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Stewardship Reflection - January 26, 2020

Third Sunday in Ordinary TimeThird Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings remind us that stewardship is not just a thing we do. Rather, stewardship is at the core of who we are as disciples of Christ.

Our first reading, from Isaiah, contains this prophecy of Christ and what His saving message would mean to all who embrace it. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.” We are among those blessed people on whom the light of Christ has shone. By virtue of our baptism, we, who were once in the darkness of original sin, have been reborn into the great light that is God’s grace in us.

What a privilege! Yet, with this privilege comes the responsibility to live for God and bring His good news to all we meet at work, at school, in our community, and right in our own home — in other words to live as His good stewards.

And, there is a certain urgency that comes with the call to a stewardship way of life as we see in our Gospel passage from Matthew. Jesus says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” In other words, turn away from selfishness, turn towards God and live as His disciple now — don’t wait!

In this same passage, the very first disciples give us examples of a good steward’s prompt “yes” when the Lord called to them. Our Lord invites them to “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” They did not hesitate but “immediately left their boat and followed him.” They put our Lord and His will first.

This is the essence of a stewardship way of life — to be always ready for the ways our Lord is calling us to bring His light to others. It’s more than something we do. It’s who we are.

Reduce Taxes. Give Back.

If you are 70 1/2 or older and have an IRA, now is the time to consider an IRA charitable rollover. Make a charitable distribution from your IRA directly to St. Peter Church by the end of the year to avoid taxes.

How it works: Make a distribution directly from an IRA to St. Peter’s by Dec. 31. Your distribution (up to $100,000) counts toward your required minimum distribution. Your distribution is not recognized as income on your federal income tax return.

Benefits: Avoid paying income tax. The amount of your distribution is removed from your gross income for tax purposes.

Please contact Deacon Burke through the parish office for further details.

Give Online

ONLINE GIVING is an easy way to support St. Peter’s Parish.

Here's how it works:
Simply go to our E-Service Payments page to set up your personal profile. Once you're in the Online Donation page, click on "Create Your Online Profile" and enter the email address you would like to use as your User ID. You will be sent a temporary password to that email address which you can now use to log in. Once logged in, you can change your password. Now you are ready to go. You authorize a specified amount of money to be electronically transferred directly from your checking/savings account or your credit/debit card to the St. Peter Parish operating account. You also specify the frequency of the transfer and the collections to which you would like to contribute. You can make one-time donations to a specific fund as well.

Volunteer Opportunities

St. Peter Parish is blessed to have many parishioners who serve as volunteers in various capacities. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the parish, please call Deacon Cannon at the parish office. He can assist you in helping to find a way in which you can become meaningfully involved according to your specific gifts and talents.

Grass Cutting and Garden Weeding:

As spring is coming upon us you may want to consider joining a group of very dedicated men and women who assist with the grass cutting and yard work. These individuals keep our church grounds in such good condition. Their usual work time is on Thursday afternoons. Even if you can only offer occasional help to assist in cutting grass, weed eating or weeding gardens, it would be most appreciated.

Office Assistance:

Currently we have a group of volunteers who come in to answer the phones and take messages each Tuesday morning during the time of our weekly staff meeting. These individuals are very dedicated and extremely helpful in keeping the office open for the public while the entire staff has the opportunity to gather for the planning of the week and upcoming projects.

We are also in need of men and women who are willing to come in at other times when SuSu is assisting at a funeral or is needing time to work on the posting of Mass intentions and other projects that need concentration.

As many individuals come into the office for personal counseling and spiritual direction, it is important that such volunteers are committed to discretion and confidentiality.

St. Peter’s Bereavement Ministry

Did you know that St. Peter Parish has a Bereavement Ministry? This group of parishioners practices a great work of mercy by helping to provide a meal for grieving families on the day of the funeral services. This is a ministry that is particularly accessible to the retired members of our parish community who have the time to assist in preparing a meal. This ministry demonstrates our parish family’s desire to express love and support to those who in their grief truly need to feel the love and support of their church parish. If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry or how to become involved, please contact Deacon Cannon at the parish office. He will get you in contact with the Bereavement Ministry coordinator.

Votive Candle Donations

We are asking parishioners to please remember to place your donations in the donation slot when lighting votive candles for your prayer intentions. Unfortunately, due to the lack of payments, candle expenses are not being covered. By doing this, we can help defray the cost of candles in the parish. Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Thank You

We are very grateful to the volunteers that came by on Sunday evening, January 12th to assist in removing the Christmas décor from the church.

The response was amazing. With so many people helping, we were able to accomplish this task in just a half hour.

Stewardship

Second Collections - Your Generosity IS Appreciated!

January 26th
Church is Latin America.

February 2nd
St. Peter Maintenance and Repair.

Sacrificial Giving:

Weekend of January 19th

  • General Offertory: $10,599.05
  • Children’s Envelope: $5.00
  • Property and Liability Insurance: $1,945.44

 

Sanctuary Candle Memorials

Sanctuary Candle MemorialThe Sanctuary Candles located in the church and the adoration chapel can burn for a selected week in memory of a loved one. The donation for each memorial request is $25.00 for the week. These memorial requests will be published in the bulletin.

To request the memorial, please visit the Parish Office during regular office hours.

Memorials & Personal Intentions - Votive Candles

Votive Candles

Votive Candles are available for memorials and personal intentions throughout the Church. Prices and locations are as follows:

Candles on St. Joseph’s Altar are perpetual candles and burn for one year for memorial and personal intentions. The cost of these candles is now $260.00. The increase is due to the fact that the $115.00 did not cover the actual cost of these candles for the year.

The votive candles on the Blessed Mother’s Altar are $5.00 for the seven-day candles.

The votive candles in the Baptistery are for St. Jude and St. Anthony and are $2.00. They burn for one day.