Wed. Communion Service 9am
Thu. Evening Mass at 7pm
Weekend: Sat 5pm; Sun. 9am & 11am
Reconciliations: Sat 4pm
Holy Days: 9am & 7pm
Our Parish Family
Annual Parish Picnic: June 4th after 11am Mass- Parish Grounds
Family Fun * Picnic Food * Bounce House * Games
Vacation Bible School
Monday, Aug. 21- Thursday, Aug. 24 (9:30 am- 12:30 pm)
Theme: "The Lives of the Saints"
Confirmation with Bishop Cepeda- May 4th 2017
SOS in just 2 weeks!
S O U T H O A K L A N D S H E L T E R (S.O.S.)
Have you made a commitment to help out with S.O.S. yet?
Just TWO WEEKS until our homeless guests from S.O.S. arrive on Sunday, May 21. I thank all of those who have already responded and have committed to put their faith into action in a specific way. I love how our S.O.S. host week unites our parish around a common goal of caring for those who will call St. Owen “home” for a week! What are the gifts, talents, skills, abilities that God has given to you that you can share? We’ll all trying to become holy. We have a perfect opportunity right here on our doorstep to “shelter the homeless” as we house 35 homeless guests in the Parish Center for the entire week!
At this point, only about half of the positions have been filled. Please check the big board in church or read below to see where you can help out so that we have a successful week. There is room for YOU!
What’s left? The most critical areas that still need help are:
Drivers: We need 20 drivers per day and have 68 more openings on every day, both morning and evening. Because it leads into the Memorial weekend holiday, Friday 5/26-Sun. 5/28 has very few drivers signed up so far. Both Sundays we need extra drivers because we are transporting both people and all their belongings. For morning drives, you transport 2-4 guests in your own car one way to or from the 12 Mile & Southfield Rd. area or to our guest’s job or school locations; many will still go to the 12 Mile/ Southfield Rd. location. The evening times are between 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. The morning times vary between ~ 5:00 and 8:00 a.m. This can be a one-time or multi-time opportunity. This is not just an opportunity for men. Women can also drive. It is safe…guests are screened, breathalyzed every evening and drug tested randomly. I have driven our guests and I always learn so much by just talking to them about their day. Can you spare 30-60 minutes to help out?
Night supervision: *Critical Need*: We need 2 people per shift (8pm-12)(midnight -7am) to oversee things and provide wake-up calls in the a.m. Even if you have never done it before, give it a try. You’ll be given an orientation to your night time duties.
For the overnight midnight to 7 a.m. shift, we need 10 more overnight supervisors. Sun. evening 5/21, Tue. 5/23, Wed. 5/24, Th. 5/25, Fri. 5/26, & Sat. evening 5/27 still have openings. You may have time to get caught up on that reading you have been meaning to get to. Bring your lap top and get some work done. It involves supervising, a few wake up calls and plugging in the morning coffee pot.
For the evening 8-12 shift, we have openings on Sun. 5/21, and Sat. 5/27. It’s usually very quiet and allows you to walk the halls occasionally and have a chance to socialize with other volunteers or interact with guests.
- Breakfast: Can you sponsor a hot breakfast on Sat. 5/27 or Sun. 5/28? Can you donate breakfast items (fruit, muffins, pastries, donuts, bagels, yogurt, eggs, bacon, etc.) & drop off?
- Lunch: Lunch supervisors needed every day from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Need donations of individually bagged cookies, chips, fruit, water & drinks, small candies, etc.
- Evening snack donations: Can you donate a bottle or two of 2L pop, single serving chips, popcorn, or other snack packages, rice krispie treats, cookies, cupcakes, fruit, etc.? Our guests LOVE their evening snacks. Homemade cookies and cupcakes are always a big hit.
- Set-up Sun. 5/21: 1:00-3:00 p.m. We will be unloading mattresses and bedding from trucks, setting up bedrooms and putting linens on beds, putting up signs. This is perfect for young adults, for families to work together or teens that need service hours (service verification letters available). Many hands make light work.
- Clean-up Sun. 5/28: 8:30-11:00 a.m. We will be stripping bedding, stacking mattresses, and generally sanitizing and cleaning up. Could you lend an hour to help?
- BINGO prizes: We have received many “items” for prizes. Thank you to all those who have generously donated adult & children prizes for our BINGO game. Our guests will appreciate these items.
- BINGO helpers Wed. 5/24, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: Helpers are needed to check winning bingo boards and to supervise the prize table.
- Evening Activities: Resume preparation, play music, provide BP checks, baseball games, shoot hoops, card games, etc. Do you have any talents you want to share with our guests?
- Loan Games/ Magazines/ Daily Newspapers: If you have family-friendly recent DVD’s that you could lend our guests for the week, please label with your name & contact info and drop off to the church vestibule or Parish Center labeled “For SOS.” We are also looking for board games or bats/ balls that could be loaned for the week as well as donations of recent magazines, daily newspapers that could be dropped off, etc.
Please contact me if you can fill any of these needs OR sign on the big board in the church vestibule.THANK YOU to the many who have already committed to help out.
ALL S.O.S. VOLUNTEERS: Please remember to fill out the “Volunteer Hours Sign-In Sheet” located on the table in the Parish Center when you come to help out, no matter what role you have signed up for. The completion of the form is beneficial to S.O.S. in determining grants and other funding. S.O.S. is required to match funding they receive from state grants with the volunteer hours (dollars). Your volunteer hours help them to secure more funding so please help them count ALL of your time by filling out the form. There is also a Volunteer Standards of Conduct Consent form which you should read completely and agree to the terms set forth. THANK YOU!
Karen Heuer (248) 626-2320