Deacon John’s Stewardship Blog

How does my outlook on Jesus as King relate to my actions in terms of stewardship?

 


Today the church celebrates the Feast of Christ the King, a feast that concludes the church year. Just as we close out a natural year on December 31st and begin a new year on January 1st, we have a church year which concludes with the feast of Christ the King, today, and begins again with the First Sunday of Advent, next Sunday.

What words do I use to describe JESUS, the KING? Is he our ruler…our Savior…my judge…my healer…our God of everlasting Love and Mercy? How does my outlook on Jesus as King relate to my actions in terms of stewardship?

When He walked on earth, Jesus was a loving, servant king, not a ruler who needed to exercise his power to prove He was the one at the top. Jesus fed the hungry and gave drink to the thirsty. He did not demand that the people provide for his needs or store up treasures to ensure his well-being. Jesus asks us to adopt His interpretation of stewardship.

Stewardship is putting aside the fulfillment of my own needs to become a loving servant to whomever Jesus brings into my life, whether it is the friendly neighbor next door or the one I wish would move away.

May Jesus be our true King;

May each of us be His loving servant.

God bless,

Sr. Bernadine Janci, SND

 

What Awakened Your Faith?

It is so inspiring to me to see so many of our parishioners attending Mass once again. The pews continue to become fuller with each passing week. It is also wonderful to see our young children processing to the Church Hall as they participate in Children’s Liturgy of the Word. The Parish School of Religion is also doing an excellent job in their ministry. The in-person and on-line classes are going very well. The staff of our Parish School of Religion is a true blessing to the children and our parish. In the midst of uncertainty, we continue to be inspired and find a solid footing as we walk in the footsteps of Christ.

We can learn so much from our young people of our parish. At our last Celebrate meeting, the question was raised to the senior high school participants, “What awakened your faith?” The answer was unanimous. It was not a “what” but a “who” that awakened their faith. Their responses included a friend, family member, or an adult Celebrate leader. The very important lesson that we learned is that God has given us the ability to awaken someone else’s faith. May we continue to invite people to church or back to church as we continue to make disciples of all men and women.

God bless,
Deacon John

 

“With God, anything is possible and without hope, we have nothing.”

I was blessed to have two wonderful parents. My dad was a hard worker, a great athlete, and my role model. He was quick-witted and was a kind and gentle man. My mother was the matriarch of our family. She was an excellent cook and baker and a person that I could discuss anything with. I quite often got teased about being a mama’s boy and that I was. Until this day, I am proud of that. I often say that the closest you can get to the love of God is that of a mother’s love.

In 1982 my mother was diagnosed with very serious breast cancer and the prognosis was not very promising. My mother was not negative in any way with her prognosis. She often said, “With God, anything is possible and without hope, we have nothing.” My mother lived for twenty more years to enjoy each day of her life with hope for the future.

I believe that part of being a good steward is to be hopeful for our future and to believe that with God all things are possible. On November 15, 16, 17, 18 Vince Ambrosetti will host a mission at our church entitled, “Future Full of Hope.”  I encourage you to attend. Vince is absolutely, amazing! No matter what we experience throughout our lives, there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel and that light is Jesus Christ and the new hope he brings to each of us.

 

God bless you,
John Bartos, Jr.

 

Just like as in days of old, St. Pat’s is our home where we experience a loving God, friends that last a lifetime and the opportunity to serve the people of God.

Thank you to all our loyal parishioners that generously gave their time, talent, and treasure in their support of the Harvest Rib-Fest. The weather was cold and rainy, but no one complained. We had an absolutely great time! Through our efforts we have taken another step forward in funding the improvements we are making to our church campus. The automatic door openers are completed, and the roof repairs will begin soon on the parish center.

They say you can not turn back the hands of time, but in some sense, we are doing just that at our parish. I was speaking to one of our parishioners that was working the rib-fest and he expressed to me the love he has for the parish. He reminisced with me about how the parish that he grew up in was everything to his family. It was their second home and the center of their lives.

At the turn of the century thousands of Catholic immigrants came to make a new life in the United States. The parish they joined was the center of their spiritual, family, and social life. My grandparents were one of those families. I have spoken with so many of our parishioners who share this same sentiment.

Our beautiful St. Patrick Parish is so much more than bricks, mortar, and stained-glass windows. It is our home where we experience a loving God, friends that last a lifetime and the opportunity to serve the people of God. Thank God that in this time of history he gave us our beautiful St. Patrick Church.

Love,
Deacon John