work together as a parish to collect our individual monetary and material offerings for the good of our brothers and sisters in need. It is important not just to give, but to give a little bit more than what we think we can spare. Such sacrifices can purify our hearts, bring relief to others, and strengthen the love of God in our own hearts, in our parish life, and in the world around us. The following projects are featured this year for our parish almsgiving:
Vocations Expo/National Youth Day in Presov, Slovakia: Vocations representatives from seminaries and religious orders in Slovakia will be traveling to Presov for National Youth Day in July. This mini-World Youth Day is an important place for them to meet with young Catholics and to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life. To show our appreciation for the many priests and religious sisters from Slovakia who have served our parish during its one hundred years, and to encourage vocations for years to come, we will be collecting monetary donations that will help offset the costs incurred by the religious groups attending the Vocations Expo. Please support religious vocations in Slovakia by placing your monetary donation in a 2018 Lenten Offerings envelope (found in the vestibule), indicate ”Vocations Expo/Slovakia” on the memo line, and place it in the collection basket by April 1.
Streetwork/ Help to the homeless in Trnava, Slovakia: A cup of hot coffee or tea. A sandwich. Help finding a warm place to sleep. Pairs of university student-volunteers in the city of Trnava, Slovakia, are on the streets seeking out the homeless, befriending them, and meeting their most immediate needs. They are part of Streetwork, a project initiated by the Archdiocesan Charities two years ago, in collaboration with the city and local universities, to bring both short- and long-term relief to the homeless. Along with immediate physical needs, the homeless are being helped to connect with the city’s healthcare and social services to improve their lives; and students are putting into practice compassion for some of their city’s most marginalized souls.
Your monetary donation will help to purchase necessary supplies for the student-volunteers, to provide for their training and support, and to further develop this project. Please help to bring comprehensive assistance to the homeless of Trnava by placing your monetary donation in a 2018 Lenten Offerings envelope (found in the vestibule), indicate “Streetwork/ Homeless in Slovakia” and putting it in the weekend collection basket or dropping it off in the parish office by April 1.
Replace Convent Roof: The St. Therese Convent of the Contemplative Sisters of St. John is in desperate need of a new roof. This large facility, which houses 8 sisters, workshops for the many handcrafts they produce to support themselves, a novitiate, and retreat space, has been badly damaged by the high winds of central Illinois. The sisters must raise $90,000 to install a sturdier roof.
Please help the sisters by placing your monetary donation in a 2018 Lenten Offerings envelope (found in the vestibule), indicate “Sisters of St. John” on the memo line, and place it in the collection basket by April 1.
Families in Need/St. Matthew’s Chapter of St. Vincent de Paul: St. Matthew’s Parish on Detroit’s east side is neighbor to many low-income, financially-struggling families. The St. Vincent de Paul chapter at the parish provides for the needs of those who face hardships such as the loss of a job, raising a family on a minimum wage income, disability or illness. At this time of year, families are faced with high utility bills and seek assistance with other necessities, such as paying rent. Your monetary donation will help St. Vincent de Paul give financial help or purchase a needed item, such as a refrigerator or stove, a bed, crib or other furniture. Place your donation in a 2018 Lenten Offerings envelope, found in the vestibule, indicate “St. Matthew Families in Need” on the memo line, and place it in the collection basket by April 1.
Wee-Care Baby Shower: One of our parish families is hosting a “mini-baby shower” for Right to Life/Lifespan’s Wee-Care Pregnancy Help Center which supplies struggling new mothers with much needed clothing and other baby-care items. The shower will take place in the Fr. Mikus Hall after the Saturday evening and all Sunday Holy Masses on March 10 & 11. Bring your donation of new or gently-used baby clothing sized newborn to 2, diapers up to size 4, baby-care products, or gift cards to the Parish Hall after Mass and stay for cookies and punch, live music and fellowship.
Clothing for the Homeless at St. Leo’s: Our thoughts may be turning to spring, but the homeless men and women in Detroit are still exposed to winter’s cold and snow each day. Our collection of warm clothing for the Missionaries of Charity to distribute among the homeless people in the neighborhood of St. Leo’s continues through Lent. We will be collecting new and gently-used warm clothing for them to distribute. Blue jeans and thermal tops and bottoms are especially needed, as well as shirts, hoodies, heavy winter coats and winter boots. Please place your donations in the box marked Clothing Collection located in the coatroom.
Sacred Heart Food Pantry: Please consider making a donation of non-perishable food items for the hungry families served by the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Sacred Heart Parish in Imlay City. In order to support our less fortunate brothers and sisters in northern Macomb County, we will be collecting non-perishable food items, such as rice, beans, cereal, pasta and canned goods. Please place your donations in the box marked Food Collection located in the vestibule coatroom by March 26.
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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