Sometimes, when parishioners hear the word “Stewardship”, they think it only refers to giving money to support the church. But the stewardship of Time and Talent is just as important as that of Treasure. We celebrate giving our Time and Talent this weekend as we return our pledge cards.
When we speak of the stewardship of Time, we’re especially talking about our prayer time with God. Of the many ways we can give our time, the most important is attending Mass each weekend. We can also give of our Time in one of the various liturgical ministries, such as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Choir, Altar Server, or Usher. But we have many other opportunities to share in prayer and spiritual activities: visiting the Perpetual Adoration Chapel, Scripture Study Groups, Daily Mass, Rosary Groups, TMIY-Men’s Ministry, Daughters of Mary, and MOMS Group. The list goes on.
When it comes to sharing your Talent, OLG is a great parish to belong. With over 75 ministries, there is something for everyone. From teaching Religious Education classes to serving on the Parish Council or School Commission, there is a ministry for you. Whether it’s participating in the Young Adults Ministry, stocking shelves at our Food Pantry, stuffing a mailing at the parish office, or coaching one of our youth sports teams, we need your unique gifts and talents to make our parish a great one! Even our home-bound parishioners have special gifts to share, such as the ministry of prayer. Simply pray for our parish and those in need.
Last week, you should have received an OLG Time and Talent Pledge Form in the mail. Look this over, and consider what ministries you want to be involved with during 2019-20. Now is the perfect time to try something new! If you have questions about some of our ministries, you can get them answered this weekend at the Ministry Fair, August 24-25.
Please return your pledge card today! We are counting on you, and so is Christ. Our God-given talents and gifts are not just for our own use, but so we can share them with others. St. Peter in his first epistle tells us, “Each one of you has received a special grace, so like good stewards responsible for all these different graces of God, put yourselves at the service of others.” (1PT 4:10).
Tony Cooper-Stewardship and Development