Deacon Fred shares his thoughts on Thanksgiving and the approaching Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Deacon's Corner.
Saturday, December 5, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. serving shredded chicken sandwiches. Sunday, December 6, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. serving cabbage rolls and swiss steak dinners. The event will feature: Bake sale, homemade candies, craft vendors, craft raffles, children's Santa Shop, Scholastic Book Fair and a Pintrest Room.
Volunteers are asked to volunteer to ring the bell as part of the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. MPHM will ring the bell at Cornell's IGA Wednesday December 3 and Thursday, December 10. See the sign up sheet in church. Please leave a phone number for a reminder phone call. Contact Kathy Kanney with any questions.
Noodle making will be underway on Monday, November 30, at 6:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to make angel food cakes. Egg whites can be picked up after noodle making.
Our fall projects include hats and scarves for Shelby Helpline Christmas program, Chemo caps, wash cloths for Harmony House, and of course prayer shawls. We are in need of single bars of soap. For every bar of soap we get, the ladies will make a washcloth. Soap may be dropped off at the Parish Center. We meet the first and third Wednesday of the month. Please join us if you can or items can be made at home. Everyone is welcome.
Angels are on the trees. Please sign the clipboard with your name and phone number. Once the Angels are gone, we will fill the trees with underwear, socks, pj's, hats and gloves for all ages. Thanks for your continued support of this very important ministry. NOTICE we have an earlier deadline this year. Gifts are due back to the Parish Center on November 25.
SLAM is participating in the Community Christmas Program by collecting new or gently used toys. Donations can be dropped off into the basket in the back of church or to the parish office. Toys of a violent nature cannot be accepted.
Gifts for older elementary children and teens are always in short supply. This year they suggest the donation of gift cards, so that those young people can choose a gift they would really appreciate. Gifts of personal hygiene items, jewelry, and sports items such as team logo shirts are also suggested for the older age groups. Thank you!
The Toy Department for the Community Christmas Program is in need of volunteers to help to prepare for the December 5th distribution. There is also a need for people who will clean and sort toys - this can be done at their convenience. Volunteers are needed fill the gift bags for the children, move toys to the K of C Hall on Vernon Road, and/or help on distribution day, December 5. Call Shelby Help Line Ministries at 419-347- 6307.
Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent MPHM will be using a new Missal which is a combined book with Mass readings and music. This is an annual book which will eliminate the cost of purchasing and shipping seasonal Missals several times a year. The new Missal "Breaking Bread" is published by OCP, the same publisher of the current "Today's Missal". The plastic covers will not fit the new books and will be placed in storage. The Prayer Cards will be placed in the pew rack.
"On Monday, August 3, the U.S. Senate voted down a motion to proceed to a bill that would cut off funding for Planned Parenthoodand redirect that funding to women's health organizations. While the vote is a setback in our fight for life, the debate over funding Planned Parenthood will continue this fall. Thus, I urge the Catholics of the Diocese of Toledo and all people of goodwill to continue to work to end the scourge of abortion and protect life." Read the entire statement from Bishop Thomas here CatholicChronicle.org
Bishop Thomas Statement on Supreme Court Decision Regarding Marriage:When human law contradicts or directly opposes Divine law, we are bound in conscience to follow and honor not the human, but the Divine. When human law devalues, dishonors or rejects human life, we treasure, honor and respect all human life. When human law denies nature, reason and revelation, we honor and respect the complementarity of men and women. When human law may result in bigotry, bias and discrimination, we will continue to love, honor and respect all persons created in the image and likeness of God. In light of the recent Supreme Court decision on "marriage," please visit ToledoDiocese.org to read the collective statement from the Bishops of Ohio and the statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
If you have a loved one or know of someone who is ill or in need of a pastoral visit with Father or someone from the Ministers of Care please contact the parish. The HIPPA Law prohibits hospitals from contacting the parish when someone is hospitalized. The office can be reached at 419-347-2381.
A special message from Mrs. Rhodes: A new tool has been made available in memory of Mr. David Reihl, who continually made a difference for us with his generous giving of time, talent and treasure. I always advocate looking for ways to not incur more family expense. So now the question really becomes, "how can I maintain current giving levels and still increase giving?" That sounds like a trick question, but it is not. Please remember that donations start with us, but increases don't have to fall completely on the parishioners. Many employers offer company match for charitable donations. If you would like to learn more, please contact your employer's human resource department. They can guide you through the process. Please click on the green label to see if your employer matches funds or provides service hour grants. - Mrs. Lisa Rhodes, St. Mary's Elementary SchoolYou may also find your employer online. Click on the icon above or follow this link Double the Donationto find your employer or learn more about this program.