Deacon John’s Stewardship Blog

Letter of Thanks From Thomas Pesa

Dear Parish Family,

Thank you St. Patrick’s parish for nominating me to receive this scholarship. To say I am blessed to receive this aid in furthering my education is an understatement. Having such a supportive group in terms of my faith is something I have always greatly appreciated, and I will most definitely continue to do so. I try my best to be involved in St. Pats, and I am glad that I was worthy enough to have my work recognized through this scholarship. I will be attending the University of Mount Union in the fall to major in business management and play golf, and this scholarship is a huge help in the wonderful opportunity I am given.

Thank you,

Thomas Pesa


Letter of Thanks From Isabella Bancroft

Dear Parish Family,

I am so beyond blessed and thankful to have received the St. Patrick’s Youth Scholarship. As I have grown up, St. Pat’s has been such an important part of my life. Everyone in this parish are such faithful people whom I have developed very close connections to. I am so grateful for the members of this parish who have helped me throughout my life within my faith journey. Over the years, I have learned so much about my faith, my community, and how I can serve others. St. Patrick’s Parish has truly helped me become the person I am, and I am forever grateful for that. With this scholarship, I will be putting it towards my college education. I will be attending the University of Cincinnati in the fall.


Thank you again, God Bless.

Isabella Bancroft


The Concept of Stewardship in Holy Matrimony

This year we are  blessed to have so many weddings once again celebrated here at St. Patrick Church. As part of the marriage preparation, we help our engaged couples to see how the sacraments and the concepts of stewardship are lived out in our married lives. The U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship says that Christian stewards: “Receive God’s gifts gratefully, Cultivate them responsibly, Share them lovingly in justice with others, and Return them with increase to the Lord.

Stewardship to us is recognizing that all gifts in life come from God and that we are to use those gifts to serve others. This includes our faith, our marriage, our family, our relationships, our possessions. With these gifts, comes a responsibility for caring for that which we have and developing healthy spiritual attitudes of gratitude. When we live with this mindset, it helps us to see our marriage as a true blessing from which many other healthy relationships will spring.

A couple weeks ago, we were invited to the wedding of Michael and Barb Baker’s daughter, Melissa Baker’s wedding in Columbus. What really impressed us was the spirituality and faith-filled community that was present to support Melissa and Brian that day. It was clear that their love and devotion to Christ and to each other is central to their relationships. For their honeymoon, the couple went to Rome and were invited to attend the Pope’s Mass for newlyweds, where they received a blessing from Pope Francis.

May God bless all our newlyweds to grow closer together, navigate the challenges that come with the first few years of marriage, and grow more confident in their vocation to share God’s love with all those around them.

Deacon John and Karen Bartos


May you continue to walk in Christ’s footsteps in your “New Beginning.”

Today we recognize our 2024 high school graduates. I am very excited to see where their future will lead them as they open the next chapter of their lives.
This year’s class has served the church, school, and community in so many different ways. They have served the church as Celebrate Team members, lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and ushers. They have served the school as leaders in various clubs, organizations, and sports. They have served their community at our Food Pantry, service groups and even through their gift of art.

Our graduates love to serve in their own unique and wonderful way. The spirituality of stewardship is centered upon unselfish giving and this year’s class truly has embraced that spirituality. Our entire parish family is grateful for all the joy we have experienced because of the beacon of hope you have been us for the future. May you continue to walk in Christ’s footsteps in your “New Beginning.”
Deacon John