27th Sunday in Ordinary Time-C
October 6th, 2019
Respect Life Sunday
Weekend Two: Stewardship Renewal
Lay Witness Talk and Ministry Fair
Habakkuk 1: 2-3; 2: 2-4
2 Timothy 1: 6-8, 13-14
Luke 17: 5-10
Friday, October 4th, was the feast day of one of everybody’s favorite saints, Francis of Assisi.
Saint Francis loved life and he reverenced all of God’s creation. In the springtime he would walk barefoot on the soil lest he crush the new life of nature. Francis had a special love and care for animals. Yesterday morning we had a blessing of lots of pets in the Saint Joseph Picnic Pavilion. And Francis would genuflect before an expectant mother, so much did he reverence God’s gift of human life.
On this Respect Life Sunday, we hear Saint Paul say to Timothy in the second reading: “Do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord…. But bear your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God.”
We need courage in today’s secular climate to stand up for the God-given sanctity of every human life, from the moment that human life begins at conception, until God calls us home through natural death.
We are members of God’s family, and we all have an important part to play.
This is the link with stewardship as a way of life. All that I have is a gift from God: my very life, my time, my talents and my treasure. God wants me to receive these gifts from Him gratefully, to develop them with an increase, to share them generously, so that each person gives as they have been blessed and each person receives as they need.
Stewardship as a way of life is all about becoming even better disciples of Jesus. And because Jesus lives in us and we live in Him, our lives matter. Everyone’s life matters and deserves respect.
I hope that you received your stewardship packet in the mail this week. If not, there are additional packets at each of the church doorways, or you may let us know in the parish offices. Each packet contains: (1) a letter from me; (2) a “Ministries Catalog” which describes each of the current ministries in our Saint Joseph and Nativity Parishes; and most of the ministries are available for members of both of our parishes to participate in; (3) and a “2019 Commitment Card” specially marked for each parish that enables each household to check off ministry involvements that they would like to renew for another year or that they would like to join for one year.
This weekend you are invited and encouraged to come to our Ministries Fairs which will be held after each Mass in Saint Joseph School Gymnasium and in Nativity Social Hall. Our ministry leaders will be there to answer questions you might have. There will be no sign-ups at the Ministry Fairs, no pressure to join. Just a chance to find out more about ministries here in our parishes and to enjoy some good things to eat.
Next weekend is our annual Commitment Sunday. You are asked to bring your completed commitment cards to Mass with your one-year commitments of your time, talent and treasure. And we will place them in the Offertory basket together.
And also this weekend Dan Bullock will share with us how he and his wife, Carol, and their son, Gabe, are embracing stewardship more fully in their personal lives.
I now invite Dan Bullock to come to the pulpit.