Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 7

Dear Friends, In the First Letter of Peter, the Apostle challenges us with these words: “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve on another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1Pt. 4:10). I am humbled when I reflect on just how many of our brothers and sisters here at St. John’s live these words. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society that assists those less fortunate in our community who are in acute need; the great generosity shown by our parish in this year’s Catholic Charities Appeal, the dedicated men and women who serve as catechists in our faith formation program for our children and youth; all those who serve us as musicians, cantors, altar servers, lectors, extraordinary ministers of holy communion, ushers, visitors to the homebound, bingo, the list goes on. This doesn’t even include those examples of faith in action that is lived in our families, at work and school, and in the community at large. Christian is more than just a statement about what we believe, it is how we live. I have chosen this quote from 1Peter to serve as a theme for our parish for the next year. Our different ministries and organizations will be challenged in the coming months to incorporate this theme somehow in what they do. I challenge all of us to seek to make this theme part of our lives as well. To truly be stewards of God’s grace and to serve others in Christ’s name, it is necessary to know who Christ is and how he makes his graces known. Christian is also a lifelong commitment to conversion: continually turning our hearts and minds to Christ and living in love with Him. That is why faith formation is not something that is just for our children, it is supposed to be a part of all of our lives: seeking ways to grow in our understanding of who God is and how he works through the Church and in our lives. Since our parish is no longer in a twinned situation, our Confirmation program will also no longer be twinned. Crystal Medeiros, formerly the Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, has joined our staff here at St. John’s. She will not only coordinate our Confirmation program, but will also be responsible for youth and young adult ministry here as well. Also, we will be working to provide more faith formation opportunities for our parishioners of all ages. Teaching and sharing the faith is the most important thing we do as a parish besides our worship of God. These opportunities will be delivered through online offerings, workshops, lectures, book clubs, parish missions, faith sharing, scripture studies, etc. Since faith formation is such an important part of being stewards of God’s graces and serving others, our second collection during the months of July, August and September that are not already reserved for national collections, will be directed to funding these efforts. Thank you for all you do in being stewards of God’s grace. Peace, Fr. David

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