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March 10, 2019

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Answering the invitation:

‘Our challenge is to help people see how much the

Church can benefit from what they have to share’

By David Myers
Southwest Kansas Register

Four questions were recently submitted to several priests of the diocese asking just how important parishioners are to the work of the parish.

The answers present a diocese brimming with gifts often taken for granted by the individual, but which can be beneficial in serving the parish, each other, and in so doing, bringing themselves closer to God.

The answers paint a picture of a people who perhaps don’t realize how gifted they truly are, and just how much the parish needs and appreciates them.

Do you think that there are gifts people have, that they don’t realize they have?

Father Warren Stecklein: “We definitely know there are many gifts and charisms within our people.  Because of shyness, humility, a fear of drawing attention to themselves or criticism from other people – many of these gifts lay dormant.  We also have the challenge of ‘thinking outside the box’.  We have lifelong patterns, habits and routines that we are slow to change. It is more simple to place our energy in the same places we always have.”

Father Ted Stoecklein: “I know that the gifts are present. I believe that the Holy Spirit gives us all the gifts that are needed to accomplish the will of the Father. None of us has all of the gifts and everyone has some of the gifts. The key is to help people accept them, grow into them and offer them back to God in gratitude.”

 

Why is it beneficial for people to serve their parish?

Father Rene Guesnier: “Their faith is strengthened.”

Father Matthew Kumi: “The benefit is that they feel internally fulfilled and also receive compliments from parishioners for all the help they give.”

Father John Strasser: “Volunteers take a greater ownership and support of their parish and the larger church, even greater than the ownership and support which led them to volunteer in the first place.  Volunteers also grow in appreciation for their fellow parishioners who also serve the parish and larger church.”

Father Rene Labrador: It develops their talents/skills; it gives them a sense of joy in serving the people/parish; it deepens their faith in God and deepens their love for the church; it develops their sense of generosity, sacrifice, fellowship and service to the people; they become role models to their children or the younger generation.

Father Warren Stecklein: “I believe for every person that chooses to share their gifts, time, talents and more, no less than 10 people are positively affected by the smallest thing they have to offer.  In many cases, the entire parish and community is positively affected.  Pope Francis has called all of us to evangelize.  By sharing themselves with the parish, they are doing just that – evangelizing to family, neighbors and friends.”

 

What gifts have you seen in the people who serve the parish?

Father Rene Labrador: “The ability to work hard; ability to organize and lead a particular group of parishioners; ability to work with the youth; generosity to share their time/talents; gift of faith and deep concern for the good of the parish/church.”

Father Rene Guesnier: “Generosity and kindness. They do it freely and joyfully without extracting ‘a pound of flesh’.  If they don’t serve freely I ask them not to serve in this capacity.

Father Matthew Kumi: “In St. Michael-La Crosse, Holy Trinity-Timken, and St. Joseph-Liebenthal, the parishioners have a listening skill. They are hardworking and enjoy volunteering to help in several ways. It’s enjoyable to work with them. In our annual Stewardship Renewal and other church events several people are ready to make presentations.

Father Warren Stecklein: We see many gifts from all facets of life.  In many cases the gifts have not always been used for the Church, but in other areas of community and family life.  Our challenge is to help people see how much the Church can benefit from what they have to share, and by offering them through the Church, they can impact even more lives.

 

What do you or your parishes do to invite people to serve the parish in some capacity?

Father Rene Labrador: “Bulletin announcement; sign-up form; I  write a personal letter of invitation to parishioners (especially those serving in the parish commissions and councils); I also give them a phone call.”

Father Warren Stecklein: “Our Stewardship Council is in the process of preparing ministry renewal forms for this fall’s stewardship campaign.  At this time it is by personal invitation from me, council members, our religious sisters, and lay ministers.  We have also included invitations in our bulletins and newsletters.”

Father Ted Stoecklein: “I know that I could do better than what I’m doing, and I’m sure I’m not alone on this. I think most parishes have some form of survey that they use to encourage people to volunteer. Sometimes I’ve seen advertisements in the bulletin asking for volunteers. But I think these means have limited success. I think most people are waiting for a personal invitation and an acknowledgment of their gifts before they take ownership of getting involved.”

 

Past Issues

Feb. 10, 2019

Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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