For the past two years, I have been privileged to serve as the president of our parish council. During this time, I have been lucky enough to avoid the task of writing an article for the Nativity News. Now that my term on the parish council is ending, my luck has run out and Ann has coerced me into writing this article. My time on the parish council was enlightening and enjoyable. Serving on the council gave me the opportunity to work with many members of our parish who are devoted to serving our Nativity family and our neighboring community. I want to thank all of the council members who have worked so hard for the benefit of the parish during the past two years and I like to welcome the new council members who will be starting their terms on the parish council. Thank you also to those members of our parish who submitted their names, but were not selected for the council.
There are many benefits to serving on the parish council, but the most important benefit is the opportunity to work with Sister Jolene and Brother Ray. To experience the wisdom, dedication, and humility of these outstanding people is a tremendous gift. In his speech at World Youth Day, Pope Francis said “The life of Jesus is a life for others. It is a life of service.” Sister Jolene and Brother Ray are truly living a life of service and we are blessed to have them with us at Nativity. From the example they set, we can learn that there is joy in service.
All of us have the ability to serve. Our parish provides numerous opportunities to serve by sharing our time and talent. No matter how much time we have to give, or what our talent may be, there is a way for us to serve. We have many dedicated parishioners serving o parish commissions, but our commissions can always use more volunteers. As we learned at our recent parish retreat, we all need to serve our parish to ensure that Nativity continues to be a thriving parish and a valuable asset to the community. Working with one of our commissions – Christian Service, Education, Evangelization, Social, Stewardship, Worship or Youth—is one way to help our parish and experience the joy of service. If you have question about how you can serve, talk to one of our parish council members.
Pope Francis said it best: “Go, do not be afraid and serve. If you follow these three ideas, you will experience that the one who evangelizes is evangelized, the one who transmits the joy of faith receives joy .”
Kroger Community Rewards— If you shop at Kroger, you can prove a benefit to the parish by registering your Kroger card and selecting Nativity as you designated charity. Kroger will donate a percentage of every dollar you spend on groceries to Nativity. Designating Nativity as your charity will not affect your Kroger fuel points and it will cost you nothing. You can register your Kroger card at your Kroger store or on line at: www.kroger.com/topic/kroger-community-rewards-3. Please note that if you previously registered, you may need to renew your registration on the web site or at your Kroger store. Please check the bottom of your Kroger receipt to confirm that your card is registered to Nativity.