Volunteer - Share Talents in Loving Service 15 APRIL 2018 You Can Make a Difference Why should I volunteer? As Christians, we are called to serve. Some of us do this through holy orders (priests, deacons and nuns). Most of us serve family, friends and neighbours in numerous ways throughout our lives. We may also serve with dedication in a paid profession. When the time is right, we may also be called to give to others, not because we know them or because we are paid to do so, but simply because the love and faith that binds us to God calls us to serve other members of his family. Volunteering is a wonderful way to do God’s work. Does it matter where I volunteer? Yes. We live in an ever-growing secular world. Many organizations’ mission statement and or services are not consistent with Catholic values. In some cases (for example - right to life issues), they are in direct contradiction to church teachings. In fact, current federal government policy has made it impossible for many faith-based organizations to continue to receive grants to employ students through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. This is a tremendous blow to many organizations across our nation, and speaks volumes to secular pressures, and to the future welfare of many faithbased service providers. Should I volunteer at St. Francis de Sales? Yes. As mentioned, we live in a world that is becoming more secular. It can be difficult for Christians to express their beliefs and live their faith openly in a way that strengthens and renews them. Here you can join others in a community of faith and be enriched by meaningful experiences and pursuits. How do I know if there is a volunteer role for me at the church or within the Archdiocese? At St. Francis de Sales and within the Archdiocese of Toronto there is an amazing range of volunteer opportunities. Whether you have a few hours a month to assist at Mass, support our children and youth through their sacramental journeys, bring comfort and aid to those in need, or help with the practical needs of a large parish, there is a place for you to share your Talents. We have many volunteer ministry position descriptions available for your review and, like other organizations, a professional application and screening process. Our goal is to ensure people are well suited for their roles and that they receive a sense of fellowship and peace by serving God and their brothers and sisters. Learn more about volunteer opportunities by visiting: www.archtoronto.org/about-us/volunteering To date we have collected $23,916.55 in ShareLife donations (42% of our goal.) If you were unable to give last weekend or this weekend, you may wish to place your ShareLife donations in the regular collection basket or drop it off at the parish office before the end of July; or you may wish to give by way of credit card by visiting www.sharelife.org. Our next ShareLife collection will take place next weekend 21/22 April. Our goal this year is $57,000. YOUTH MINISTRY The SFDS Youth Ministry are selling Macmillan’s baked goods, batters and other food products to help raise funds for the youth attending EDGE Camp and the Steubenville Conference this summer. Please visit the display in the foyer to find out more information and to pick up an order form. Orders are due to the parish no later than April 27 th . FAMILY OF FAITH Is your information up-to-date? Please help the Family of Faith campaign maintain its records and keep cost of administration low by letting them know of any changes to your information, including your email address. Please contact the Donations Processing Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-934-3400 ext. 555. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
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