But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. – Genesis 33:4
The road of faith for many has lead them away from the Catholic Church. The reasons for leaving are very varied. The Christian path in these times is not easy for any of us, yet God continually blesses us and encourages us to grow in our faith. If Christ is calling you back, be sure of a welcome as warm as Esau’s was for his troublesome twin, Jacob. It may be uncomfortable to dive right back into the community. You might try attending mass and see how it goes. You might contact our parish staff who would be happy to meet with you and discuss who the church has become while you were away. We have both been blessed and have gifts to offer each other. Please know you are welcome.
If you would like to register with the parish or learn more about our ministries and community life, please call the Parish Office at (206)762-7744.
RCIA- Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Want to be a Catholic? Come and see what the Catholic Church has to offer.
•Are you, your spouse, a friend, or an acquaintance a member of another faith tradition but worship regularly here at St. George’s?
•Are you experiencing God’s call in your life and seeking Baptism or full communion with the Catholic Church?
•If you are, please consider participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. The RCIA is an opportunity to explore with others what the Catholic Church has to offer. It is an opportunity, through a process of discernment and gradual conversion to become a full member of the Catholic Church.
If you are interested contact Fr. Felino Paulino at 206-722-7888. We would be happy to meet with you and provide further information regarding our inquirers’ sessions. All are welcome in this journey of faith. Come join us!
Time with God
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. – Matt 1:35
In our busy lives, time is often what we have least of. However, it is time away from the hectic pace of our lives that often will rejuvenate and reconnect us with that still small voice that Elijah recognized as God’s voice.
Our church is usually open from early morning until early evening for individual prayer. Please take the opportunity when you are in the neighborhood of accessing the church. Often a 3 minute “Hello Jesus” can turn the day around.
The parish has many other opportunities for prayer: from Tuesday evenings’ Benediction and exposition to First Tuesday’ “Daily Mass or Communion Service at the 8:15 AM in the chapel every day Monday to Friday.
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. – 1 Peter 4:10
God has graced you with skills and talents that are uniquely yours. Yet, along with our skills is a responsibility to use them for in service to others. What are your skills? What has God made you good at? How would you like them used?
Now, just because you are an accountant, doesn’t mean you have to volunteer to work with money or head the finance council. Our gifts are generally more varied than that. A sign that we are using our God given gifts well is that they multiply. We see the results of our work and that they are good. The life we share feeds us. So what feeds you? What rebuilds you when the world gets you down? What springs from your prayer life? Take a moment and complete a mail-in time and talent form or our on-line time and talent form. Don’t be limited to what you see. You may be the voice of the Spirit speaking to the parish about a new ministry.
At the heart of Stewardship is the sense that we all have been graced by God. This grace has taken the form of our skills, our resources, our very lives. This grace is given to us by our God who dwells in our hearts.
The call to Christian Discipleship, that is, the call to follow Christ’s way is the call to Stewardship. Stewardship encompasses our lives and shows God our thankfulness and appreciation for the gifts we have received. Traditionally, the term stewardship has referred to caring for something that belongs to someone else as if it were your own. Thus a land owner would leave a caretaker or steward to care for their property while they were away or focusing on other things.
In the last few years, Stewardship has become synonymous with giving or soliciting money. It has replaced the terms “sacrificial giving” and “tithing” in our religious vocabulary. This new definition defeats the very premise of stewardship. If we fully adopt the ideals of stewardship, we would care for our body by exercising regularly and eating right. We would care for our souls the way we care for our homes. We would care for those around us as if they were a precious gift. Each day would become Christmas morning.
The U.S. Bishops’ pastoral letter, Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, speaks of stewardship in this way:
Stewardship plays an important role in the lives of people who seek to follow Christ. In particular, Christians must be stewards of their personal vocations, for it is these that show how, according to the circumstances of their individual lives, God wants them to cherish and serve a broad range of interests and concerns: life and health, along with their intellectual and spiritual well being and that of others; material goods and resources; the natural environment; the cultural heritage of humankind.