Dear parish families, Jesus said, “for I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” [Jn 13:15] St. Philip parish is a
parish of volunteers.
All of us are responsible for the successful outreach of our parish.
Volunteering means being available and ready to lend a hand when it is needed. Volunteering means putting the good
of the whole before your own needs. Jesus volunteered his life for ours. He is the perfect example of giving.
Pope Francis has made serving the less fortunate the cornerstone of his papacy. He lives what he preaches. He walks in Jesus’ footsteps as an example for us to follow. Cardinal DiNardo makes service to others a priority of his stewardship of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He believes in helping those less fortunate. He believes that mercy should be the watchword for all Catholics.
There are so many ministries in our parish that would benefit from your participation. You would benefit even more by participating! It is beneficial to all when we get involved and use our God-given talents for bettering the community.
Being an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister is a wonderful way to share in the whole experience of the Mass. It is sharing Jesus’
body, blood, soul and divinity
with your fellow parishioners. If you are willing to offer your neighbor the sign of peace, could you also offer them the Bread of LIfe as a eucharistic minister?
Most of us attend the same Mass every week. We are creatures of habit. Maybe we become so comfortable in our habit that we lose sight of the bigger picture. We are truly offering Jesus’ precious body and blood to our friends and neighbors as a disciple of Jesus. What a beautiful way to share your faith.
Proclaiming the scriptures as a Lector during the Liturgy of the Word is a blessing! As lay readers, we share the good news of God and his son Jesus Christ. It is a rewarding ministry. We are given guidance and are able to practice before approaching the ambo to read. Could this be a ministry for you?
Consider music. Just
stop and think for a minute about our masses without the beautiful music we all enjoy each week. I have had several family members attend our masses. They all comment on how wonderful the music is and how everyone in the parish sings! If you can sing in the pew in the middle of the sanctuary, why not sing with the choir? They need members who love to “pray twice” in word and song. No professional training is needed. All you need is a love of music and your faith!
“Being retired from work doesn’t mean being retired from active parish life.” These words were part of a homily by Father Barker not too long ago. As a homemaker, they resonated with me. My husband David and I have an “empty nest”. This set the scene for us to get involved and share our time, talent and treasure. We acted on this immediately. Learning about the different ministries and finding our niches was the first step.
I am often surprised by the number of times I hear,
Well I did that when my kids were younger, now it is someone else’s tur
n. This statement is wrong in so many ways. All of us are given talents by God to be shared with others
. There is always a need for volunteers. Charity starts at home and flows outward. It can’t turned on and off.
Our parish is always in need of new CCE teachers. We strive to make it as simple as possible for our teachers to enjoy their time in the classroom. If you taught when your children attended CCE, thank you! Could you teach now that the demands at home are a little less stressful? Absolutely!
This is the time for you to share your faith and wisdom. Being a catechist is a rewarding, challenging, fun vocation. The word catechist means “echo”. We are
echoing God’s word
to our children for the sake of their happiness and future good.
St. Philip has many other Ministries that are vital to the health and well-being of the parish. Where can you serve? Where do you see yourself being an active productive member? Don’t fall into the trap that it’s
someone else’s responsibility
God is calling you to step up and share your talents. God is calling you to be the best you can be and to set an example for others to follow. God is calling you!
Sincerely in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
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Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Auxiliary Msgr. George Sheltz
Retired Auxilliary Vincent Rizzotto
Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza
Reverend Richard Barker