As the community of St. Dominic, we have many gifts and talents. The One we follow, Jesus Christ, exhorts us to be good stewards of what we have been given. A good steward is one who is aware of God's blessings, receives God's gifts with a grateful heart, cherishes and develops those gifts responsibly, shares them generously with family, friends, parish and beyond, and in the end, returns them with an increase to the Lord.
I invite each of you to reflect on this question: When and how is the Lord calling me to be of service? All of us are called to service/ministry by the sacrament of Baptism. A follower of Jesus serves others. The question for us is not whether we are called to service but where and how. Many serve in the marketplace and on the job by the by the witness of their Christian lives. Many serve in the home and in the neighborhood. Many of you are involved in the ministry of Christian parenting. There are many other needs for service and ministry in our life as a parish family.
What follows are descriptions of various ministries at St. Dominic. I invite you to prayerfully reflect on them and consider where the Lord might be calling you to serve.
I believe we have the gifts and talents we need to be the Body of Christ in this place. The gifts just need to be released on the world by our generous response. I also believe that the Spirit of God is always in the process of inspiring, empowering, and encouraging the followers of Jesus to be of service to one another. Lord, help us to recognize your promptings and to respond wisely and generously!