Why Lay Witness This Sunday

One of the important ways we prepare for stewardship renewal weekend is lay witness. A lay witness is a parishioner chosen each year by the pastor to give his or her testimony on their stewardship journey. They are parishioners who already believe and practice stewardship as a way of life, by giving to the parish of what God has given them in time, talent and treasure.

Lay witnesses send a strong message to their fellow parishioners about giving of oneself and one’s possessions and time in gratitude for all the gifts God has given them and their families. People who hear that stewardship is working for other people are motivated to bring stewardship into their own lives.

This year, I asked Nestor Tantamco (Jun) married to his wife, Medina. They have three beautiful children: Jessica, Kyros and Lea. I got to know Jun better when he volunteered to be a daily altar server at the daily morning Mass. He told me that he was a small businessman, a family business. At first I was surprised by his self-giving of his morning time before going to his business. He told me that this is how he begins his day, by giving to God what God has given him and his family.  Before long Jun asked to be a Sunday and daily Mass Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist (EMHE). Sunday after Sunday I saw this family together at Mass, and after Mass they would take time to talk to their family friends in the church before going home. While others rush to their cars, the Tantamco’s would still be there after the 9 am Mass joyfully talking story! These are all qualities of an ordinary family with an extraordinary sense of stewardship as a way of life. Jessica, Kyros and Lea, you are so lucky to have such wonderful parents who with you live stewardship as a way of life.

May God bless you. May God bless all families here at St. John’s for their stewardship hearts of giving their time, talents and treasure so that God’s work in the parish may continue.

  Monsignor John S. Mbinda