Deacon John’s Stewardship Blog

Scholarship Thank You

Dear Parish Family,

I just wanted to thank Father Mike, the scholarship committee, and the entire St. Patrick’s Parish community for the generous scholarship awarded to me. The money will be put to good use as I continue my academic and athletic careers at the University of Cincinnati. I will always remember who I am and what I represent while thanking God each day for the many blessings in my life.



Courtney Clark


Making A Difference

Over 18 years ago, Jennifer Gasser approached Fr. Tim and me with a vision to start a scholarship for our high school seniors. Thank God that for the last 18 years this vision has become a reality. Our St. Patrick Youth scholarship program has awarded 72 recipients totaling $95,500 as to date.

Over the years these scholarship recipients have brought great honor to our parish as they journeyed through their lives. They have become air force pilots serving their country. They have entered the medical field serving in many capacities or have become outstanding businessmen and women. Many have started families raising their children in our Catholic traditions. What a wonderful testament to the great young people we have within our parish.

This scholarship has had its longevity thanks to you through your generosity. You have made a difference in these young peoples’ lives. On behalf of our board, I would like to convey our heart-felt thanks.

Deacon John Bartos, Co-Director                                                                                                                   
Jennifer Gasser, Co-Director

We are accountable to God for everything.

Sisters and Brothers,
This week’s Stewardship blog is brought to you by Michael & Barbara Baker. We have 3 daughters, raised from Baptism through high school Celebrate ministry here at St. Patrick. We have 1 granddaughter and another one expected this fall. We will be celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary this November. In writing this article, The task became one of research and self reflection. Kind of a nice stop and think time.

Stewardship is defined as the careful & responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. We are accountable to God for everything God has given us, our talents, interests, skills, family.
1 Corinthians 3:9 for we are God’s fellow workers, you are God’s field, God’s building.

Our responsibility now is to manage these gifts for the glory of God and the betterment of all His creation.
1 Peter 4:10 as each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as a good steward of God’s varied grace.
Father Tim O’Neil ~ unselfish giving.

Blessings for good week.

Michael & Barbara Baker

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Actions speak louder than words. By following Christ’s lead, this simple statement can make such a positive impact on our neighbors and it is the foundation of living a life of stewardship. Everyday, we have numerous opportunities to bring God’s love and fellowship to others through simple acts of kindness. It doesn’t matter how old or young we are or what our abilities are; each one of us is called not only to be Jesus to others, but to see Jesus in others as well.
On April 24th, members of Shine joined residents of Elmwood Assisted Living to play Spring Bingo. All in attendance had a great time and many residents commented that they were “so happy the kids were there.” Everyone’s smiles filled the room with joy. These children are shining examples of Christ’s love and they are truly a blessing to all of us.
The beautiful words of St. Teresa of Avila send a resounding message of living a life of stewardship.

“Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which He looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good,
Yours are the hands with which He blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are His body…”
May Christ’s actions through us speak louder than words.

Grace and blessings~
Lisa Love