Deacon John’s Stewardship Blog

“Lord, it is good to be here.”

On the Sunday evening after the festival, I could not stop thinking about Fr. Mike’s homily on that weekend and the words of St. Peter in Matthew 17:4, “Lord, it is good to be here.” These words of Peter reverberated in my mind because they truly echo my feelings about our wonderful St. Patrick Parish.

I have replayed our parish festival over and over in my thoughts and remember the little moments that I will never forget…the hugs, the laughter, and the commitment to hard work that  so many people of our parish make before, during, and after the festival in so many ways.

Every Sunday we experience Jesus in Word and Sacrament, and we are transformed into the Mystical Body of Christ. We do have something wonderful and beautiful that can only be found in the love we share with one another and our love for Jesus Christ.

“Lord, it is good to be here!”

Deacon John


Festival Week Is Here!

It is hard to believe but “festival week is here!” Before we know it the festival grounds will be filled with food, fun, and entertainment. It truly is a wonderful time for our parish family. It still amazes me when I think about all our great stewards whose generosity makes our festival possible.

I would like to extend an invitation to all our parishioners to try to attend this year’s festival. Your attendance is a big part of our festival’s success. Fr. Mike has also mentioned if you are unable to work at the festival there are still many ways to help. Baked goods are always needed. You can drop them off at the parish house until 4 PM or at the parish center before the festival. Therese Wells can always use more items for our basket auction and of course, your prayers for good weather are needed.

Thanks to everyone in our wonderful St. Patrick Family! Hope to see you at this year’s festival.

God Bless,
Deacon John



This week I have been reflecting upon the good people of our parish who generously give of their time back to Jesus in so many ways. It amazes me when I think about the hundreds of people, from the youngest to the eldest who have said “yes” to Christ’s calling to serve His Church through the unselfish giving of their time.

Over the past year Deacon Michael and Sr. Bernadine compiled a parish ministry booklet that lists our parish ministries. As always, they have done a beautiful job. Our parish ministry booklet is available to everyone. Just stop by the church office if you would like a copy.

One of the greatest blessings we receive when we give our time back to Jesus is the friendships that we make. Friendships that are made through a mutual love for our Lord. These friendships truly last a lifetime. Take a few moments this week to thank God for the very special grace of the friendships you have made over the years at St. Patrick Church.

Each must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  ~ 2 Corinthians 9:7.

Deacon John