Deacon John’s Stewardship Blog

Listening to God’s Guidance

          Hi, my name is Kirk Wells. I have always tried to be a good steward. God was always guiding me in my life I wanted to grow closer to God, so I made Men’s Renewal. It strengthened my faith. God was speaking to me through all I was doing with my church family and guiding me to start a new journey by taking the steps to become a deacon, so last year I started my formation with God’s guidance. What an amazing first year it has been as I continue on this journey. I am asking all of you, my church family, to keep me in your prayers as I will keep all of you in my prayers.

 

Ephesians 4: 1-6

I then a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in the manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body one Spirit, as you were also called to be the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

God bless to all,

Kirk Wells

 

What Will Our Parish Be Like 50 Years From Now?

What a wonderful thing it would be to have a crystal ball that we could foresee the future. I often think about what our parish will be like 50 years from now! What will it look like? What will the next generation of parishioners be doing to carry on our Catholic faith? Although, I do not have a crystal ball, I did receive many answers to this question about our church’s future at Confirmation rehearsal on Monday evening.

I truly believe that our future looks bright and full of promise. The young people of this year’s Confirmation class are an outstanding group. They have faced many unforeseen obstacles this year and still have kept the faith and enthusiasm.

We have a great responsibility as stewards of Christ’s Church to do everything we can to encourage young people to stay engaged in the life of their parish. May we be the first to recognize their accomplishments and be the first to help them in their time of need. We are so blessed to have such great young men, women and families who love Jesus and their parish.

Love,

Deacon John

 

“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

 

“I don’t know.”

Over the past several months, one of the most frequent answers that I have received as I asked a question in a casual conversation was, “I don’t know.”  Here are a few examples, “When do you think you will get back to work?”… “I don’t know.” “Is your daughter’s wedding day still the same?”… “I don’t know.”  “Do you think the Indians will play this season?”… “I don’t know.” When do you think things will get back to normal?”… “I don’t know.” The I don’t knows have placed anxiety, stress and even fear in the hearts of so many people.

I believe in the midst of all the “I don’t knows”, we can find peace and stability in the one thing we know absolutely 100% for sure. We know that God’s love for us is unconditional. We know that God’s bountiful mercy is beyond our comprehension. We know that all things are possible with God and we know that God offers eternal life to each of us.

May we continue to thank God for all the gifts that he has given to us and respond to these gifts by giving our time, talent and treasure back to Him.

God bless,
Deacon John