Pastoral Reflections

August 4, 2019

Vapor by Fr. Chris Saliga, O.P.

Today’s first reading starts: “Vanity of vanities . . . all things are vanity!” Herein, “vanity” means vapor, there one moment and gone the next! Combined with today’s Gospel, you and I are left to ask of ourselves: “Why am I holding back?”God gives talents and gifts, including time, to you and me to use to a superlative degree in building His Kingdom. And so we ask God: how should I use my talents and gifts to strengthen our parish? Here are some motivating examples of young leaders here at St. Dominic.

(1)This year’s Oktoberfest committee, chaired by Becca Mohrbacher, is the first in the event’s young history to be completely Lay organized and run. Hats off to this year’s committee, largely a team of brilliant “millennials.”

(2)There’s another amazing “millennial” about to assume the lead of our re-emerging young adult group. She was on our C.O.R. Leadership Development Expedition this past June. Stay tuned young adults, and be ready to positively respond to Jessica Perez’s bright leadership!

(3)Two other “millennials,” a couple of excellent accountants, Jim Mohrbacher and Scott Gesling who recently stepped onto the finance council in response to real need. One was on our C.O.R. Leadership Development Expedition this past June, a terrific community minded leader!

(4)We have yet another “millennial” stepping onto the Liturgy Committee Ryan Clavelle too was on our C.O.R. Leadership Development Expedition this past June, a true spontaneous motivator!Many folks today badmouth young people. Seems to me that the “millennials” here at St. Dominic’s aren’t listening to the naysayers. They’re too busy stepping up, creatively making a positive difference!

Let’s all get on board.

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