The annual stewardship ministry form is available for all and offers the opportunity for parishioners to share their God-given gifts of time, talent and treasure volunteering to enhance the ministries of St. Malachi parish. Parishioners may indicate their interest of continuing/interest with a particular commission/committee. Forms may be completed and submitted to the rectory via the website; paper forms are available at the doors of the church. Completed forms are to be returned by next weekend, November 10 and 11, 2018.
Catholic Stewardship – Why we Need to Give –
During the month of October, the Stewardship Commission will present information regarding the ministries that St. Malachi Parish offers to parish members and to the community surrounding us.
We have all experienced joyful moments of giving to someone else. Recently, Americans have given generously to assist the victims of hurricane and storm related devastation. However, the warm satisfied feeling that accompanies having done our part is not the most important part of the experience.
As human beings, we have a need to give. It helps us to grow socially. It helps us to understand the needs of others. It helps us to understand that the true value of all that we possess is in how we use ourselves to another in the great virtue of love. Jesus serves as an example of the greatest love, by giving totally of himself.
Through the sacrament of Baptism, Jesus calls us to embrace his mission using all of the gifts that God gives us in abundance. When we use our gifts we praise God, practice love and show the world the meaning of Christian stewardship.
During this month, we ask you to reflect on your time. talent and treasure. How can you contribute to the mission by getting involved in our parish initiatives?
During the month of October, 2018, parishioners will be informed of the opportunities available with the various ministries to be STEWARDS of St. Malachi and to share your gifts of time, talent and treasure.
Information will be distributed following each liturgy at the doors of the church. Members of the ministries will be available at the front entrance to answer any questions along with a volunteer form.
- Sept 29th and 30th – Spiritual Development, Stewardship Commission, Life-long Faith Formation/Education
- Oct 6th and 7th – Liturgy commission/committees, Parish council, Finance Council
- Oct 13th and 14th – Social Action, Communications, Buildings and Grounds
- Oct 20th and 21st – Hospitality, Samaritan Ministry, Evangelization
- Oct 28th and 29th – Back Door Ministry, Monday Night Meal
Our Neighborhood Outreach Task Force plans for St. Malachi to be present at this summer‘s neighborhood events!
We need volunteers to meet people at the St. Malachi table and share information about our parish:
Warehouse District Street Festival (August 5, 12–8 PM) Contact Dawn Tarka (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ohio City Street Festival (September 23, 12– 8 PM.). Contact Cathy Jacob
If you have questions or want to help at one (or both) events, call the Parish Office at 216 861-5343
Special thanks to all who shared their time, talents and energy to make the Holy Week and Easter liturgies so prayerful & inspiring! We are grateful to all the many hands who cleaned and decorated the church, proclaimed the scriptures, praised God with their voices, and participated in the liturgies.
Also we are grateful to the Hospitality Commission for providing refreshments after the Easter Vigil and Coffee Hours, Carol Schiro for her decorating leadership and Charlene McElwee and the entire music ministry for enriching our celebrations with their instruments and voices.
Next Sunday, December 10 2017, St. Malachi Parish will deliver fruit baskets to the residents at Lakeview Tower before and after Mass. This annual St. Malachi tradition is a unique opportunity for families and individuals to share a gift and a smile with our neighbors in this holy season. Please plan on joining other parishioners and volunteers in this effort!
You can help deliver starting at 9:00 AM, after Mass, before 11:30 AM Mass until 1:00 PM. Contact Jeff Barbalics, (216) 426-5272 email@example.com or Linda Kennard, (216) 661- 7130, linken22@ yahoo.com for more information.
Second Sunday of Advent – Weekend of December 3/4, 2016
In today’s Gospel reading John the Baptist warns his listeners: “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” The season of Advent urges us to be open to a conversion of heart. Christian stewards heed this call daily, and take the need for conversion in their lives seriously. As a family of faith, do we hear this call to conversion amidst the massive holiday spending? The increase in credit card debt? The urge to buy things that are not necessary? The incivility on the roadways during the holidays? Are there patterns in our own lives that need to be converted?
Third Sunday of Advent – Weekend of December 10/11, 2016
From the loneliness of his prison cell John the Baptist asks of Jesus: “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” The weeks before Christmas offer much to be joyous about, celebrating with family and friends, the glitter of seasonal decorations, the excitement of gift giving and receiving. But in our midst there are the lonely and neglected, the poor, the hospitalized, the wayward, the shut-ins. There are those seemingly without hope. To whom should they look? Discipleship in the Lord includes being good stewards of others. Are there those in our family, our neighborhood, our community to whom we can reach out to show them a sign of Christ’s presence in their midst?
Fourth Sunday of Advent – Weekend of December 17/18, 2016
In today’s Gospel we hear of the coming of Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” We celebrate three Advents: the birth of Christ, his Second Coming, and his presence in the world today. Our daily lives are attended by God’s presence. Indeed, “God is with us.” The Good News of Christ’s Incarnation is that we are the sign, “sacrament,” of Christ’s presence in the world. People are supposed to see us, see how we love one another, see how we treat the stranger among us, give comfort to the poor and afflicted, share the Good News with joy. They see how good stewards are the light of Christ. And there can be no possible response except to say: “God is here!”
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) – December 24/25, 2016
Amidst the beautiful readings at the Christmas Masses is a reading from a small New Testament letter from Saint Paul to his protégé, Titus, read at Midnight Mass. Saint Paul reminds Titus that God
has given us a gift in the person of Jesus Christ. This gift represents God’s active presence in our lives and in our world. This gift redeems us from evil and death. This gift purifies us as God’s people. This is a gift that also comes with an expectation: that we receive it with thanksgiving, allow it to transform us into Christ’s image; and from it, learn how to live a life “eager to do what is good.” Take time the next few days to reflect on the marvelous gift we celebrate at Christmas, and how we might become better stewards of this gift.
Plan on rallying your friends and supporting your favorite organization (us!) as part of the first-ever online day of Catholic Giving in Northeast Ohio. Then click on our #weGiveCatholic button to make a donation on Tuesday, November 29. All donations from the #weGiveCatholic initiative will benefit St. Malachi’s Food Ministries!
Generations of faith-filled Catholic people have passed on to us the most precious gift that we possess: the gift of faith. As this generation’s “good stewards,” we are obligated to pass on the gift of faith to our children. Children primarily learn through their parents’ examples. Today, many parents volunteer their time and talents to their churches and community groups & bringing their children along with them. More and more churches encourage children to return a portion of their “treasure” (allowance or other earnings) with special children’s offering envelopes. As we know from our experience, it takes a lifetime to develop the habits of good stewardship.
God has blessed us in so many marvelous ways. Stewardship is a way of life built around gratitude to God, lived out by returning a portion of the time, talent, and treasure allotted to us. There is no more precious inheritance we can pass on to our children than this lifestyle of gratitude. “If you will give these instructions . . ., you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound reaching you have followed.” (1 Timothy 4:6)
Grateful Giving Update: Our Grateful Giving program is being very well received by the people of St. Malachi. To date, 69 households have increased their weekly contribution in response to our Grateful Giving program, representing a combined weekly increase of $796. Please use the special Grateful Giving envelope to indicate your new level of giving, and use your regular envelopes for succeeding weeks. If you are interested in receiving information on our Faith Direct electronic giving program, please contact the office.
Please join the Spiritual Development Commission for our monthly meeting on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 7:00PM at St. Malachi’s Rectory. We will be talking about prayer groups and other spiritual development events for Advent and next year. We would like your input. If you cannot make our meeting and have suggestions, please contact Jackie Krejcik or Jan Leitch.