Welcome to our inaugural parish stewardship newsletter that we will be sharing every other month. This newsletter will help us learn how the stewardship way of life reflects our way of knowing, loving, and following Jesus.
In each issue, we will share inspiring stories of stewardship’s transformative power within our parish community, highlighting Cathedral activities and events that change hearts, minds, and lives, bringing us closer to Christ and each other. I hope this newsletter will be a meaningful way to continue learning about our faith.
In this first issue, we feature our vibrant Youth Ministry and how we are forming young disciples — the future of our Church. Our Youth Ministry program, for kids in middle school and high school, is not only teaching our young people about our faith and helping them grow closer to Christ but also features a lot of fun events. I am excited for you to read more about it and learn how you can get your children involved or maybe even how you can help.
We also bring you an inside look at our St. Vincent de Paul Society. Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic lay organization that leads women and men from every walk of life to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. Our local SVdP Conference, led by president Steve Sisa, embraces all works of charity and justice in our community. Check out the story to find out more.
Finally, we bring you the story of our Stephen Ministry, led by co-coordinators Dee Nelson and Deacon Dan Tomich. Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide Christian one-to-one care to those experiencing all kinds of needs and circumstances, such as individuals who are grieving, suffering loneliness, divorcing, and in spiritual crises. Be sure to read and find out more about how you can get help if you need it, or how you can serve if you feel called.
Along with our newsletter, another important step in our stewardship journey will come in October with our Annual Stewardship Renewal. The renewal is an opportunity to prioritize how we use God’s gifts and work to be more intentional in the use of our TIME (using our time on earth wisely, making time for personal prayer, family prayer, and quality time with our friends and loved ones); TALENT (using our God-given gifts to strengthen the Church through service in parish ministries), and TREASURE (the wise and just management of our financial resources and returning a portion of these gifts back to God).
As we continue to develop stewardship as a way of life, the support and involvement of each one of us is necessary to sustain the life of our parish. Every one of us has a place here, and we all have a role to play in the life of our parish as we live our lives as disciples of Jesus.
May the Holy Spirit renew and refresh all of us as we work together to build our parish family with our time, talent, and treasure.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Jaimes Ponce, JCD