The Department of Christian Service as well as our nine member Service Commission strive to help our parish live out their baptismal call to serve one another. We welcome and encourage all members to actively participate in the mission of Christ.
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ANNUAL OUTREACH PROGRAMS
Hope Hospitality and Warming Center
A homeless shelter located on Baldwin Road in Pontiac. HOPE envisions a community where all have the opportunity to move from homelessness to safe housing, gain access to resources, and develop the skills to enhance their quality of life.
Every year in January, Christ the Redeemer hosts HOPE for one week. Each evening volunteers go and prepare a meal for the clients and assist with other client needs. All food ingredients for meals, toiletries and socks/underwear/t-shirts are donated by parishioners.
For when I was hungry, you gave me food; when I was thirsty, you gave me drink; when I was homeless, you gave me a welcome. Matthew 25:35
Habitat for Humanity
A non -profit organization that’s mission is providing decent, safe and affordable housing. Christ the Redeemer has participated in the building or renovating of homes since 1996. For details of upcoming Habitat projects and events, watch the parish bulletin or contact Karen S. in the parish office.
For there is no other base for the building but that which has been put down, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11
Christ the Redeemer “adopts” families from the community during the holidays to provide food and appropriate gifts.
How it works: Your group decides what size family you might be able to support, and decide whether you want to purchase food, or gifts, or both for this family. You then contact Karen or Lisa in the parish office and arrange to adopt that family. We will give you a wish list with sizes and needs…you shop with a light and generous heart…and return the food and/or wrapped gifts to us prior to the holiday.
Thanksgiving Adopt a Family:
- Provide a gift card to Meijer for the turkey & perishables – enough to feed your adopted family. Information on your family will be supplied.
- Provide non-perishables such as stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc.
Christmas Adopt a Family:
Nancy C. coordinates that program.
- Provide gifts and or Christmas dinner for a family. All gifts should be wrapped, labeled with family number, member’s name, and returned to the church.
- If providing a Christmas dinner; please include a Meijer gift card for perishables – enough to feed your adopted family.
- Provide additional non-perishables in cans/bags.
Easter Adopt a Family:
- Provide Easter Baskets and/or Easter dinner for a family.
- Please include a Meijer gift card for meat & perishables – enough to feed your adopted family.
- Provide additional non-perishables in cans/bags.
- Provide age appropriate Easter baskets for the families children.
Thank you for helping us “Make A Difference” during the holidays.
Lenten Soup Suppers
Lent is a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Service Commission and Social Justice Committee offer several simple Lenten meals of homemade soup and bread, throughout the Lenten Season. The meals are often accompanied by a guest speaker affiliated with a CTR outreach program. These soup suppers also provide a wonderful way to meet others in the parish around the dinner table. Plan now to walk through Lent, “sipping” soup with others in the parish!
Each year in May, Christ the Redeemer hosts the Oxford/Orion CROP Walk uniting with other area churches in a common goal of providing for those in need across the world. Funds raised support long term needs such as water and agricultural development, and short term disaster relief. Twenty percent of donations benefit Oxford/Orion FISH and Love, INC.
In the past, the six mile walk has started at Christ the Redeemer, meandered through Orion Oaks Park and ended back at Christ the Redeemer. A 1.5 mile walk is also available. Please contribute, or better yet walk with your family, friends, and a few hundred of your neighbors! Watch for details in the bulletin each spring.
St. Nicholas Project
In 2012, Fr. Joe read about a Catholic parish in Cleveland whose parishioners spent an entire day in December doing community outreach as part of their Advent preparation for Christmas – a “Parish Service Day”. After some discussion and discernment, the Parish Council and Christ the Redeemer Staff all agreed that our generous and caring community was up for the challenge! Our very first St. Nicholas Project took place on December 7, 2013. The first year, we had 400 participate and in 2017, we had over 600 volunteers. Parishioners volunteer for many projects both at church and in Detroit, Southfield, Pontiac, Oxford and Lake Orion. We return to Christ the Redeemer for 5pm Mass followed by dinner in the Bethany Room. Childcare is available from 8:30am-1pm and recommended for children under 5. Sign up for site projects begins in October.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. Peter 4:10
St. Francis Garden Project
We began this project in 2017. Parishioners were encouraged to come and learn about urban gardening and how it impacts a community. There were six urban gardens around Oakland and Genesee County. About 75 people participated in this project. Sign up for site projects begins in July.
Not Your Ordinary Food Drive
Each month in the vestibule, you will see donation tags on the Not Your Ordinary Food Drive board which ask for specific items needed for a particular organization supported by Christ the Redeemer (see below). We try to keep the number of tags to a minimum and the cost is approximately $10-15 dollars for each item. We are grateful for your generosity and these items we collect are an enormous gift to the agencies and recipients involved. Your gifts of time, talent, and monetary donations are all part of our baptismal call as children of God to share with those in greatest need.
January (Hope Hospitality and Warming Center)
- Items collected include: socks, underwear, first aid products, hats and gloves, and toiletries.
February (Love In the Name Of Christ)
- Household Ministry(Bed, Blessings and Beyond) – items collected include: linens, small appliances, towels, pillows, pots and pans and toiletries
- Clothing Ministry – items collected include: underwear and socks
March/April “Easter Basket Program” Baskets are donated to local needy children and adults. How it works:
- During Easter season, pick up a paper Easter egg tag from the display board in the vestibule. Each tag has a list of suggested items for the baskets.
- Fill a basket with grass and other gift items.
- Return the basket, wrapped in cellophane 2 weeks before Easter.
Remember, if you do take a tag, please return a basket – each basket is pre-assigned to a specific individual. Thank you!
May (Oxford Pregnancy Center)
Items include baby clothes, diapers, formula, blankets, gift cards to help purchase cribs and car seats.
June/July (Motor City Blight Busters/ Catholic Community Response Team, (CCRT))
- Supplies for the CTR Youth’s Summer Mission Project and CCRT Bike Ministry
Items include, tools, shovels, garbage bags, dust masks, safety glasses, gloves and snacks. Bike locks, with keys, are also collected for CCRT’s bike ministry.
August Catholic Community Response Team, (CCRT))
- School uniforms and supplies for families in the Pontiac school district
September (Christ Child House and Vista Maria foster care homes)
- Items collected are pajamas, stuffed animals, underwear, toiletries and blankets
October/November (Oxford/Orion FISH food pantry)
- Items include non/perishable food for a holiday meal.
December (Lighthouse of Clarkston, St. Dominic’s Outreach in Detroit, and Children’s Village) “Christmas Giving Tree”
- During the Christmas season, the Giving Trees are displayed in the vestibule. Tags hung from the tree designate gift ideas and the age of a recipient.
- Items include toys, and non- perishable food items.
- Remember, if you do take a tag, please return the gift bag – each tag is pre-assigned to a specific individual. Thank you!
Villa at Silverbell Estates – Nursing/Rehab
Fr. Joe & volunteers celebrate Mass with the residents at Villa at Silverbell Estates on the 2nd Friday of each month at 10am. Volunteers assist in the Mass, serve Eucharist to the residents and offer hospitality.
Volunteers also visit residents on Thursday and Saturday the weeks we do not have Mass. Training is provided. Contact Karen/Lisa in the parish office 248-391-1621 ext. 17 if interested.
Christ the Redeemer serves meals on Saturdays (lunch) as scheduled. Please Note: Volunteers must be 14 years of age & older. A parent must accompany teenagers who are not 16 years of age. Arrival time is 10:30 am. Meal serving & clean up usually takes about 2 ½ to 3 hours. Baldwin Soup Kitchen is located at 212 Baldwin Avenue, Pontiac.
Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC)
About Love INC
Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC) is a non-profit cooperative effort that links churches, volunteers and service agencies, with the poor and disadvantaged. People in need contact Love INC at the Clearinghouse. Clearinghouse hours are Monday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm, and the phone number is 248-693-4357.
Ministries of Love INC
Clothing Ministry – Located at St. Mary’s in the Hills Episcopal Church 2512 Joslyn Rd. – Lake Orion provides new or gently used clothing for children and adults. Referrals from the Clearinghouse are needed for this ministry. Clothing donations can be dropped off on are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am – 12 pm.
Bed, Blessings, & Beyond – Located at Christ the King Church 1550 W. Drahner Rd., Oxford. Provides household and miscellaneous goods such as dishes, cookware, small appliances, linens, bedding and towels. Referrals from the Clearinghouse are needed for this ministry. Donations can be dropped off on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am – 12 pm.
Little Luxuries – Located at Christ the King Church 1550 W. Drahner Rd., Oxford. Provides everyday necessities such as soap, colognes and perfumes, deodorants, make-up, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoos & hair care products, and shaving supplies. Referrals from the Clearinghouse are needed for this ministry. Donations can be dropped off on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am – 12 pm.
Community Free Meals Program – Love INC member churches work together to provide free dinners for those in need in our community. No referrals are necessary for this program. Christ the Redeemer prepares and serves meals monthly on the 3rd and 4th Thursdays at Christ the King Church in Oxford. Dinner is served from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The schedule for other churches is as follows:
- Mondays, Lake Orion United Methodist Church, 140 E. Flint St. , Lake Orion
- Tuesdays, Immanual Congregational Church, 1 Hovey St. , Oxford
- Wednesdays, Oxford United Methodist Church, 21 E. Burdick St. Oxford
- Thursday, at Christ the King Church, 1550 W. Drahner, Oxford
Each year the parish sponsors 3 blood drives for Michigan Blood. Please check the Parish Calendar for dates and sign-up information. Questions? Call Lisa or Karen in the Parish office at 248-391-1621 ext 17.
Warm Up America is a group of parishioners who crochet and knit afghans, prayer shawls, hats, mittens, and anything that help keep someone warm. Please stop in and check them out, they will teach you to crochet or knit! Watch the Parish calendar for their schedule.
Questions? Call Lisa or Karen in the Parish office at 248-391-1621 ext 17.
Orphan & Foster Care Committee
Foster Children and Orphans Support Committee is dedicated to serving the needs of battered, abused and neglected children. Our parish creates happy experiences and provide comforts for these children.
We provide assistance to the children living in residential facilities including Vista Maria and Christ Child House. We also assist Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiatives (MYOI) and St Francis House.
The committee as a whole meets 4 to 5 times a year, with subcommittees meeting as needed for different projects.