Stewardship

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To Be a Christian Steward
Thoughts from the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Stewardship

"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace"
(1 Pt 4:10).

What identifies a steward?

Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure.  But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.

Disciples as Stewards

Let us begin with being a disciple—a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. As members of the Church, Jesus calls us to be disciples. This has astonishing implications:

Mature disciples make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, no matter what the cost. Christian disciples experience conversion—life shaping changes of mind and heart—and commit their very selves to the Lord. Christian stewards respond in a particular way to the call to be a disciple. Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives and the way in which we live.  Jesus' disciples and Christian stewards recognize God as the origin of life, giver of freedom, and source of all things. We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and for one another. We look to the life and teaching of Jesus for guidance in living as Christian stewards.

Stewardship in Our Parish

As the bishops so clearly teach in the excerpt above we have a responsibility to share those gifts we have been generously given by our Good God with those less fortunate then ourselves.  This beautiful community and the local economy built upon the land, upon the fruits of agriculture, upon the hard work, the sweat and the daily sacrifice of all of you.  The church knows and appreciates your sacrifices and the church, our beautiful Mystical body of Christ thanks you for the gifts of your time, your talents and your treasures.

United in Ministry

United in Ministry (UIM) is a diocese wide annual event which was created to raise funds to support many important ministries.  Every January, each parish is given a fund raising goal which is based upon parish size, the number of enrolled families in the parish and on the parish’s prior year financial results.  When the parish reaches the dollar goal all extra funds are returned to the parish in the form of a rebate.

Some of the more important ministries supported by the UIM efforts include:

Religious Education
  • Adolescent Catechesis
  • Catholic Schools
  • Youth Leadership Training
Religious Development
  • Vocations
  • Seminarian Formation
  • Deacon Training Program
Pastoral Services
  • Tribunal
  • Family Life
  • Liturgy and Music
     

Other Ways to Give

The heart of our parish is the celebration of the Sacraments and in particular the celebration of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – the Eucharist.  We parishioners of Our Lord of Mercy and of Our Lady of all Nations are truly blessed to be members of such a vibrant faith filled parish, a parish filled with faith, brimming with hope and alive in love.  It is so easy to participate in the life of our parish and to contribute in so many ways as shown in this list of ministries.

Parish Ministries

Money Counters

This group of parishioners count the weekly offertory collections. For more information, contact Katrina Winder at 575-644-2632 or by e-mail.

Parish Office Assistance

This group of volunteers provides administrative help to the parish secretary during business hours.  For more information, contact the parish office at 575-267-4983 or by e-mail

Church Cleaners

This ministry takes care of cleaning the Church. If you are interested in this ministry, contact the parish office at 575-267-4983 or by 
e-mail.

Gardening and Landscape Stewardship

This ministry is in need of talented and hard working volunteers with the desire to insure that our churches are beautiful, well cared for and inviting to visitors and parish members alike.
 

Liturgical Ministries

Altar Servers

An altar server assists the priest at Mass by preparing the altar and acting as server during Mass.  If interested in participating in this ministry, contact Pat Garay at 575-644-0302 or by e-mail (for English Masses) and Veronica Carranza at 575-636-3927 (for Spanish Masses).

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)

Ministers who assist the priest in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ. A schedule for Eucharistic Ministers is prepared in advance so you know ahead of time when you are scheduled to serve. If you cannot serve on the appointed day, you must arrange for a replacement. If interested in this ministry, contact Joann Ballard at 575-993-4053 or by e-mail (for English Masses) and Amparo Olvera at 575-267-4714 (for Spanish Masses).

Lectors

Proclaim God’s word as a lector.  If interested in this ministry, contact Katrina Winder at 575-644-2632 or by e-mail (for English Masses) and Yolanda Rascon at 575-312-9316 or by e-mail (for Spanish Masses).

Music Ministry

Musicians provide music for all liturgical celebrations and lead the congregation in song. If you have an interest in participating in the English choir contact Lisa Neal at 575-644-5146 or for the Spanish choirs contact Johnny Lucero at 575-936-7671 or Jesus Moreno at 575-636-4214.

Hospitality Ministry (Ushers/Greeters)

Parishioners who welcome those joining in celebration at each Mass. They direct the flow of activity in the church and aware of anyone who is in need, take up the collection, direct the communicants, and answer questions. This ministry is very much in need of volunteers. If interested in participating in this ministry, contact Eleazar Acosta at 575-496-6545.

Environment Ministry/Decorating Committee

This ministry has the responsibility of decorating for the different liturgical seasons. If interested in participating in this important ministry, contact Mary Helen Albidrez at 575-644-1975.

Families Ministries

Catholic Christian Family Movement USA-MFCC (Spanish)

The MFCC-USA is a group of Christian families that join efforts to promote human and Christian values of family. For more information, contact Jesus and Celia Porras at 575-312-9578.

Responsible Mothers of the Family (Spanish)

This program is similar to the marriage one, but involves only single mothers, divorced, widows etc., provides invaluable assistance and support to those women who have to be mom and dad at the same time. For more information, contact Lola Antonio at 575-635-5818 or by e-mail.

Faith Sharing Ministries

Rosary Ministry

This is a group of parishioners that meet every Monday to pray the Rosary at 5:00 pm in the Church. For more information, contact Ruby Leyva at 575-267-4414 or Patsy Trujillo at 575-267-4640.

24-hour Eucharistic Adoration

Takes place every first Friday of the month. Come and spend some time in the presence of the Lord – it is a great time of peace, healing and spiritual refreshment.  If interested in volunteering one hour of your time, contact Amparo Olvera at 575-267-4714.

Weekly Eucharisitic Adoration

All are welcome to gather from 10 pm to midnight every Saturday night at Our Lord of Mercy to spend time with our Lord Jesus Christ truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.    

Widows of Prayer (Spanish)

For more information, contact Lola Antonio at 575-635-5818 or by e-mail
 

Outreach Ministries

Ministry to the Sick and Homebound

The mission of our Ministry is to bring Jesus Christ, in the form of the Most Holy Eucharist to parishioners of our parish who are homebound, hospitalized or incapacitated in some way that they are unable to attend mass. Contact Katrina Winder at 575-644-2632 or by e-mail (for English ministers) or Maria Teresa Acosta at 575-496-6545 (for Spanish ministers). 
Note: Please contact the parish office directly to request a priest to perform the sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession/Penance) or for the Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction). The parish office phone number is 575-267-4983.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic Family, Fraternal and Service Organization open to practicing Catholic gentlemen. To join this ministry, contact Lencho Ramirez at 575-649-3653.

Bereavement Committee

This volunteer group helps the family with the reception in the parish hall after the funeral service. If interested in participating in this ministry, contact Maria Teresa Acosta at 575-496-6545.