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October is Pastor Appreciation Month

posted Sep 30, 2019, 11:41 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 11:41 AM ]

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. It’s the month where we pause and remember how thankful we truly are for our pastors and pastoral staff. We don’t always recognize the sacrifices they make and the big and little things they do to shepherd us and lead us.

October gives us the opportunity to honor them and come together to celebrate them as well. Most churchgoers respect their pastor, but they don’t necessarily appreciate them. And if they do, they don’t show it. This lack of shown appreciation in large part is simply due to most people having no idea all the roles a pastor actually fills to make a church function. They don’t see the hard conversations and tenuous relationships. They don’t see all the spiritual struggles and emotional strain. It’s hard being a pastor. 

As members of a congregation, we should take the time in October to consider how we can bless and be a blessing to the pastors who minister to us each week. It helps when we peel back the title of Pastor and consider underneath that role, who they are, and all that they do. So remember:

  • Pastors are human too. They wake up many mornings feeling tired and overwhelmed, just like you and me. They have good days and bad days. And the thing is, they not only have to handle their own bad days but also help ALL of us deal with our bad days!
  • They need their cups filled too. They are pouring into other people all the time. They literally are expected to be helpful and wise and kind everywhere they go, in every situation. Yet they can pour out too much and become empty. When they don’t have anyone filling their proverbial cup, then it will run dry! Obviously, the Holy Spirit is filling them and giving them what they need, but they can still use encouragement and support from people like us. A kind word and a pat on the back can go a long way when you are feeling worn and weary.
  • We are called to pray for them. 1 Timothy 2:1 says, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly, and dignified in every way.” They are in a position of spiritual authority over us, and that puts them in a place of great vulnerability. The enemy wants to discourage and distract them. They need us to pray for their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual protection. They need us to pray for their marriages and their children. If the enemy of our souls can destroy a pastor’s marriage and family, he can discourage and disillusion a whole church. This is exactly why our ministers and pastors need us committed to praying for them.
  • They need to be ministered to just as we do and sometimes even more. The burden they carry by leading us is heavy! 1 Thessalonians 5:11 gives us clear instruction to “encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” They are part of our spiritual family. Just because they are leading us, does not mean we cannot minister to them. 

It is our privilege and responsibility to care for our pastors by praying for them, finding ways to encourage them, supporting them and their families in every way possible, and serving them. Just as they have a high calling as shepherds, we also have a high calling to be the hands and feet of Christ to our pastors and spiritual leaders. 

Parish Mission -- Deacon Harold Sivers

posted Sep 18, 2019, 7:44 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Sep 18, 2019, 7:46 AM ]

Deacon Sivers

Celebrating Parish Community

posted Nov 27, 2018, 9:56 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Nov 27, 2018, 9:56 AM ]

Our Sunday Visitor recently published an article highlighting our Catholic Community.  Here is the link.  

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End Prayer Shaming Video

posted Sep 16, 2018, 9:30 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Sep 16, 2018, 9:30 AM ]

 The following video was made by Catholic 
high school 
students in response to a Senator's remark:  
"Where is God in all the tragedy in the world?"

One Nation, Under God

Bishop Baraga Video

posted Jan 26, 2018, 12:34 PM by Webmaster   [ updated Jan 26, 2018, 12:36 PM ]

Fr Corey wanted to share this video of a beautiful testimony of a native man about Bishop Baraga’s love of the native people.  This was recorded  in Marquette last weekend at the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Bishop Baraga’s death.

Patriotic Christian Quotes

posted Jul 5, 2016, 6:30 AM by Webmaster   [ updated Jul 5, 2016, 6:30 AM ]

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“We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

--John Adams

 

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever. “

- Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Memorial

 

“In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed ... No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people. “

- Noah Webster, Preface Noah Webster Dictionary, 1828

 

"We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments."

- James Madison

 

"Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land, are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulties."

-Abraham Lincoln, President, March 4, 1861, inaugural address

 

"The fundamental basis of this Nation's law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. ‘This is a Christian nation.’"

- Harry S. Truman

 

"Without God there could be no American form of government, nor an American way of life. Recognition of the Supreme Being is the first, the most basic expression of Americanism. Thus, the founding fathers of America saw it, and thus with God's help, it will continue to be."

- Dwight D. Eisenhower 

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