Christian Service Commission

Mission Statement

• To live out the Gospel message, to respect human life and dignity and to work for justice and peace.
• To prayerfully implement priorities, activities and projects.
• To encourage the involvement of parishioners of Holy Family Parish in service to each other and the community in volunteering to serve the needs of the poor, suffering and the less fortunate wherever such needs exist.

Vision Statement

Our direction comes from Christ himself, who has challenged us to implement the corporal works of mercy.

Meetings

The Christian Service Commission meets the fourth Monday of the month from 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m., August through May, in the Adult Ed. room #7 in the school. (meeting sometimes moves due to Monday holidays.)

The objective of Christian Service Commission is to encourage parishioners to participate in service to each other and our community by serving the needs of the poor, the suffering and the less fortunate among us.

At monthly meetings commission members are updated by representatives from each of the ministries that work under the Christian Service Commission. As support for these ministries Commission Members are ask to serve as advisors, offering new ideas, encouragement and problem solving strategies. Members are also asked to help familiarize others with ministry opportunities within these groups when the occasion arises. Your involvement as a commission member is simply the once a month meeting.

5% Tithing

For the Year of Mercy, we will be tithing 5% of our weekend collections. The Lord asks all of us to give back to him from the first fruits of our labors and we want to do the same on a parish-wide level. Pope Francis has said over and over again that the poor must always be the Church’s first priority and we believe that this 5% is a powerful way of doing so.

Past Recipients:
December 12 & 13, 2015: Holy Family Outreach/Christmas Boxes, provides Christmas food baskets for nearly 400 families.
December 19 & 20: St. Francis Prayer Center provides spiritual nourishment and outreach ministry, including Adopt-A-Family Programs at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
December 26 & 27: The Lingap Children’s Foundation supports a shelter for a 100 needy children in Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines.
January 2 & 3, 2016: St. Peter Indian Mission Catholic School on the Gila River Indian Reservation, in Bapchule, Arizona. Low income families are served by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.
January 9 & 10: St. Vincent Catholic Charities provide residential treatment for foster children in crisis, adoption services and refugee settlement.
January 16 & 17: We will be hosting a speaker who will tell us how Cross Catholic Outreach empowers Catholic Churches and Ministries to help the poorest of the poor worldwide.
January 23 & 24: North End Soup Kitchen  serves hot, balanced meals seven days a week, provides Warming Center meals and a daily sandwich program distributing sack lunches through Catholic Charities.
January 30 & 31: The Holy Angels Warming Center in the Catholic Charities’ Center for Hope, provides a safe environment for those seeking warmth from the cold. It is open 24 hours a day from December 2 through March 31.
February 6 & 7: Food Bank of Eastern Michigan provides over 21 million pounds of food each year through soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and food pantries that feed those who go hungry on a daily basis.
February 13/14: Mary’s Meals works in 12 countries across
 Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Providing chronically hungry children with one meal every school day in their place of education.
February 20 & 21: Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministries provides food, clothing, housewares, and personal care items to local families/individuals in need.
February 27 & 28: Family Promise of Genesee County provides services to families during temporary periods of homelessness, keeping them together in a time of crisis while assisting them in achieving sustainable independence.
March 5 & 6: St. John Vianney Catholic School in Flint is a faith-filled community that assists families in raising Christian students who, guided by the Holy Spirit, make a difference in our world.
March 12 & 13: St. Mary’s Parish of Flint, is one the parishes designate in the “Faith in Flint” initiative. The Parish serves the people of Flint providing basic services.
March 19 & 20: St. Michael’s Parish of Flint, their mission is to bring the Good News, the ultimate hope found in Christ to those who do not know Him.
March 19 & 20: Christ the King parish in Flint serves the to the people of Flint providing basic services.
March 26 & 27: Fiji Relief Fund provides aid through Fr. Kusi’s home parish in Fiji, in response to the recent devastating cyclone there. Fr. Kusi served as Parochial Vicar at Holy Family in the past and currently serves as Pastor at St. James in Mason.
April 2 & 3: St. Luke NEW Life Center: provides life skills, education and workplace training, empowering women and men to become self-sufficient.
April 9 & 10: Catholic Medical Mission Board provides health care for the poor, focusing on the leading causes of mortality for mothers and children, in targeted communities throughout Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. They build healthy, sustainable communities through local engagement and partnerships.
April 16 & 17: FISH of Grand Blanc helps families in need, living in the Grand Blanc school district, by providing and distributing food, clothing and or other service on a temporary and emergency basis.
April 23 & 24: Christ the King Parish is part of the “Faith in Flint Initiative” they serve the people in Flint providing basic services.
April 30 & May 1:  The Congregation of St. Joseph, this is the community of religious women, that our own Sister Sharon belongs to. The Sisters serve in education, healthcare, pastoral ministry, social work and faith development, among other ministries.
May 7 & 8: Unbound – Provides for families living in poverty, by directing benefits to children and the aging so they may live with dignity and achieve their potential, Unbound serves in 20 countries.
May 14 & 15: Eastern Michigan Food Bank Backpack Program – Provides nutritious food to supplement weekend meals for children who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year.
May 21 & 22: Capuchin Soup Kitchen of Detroit – Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, the Soup Kitchen tends to people’s basic needs, especially in providing food. It also works to address the root causes of social injustice in their community.
May 28 & 29: United Catholic Appeal of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties
June 4 & 5: United Catholic Appeal of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties
June 11 & 12: United Catholic Appeal of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties
June 18 & 19: Mother Teresa House of Lansing – serves those with terminal illness, in the same manner Mother Teresa served, priority is given to those in greatest need.
June 25 & 26: Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy – Ships donated medical equipment to the poor as directed by the Marian Priest.
July 2 & 3: Franklin Avenue Mission of Flint – serves meals and provides tutors and counselors for the needy, giving hope and transforming lives.
July 9 & 10: Catholic Relief Services – works with organizations around the world to help poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, have access health care and earn a living through agriculture.
July 16 & 17:
Emmanuel House – is a loving home for older adults who are no longer capable of living alone and have limited income and support. The home is a ministry of the Servants of Gods Love in Ann Arbor.
July 23 & 24: Aid to the Church in Need – Provides refugee families in the Middle East with food, clothing, shelter, medicine and spiritual care.
July 30 & 31: Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Flint  – Provides basic human services to the needy in their community.
August 6 & 7:  Food for the Poor – Provides food, housing, emergency relief and much more to the poorest of the poor, in the Caribbean and Latin America.
August 13 & 14: Catholic Near East Welfare Association – Provides food, medical care, education and trauma counseling to the poor and to displaced children in the Middle East, Africa, India and Eastern Europe.
August 20 & 21: Heartbeat of Flint is a pro-life outreach that provides formula, cribs, clothing and other baby items to expectant and new mothers in need.
August 27 & 28: St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center of Flint provides life skills, education and workplace training, empowering women and men to become self-sufficient.
September 3 & 4: St. John Vianney Catholic School of Flint is a faith-filled community that assists families in raising Christian students who, guided by the Holy Spirit, make a difference in our world.
September 10 & 12: St. Mary’s Parish of Flint is part of the “Faith in Flint Initiative” they serve the people in Flint providing basic services.
September 17 & 18: Diocese of Lansing – Catholic Charities USA Louisiana Flood victims. Our contribution will support humanitarian efforts, help provide pastoral care to victims and support rebuilding.
September 25 & 26: St. Michael Parish of Flint – Their mission is to bring the Good News, the ultimate hope found in Christ, to those who do not know him.

 

2016-2017 Members

Facilitator: Michelle Furman.
Representative to Pastoral Council:
Other members:
Linda Blondin (staff)
Brian Holyfield (permanent member – Outreach)
Dr. Steve James
Susan Hasselbach
Nancy Repuyan
Amy Deloney (permanent member- Family Promise)
Staffinea Mraz
Cesar Bernabe
4 openings

 

Groups

The following groups fall under the Christian Service Commission:
• Bereavement & Sick
• Rosary Makers
• St. Joseph Guild
• Funeral Luncheon
• Mission Auxiliary
• Respect Life
Outreach:
• St. Joseph Pantry
• Soup Kitchen
• St. Vincent de Paul
• Meal Crew

Monday – 6:30 a.m.

Tuesday – 8:15 a.m. and 7 p.m

Wednesday – 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Thursday – 6:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.

Friday – 6:30 a.m.

Saturday – 8:00 a.m. and vigil at 5 p.m.

Sunday – 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and seasonal evening Mass:

7 p.m. Memorial Day weekend in May to Labor Day weekend in September

5 p.m. after Labor Day to the weekend before Memorial Day weekend

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