What Stewardship Means To Me…

Over the past several years we had so many of our parishioners write about what “stewardship” means to them and their families. We have heard from the teenagers in our parish as well as several people who have been parishioners for seventy plus years. Their reflection on stewardship was heartfelt and had a profound effect on so many people’s lives.

I would like to invite anyone who feels the call to share what “stewardship” means to them to feel free to do so by writing a 100-150 word reflection. You can talk to me after Mass or leave a message at the church office (330)534-1928 and I will return your call.

Our parish still has many challenges to face in the future and at the forefront of the rebuilding of our church. I believe that we are #StPatrickStrong and will continue to support our parish by continuing to give Jesus and Mother Church our time, talent and treasure with a joyful heart.

God bless,
Deacon John

 

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

 

“Be Content”

Dear Friends,

In the very first conference of a retreat I made last week, the director challenged us to consider a question the disciples put before Jesus. “Rabbi, where do you live?” (John 1:38) As the director unpacked the meaning of this question, it became obvious that the disciples were not looking for an address. Rather they were pondering something much deeper, namely, “Jesus, what lives in you that makes you so different? What makes you, You?” Perhaps this poem can provide a few thoughts.

 

 

Be Content

Fame or integrity: which is more important?

Money or happiness: which is more valuable?

Success or failure; which is more destructive?

 

If you look to others for fulfillment,

You will never truly be fulfilled,

If your happiness depends on money,

You will never be happy with yourself.

 

Be content with what you have.

Rejoice in the way things are.

When you realize there is nothing lacking,

The whole world belongs to you.

—Tao Te Ching 44

 

May living as a good steward bring you contentment.

Love and Prayers,

Sister Bernadine Janci, SND

 

We are all called to be the hands and feet of Christ here on earth.

         My name is Bob Friedman. Most of you know me as “Deacon Bob”. I have been a member of St. Patrick Church for the past 46 years, ever since I married my wife, the former Sandy Wright, here at St. Pat’s on May 12, 1973.

My concept of “Church” and stewardship has always been to try and see Christ in everyone I meet, and hopefully allow them to see Christ in me.

The early years of our marriage revolved around the raising of our two daughters, their religious upbringing and their involvement with attending St. Patrick School. In the mid-1980’s I attended a “Christ Renews His Parish” here at St. Pat’s, which helped me expand my horizons of Stewardship beyond my immediate family.

Shortly after that weekend I looked into the process of becoming a permanent deacon. After much prayer, and discernment and 4 years of formation and study, I was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Youngstown, on December 9, 1989.

A song the choir sang at my ordination was “The Prayer of St. Teresa,” whose words say: “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet but yours…”. Over the past almost 30 years as your deacon here at St. Pat’s, I have strived to offer myself in service to others, in the name of Christ—whether that be in carrying groceries to the car for someone at our food pantry, helping someone with their tray of food at our Lenten Soup Suppers, Baptizing a baby, praying with a family at the cemetery, or anywhere I encounter a member of the Body of Christ.

My friends, this is something we are all called to do—to be the hands and feet of Christ here on earth; to reach out in His name to everyone we meet.

May our loving God give each of us the strength and the grace to carry on His mission here on earth.

Love and prayers,

Deacon Bob