We have survived SOS! It was a lot of work, and I am sure many of us are tired, but I hope it is a good tired. Again, thanks so much for all who worked so hard and contributed so generously. Remember: what we do for the least, we do for Jesus.
Transfiguration Parish is very committed to Christian Service! And in many ways, we are just getting started. On October 20, we will be joining other parishes throughout the Archdiocese in a “Mercy in Action” Day. There will be opportunities to be involved in several activities: Prayer, Witness at Northland Family Planning, donating coats or other items to those in needs. You can bring small household items that St. Vincent de Paul will find a good home for. You will find a container in our parking lot.
This year through October and November, we will be joining “Lift Up Southfield” churches and synagogues in collecting new and gently used winter coats. You can bring them to church, and we will see that they get to the right place. This interfaith project is called “Congregations for Coats.”
Of course, our own Franciscan Outreach Program will be providing special Thanksgiving and Christmas food packages and gifts for the needy. We will have our annual Christmas Giving Tree which enable us to provide gifts for people in nursing homes.
You are a very generous faith community; generosity inspires and calls forth more generosity. Thank you for your giving spirit. It is clear that you appreciate the insight of the Peace Prayer of St. Francis that it is in “giving that we receive.” When we do get to Christmas, we will be able to receive the one whom the Father sends to show us His generosity and love!