Do you know who is sitting next to you?
In recent weeks and months I have had privilege to meet, interact with and assist several parishioners who don’t know anyone in the parish. Although their personal situations are different, their commonality is not knowing the fellowship and compassion of the St. Jerome community.
If you don’t know the person sitting next to you, they might be:
- An 18 year old making their own effort to find a church and avoid bad influences
- A 25 year old returning to their Catholic roots after 10 years, looking for the spirit of God and a health environment
- A new mother whose husband deployed to Afghanistan when the baby was 5 weeks old.
- An elderly woman who locked her keys in her car, in the church parking lot.
They are attending Mass but they also need more, they need a community.
It has been a blessing to meeting these people…now friends, but it leaves me to wondering, how many more people/families attend St. Jerome and they don’t feel a part of the community.
In the spirit of St. Jerome’s hospitality and the Spirit of God, we would like the established St. Jerome parishioners to please make an effort to introduce yourselves to those people you don’t know. Make an opportunity to talk with others after Mass to get to know them. Consider providing your name and contact information and seeing if there is anything we can do to help or make them a part of our family.
Let’s demonstrate the hospitality of St Jerome!!
What is Stewardship?
Stewardship can be a confusing term for Catholics. For many years, “Stewardship” has been seen as a predominately Protestant term that was synonymous with raising money. When the United States bishops’ pastoral letter, “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response,” was published in 1992, a new concept was
This is a call to all St. Jerome Parishioners to participate and support your community, to be the eyes, hands and feet of Christ. This is a call to listen to the voice of the Spirit speaking of gratitude and responsibility. This is an invitation to Catholic stewardship.
What Is Catholic Stewardship?
Stewardship is not simply making donations or taking care of the building and grounds.
It is a spirituality—hence a way of life—made of four parts:
- Receiving the gifts of God with gratitude
- Cultivating them responsibly
- Sharing them lovingly in justice with others
- Standing before the Lord in a spirit of accountability
It is up to you to determine how you will live out this stewardship way of life.
Reflection on the The Prayer of St. Jerome as a prayer of Stewardship. Please read the prayer again and reflect on the commitment you make each week.
Prayer of St. Jerome Community
My church is composed of people like me. I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work
It will make generous gifts to many causes, if l am a generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship, if I invite and bring them in.
It will be a Church of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, and a Church with a noble spirit. if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these same qualities.
Therefore, with the help of God, I shall dedicate myself to the task of being all things that I want my Church to be.
Bless my journey, Lord God. that I might build the Church
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Parish Stewardship encourages and fosters ongoing reflection on the depth and scope of one's personal investment as a partner with Jesus Christ and with the parish community in the mission of the Church.
II Corinthians 9:6-15
God provides "every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work." (v. 8) There is no need to "sow sparingly" and hence "reap sparingly." We can "sow bountifully" and "reap bountifully" (v. 6), "enriched in every way for [our] great generosity." (v. 11)
Do we take time to consider everything required to make St. Jerome the Church what it is?
We are familiar with the lectors, eucharistic ministers, ushers, greeters, music ministry and even the fellowship committee team. They are STEWARDS of the Church.
The altar guild does the linens and there is also church cleaners, nursery workers, flower team, catechists, pro-life ministry, funeral preparation/receptions, prison ministry, gardening, and much more. They are STEWARDS of the Church.
They have answered Christ's call and expectation to be stewards sharing their time, talents and treasure.
If you would like to leave a financial Legacy to St. Jerome Parish, please consider naming St. Jerome Parish as the beneficiary on one of your life insurance policies or adding as a contingent beneficiary to an existing policy. If you would like more information or have questions, please call Father Patrick or our bookkeeper, Fran.