Deacon John’s Stewardship Blog

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What does a life of stewardship mean to our family?

“This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12

We are Bill and Debbie Bancroft, and with our four daughters would like to share with you what stewardship here at St. Patrick Church means to our family. God has richly blessed us in many ways; thus we have made stewardship a core to our family’s values, faith, and everyday living. Through being involved in various parish ministries and trying to help and assist in any way that we are able; it is apparent to us, that it is in giving that we have received the gifts of love, friendship, hope, generosity and peace.

To put it very simply, stewardship has made us closer as a family, in our marriage and closer to God. According to Pope Francis, it is “in the family we learn how to love, to forgive, to be generous and open, not closed and selfish. We learn to move beyond our own needs, to encounter others and share our lives with them.” 

We were blessed to have attended the Christ Renews His Parish/ Welcome weekends here at our parish, and our daughters have attended the Junior- Senior Celebrate weekends. These weekends were a turning point in our faith and our participation in parish life, beginning a beautiful, ongoing journey led by the Holy Spirit.

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta has said about service to others:

“ The fruit of silence is prayer,
The fruit of prayer is faith,
The fruit of faith is love,
The fruit of love is service,
The fruit of service is peace.” 

God bless you and our St. Patrick Church family, 

The Bancroft family- Bill, Debbie, Elizabeth, Alexandra, Victoria and Isabella

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Living a Life of Stewardship

–Editor’s note. Several parishioners have generously responded to Deacon John’s request to give testimonials about living a life of stewardship.

Hello, we are Paul and Darlene Ambrosia. We would like to tell you what living a life of stewardship at St. Patrick Parish has meant to us. We are both only children. We were married at age 50, never married before, and do not have any children. Our family is St. Patrick Church. We give of our time and talent in many ways. We are involved in many ministries and help where we are needed. It is our home and we do what we can to take care of it and our church family. We also give of our treasure, we pay God first. God has blessed us with time, talent and treasure and we lovingly give it back any way we can. Paul has been on a journey with liver cancer since March 2013 and because God is with us and with all the support, love, and prayers of our St. Pat’s family we are able to go through it with a feeling of and knowing it will be okay. So to us stewardship is a 2-way street. We give of our time, talent and treasure, but we get back so much more than we could ever give. Our marriage and our faith get stronger every day. LET GO AND LET GOD. Thank you God Our Loving Father and our St. Patrick Family. We love you. God bless all of you.

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Stewardship-A Way of Life

All of the teachings of stewardship come directly from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the letters of the new Testament. Stewardship is not a fad, or an environmental word. Stewardship is the way God expected his people to live since the beginning of time. Stewardship is transformative. Once we embrace the stewardship message it changes the way we look at every decision we make. Stewardship becomes a total way of life. The giving of our time, talent and treasure is truly a love response to God.

God bless
Deacon John