CHRISTIAN SERVICE

 



Christian Service Commission

“Go!”

This is the word that Jesus speaks to the apostles as He is ascending into Heaven. In this command, we are reminded that it’s not enough to encounter Jesus or to grow as His disciple. The purpose of encountering Him and growing is to bring His love, mercy, and truth into the world. It is, after all, His world, and He invites us to work with Him to get it back.

Below are some of the ways that we invite you join us and “Go!”


HEALTH ADVOCACY

Gloria Kopper

Blood Drive-Red Cross

Plan, coordinate and hold quarterly blood drives for the American Red Cross at OLGC. Blood supplies are nearly always critical and the blood products collected are used throughout the Tri-county SE Michigan community.

Disability Support

The Disabilities Support Ministry serves the disabled of our parish community and their caregivers. Acting as a liaison between the disabled and parish groups, this ministry advocates for anyone who has a temporary or is permanently prevented from fully participating in worship, receiving the sacraments, sharing gifts, or growing in faith. Our goal is to make OLGC fully accessible, inclusive, and supportive to all.

Parish Nursing

Parish Nursing ministers to and addresses the physical needs of all parishioners. This outreach to the parish family happens through health education, health maintenance (flu and blood pressure screening clinics), as well as health fairs and medical support during Masses and large events.

Parish Medics

Description coming soon.

IN-PARISH SERVICES
Julie Poyer

Bereavement Ministry

Providing support to families of loved ones at the time of death, Bereavement Ministry contacts family, visits the funeral home, and attends the funeral Mass. Ministers stay connected through the first year after the death. If the family needs assistance in any way, the minister will contact the appropriate ministry to make arrangements (meals, babysitting, rides, etc.). This ministry also plans the Mass for All Souls Day and Memorial Day. Meetings are twice a year and a training session is provided. Members are called approximately four times a year and support the Annual Bereaved Christmas Gathering.

Clothing Drive Ministry

This ministry collects new and gently used warm clothing, including coats and blankets, in November and February to donate for various community needs. They support the Bereavement Ministry by assisting families with sorting and donating the loved one’s clothing.

Communion to the Sick

Communion to the Sick brings the Eucharist to the homebound. This ministry also has weekly Communion services and leads the rosary in nursing homes and senior citizen facilities. Volunteers are parishioners who are practicing, confirmed Catholics. Compassion, patience, and consistency are crucial for this ministry. Training class, mentorship, and background check are required.

Good Mourning Ministry

Good Mourning Ministry is a Catholic bereavement apostolate. The ministry provides “Grieving with Great Hope” workshops to Catholic parishes. These workshops are prayerful, practical, and personal and are for anyone who has lost someone they love. Each workshop spends time in prayer, communion with others, and learning about the grief process in its unique application to each individual grieving. This ministry allows opportunity to express thoughts and feelings in a safe and validating environment.

New Beginnings

This ministry is a support group for divorced Catholics. They call upon the Holy Spirit to bring hope, healing, and a new beginning to those who have experienced divorce. This group meets once a month with guest speakers who address relevant topics in a safe, confidential, and prayerful environment with small group breakout discussions.

Servants of Mercy

This ministry is comprised of two key components: shorter prayer visits and longer bedside vigils. Volunteers conducting prayer visits will pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with and for the sick imploring God for His healing Mercy while volunteers conducting the bedside vigils will do the same, as well as provide non-medical bedside companionship. Please contact the parish office if you would like a visit from a volunteer with the Servants of Mercy. (734) 453-0326

Shawl Ministry

Shawl Ministry serves our parish community and neighboring people in assisted living hospitals, the homeless through crafting and sharing handmade items, which are primarily shawls and lap robes.  We add new items as the need arises within our service area.  Monthly meetings are at 9 a.m. second Saturday, allowing members to share spiritual benefits of prayerful crafting.

LIFE ISSUES
Mary Lockwood

Baby Cakes (Pro-life Pancakes)

This ministry provides gourmet pancake mix kits to raise funds for the pro-life organizations Mary’s Mantle and Mother and Unborn Baby Care. All monies above the cost of the mix are donated evenly to the two groups.

Life Issues

With a two-fold goal of bringing the spirit of Christian Service to those in need and creating awareness to our parish and community on various life issues, Life Issues is a ministry approaching all phases of life–from conception to natural death. Currently this ministry provide various types of support to pregnant ‘women in need’ via crisis pregnancy centers, seeking to meet the needs of pregnant women on an ongoing basis. Annually there is a commemorative Mass for the unborn children and a monthly Mass for the unborn on the first Saturday of each month. Additionally, Life Issues participates in Life Chain, 40 Days for Life and March for Life in Washington D.C.

PARISH OUTREACH
Bill Tulloch

El Salvador Haciendita Uno Steering Committee

Haciendita Uno is our sister community in El Salvador. The Haciendita Uno Steering Committee facilitates the relationship between our parish and our brothers and sisters in El Salvador. We plan activities, fundraisers, and an annual delegation trip.

Feed the Homeless

The purpose of this ministry is to provide a meal for a group of homeless people from Detroit. It is done in conjunction with the First United Methodist Church. Food donations and serving food is requested from our parish.

MANNA Meals

This ministry prepares and serves sandwiches and soup for the homeless at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Detroit in an effort to provide fellowship for marginalized brothers and sisters. No special skills or training required–simply a desire to serve the homeless. Manna Meals meets once per week on Tuesday mornings at 6 in the OLGC parking lot to carpool downtown. Time commitment is approximately five hours per week.

PBJ Outreach, Inc.

P.B.J. Outreach, Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on feeding and clothing the poor and marginalized living in the Detroit metropolitan area. The organization unites volunteers and equips them to obtain, prepare, and distribute food and clothing to those in need. Volunteers meet Saturdays to prepare food, then head to various locations in Detroit. Volunteers serve food weekly and offer clothing every other week–foremost is serving handshakes, hugs, and hope. To learn more about PBJ and the volunteer opportunities available, please visit their website.

St. Aloysius Outreach

This ministry fosters the bridging relationship between OLCG and St. Aloysius parish in downtown Detroit. Activities include providing food and serving holiday lunches to their senior’s group, contributing or delivering nonperishable food and specific items that are collected at church, driving their parish members to events here in Plymouth, helping make and sell items to fund their outreaches, working at their summer block party, and helping with other requests as needed. There are opportunities to deliver groceries to HUD apartment buildings or serve the homeless on the streets of Detroit, both of which are coordinated at St. Al’s.

St. Kizito Sister Parish Outreach

Bridging relationship from 8,000 miles away, we connect with our sister parish, St. Kizito Bwayiise Parish in Kampala, Uganda. Rooted in solidarity and a belief in one universal Catholic church, each parish family grows in faith from the gifts we bring to one another. This ministry provides medical care to those who once had none, matching families from OLGC with children of the Bwayiise slums to ensure an education. Our support goes to the church and school, seeking to live Christ’s command to love one another–and pray for each other.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Jerome Porubsky

St. Vincent de Paul Committee Member

This organization responds to requests for assistance through home visits and support while supplying aid for rent, utilities, food, and other financial needs. St. Vincent de Paul sponsors two clothing drives a year for SVDP Stores in Westland and Inkster. There are various events in conjunction with Plymouth United Way, Salvation Army, and sister parishes. In addition, this ministry prepares and distributes food baskets for families at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Parish Office

(734) 453-0326

Christmas Giving Tree

The Giving Tree helps families and groups in need at Christmas time. We help on the average of 45-55 families in Plymouth.