Father Charles Stollenwerk, Pastor

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.”
1 Corinthians 12:4

Our parish is blessed to have so many faithful and generous people. The Eucharist we celebrate is the most essential and unifying element of our faith. Everything we do as Catholics and as a parish comes from the Eucharist. We gather as a community to be nourished spiritually by the Word of God, and by the Body and Blood of Christ. It is both in the Word and Sacrament that we are fed and nourished to continue our call and journey as disciples.

My vision is what I feel Jesus envisions for all of us as parish. Every time you reach out to help those in need by bringing groceries for our food bank, helping at St. Pat’s or here in North Olmsted cooking or serving a meal, bringing in clothing items for the homeless, and supplying young mothers with diapers and baby food, you are the living body of Christ. When you help to teach others through our PSR program, Bible Study, and all of our sacramental programs, you are the living body of Christ. When you visit a sick person, cook a meal for someone, send a kind note or help a neighbor, you are the living body of Christ. When you sing in a choir, distribute Eucharist at Mass or volunteer in our Ministry of Care, you are the living body of Christ.

We all have gifts and talents and are called to share them with others. I am thankful for the many ways you are already being the living body of Christ. That being said, we also know that there is much more to be done. As you participate in mass and are fed by Word and Sacrament, may you also be open to recognizing your own gifts and the ministry that is yet to be done!

With God’s Blessings,
Fr. Charles