National Volunteer Appreciation week was April 10th through 16th. We celebrated by mailing cards to our treasured volunteers and inviting them to attend one of two Masses where the intention being offered was for the generous volunteers of our parish community.
You may be curious as to why volunteers are so important to us. Without the generosity of the dedicated parishioners who volunteer and give the gift of their time on a regular basis, our parish would not be able to offer all that it does. The Priests and parish staff are humbled and appreciative to witness those who selflessly continue to give their time and talents to our church. A gift of time truly allows us to extend our resources to their absolute fullest potential.
At the end of our lives, the talk will likely be about the depth and expression of our generosity. How did we live and give for God and for others? In this way, what we keep forever is only what we give during our lifetime - and the spirit with which we give it. This certainly doesn’t pertain only to monetary giving. Stewards see that all they have in life is a gift, including their time & talents. They are freed to give with joy and find God’s peace and purpose in their generosity. Real generosity requires real sacrifice in proportion to our blessings.
If you are not already offering your time to the parish in some capacity, we ask you to prayerfully consider getting involved in a parish ministry or offering your services in another way that could benefit our parish community. Everyone has something to offer, no matter how small you may feel it is. If you are struggling to determine what your gifts are, we would be happy to discuss with you what opportunities may fit you.
We challenge you to ask yourself how you can become a more generous person in the ways that will matter most in this world and for all of eternity.
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