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‘It takes a village’ of servants in the parish, community

It takes a village.” There is no telling where this famous phrase originated. However, it is applicable to every aspect of our life as good Christian Stewards. Look around at Mass this Sunday and count how many people are involved, giving of themselves, to ensure the Mass is the beautiful celebration that it is.
Guess what? For every one you see there, at least four people you don’t see do the same things at other Masses.
Don’t forget about those who serve in all the other ministries offered at your parish. It takes a village of servants answering God’s call to use our gifts of talent to serve others in our parish and in our community.
St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans that God blessed each of us with unique abilities and talents so we can share them to glorify the Lord. It takes all of us working together using our different gifts to be the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth. As good stewards we are called to use our talents to do our part to shine the light of Christ in every aspect of our life.
If God entrusted you with musical talents, then make a joyful noise in the choir. If you are blessed with an abundance of patience and love for children, then volunteer to help with children’s religious education. If you have a voice for radio and no fear of reading in front of a crowd, then volunteer to lector. If you have a welcoming smile and don’t mind taking up the collection, then join the ushers or greeters. If you feel called to a vocation, talk to your pastor.
It is also our responsibility to encourage and welcome others to use their talents to participate in the mission and ministry of the Church. There could be someone you see regularly at Mass who would love to help. All they need is your invitation and a little encouragement. The volunteer opportunities are endless … remember it takes a village!
“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them: if prophecy, in proportion to the faith; if ministry, in ministering; if one is a teacher, in teaching; if one exhorts, in exhortation; if one contributes, in generosity; if one is over others, with diligence; if one does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” – Romans 12:6-8
­­— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.

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