“Receive with gratitude, Give with Joy!” This slogan has been our parish theme for several years. Through bulletin articles and ongoing use of this slogan, the Stewardship Committee hopes that everyone has gained insight into what it means to be a good steward. Our gospel today invites all of us to further grow in our understanding. A few questions might help us to consider stewardship.
Are we a gifted people? While the story has a variance on how many gifts each person received, is it noteworthy that the story does not include a person with “zero”? While every person may not possess a multitude of gifts, every person has something to offer. Even if it is only one gift, the Gospel invites us to use that gift often and well. Connecting us to the story of creation, God looks upon each of us and sees that we are very good. He smiles upon his creation and invites us to acknowledge and use our gifts. Whatever the gift, it is meant to be used for our family, church, community and world. Every gift has the ability to multiply its effects. Hiding the gift is the only way in which it will cease to have any impact. Today we are reminded that we are a gifted people – how are we using the gift that we have received?
As each person who has realized results with their gift comes to the master, do we recognize how much joy is present? They are excited and ready to share how the gift has made a difference. It has multiplied by its use. Is not joy the result of doing good things? In our church, do we find joy in recognizing the gifts received? Think about the number of volunteers that are present in order for us to have liturgy, faith formation, committees, ministries for internal needs and communal needs, etc. Are we awed that we have so many wonderful people willing to give of their time and talent so that we might have all these things? Sometimes it is too easy to complain about what is happening; how can we be more mindful of the gift?
Take a moment today to give thanks (offer gratitude) for the talents that were entrusted to the members of this parish. Take a moment to acknowledge with joy all that is being accomplished. Today remember our theme – “Receive with gratitude, Give with Joy!”
Sharing news about the parish . . .
The Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service is scheduled for November 26, 7:00 p.m. at St. Anne Parish. Come and join in prayer with our neighbors at First English Church! We are celebrating the 30th year of shared service and giving thanks!
Diocesan Annual Appeal – our goal is $99,193. Progress is $25,467 cash received. Contributions have slowed. We have much work to do to meet our total. If we can meet our goal by April 1, our rebate will be increased; these monies help us to do extra maintenance projects within the parish. Thank you in advance for your willingness to support this important work!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, St. Anne Parish! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Thanks for joining in our celebration to commemorate 65 years as a Catholic parish!
May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!