“God is here, near us, unforeseeable and loving. I am a [person] of hope, not for human reasons nor from any natural optimism, But because I believe the Holy Spirit is at work in the Church and in the world, even where his name remains unheard.” From a published piece by L`eon Joseph Cardinal Suenens.
Vacation Bible School is here!
Adult, Middle School & High School Volunteers needed as station helpers and crew leaders with the kids. All volunteers must be able to attend the training meeting on Saturday, June 2nd from 2-4PM and be available during the week of VBS from 8:30AM – 12:30PM. See Page 8 in our bulletin for more information.
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus our Lord and God,
As we near the end of the Easter season, our Easter conviction and commitment does not. The Pentecost experience that gave birth to the Church reminds all of us that our participation has simply begun. I am joyful and overwhelmed by all the Christ-like responses by our parishioners who desire to share their talent, time, and treasure for the growth of our faith community. It has been an overwhelming response, and we are appreciative. St. Elizabeth Seton Roman Catholic Church needs everyone. Yes, even you!
As regarding talent and time, the bulletin has shown our dire needs for Catechists and Catechist Assistants for our Faith Formation program; Liturgical Ministers (Ushers, Lectors, Greeters, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Altar Servers, and Sacristans); Money counters; volunteer work for the parish and Faith Formation offices; the Gift store; and many other ministries.
And all of us, even me, are called to share our treasure. The primary reason that we still are collecting funds for our building repairs is rooted in authentic stewardship. We need to be prepared to replace and restore, and we need to continue to discern our need in order to fulfill our Pentecost responsibility of evangelizing and witnessing- spreading Jesus’ Gospel message. Like everyone else, our collection declines significantly “off season,” but our expenses “keep a coming.” Many have inquired as to the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel’s needs. We are planning (and have been taking memorials) towards stain glass windows to enhance this sacred space for silent prayer.
NO ONE is being asked to surrender the necessities of life. We all are given a certain amount of talent, time, and treasure. We all have responsibilities. I only encourage and invite each of us to ask the Lord if she/he has accepted His invitation to “Come and See” not only a need but the need for each of us in His Church. Jesus’ Church is OUR Church by our Baptism.
As always, I endeavor to live fully my joy of being your spiritual father and administrator. And, you each remain in my prayers.
Grace and Peace, Fr. Russell