Deacon John’s Stewardship Blog

Christ Asks Us to Pass on His Mercy Through the Giving Our Time, Talent, & Treasure To Others.

Dear Friends,
Just a short week ago, we were in the midst of remembering Christ’s great act of love—the complete giving of his very life to redeem each of us. During the Good Friday service, each person had the opportunity to venerate the cross—to show in a meaningful way their belief in the mercy Christ expressed on that cross.

As I watched one person after another solemnly walk up to the cross, I was deeply touched by the expression of faith each individually expressed. Some touched the cross, others kissed the cross, while still others made a profound bow or genuflected. From the eldest person on a walker to the youngest child guided by their mother’s hand to reach out for the cross, each was saying, “Jesus, thank you for being merciful to me, a sinner.” Each of the people in that line at St. Patrick Church was carrying on the faith Christians have shown down through the centuries.

 On Divine Mercy Sunday, we remember that complete giving of Jesus. In thanksgiving for his mercy, Christ only asks us to pass on mercy to others through the giving of our Time, Talent, and Treasure.

 

May Jesus, our Redeemer, deepen our desire to be merciful to others as He has been and will be to each of us.

Sister Bernadine Janci, SND

How Our Journey, Embracing a Stewardship Way of Life, Leads Each One of Us To Our Happy Ending

          Most of us love a movie, a book or a play that concludes with a happy ending, especially when the characters involved have overcome a great adversity or struggle, and in the end, they find peace and joy.

Our third and fourth grade PSR students made crucifixes out of wooden clothespins. I was invited to bless the crucifixes as each child held them in their hands. It was a very moving experience for me to witness our children lift high the Cross of Jesus Christ.

The Cross is the symbol and story of our Christian faith. During Lent we followed Jesus as he journeyed to Calvary. We paused at each Station of the Cross along the way, to reflect upon his Passion and Death. The story of Calvary was one filled with pain, suffering and humiliation. But, the story ends today with the acclamations of victory and joy! “Christ is risen!  Indeed, He is risen!”

It is our journey of faith and embracing a stewardship way of life that reveals our own personal story and leads each one of us to our happy ending – the promise of eternal life with our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ. Alleluia!

Have a joyous Easter,
Deacon John Bartos  

 

Stewardship has Helped Me Grow Closer to God

Being a part of Saint Patrick’s PSR classes has been such a positive light in my life. Seeing my third and fourth grade classes grow a strong bond with God has made me grow closer in my faith as well. The simplistic love they have for God is truly inspiring. I am also very thankful for the guidance I receive through Lisa Love, Teresa Fiegert, and Kim Jenkins in helping aid their classes these past four years! Celebrate has also been a major influence in my faith journey. I have loved being able to grow closer to my peers and church community through this ministry!

God bless,

Lena Dunkerley

 

 Thank you to Lena for being such a great young role model in the life of our parish. Lena has also participated in mission trips to Catholic Heart Workcamp with us and is an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. We are so thankful for all the many ways Lena has embraced the Catholic faith and a stewardship way of life. Our young people truly are a blessing to all of us!

Deacon John Bartos

 

The people of St. Pat’s were bent, but never broken.


It has been one year since the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year we have faced many challenges and hardships including the separation from our church and families. Many of our young people have also suffered due to no in-person schooling, sports activities cancelled, and the feeling of anxiety caused by a clouded future. The new year brought us a renewed feeling of hope only to bear the pain of the church fire.

Through all these challenges and setbacks, we the people of St. Patrick Parish were bent but never broken. We remain a vibrant parish, a people who have remained united in Christ. Under Fr. Mike’s leadership we just refused to stop answering God’s call to feed the hungry, minister to the sick and dying, catechize our adults and children, and most importantly, celebrate holy Mass.

To the people of St. Patrick, stewardship is much more than a word in the dictionary or an idea. It is the way we have chosen to live our lives in the service of God. We will continue to find hope in these words of Jesus, “With God all things are possible.”  (Mt 19:26).

May we continue to stand united, as one in Christ and look forward to the joyous day when the doors to our beautiful St. Patrick Church are open once again. What an amazing day that will be!

Love, Deacon John