We are called to share our gifts with one another
Service, of any kind, is a beautiful way to do just that! At St. B's, we want to support your passions and find the right place for you to express your call. Whether you're looking to serve at St. B's, out in the community or the world or have something stirring in your heart that you need help activating, let us know! We’re always here to listen and support you in your mission to give of yourself to others. If you're interested in serving at the parish, click here or the button below to learn more.
|“If I therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another's feet. I have given you a model to follow so that as I have done for you, you should also do." - John 13:14-15|
Letter from Deacon Mike
October 7, 2018
The Catholic Church has a very big secret. It is so powerful, challenging, and relevant that if every bishop, priest, deacon, religious, and layperson were committed to communicating and implementing this secret, it would turn society upside-down and literally transform the world. Our best-kept secret is that the Catholic Church is above all committed to social justice. We believe that preferential care should be shown to poor and vulnerable people, whose needs and rights are given special attention in God’s eyes. The Catholic Church has a long-standing tradition of providing quality health care and education as well. One in every six hospital patients in the United States is treated in a Catholic facility, and many of our nation’s prominent schools were founded by Catholic orders. Jesus gives us His mission statement (and our mission statement) by quoting Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”
Reaching the poorest and most marginalized in our society is the call of all Catholics. To fulfill this call requires that we break out of our bubble and see those around us who are struggling. Catholics are called to be people for others. But what does this mean in practical terms? How do we translate our faith into action?
Saint Brigid Parish provides many opportunities to serve those who are in need. To name just a few, we serve with St. Vincent de Paul, Community Christian Service Agency, and Neighbors in Need. My personal passion is educating impoverished kids. There is a new high school here in San Diego, Cristo Rey High School, that serves only low-income students; they need helpers and donors. Catholic Charities also offers numerous opportunities to serve. Pope Francis even encourages us to take action to mitigate the damage to our environment. When you feel a tug in your heart to do something to make a difference, start with a prayer asking God to lead you to the causes that are a good fit for you.