What is Your “Just One Thing “?

Autumn is the season for harvesting and sharing the fruits of our labors. This week’s scriptures use images of the harvest, family life, pregnancy, and investment to describe the abundant harvest in the reign of God. We discover that sharing the gifts we have been given brings eternal rewards for everyone.

In the Gospel parable a master entrusts his possessions to three servants before going on a journey. Each is given some talents. What they do with those talents determines what the master will do with them when he returns. How about us? What are we doing with our talents? How will our Master treat us when he returns?

We are all part of God’s Plan.  Every one of us has a gift that God has given us to share.  Let’s all take that first step together.  While it may be a little intimidating to jump off the edge into the deep end of the pool, it would be easy to put just your toes in first.

Think about it.  What ONE THING can you do to honor God while benefitting our faith community?

Do you sew?  Do you bake?  Can you make a main dish or pan of lasagna for a special function?

Are you a painter who could do touch-up painting in our facilities to keep them looking fresh and clean?

Do you have a trade to share?  Are you a landscaper who could offer 2 hours a week to keep up the grounds of the parish?

Are you available to help with small Honey-Do jobs?

Are you able to pick up a fellow parishioner who needs a ride to Mass?

Are you available to set up tables and chairs on either a periodic or regular basis?

Extra hands and hearts are welcome in our Youth Faith Formation program.  Are you available?

Are you able to make sandwiches one day a week and be part of our Feed My People Ministry?

Are you comfortable with money?  Would you be willing to serve on the Collection Counting Team once a week?

Will you visit the sick of our parish at their homes or in the hospital?


While it is very important in our faith life to attend Mass each week, it is also critical to our faith journey to be engaged with our parish.   Are you willing to be part of the Liturgical Ministries once a month?

Can you share a welcoming smile with visitors and “regulars” at Sunday Mass (be a Greeter)?

Can you proclaim the Word of God during Mass as a Lector?

Will you consider helping people find a seat, taking up the collection, being an Usher?

Do you play an instrument (including voice)?  Are you willing to be part of one of our choirs?  (We have special occasion choirs if you’re not available on a regular basis.)

Are you good with young children?  Would you be willing to be a catechist once a month for the Children’s Ministry during the 10 a.m. Mass?


Please prayerfully consider putting that first toe in the water.  For more information, call Debbie at 760.722.1688 or email her at dshapiro.stmarys@gmail.com.