MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
I welcome you to our Stewardship page.
Ever since I came to St. Bart’s I realized the potentials we have as a parish just by our numbers. And as weeks turn into months and years, I have also become aware of the many individual talents among us, those already known and those yet to be discovered or be awaken. I know and believe strongly in what great things await us as individual families and as a parish family if only we’d apply these talents to the building of God’s kingdom among us at family, parish, and communal levels. But alas, many things set us back from realizing our full potentials. Among them is a sense of indifference or This Is Not My Job!.
This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have.
Have you ever said or felt this way? Well, whether you’re already involved in our parish life or have been on the fence or on the other side of the fence looking in, thank you for taking time to explore this page. Please read on and see how God might be calling you to join your brothers and sisters in building his kingdom among us and spreading his Good News of Salvation. God indeed has a role for you, big or small, and it is significant in his eyes, even if not in yours or others.
I know there is tremendous joy in serving the Lord, else I wont be here at St. Bart’s writing this. And when we get to the point that we no longer find this joy in serving God in our brothers and sister, then something is wrong with our Christianity. A preacher once said that if you have no joy in your religion, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.
Explore further and thanks for reading.
Fr. Raphael Ezeh, MSP.