Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
the mission of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community
is to glorify God by our lives.
Last week, Michael Sarafolean, one of our parish trustees, shared some comments about stewardship with our community. His comments are reprinted here:
This weekend marks the beginning of our 2014/2015 Stewardship Program. Our theme this year is Beloved. Blessed. Called. Individually we are God’s beloved. And collectively as the Community of Saint Thomas More we are God’s beloved. And we are a blessing, a gift, a sign of God’s love to each other. And we are called to respond with joyful gratitude for everything that God has given us - and God has given us everything - by going out into our parish, our community, our world and sharing those gifts to improve the lives of others, to leave our corner of the world better than we found it, to bring about the reign of God here and now. To glorify God by our lives.
This summer, my younger son Quinn and I had the great honor to be a part of the STM mission trip to the NPH orphanage in Nicaragua. It was an extraordinary experience. While there, we attended Mass and the priest spoke about “Blessings”. The message he shared was that all of our blessings are given to us so that we may be a blessing to others. And he challenged us to think of how we have been blessed by God and to use those blessing to help others.
Think of the context. He was speaking to children who had been separated from their birth families in the second poorest country in this hemisphere. Whose worldly possessions would fit into a backpack. And he was challenging them to count their blessings and to figure out ways that they could share what they had with others. What audacity! What grace. And you know what - they did.
My friends, I am challenging you to do the same. Reflect on how perfectly God loves us and has blessed each and every one of us. And consider how your blessings can be a blessing to others.
In the next several weeks you will be hearing from other parishioners, from Fr. Joe and Tom and Tho. You will be offered reflections about stewardship and examples of how we, the Community of STM, are prudently using the gifts with which we have been entrusted. And you will hear of our challenges and struggles looking to the future. You will receive our annual report by next weekend and an additional mailing with a stewardship pledge card in early November.
My request is that you open yourself to hear these familiar themes with a new ear. And that you will indeed prayerfully consider how God is calling you to respond to these opportunities. Because I believe that God is calling us to respond differently. From the place where we are beloved. And blessed.
Saint Thomas More Young Adults Upcoming Events
Holiday Party at the Saint Thomas More School Cafeteria (1065 Summit Avenue, St. Paul - please use the main north entrance) on Thursday, December 4, from 7-9 pm.
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