The second is this: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no commandment greater than these.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
Putting our Faith into action: The Church extends Herself into the broader Community to shine
light and give hope.
[Service can be contagious. Once we work service into our schedules and see the benefits, it becomes a way of life. But for those who are in the beginning stages and looking for ways to serve, there are a number of things to consider.
First, whether we’re single or parents of a young family or grandparents, we need to take into consideration our personalities and capabilities.
“The starting point of being of service is to realize that I have things to contribute and so I should contribute them to the greater good,” said family therapist Lawrence Nichta, who practices in Lyndhurst, Ohio. “On the other hand, we have to realize that we’re not going to change the world with the service we do … but we’ll change our small part of it.”
Service with a smile
Nichta warns against volunteering for the wrong reasons. If we volunteer to fill a void within ourselves, that’s not really service. If the goal is to make ourselves feel better rather than the other person, we’re going in the wrong direction. Also, it can be counterproductive to habitually overcommit.
“Our service should stem from an attitude of gratitude,” Nichta said. “It doesn’t take but a casual look to see that there are people who are less fortunate than we are. We have to reflect and pray on what we have and share with others from that. It should be done out of charity, not guilt. We have to be realistic.”
Laura Castro is a recruiter for Catholic Volunteer Network and helps people evaluate their service potential. She’s lived a life of service, beginning with the Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps Midwest on an 18-month service trip to Peru. She recommends a careful assessment of what the community really needs and what we can do to fulfill those needs.
“We could be a real go-getter, but we need to be patient,” Castro said. “We must be patient and see the bigger picture. We have to be open and flexible and allow ourselves to be guided by God. He’ll show us the right way, but in his time, not ours.”
The most important thing, she advised, is to approach service in humility and with an open heart. That way we can be available to God and his people rather than basing our service on our own wants and needs.] From a 2014 article in Our Sunday Visitor by Marge Fenelon
Contributions Make a Difference
Our Love of Neighbor collection supports those who are experiencing life’s hardships
Love of Neighbor collection supports those who are experiencing a difficult time in their lives. Assistance is given to families for food, clothing, personal items, utilities, heat, gasoline for vehicles, rent, overnight housing, and other needs that arise.
Those in need often come to the church for assistance. Because of your contributions, we can fulfill the Corporal Works of Mercy to take care of the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.
Stewards of God’s gifts are not passive beneficiaries. We cooperate with God in our own redemption and in the redemption of others. We are also obliged to be stewards of the Church—collaborators and cooperators in continuing the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, which is the Church’s essential mission. This mission—proclaiming and teaching, serving and sanctifying—is our task. It is the personal responsibility of each one of us as stewards of the Church. All members of the Church have their own roles to play in carrying out its mission:
- Parents, who nurture their children in the light of faith;
- Parishioners, who work in concrete ways to make their Parishes true communities of faith and vibrant sources of service to the larger community;
- All Catholics, who give generous support—time, money, prayers, and personal service according to their circumstances—to Parish and diocesan programs and to the universal Church.