We Minister in the Name of Jesus, the Lord of All
In Service to All, Honor God Through Your Efforts
Images of Pope Francis washing the feet of the poor, the marginalized and the needy, have captured the attention of people all over the world. Each is a picture of an insightful spiritual leader’s humility and a reflection of the Savior’s love, an illustration of the service Pope Francis honors. “I have given you a model to follow,” Jesus told the Twelve. “As I have done for you, you should also do” (John 13.15). How can we overlook the image of a basin and towel? Jesus washed the feet of his followers, and Pope Francis washes the feet of the poor. In such humility, we honor the Lord.
Like Spiritual Houses, Our Parish Is Shaped By Our Service
Serving All, You Build the Kingdom of God in Our Midst Peter, the disciple Jesus called the Rock, described the people of God as the Master’s dwelling. “Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2.5). “You are a holy nation, a people of his own,” he wrote, “so that you may announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (2.9b). When we minister, as servants of all, we are used of God to build his Kingdom, as if a dwelling for Christ Jesus, the chief cornerstone.
We Are Known By Our Love, As We Minister To Each Other
Every Member Is Gifted to Serve, and We Serve Together St. Paul reminded us that every member of the Body
of Christ is gifted to serve. “We, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us. Let us exercise them” (Romans 12.5-6a).
St. Peter assured us that those individually-gifted parts purposefully minister to the whole. “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4.10). We are called to Serve the Needs of All, and that includes our fellow parishioners who faithfully minister to us, as well.
The Needs in Each Community Invite a Loving Response
We Serve the Needs of All, and That Includes Everyone “You are a sign of hope for all who commit themselves to a more inclusive society. Every life is precious, every person is a gift and inclusion enriches every community and society. This is your message for the world, for a world without borders, which excludes no one” (Pope Francis, February 16, 2017 Homily). Please determine to invest yourself.
During this Stewardship of Ministry effort, you will receive a Ministry Commitment Card. When you do, simply indicate your intent to continue serving, or share your desire to volunteer for the first time. Your parish needs you, and so do all those God has called us to serve on behalf of his Son. Please join your fellow parishioners, complete your card, and then turn it in at Mass on commitment weekend (September 9th – 10th), or anytime in September during the Month of Mercy, Month of Service.