St. Francis/St John is currently seeking a Coordinator for Youth Ministry (CYM) to serve the Catholic community of Stillwater, Oklahoma. S/he will coordinate comprehensive Youth Ministry programs for parishioners in grades 6 through 8 and parishioners in grades 9 through12.
The CYM will also work in collaboration with the parish staff and Youth Advisory Board. This person will empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today, draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community and foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.
Qualifications and complete job description can be found here.
Applicants will be required to submit a resume with a cover letter explaining their qualifications and why they desire the position of CYM. Resumes should include three personal and three professional references. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to St Francis office by fax at (405) 533-1728 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications received before May 26, 2016 will be given priority.
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Please note that on MAY 21, 2016, Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 pm. This time change is to accommodate an event being held at St. Francis. This time change is for May 21 ONLY.
April 23, 2016
When you are going somewhere and leave last instructions, whether it is to family, business associates, friends, etc., you give the most important instructions. You want to make sure that no matter what else happens, the important things are observed. Jesus did the same thing for his disciples, not just the first ones but all of them through all time. Look carefully at the gospels and you will find many teachings of Jesus. For instance, ‘if you want mercy, then show mercy” or “don’t judge and you won't be judged.” He gives very few commandments; that is, he rarely says ‘ I command.’
There are three cases of him giving a command. The work in his physical body is coming to an end; the work of his mystical Body, the Church is now commencing. Two commands are given as his final instruction before he completes his work, “love one another’ and ‘do this in memory of me.’
Think for a minute on the command to love. We often think of love as something that just happens. For instance, a person falls in love with another or you find that you love someone who has been your friend. While these are part of our reality, love in its truest sense is an intention that we make; it is an act of the will, not just an emotional response. As Christ has loved, so are we to love. It is the deepest thing we do. Our lives in their totality must be guided by the intention to love. No matter what else we intend, love must be the primary. That is what we call Christian fidelity. This love that we choose to do makes us like Christ on the deepest level of person, yet it is not enough. The fulfillment of the command, ‘do this in memory of me,’ makes our love a perfect act of worship. Worship of God is first and foremost offering to him what is worthy of him. Of ourselves, we have nothing to offer. When we follow the command of Christ and participate in the sacred act of worship that is a meal, the love we show in our ordinary lives becomes a perfect act of worship. It is greater than what any angel can offer because it is our full participation in the one perfect offering that Jesus made to his Father.
Worship is not about how we feel; it is not about what is fun or exciting. In its essence, it is about approaching God worthily. That is why our Catholic Mass will always be offered. It is why we do things differently that others. Your best worship experience may actually be one in which you feel dry; one in which you feel nothing good. It is in precisely such an experience that we worship not because it makes us feel good, which is ultimately selfish, but it is love of God alone that motivates us.
The final command of Christ, the one given as his physical being is leaving, is to ‘go out and teach all nations.’ My friends, this is the core of our faith; love one another, do this in memory of me (Eucharist) and go and teach others what you have received.
Finally, this is a happy weekend for us. With joy we celebrate with those children who receive the Eucharist for the first time. May this be their sure pledge for eternal life. May their fulfillment of the command of Christ bring them the fullness of eternal life that we share in even now.
Father Ken Harder