Gifts Given – Gifts Received

During the coming year, our reminder to be stewards of Saint Andrew Parish will comen in the form of monthly reflections on the words spoken at Mass and witnesses from parishioners on the gifts they share with the parish and the gifts they have received. Read more…


Gifts Received – A story of how Patrick Shanahan has received…

I have been a St. Andrew parishioner for the past 22 years, joining my wife Liz, herself a lifelong parishioner. Before joining St. Andrew I was a lapsed Catholic at best, celebrating mass on rare occasions and observing Catholic traditions on even rarer occasions. Becoming a member of the St. Andrew faith community changed that. I confess I began joining my future wife at mass mostly out of obligation but I found myself more and more drawn back into the faith. Through the ministries, the sacraments, and most of all, the welcoming parishioners, clergy, and staff at St. Andrew, I quickly redeveloped a spiritual connection to the church. St. Andrew Parish is the cornerstone of my family’s lives and is from where we continually draw our strength. For myself personally, St. Andrew continues to give the greatest gift possible, the gift of a strong Catholic faith.

 

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From the Second Eucharistic prayer:
“Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body + and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.”

Have you ever stopped and wondered about the meaning of these words said by the priest on our behalf? What exactly are “these gifts” to which the priest refers? Of course in a literal sense, he is refering to the bread and wine offered at the Mass. But in a more expanded sense, the bread and the wine represent all the gifts we give to God. Our time, our treasure, our talent. When we make an effort to give back to God, the resulting sacrifice we make, becomes the very presence of Christ in the world.

As you prayerfully consider being a steward of God’s gifts through your support of Saint Andrew, don’t just consider what a donation does for the Church, but consider what giving of your Time to the community will enable and consider what giving your Talent to the community will enable. All of these gifts are in your possession because of the goodness of God and as long as they remain in your possession, they remain only your gift. But when given in return, they become the living presence of Christ in the world. What are you withholding that belongs to God? Consider how giving it as a steward in loving care of his church will transform that gift to be something more than it could ever be on its own.

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