Our Parish Mission Statement:

Rooted in the Most Holy Eucharist and the other Sacraments, St. Patrick Church of Merna welcomes all to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through stewardship, by loving and serving others through our God-given gifts.

He is risen, Alleluia! Lent is over, and we’ve entered into the beauty of the Easter Season, where we joyously celebrate Jesus’ life, death and rising for each of us. We seek to grow in gratitude for this great gift, and for His living Presence among us, especially in the Eucharist.

No matter how little or how much you brought to Jesus this Lent, some transformation and renewal did happen. Even though it may not be what you initially planned, we are a work in progress and will always be ever changing. Even “Doubting Thomas” remained faithful and grew in trust in our Lord.

Like the rebirth of spring, let us continue to soak in His Presence through prayer and quiet time with Jesus, growing in friendship and trust in Him, as He molds us into fruitful, passionate disciples, into saints! You never know how Jesus will work within you!

As we recently renewed our baptismal promises, this season also reminds us of our baptismal identity. We have been anointed and identified with Christ, as priest, prophet, and king. As priests, to pray for one another and offer sacrifice. As a prophet, anointed to speak the words of God and be a witness. As a king, bringing right order, reigning under His authority in obedience. Meditating on these truths in prayer will make us more fully ourselves, living the abundant life He died for.

In his homily on 11/12/23, Fr. Schultz discussed Stewardship and what it means for our Parish. Below are some highlights to consider as you move forward living a life Rooted in Christ:

  • The History 
    • Both Fr. Jerry and Fr. Greg had profound visions for our Parish and Fr. Schultz wanted to continue their visions while considering the current needs of our Parish. He introduced Stewardship under the theme of Rooted in Christ. 
  • Definition of Stewardship
    • Stewardship is a way of life. It is Rooted in Christ using the gifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure through Praying, Serving, and Giving.
  • Vocabulary
    • The addition of the verbs praying, serving, and giving were introduced to help parishioners better understand the relationship that Time is praying, Talent is serving, and Treasure is giving
  • Stewardship is Biblical
    • 1 Peter 10 “As each one has received a gift, use it to serve another as good stewards of God’s varied grace”
    • 1 Chronicles 14 and 16 “…For everything is from you, and what we give is what we have from you”; “Lord our God, all this wealth that we have brought together to build you a house for your holy names comes from you and is entirely yours.”

Click Here to View the History of Stewardship at St. Pat’s

Parish Stewardship Council Members

  • Father Dustin Schultz
  • Father Matt Deptula
  • Deacon Mike Pool
  • Lynette Mehall, Chair
  • Brenda Seger, Steering Committee
  • Jenny Cook, Communications
  • Jeff Lopez, Stewardship Director
  • Marylynn Meredith, Time
  • Janis Lancaster, Talent
  • Becky Foley, Finance
  • Rusty Schopp, Finance
  • Troy Morris, Eucharistic Revival
  • Bobbi Hassel, Religious Education
  • Bob Freitag, Adult Formation
  • Julia Nalwejaka, Youth Ministry