“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.”
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
God wants us to use our talents and skills for the benefit of others. Maybe there’s a ministry that uses your skills or talents to help others. How can you put that into practice?
Volunteering in your parish is essential to the success of keeping the buildings and grounds in good condition. If there is a job that needs to be done that can use your skills or gifts, like painting, carpentry, gardening, sewing, answering phones and yes, even cooking, speak up and share your talents. The parish will certainly benefit and so will you.
Beyond these kinds of gifts, there are more spiritual kinds of gifts. If you like to sing, or play an instrument, join one of our choirs. If you are someone who has experience in public speaking—and even if you do not—we are in need of lectors (readers) in all Masses, so give it a try. Almost everyone is capable of helping to distribute Holy Communion at a Mass that you regularly attend;
sign-up for training.
Help is also needed in the Religious Education programs. If you are not ready to share your faith by
teaching, Catechists can always use Aides in the First Communion Programs or the Confirmation classes. If you enjoy helping adults that are interested in joining the Catholic Church, speak to someone in the RCIA process. Team members are welcomed. Sponsors are needed for
individual adults who would like someone to walk the journey with them, and yes, even someone who will offer to bring refreshments occasionally.
Or consider volunteering with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a worldwide organization whose main ministry is helping the poor. People are needed to make lunches and distribute them on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays for the homeless. We need help delivering groceries to families who have somewhere to live, but are struggling financially. Children in these families should not be going to school hungry. Please consider helping the members that have been working for St. Vincent de Paul for many years.
As you can see, there is much more to being a practicing Catholic in a particular parish than going to church on Sunday.
You can be a gift to the St. Leander Parish Community. Please give us a call at (510) 895-5631.