Deacon John’s Stewardship Blog

Why is “The Mass” so important?

Hi, my name is Kathy Lucci. I am bulletin editor, website and Facebook manager here at St. Patrick’s. I recently heard a talk on Formed.org that focused on  the question, “Why do we need to go to Mass?” The answer  was so succinct that I made a note to myself to remember it. The speaker pointed out Jesus told his disciples at the Last Supper, recounted in Luke’s Gospel 22:19, Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.’ It is repeated by the priest at every Mass. This is how we are to worship. Where are we able to “do this in memory of me”? Answer: only at The Mass. When we go to Mass and receive Jesus in the Eucharist, we are worshipping God just as Jesus asked the night before He died.

     Stewardship of time can include setting aside periods for prayer, for the reading of Scripture, for visits to the Blessed Sacrament, and most importantly, for our attendance at Mass. If we are not able to attend Mass due to an infirmity, a commissioned Eucharistic Minister will bring the Eucharist to you. Just call the parish house.

God bless, Kathy Lucci

Being an altar server allows me to get closer to God.

 

Hello, I am Brayden Murray and I am a senior at Hubbard High School. I am a member of St. Patrick’s Church and I have been an altar server at this church since I was in the 4th grade, as well as on the 2023 senior Celebrate Team. Being an altar server has been a big part of my life, as I serve a few times a month at the 8:30 Mass. I believe being an altar server has
allowed me to be the mature man I was bound to become. I follow the Stewardship of God as He allows me to have the chance to represent myself in a positive manner for the people around me. Being an altar server has taught me to give back to my church community and it allows me to get closer to God. This teaches me confidence in His word and has inspired me to achieve more community involvement.

God bless,
Brayden Murray

I have learned to share my faith with others.

I am Ryan Murray and I am an altar server at St. Patrick’s Church. Growing up in the church has helped me grow my faith tremendously. Going to church and
being a part of the church through altar serving has helped me understand the word of God and how to live it out everyday in my life. This year I am also
serving on the 2023 high school senior Celebrate team. I have learned to share my faith with others actively to bring positivity. I have grown a lot stronger
in my faith from the beginning of my journey, but there is always more room to expand my faith.
God bless,
Ryan Murray

Give the Invitation

Most of us relate the stewardship spirituality to the joyful giving of our time, talent, and treasure back to the Lord in return for all the blessings we receive. That is most certainly true.

We also have another call to stewardship and that being to pass our Catholic faith forward. We have so many Catholics who do not attend Mass on a regular basis or not at all. Over the years I have witnessed many people who were not attending Mass come back to church. It only took a simple invitation. I look back 30 years ago, and I am still thankful to the person who brought me back to the church and to the Eucharist with a simple invitation that changed the trajectory of my life.

I would like to encourage you to take the opportunity to invite a family member or friend back to church. In today’s world we face so many challenges and what better footsteps can we walk in than the footsteps of Christ! Your invitation could change someone’s life forever.

God bless,
Deacon John