Deacon John’s Stewardship Blog

We serve God through serving others who cross our path

I am Maryann Wellman and I have been asked to share on stewardship at St. Patrick’s Church. I’ve been a member of St Patrick’s church since 1989. I have four children, eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren who have touched my life in so many ways. I am so richly blessed. But I do not like to brag because my strength, peace, freedom, joy comes from being of service to God, Jesus and the Spirit.

At the time I was searching for a God of my understanding. I was in recovery, recently ended a marriage and living in Masury, OH. I knew Fr Tim who became my spiritual advocate at a time in my life when things were upside down. (I am not good on dates so please excuse me.) I was somewhat active in the parish but was not totally committed. In 1992 through to 2001 I moved and married again and was living up in Cambridge Springs, PA. I never broke my ties with St Pat’s and Fr Tim during that time. In 1999 and 2000 I did renewal with my daughter at St Christine’s. It changed my life and I knew things were not physically, mentally, and spiritually good in my marriage at the time. In 2001 I moved back to Hubbard Ohio and another divorce was in the works which happened in 2004. I had been in the depth of hell on earth. I knew my Higher Power would guide me if I just would let him lead me to a new life and new freedom. I am active in the parish (divorce recovery, bible study, Eucharistic minister, lector, greeter, festival, but most of all I went on renewal at St Patrick’s Parish in 2006 and 2007. I finally became a part of a family of God at St Pat’s. I am so richly blessed and I thank all the St Patrick’s women & men who touch my life every day. They showed me how to be a good steward for God and others. Stewardship for me is that I have a new employer (GOD, Jesus & Spirit). He sends me into this world to serve & share love, peace, freedom, and strength. The Parish of St Patrick’s, Fr Tim, Fr Mike, Deacon Bob, Deacon John, Deacon Mike, and all the women and men of the parish who have shared their journey which has helped me continue to share mine with all who I encounter on my pathway through life.
I was also a caregiver and in a spiritual relationship which ended January 1, 2018 due to health reasons. This was the most difficult time but we walked through it, me with my God together.

My son and I still live in Niles, OH, but I have never changed parishes because I love my family at St Patrick’s in Hubbard, OH.
In closing I will share a little message as I walk this spiritual journey of life with you all. As we listen to one
another’s anxieties and problems, we understand that it’s not what’s happening to us….it is how we cope with it,
survive it, and don’t give up and destroy ourselves ….dashed career hopes, unrequited love, crippling disease, poverty,
approaching death. Together we face it, equipped only with the vast, previously undiscovered resources of a Spiritual Power within us.
We walk this journey together Happy, Joyous and Free as we serve God through serving others who cross our path.
Love & Gratitude,
Maryann Wellman

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Stewardship. Eleven letters that make such a difference, in my life and, hopefully, the lives of many. I am Joyce Tringhese and have been a member of this parish since 1979. My husband, Walter, and I joined when my oldest son was starting kindergarten and since that time, we have seen 5 children graduate from St. Patrick’s School. I remember a sister from the Oblate’s School telling me that there is no more important time that you can spend with your children than the time when they are not with you, so I became very involved in the school and for 23 years I did what I could. But I also feel that there is no more important time you can spend with your parishioners than the time when things need done, planning takes place and things are accomplished.

When most people hear the word ‘stewardship’ the first thought is contributions and that word is usually associated with some sort of monetary issue and that is important. But it is so much bigger than that to me. It is time and equally talent. Where can I help? What needs to be done? Can I make a difference? Do I have a suggestion? I won’t list the things I have participated in over the last four decades, but I would only encourage everyone to become a part of something. I have found that spending time with people that have a common interest and goal—the continued growth and support of this parish—not only makes me a more complete Christian but may be just what is needed. I hope to always be able to DO, to GIVE, to ENJOY, to WELCOME, to ENCOURAGE. My experiences here at St. Pat’s have allowed me to become a more faith-filled person and brought me closer to others with whom I have shared things.

We are Family and Family belongs together. My prayers are that God Blesses each of you and your families.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.               —Ephesians 2:10

Joyce and Walter Tringhese

 

Catholic Heart Work Camp Team Prayerfully Requesting Your Help

           On June 10th– 16th six of our parish high school students and four adult leaders will be off to Catholic Heart Workcamp in Philadelphia, PA.  The mission of this trip is to share the love of Jesus Christ as we serve the neglected, broken-hearted and the marginalized in any way needed. This mission is to inspire all of us to live a life as disciples of Christ through serving others as a way of life, and to foster the Catholic faith of each participant through the sacraments, prayer and involvement in social service.

Our transportation to and from Philadelphia is the responsibility of the participants. We are in need of two vans at a cost of $1,100.  Our Catholic Heart Workcamp team is prayerfully requesting your help.  If you feel called to help us with the cost of our transportation, please place your donation in an envelope with “Campership Sponsor” on the envelope, along with your name and address and place in the collection basket.  Thank you for your continual support for the youth of St. Patrick Parish!

Deacon John Bartos

 

“Let the children come to me…”

Hello! My name is Becky Prelee. I was married to the late Joe Prelee. We have five children between us. We were married January 29, 1994 in St. Patrick Church and Fr. Tim O’Neill blessed our marriage on May 31, 2008.   We have been members of St. Patrick Church since 2005. In 2008 Joe and I were invited to Men’s and Women’s Renewal by my son Chris Conway and daughter-in-law, Jen. What a weekend!  After Renewal, I became more involved by volunteering, donating items for different events, working the festivals, the fish fries and joining Altar and Rosary as well. Due to Joe’s health he did what he could until he passed away in 2010. In 2015-2016 I decided to get involved in our CCD program by teaching 6th grade. 2016-2017 I taught 4th grade and I was blessed this year to teach 2nd grade along with my daughter, Randi Volk and Linda Taylor. I was blessed by these children by preparing and sharing their journey of faith, teaching them prayers and the meaning of receiving the Body and Blood of Christ. Preparing them for Reconciliation and their First Holy Communion has made me want to serve our God in any way I can. This was an overwhelming feeling watching them continue their faith journey.

In class we filled 25 Christmas stockings for the residents at Liberty Health Care Assisted Living, made Christmas cards for the nursing homes, and the children made a baking basket for the Altar and Rosary Card Party.

Stewardship to me is giving my time and talents to our parish in any way I can. My mother always taught us that it’s better to give than receive and that you will be blessed many times more. I have been blessed in so many ways and I’m thankful. I have seven grandchildren in which Kyren who will be 9 in July and Kadance will be 8 in December. They too, attend our CCD program and I love watching them grow in their faith too. As the year ended, we reminded the children to continue to pray, attend Mass to be followers of Jesus and that they can be involved in parish life too.

~ Luke 18:16 “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

God bless you.