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As Christians at the beginning of the 21st century, we are members of a Church that is not just concerned about the souls of others, but the well-being of the whole person, spiritually, physically, socially and psychologically. We are not just concerned about humanity, but the well-being of the planet. Ministry is more than trying to get everyone to heaven; it is working hard to bring all human life to its God-given potential, from the unborn to the elderly, from strangers in the poverty-stricken Third World to the handicapped children in our local schools.

To serve all these needs, the Church is putting out the call for more people, for the use of more gifts, and for the strength of more commitments. As Pope John Paul II said to a group of U.S. bishops in 1993, in today’s world, “the vitality of a parish depends on merging the diverse vocations and gifts of its members into a unity.” We are all needed.

St. Paul summed up the mission of servanthood with these words: “Think of us in these terms: as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries” (1 Corinthians 4:1). Each of us needs to periodically examine our lives and ask, “How good of a steward am I with the gifts God has given me? Am I doing my part?”

We would love for you to be involved in some area of ministry at the Cathedral. Please consider how you can do your part.

God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may not know what it is in this life. But I shall be told in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

–Cardinal John Henry Newman