Stewardship

 

Thank you for prayerfully responding with the commitment of your Time, Talent and Treasure to our parish community. If you were not able to return your form, are new to our parish community or would like to change your electronic commitment, please use the form below.

 

A LETTER FROM FATHER TOM

Many blessings! I am writing today to share a bit more about the newly re-ignited Stewardship Committee, and to officially kick off this year’s Stewardship season, which begins so conveniently at a time of harvest and thanksgiving here in Minnesota, but truly is a yearlong mission of our church.

 

In August 2018 our parish's re-established Stewardship Committee was tasked with engaging our parishioners with opportunities to give of themselves—time, talent and treasure. Already the group has identified an opportunity to update our internal communication systems and contact lists, to ensure that these opportunities are as accessible to you not just each fall, but year-round.

 

Below are links to three items: Your 2019 Stewardship Intention form, a 2019 Stewardship Ministry form and a Saint John Census. There are a number of new items here, so I will share a bit about each here:

 

• 2019 Stewardship Intention: This is your annual financial giving form. Monies committed here go directly to the parish, the day-to-day operations, the upkeep of the property and the mortgage. New this year: There are multiple payment options, including digitally via Vanco.

• 2019 Stewardship Ministry: This form highlights the many opportunities available to you to get more actively involved in our parish. Whether it be liturgical ministry such as singing or reading at Mass, or involvement in one of our varied committees, the opportunities abound!

• Saint John Census: Also new this year is a census form, which I’d like to personally ask you take the time to fill out. It’s paramount that we have the most up-to-date and accurate contact information for each of our parishioners, to ensure timely and relevant communication. Rest assured this information is for internal use only, and the amount of communication you will receive by providing this is completely up to you.

 

As you fill out your 2019 Stewardship Intention and Ministry forms, we ask that you prayerfully elp continue the progress we've sseen in the form of new pastoral, school and stewardship initiatives that buck the trend of declining weekly Mass attendance here at Saint John of Little Canada. Our parishioners have such a deep faith and generous hearts; thank you so much for all you do in the continued support of our church and school.

 

God bless,

Father Tom Balluff

 

STEWARDSHIP AT SAINT JOHN'S

The process of giving takes many forms in our Parish Community. The Holy Mass is a good place to start because it is the "source and summit" of our faith, and there are so many ministries available for us to contribute and share. Of course, the priest is the obvious contributor at Mass. However, there are many ways in which the laity do participate and contribute. For example, during the weekend Mass, there is the need for Servers, both adult (7:30 am Sunday Mass) and school age children (Saturday 4:30 pm, Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses). Sacristans, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Ushers, Choir Members, Lectors, Cross Bearers and Cantors all contribute to our Liturgy. There are even ministry options for the entire family during the Mass by bringing the gifts (hosts to be consecrated and wine decanter) up to the front during the Offertory.

 

Though many of these ministries are visible during the Liturgy itself, there are opportunities for those who prefer to be in the background. Sacristans help set up before Mass and clean up afterwards. In addition, there is the ministry of preparing the church for the various Liturgical seasons through stringing garland, changing the banner colors, etc.

 

The ministry opportunities are not limited to the weekend Masses either. We bring the Eucharist to those unable to attend Mass, both those in the hospital and the homebound, throughout the week.

 

There are ministries available to adults, youth and children. (Note, the Archdiocese requires that Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist be confirmed and 16 years of age or older.) Of course, training is provided and no experience is required - just a willing heart!

 

Please contact the Director of Liturgy and Music at rchimzar@stjohnsoflc.org or 651-288-3269 for information about ministry opportunities during the Mass. If you would like to be an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist to the Sick, either to the hospital or homebound, please contact our Pastoral Minister, Eric Cooley at ecooley@stjohnsoflc.org or 651-288-3268.

 

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