Deacon John’s Stewardship Blog

I am grateful, everyday, for the strong faith-filled foundation I was given, at St. Patrick School and Church.

Growing up in a family with a military father and a mother that is a nurse, respect and kindness were inborn. Giving of my time, talent and treasure, has continually strengthened my relationship with God and my family.

I have been a member of St. Patrick Church since the day I arrived into this world. My Catholic education began at Villa Maria Teresa preschool, then St. Patrick School, Hubbard. This education continued to reinforce the concepts of kindness and giving, from a very young age.

My grandmother, who fostered children, had the philosophy of: “keep children occupied, keep them on a positive path.” My sisters and I were involved in Dance, Sports, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Band, Choir, and Community Service, with our Catholic faith at the foundation of all of it. We volunteered at food drives, collected coats, made blankets for nursing homes, and worked at St. Vincent DePaul Society. I really enjoyed working at our Church Festivals and Fish Fry Dinners during Lent. We loved to shop for gifts for “The Gift Giving Trees” at Christmas and Easter and sing Christmas Carols at the Senior Citizen Home in Hubbard.

Currently, as a High School Senior, I was voted class Treasurer, and I am the President of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). This position allows me to encourage other students to be kind and respectful, as my faith and family have taught me. We put a strong emphasis on anti-bullying, and try to intervene anytime we witness bullying behaviors. I obtained a Certification as an Eucharistic Minister, and enjoy participating in Mass. I will graduate from Trumbull Career and Technical Center (TCTC), as a Dental Assistant. I plan to continue my education, and become a Dental Hygienist.

My strong faith in God and family support, continues to give me the strength and encouragement to pursue these goals. I am grateful, everyday, for the strong faith-filled foundation I was given, at St. Patrick School and Church.

God’s Blessings to you all,

Mary Lyons

 

How Stewardship Has Impacted My Life

Stewardship in my life means taking care of the people closest to me and reaching out to others to care for them as well. Caring for the people close to me is a big part of my life. My family is my rock and caring for them means stopping over my grandparent’s house to say hello, making that extra phone call to catch up with my sister or even asking my parents about their day.

Stewardship within my community entails volunteering at the Community Kitchen, school events, and promoting kindness. My goal has been to impact children’s lives in a positive way. The difference I have made in the community started with visiting Hubbard Elementary School classrooms and reading anti-bullying books. I would have the kids participate in a discussion about anti-bullying and do a related hands-on project with them.

Stewardship in my parish has been assistant teaching kids on Sundays, volunteering at the church festival, fish fries, and even altar serving when I was younger. Being a steward doesn’t always have to be a big act, it can be as small as smiling at a stranger passing by, living life with love, care and respect for others in this world.

Lillian Kish

 

We know that our faith is strengthened by those around us…

We have been members of St. Pat’s parish for 48 years.  When we started our own family, we enrolled our daughters in St. Patrick’s school, and became involved in school activities and functions that supported the parish.  We enjoyed a family-like bond with the teachers, students and other families as we shared the same values in our Catholic faith.  As our family life evolved, more of our time and energy was needed by our own aging parents and our young grandchildren in central Pennsylvania and New Jersey. While we were not as actively engaged in the day to day happenings in our church during that time, we attended weekly Mass and maintained our family connection at St. Pat’s.

Recently, a simple request to be a greeter at weekly Mass helped spark a reconnection to our church community. We were quickly reminded of the wonderful gift of fellowship and kindness that is our parish!  Our involvement has  grown to helping at activities such as our parish festival, cemetery grounds beautification work, Lenten fish fry, and ministry.  Our common bond has helped us to create friendships that we treasure.  We know that our faith is strengthened by those around us and that together we can have hope in building our community and our church.  May God continue to bless St. Patrick’s Parish.
John and Mary Ann Augustyn

Stewardship of Family

This week I would like to discuss the concept of stewardship of family.  As I researched this article, I came across St. Patrick Church in Largo, Florida. It outlines the seven signs of family stewardship:

  1. Time Together
  2. Family Prayer
  3. Respect
  4. Worship Together
  5. Supporting One Another
  6. Share Responsibilities
  7. Service To Others

This week I would like to write about two of these signs: Time together and Supporting One Another. The first sign, Time Together, means just that—spending time together with no distractions, no cell phones, no TV, and no internet. This is a great way to have a great family discussion without any distractions. Time together can also be accomplished by volunteering at church or in the community.  Families helping other families. What a wonderful way to share your family’s kindness. The second sign – Supporting One Another – can easily be accomplished by sharing household responsibilities. Shared responsibilities mean that no job is restricted to parents or children. In order for a family to operate it needs teamwork. This means everyone pitches in, using their unique talents to help better the family.

Please take some time thinking and discussing this with your family, for we only have one life to share with each other.

God bless,
Deacon John