As a stewardship community, we recognize that we gratefully give our gifts of time, talent, and treasure back to God. For Amy Light and her family, it has been a blessing to embrace the stewardship way of life.
“Part of the way I can say ‘thank you’ to the Lord is by putting my talents to use,” Amy says.
When the Light family moved to the neighborhood, they quickly found their place at Our Lady of Lourdes. With members of their family already established in the parish, they felt comfortable joining our community and the various activities of the time.
“Lourdes was just such an easy fit for us,” Amy says.
That was 12 years ago — now, the Light family continues to be involved in different areas of parish life. Amy recalls first getting involved in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word program shortly after joining the parish. As a parent to two young children at the time, it was a natural way for her to serve.
“What’s funny is, I remember my mother doing that when we were children,” she says. “It seemed like a natural evolution to step up and do my part, and who doesn’t love teaching little kids? It’s the easiest way to do God’s work. It’s very joyful.”
Since Amy was already attending Mass, she figured it was a practical and simple way to serve the parish while she was there. And although her children are now teens, Amy still occasionally serves in the ministry. In fact, her daughter has also been helping out as a volunteer in the program, as well.
“Even though she was a participant, she enjoys coming along and assisting now, which is really special to do side by side with her,” Amy says. “She knows all the prayers and songs.”
In addition, Amy is involved as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and is a member of our newly-minted Welcome and Engage Committee. She also spearheaded the launch of a new website platform for our parish back in 2016. The Light children have been altar servers, and the family has also helped out with the One Day for Him projects. Amy’s husband, Marty, is also involved in That Man Is You!, and Amy credits him for supporting her through their involvement in the parish as well as being with their kids while Amy has partaken in various activities.
Most certainly, the family has a willingness to serve in many different ways and Amy says they are ready to help whenever they can.
“Over the years, with different opportunities, if I feel like I have some talent I can contribute, I raised my hand,” she says. “And I’m happy to help.”
Being involved in the parish community and various projects over the years has helped Amy grow in her walk with Christ.
“This is what God is calling us for — to be His hands, His feet, and His eyes, and to try and help people get to heaven,” she says. “If I can be part of the cogs in the wheel to make that happen for others and myself, that’s a no-brainer. So I really feel reassured that this is part of my purpose, we’re not here to have fun and please ourselves. We’re here to evangelize.”