E-Flame Newsletter October 2017
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Ignite Your Generosity!
The Missing Link (Spoiler Alert- It's Jesus!)
Victoria Siedlecki

Here at St. Bart's, many of us give generously with our time, talents, and treasures. When surveyed, our parish ranked "generosity" as the highest trait we put into action as active Catholics. But as with everything in this life, the goal is not "to arrive" and somehow accomplish the act of generosity, but to surrender our whole lives and do the will of our Lord Jesus. Our parish was blessed to welcome the author of Ignite Your Generosity, Chris McDaniel, who spoke at all the masses and gave an in-depth presentation to a group of interested parishioners. Chris reminded us that at the heart of this life-changing topic, one thing is clear, everything in this life is a gift from God and how we use these gifts is a direct reflection of our relationship with our Lord.  
Chris challenges us to put the missing piece of the puzzle in its place and see what happens. And what is the missing piece you ask? It is not about us and what we want, what we have, or all our accomplishments, it is seeking God's will for our lives, which includes how we use the gifts and treasures He has given us. By praying, listening to the Holy Spirit, and planning to make giving intentional, we can make God's will our will. But there are so many ways to give, how do I know what is a priority and how can I know I'm doing God's will by giving? One way God lays it out for us is in fullfilling these three types of needs.
1.) Care for our family (1 Tim. 5-8)
2.) Help those in need (Proverbs 19:17, Gal. 7:9-10)
3.) Support the work of the Gospel (1 Tim. 5: 17-18, Matt. 28:19)
By courageously trusting God and giving RADICALLY, you too can bring the love and Gospel of our Lord to everyone you meet. 
Calendar of Events

In his book, Matthew Kelly challenges us to be more generous.  He also tells us that growing in generosity must be intentional.  Life is busy and distracting, and unless we make generosity a priority, it will not happen. Take a look at the dates and events below and add them to your calendar! 

                *October 28/29 at all masses

Stewardship of Treasure Commitment Weekend 
and the Generosity 8 week challenge.

*November 6 at 7:00 pm 

The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic 
book discussion on Generosity  with Dr. Tod Worner

*November 20 at 7:00 pm

Talking Generosity with Deacon Rick Witucki 

Inspirational Quote

Motivational Video
Give Like God Gives-Generosity Heals
Give Like God Gives-Generosity Heals
Catholic Social Teaching

Being Generous With The Help Of Catholic Social Teachings 

Social Teaching: Call To Family, Community, and Participation
"The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society -- in economics and politics, in law and policy -- directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable." (USCCB)

Below are ways that St. Bart's is already being generous with local outreach centers. Come and be the hands and feet of Jesus along side other parishioners!

*Oct. 25 and Nov. 21
Interfaith Outreach Food Shelf Volunteer (last Wed of the month) 
*Dec. 2
Feed My Starving Children
(Check upcoming bulletins for more information.)

Check out the Serve page of our website and click on Local Outreach to learn more about the volunteer opportunities that we help support!

Inspirational Video 
Although this video was made for confirmation students, 
it will speak the words of Jesus into everyone's heart. 

Your Untapped Greatness-Matthew Kelly
Your Untapped Greatness-Matthew Kelly

Other resources relating to the video above include:

Written by Father Michael E. Gaitley

Family Friendly Resources

Growing A Servant's Heart, One Service Project At A time 
Victoria Siedlecki

"Teach me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. 
Involve me and I'll learn." -Benjamin Franklin

Chris McDaniel and his wife Jennifer shared a few things that helped grow their children's passion for serving others.  

-Pray that God uses your children in service, for His purpose and His will.
-Place your children in front of Jesus as much as you can. Bring them to mass, let them see people pray and let them listen to how others talk about God. 
-Teach your children to listen and follow the Holy Spirit.
-Put your children/family outside their comfort zone and TRUST that God will provide.  
-Leave technology at home. Service is a personal, face to face interaction.

Lastly, Chris and Jennifer said something that woke me up and made me take notice. They said that teens and young adults leave the church because they only have been able or asked to share their parents faith, instead of owning their own faith. Service and being generous is not just telling them a story about kids their age who go out and serve others and it is not just showing them a video of what a mission trip is like and hearing testimonies. It is the actual experience of getting to know our Lord Jesus through people in need, it is being the actual hands and feet and heart of Jesus where our children will feel the true presence of the Holy Spirit work through them and in them, and personally connect with our brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray that each one of us grows in holiness through generously serving others in need and that we teach our children to grow in their personal relationship with Jesus through a servant's heart. Amen. 


Generous Saint 
A Generous Saint - St. Vincent De Paul (1581-1660), Feast Day September 27
Vincent was born to a poor family on April 24, 1581, in Pouy in southwestern France.  Vincent studied for the priesthood and at the age of nineteen was ordained. In 1618 while serving the Gondi family, an aristocratic French family, Vincent met St. Francis de Sales who had written a book, the Introduction to the Devout Life, and both their friendship and his writings made a strong impact.
With his spiritual awareness raised and deepened, Fr. Vincent de Paul shifted to Chatillon-les-Dombes where he encountered many who were poor or sick, and he decided to organize groups of parishioners who could provide assistance.  The first of these generous groups were all women and called the Servants of the Poor.  He wanted to include men and in 1625 founded the Congregation of the Mission, also known as the Vincentians or the Lazarists, a group of priests that went from place to place to preach missions and care for the needy.  This also led Vincent to generously train new priests.
Women who wished to serve the poor formed groups in parishes in Paris and elsewhere.  The older women were known as the "Ladies of Charity" and the younger women were called the "Daughters of Charity."  In 1633, Vincent formed a partnership with St. Louise de Marillac, a devout widow, to organize the younger group into a new religious order.  It expanded rapidly with a special charism for service to the sick, poor, suffering, mistreated, confined, and forgotten.  They established hospitals and orphanages, and visited homes for the elderly, jails, and prisons.
St. Vincent's dedication to the poor and all he did to found other groups to assist the poor was generous indeed.  Today, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul consists of men and women seeking holiness through charitable works.  Through the generosity of hundreds of thousands of volunteers, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is able to serve those in need.  As Pope Francis said about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, on July 26, 2015, "many ask what can we do? ...we can offer what little we have. We certainly have a few hours of time, some talent, some expertise."

**Stories! Stories! 
We Need Your Stories!**

Sometimes God speaks and calls us through the people around us. It would be an honor to hear YOUR story! We are looking for insights that you have gained from  Ignite Your Faith or any resources that you rely on that help support learning about the faith. If you would like to be a blessing to our faith community and would like to share, please let us know. You can email me, Victoria Siedlecki, at siedlecki0906@msn.com