From the Director
Christian Service is not a series of projects.
It is a way of life.
The purpose of St. Joseph Parish Christian Service is:
- To discover human needs and areas of injustice
- To inform, involve, and support parishioners in eliminating injustice
- To provide services to one another on local, national, and international levels
If you would like to join the Christian Service Commission or just be more active and aware in
Catholic Social Teaching, please call
Toni McNamara, Director of Christian Service
The Global Water Crisis: Catholic Relief Services Facts
Much of the world still faces a global water, sanitation and hygiene crisis, and that it is our urgent obligation to act.
For every $1 spent on water, sanitation and hygiene programs, there is, on average, a $4 return in productivity.
783 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly 11 percent of the world's population.
2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation. This is about 35 percent of the world's population.
Around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation—that's almost 2,000 children a day.
Continue to help our thirsty brothers and sisters around the world:
Easter Basket Ministry for Lent: Great service opportunity for all ages!
On March 29 and 30 before and after each mass in the Multi-Purpose Room, St. Joseph's Food Basket Ministry invites you to help assemble Easter Baskets for those less fortunate of different ages. Empty baskets will be set up in the multi-purpose room in which to place your donated Easter items. We are looking for tradition Easter basket items such as new, small stuffed toys, chocolate Easter bunnies, small items and candy. We are also looking for full sized toiletries for adult baskets. (Wouldn’t it be nice if mom and dad got baskets this year, too?)
CRS Rice Bowl Reflection: the Philippines
This week, Catholic relief Services invites us to enter into solidarity with the people of the Philippines. We are encourages to reflect on the Catholic Social Teaching Principle Option for the Poor and reminded of Jesus’ words: “Whatever you did for the least of mine, you did for me”. Let us pray this week for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines and all around the world, that we see the Face of Christi in the Poor among us.
Note from Toni: This week’s Lenten flyer Pilipino recipe is Pescado al Horno (baked fish). The recipe calls for tilapia fish because tilapia is widely “farmed” in the Philippines by small fish farmers and a lot of the tilapia we eat here is imported from the Philippines which helps that country’s economy and is food sustainable. You can use pretty much any type of fish with this recipe, however, and is a great (and tasty!) way to cut calories and cholesterol!
March 11, marked Pope Francis' anniversary. In just 365 days, the Holy Father has inspired us to live our lives in service of others. Shortly after his installation, Pope Francis told us, "In a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone, it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many children without an education, so many poor persons. Poverty today is a cry."
You can answer that cry and honor Pope Francis' message. Your monetary gift to Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls or next week’s Pew Envelope Collection Jesus in Diguise will ease the suffering of the poorest of the poor overseas. Rice Bowl donation boxes are in the Gathering Space and have a Lenten Reflection attached to help with 2014 Lenten Reflection.
WALK TO JERUSALEM: Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday- Are you walking? Are you serving? Are we there yet?
All Parish And Community Members Of All Age Groups Can Participate. You earn miles from any physical activity or for faith filled activities. The sign up list, weekly info, and the map of progress is at the Courtyard Entrance. Please sign up and help us get to Jerusalem by Palm Sunday! -In Faith and Health, Joni Castelli R.N. Health Advocacy Team (H.A.T.) chair
Active Faith New Towel Drive: What a wonderful Lenten gift to a member of our South Lyon Community!
Gabriel Project Needs: Good used dryer, Good used babystroller
Please call Jeanette Gasiorowski 248-719-4901
Saturday at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon
Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Wednesday & Friday at 9:00 AM
Holy Day Mass as Published
Sacraments And Pastoral Concerns
Sacrament of Baptism
The sacrament of baptism is ordinarily celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of the month following the 12:00 Noon Mass. Please call the Parish Office at 248-446-8700, at least two months in advance in order to make arrangements. There is a required Baptismal prep class which is normally offered on the second Monday of each month. Please call the Parish
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
(RCIA) is the process whereby new members are initiated into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and eucharist, and baptized Catholics may complete their initiation. For information, call Cathy Borsh, Pastoral Associate, Ext. 109.
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Sacrament of Marriage
Please call the Parish Office at least 6 months before the proposed marriage dates in order to arrange for the necessary preparation. An appointment is necessary before a wedding date may be scheduled.
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Interpeter for Hearing Impaired at 5:00 PM Mass on the third Saturday of each Month.