Pastoral Ponderings: October 18-19, 2014

-Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time-

Stwardship 2014

What a Video!:

My thanks to all who were part of the stewardship video. I have heard so many positive comments after our video presentation last weekend. There was even one waiting for me when I got to the Rectory Sunday afternoon.

Our hardworking and diligent Stewardship Committee working with Tony & Lori Melendez, gathered together scores of witnesses to produce this inviting and encouraging video. We try to offer a variety of presentations not only recognizing areas of service, but also introducing to new comers all that’s happening here. If you remember last year, we had our ministry fair in the Hall. This year is a little different. All year long our committee, quietly and behind the scenes, meets to grow in the spirit of stewardship themselves, and be better prepared in educating our parish for our annual “Commitment Weekend”.

So many different and dedicated people spoke of how their active involvement in our ministries of service has formed and reformed their lives. They certainly were inspiring. Whether you are able to commit to one hour or two hours a week, or a month, all are welcome to “jump in” and become part of our parish’s ministry to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Maybe you’re unable to work outside your home. There are also opportunities to work right in your home.

Another Thank-You:

I received a nice note from a parishioner asking me to thank our volunteer “Cemetery workforce”— stewardship of time and talent. “It is beautiful—your care and concern ease our visits.” This group of men and women is a fine example using one’s talents to multiply the good work being done for others, both living and deceased.

Parish & Cemetery Groundskeepers:

All are invited to an end of the summer picnic on October 27th. Before you make your last swipe of our grounds come and join us for a picnic.

-Fr. Larry Martello

Pastoral Ponderings: October 11-12, 2014

-Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time-



Stewardship: A Way of Life

If all goes well, you should have seen today the Stewardship Committee’s video of our parish ministries. This is the final presentation in preparing for next week’s Commitment Weekend.

The notion of commitment as a disciple of the risen Lord has as its foundation the ultimate mandate of Christ at the Mount of Ascension—“Go out into the whole world baptizing in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” The vehicle of this command is the Church itself.

God has given each and every one of us everything we have and are as gifts and talents to be shared for the common good. Once we are able to acknowledge this unwarranted giftedness we are then able to nurture these gifts, grow and share them.

Annually we make a commitment by continuing for another year and / or select an entirely new avenue to share of your time, treasure, or financial resources. The video capsulizes the many ministries in our Parish.

The decision of which direction you might go this year must take into account what you’re capable of doing. I know that for many of you, you are at the point of exhaustion in many of these areas of stewardship. While others are more than qualified and able to take a big step forward in any number of components of living as a stewards in serving the Church and her people. Many factors are almost out of our control—Physical and emotional limitations, family responsibilities and financial circumstances. For us older folks we are not able to do what we did ten or fifteen years ago.

St. Joseph has been blessed for over 150 years thanks to the hard working and sacrificing parishioners. All I ask is that you take some time pondering over all these stewardship efforts, you have been exposed and decide what you are going to do for this next year.

I thank you for all you have done in the past and ask God’s blessings as we continue the journey to the kingdom
Jesus calls us to enjoy.

-Fr. Larry Martello

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