Stewardship Reflection

October 17, 2021

Faith in Action Idea of the Week: "Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother." - Saint Padre Pio

Our Gospel today conveys how we are called to imitate Jesus through humility and service. We are reminded that the Son of God became man and surrendered His life into the hands of men so that we might be saved.

The life of Jesus was centered around His Father’s mission and the service of mankind. And this is how we ought to live – in imitation of Christ.

James and John wanted to ensure they had a spot in heaven with Jesus. They were concerned about themselves in that moment – “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.”

Jesus quickly reminded them, “whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.”

Our culture constantly encourages us to do what we can to get ahead in this world, to do what feels good, no matter the effects – that power, authority, and wealth should be our goals in life.

Our faith offers us something different and fulfilling – a life of humility and service. As Christian stewards, we are called to live our lives in service of God and neighbor, just as Jesus did. Our life is not about us. It is about fulfilling God’s glorious plan for each one of us.

So, we must ask ourselves, are we living out God’s plan for our lives? Is my life centered on me? It can be difficult to know God’s plan for our entire life. He sees the whole picture – we only see the now. All we can do is seek Him daily. If each day is centered on Him, then our entire lives will become the work of Jesus.

Citadel Mall Volunteers Needed

COVID-permitting, the Catholic Center would like to restore its full hours of operation, 11:00am – 8:00pm Monday through Friday, starting on October 1st. But for that to happen, we need to have enough VOLUNTEERS at the front desk to fill all the shifts! These shifts can be daytime or evening, for two or three hours depending on the person’s desires, generally once a week. The volunteers are the face of this wonderful ministry. You evangelize by your welcome, your smile and your conversations with people coming for Confessions, for Mass, for a visit to the chapel. Please call Karen Zecha, Volunteer Coordinator at the Mall, 719-573-7364, to volunteer or to seek more information.


Soup Kitchen

St. Paul staffs the Soup Kitchen on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month (also the 4th when there are 5). If you can find time in your schedule to volunteer, please contact Nancy Daly at 719-635-7087.


Marian House Kitchen Volunteers Needed

As Catholic Charities transitions meal services to focus more on working poor and vulnerable families, seniors, and people with disabilities, it was the right time to drop soup from our name. So for now, we will be known as the Marian House Kitchen.

Shifts Monday through Sunday, 7:00am – 9:45am food prep, 9:45am – 1:15pm food service or a full day option of 7:00am – 1:15pm. For more information call the Volunteer Office Help Desk at 719-866-6559 or email: [email protected] or visit


Client Services Intake Volunteers Needed

Shifts 10:30am – 1:00pm. Volunteers needed for Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Duties include greeting guests, providing basic service information and creating ID cards. For more information call the Volunteer Office Help Desk at 719-866-6559 or email: [email protected]