Grace and peace to each of you as we embark on a new year filled with hope, blessings, and opportunities for spiritual growth. As we stand at the threshold of 2024, I am inspired to share reflections on how we, as disciples of Christ, can embrace stewardship as a way of life at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Stewardship is more than a mere duty; it is a disciple’s way of life and a response to the abundant love that our Lord showers upon us. It encompasses the responsible management of the gifts God has entrusted to us — our time, talents, and treasure. To truly live stewardship as a disciple’s way of life, we must integrate it into the very fabric of our daily existence.
First, let us consider the stewardship of time. Time is a precious gift, and how we spend it reflects our priorities. I continue to encourage each of you to dedicate time to prayer and reflection, nurturing your relationship with God. Attend Mass regularly, participate in the sacraments, and engage in personal and communal prayer. Our parish offers various opportunities for spiritual enrichment, such as Bible studies, prayer groups, and retreats.
Stewardship of talent is another crucial aspect. Talents are special gifts granted to us that, in turn, enrich others around us. Each one of you possesses unique gifts bestowed by God. Identify your talents and discern how you can utilize them to serve others. Whether it’s volunteering in ministries, sharing your skills, or mentoring others, your contributions make a profound impact. Our parish thrives when each member actively participates and contributes their talents to build a community that reflects the love and mercy of Christ. Be sure to review the Ministry and Apostolate Catalog from our 2023 Stewardship Renewal for a complete listing of ways to become active in our parish or visit the ministries page on our website at www.stpatscs.org/new-page-5.
Lastly, the stewardship of treasure involves the responsible use of our material resources. Tithing is an intentional choice that glorifies God and tends to the family. As we embark on this new year, prayerfully consider how you can take a step forward in your giving back to God as a grateful response to His gifts to you. Your stewardship of treasure also supports the mission of our parish financially, enabling us to maintain our facilities, support charitable endeavors, and carry out the various ministries that enrich our community. Embrace a spirit of generosity, knowing that your financial stewardship contributes to the flourishing of our parish family.
Together, let us build a community that radiates the love of Christ and serves as a source of hope for all. To all, a Blessed and Christ-filled 2024!
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Quezada, Pastor