When Deacon John asked me to write a letter for his stewardship column, I wasn’t sure what to write. To me, stewardship is the use of our time, talent, and treasure to serve God and our world.
Our family is involved in many of the ministries at St. Patrick Parish. My husband and I are Eucharistic ministers. My granddaughter and I are both lectors. Our oldest granddaughter sings with the choir when home from college. We have helped with the fish fries, rib dinners, and best of all, the festivals. It is important for us to be involved and give back our gifts.
There is another meaning of stewardship that I found. Stewardship is the actions used to display compassion, kindness, and love to others. In April I lost my 26-year-old niece to an overdose. The telephone call was not unexpected, but still came as a shock. That morning at the Liturgy of the Word service, I could not stop crying. Someone held me for a long time, someone else held my hand, and Deacon John did his best to console me. There were many more that morning who helped me, but these three were the first. To me, this is true stewardship, compassion, kindness, and love to others when they didn’t need to get involved. St. Patrick Parish is a community of stewards.
Mary Lou Lazor