"Serve one another in love."
As you read about the ministries of Saint Mary Cathedral, we ask that you prayerfully consider how you might use your gifts to be an instrument of God's grace.
Our talents are the special blessings that each of us has received from a loving Creator who prizes the diversity and abundant variety of all creation. When we volunteer to work for our parish or diocese or to help a neighbor with a difficult chore, what we have to give is much more than our time. We also give something of ourselves, those characteristics that make each of us distinctive as human beings. We call these our "talents," those things we're good at or that we especially enjoy doing. When we volunteer to help others by sharing our talents with them, we give them something far more precious than our time or money. We give them something of ourselves, an intimate sharing of "who we are" for the good of others.
Saint Mary Cathedral is blessed with many volunteers who share their talents with others. The ministries brochure describes several ways people can and do give of themselves, from visiting the sick to frying fish, from working with youth to serving on parish committees. These gifts of self are every bit as important as the financial contributions we make to support the Church's ministry.
Taken from Stewardship: A Disciple's Response, A Pastoral Letter on Stewardship, USCCB
Lord God, you alone are the source of every good gift, of the vast array of our universe, and the mystery of each human life. We praise you and we thank you for your great power and your tender, faithful love.
Everything we are and everything we have is your gift, and after having created us, you have given us into the keeping of Your Son, Jesus Christ.
Fill our minds with His truth and our hearts with His love, that in His spirit we may be bonded together into a community of faith, a parish family, a caring people.
In the name and spirit of Jesus, we commit ourselves to be good stewards of the gifts entrusted to us, to share our time, talent and our material gifts as an outward sign of the treasure we hold in Jesus.
~ Mother Teresa