With All Your Heart - St. Margaret Mary's spiritual approach to affect a continuing transformation in the hearts of our parish community of disciples making disciples.
The driving force behind WAYH is the love of Jesus. We are committed to create a transformational parish environment in which all activities can flourish and where we draw others to live in and for Jesus.
WAYH has four seasons; prayer, service, sharing, and witnessing. We invite your wholehearted participation.
Heart to Pray encourages each parishioner to go deeper in their prayer life, through which they can encounter the living Christ and experience his great mercy and love.
Prayer is the foundation to everything in the With All Your Heart model. When disciples make priority time to pray each day, they come to know God’s loving Presence more and more deeply. Prayer also changes our heart to serve, to share, and to witness, because we do so with Christ as our center. Like St. Paul, we can say, because of our committed Heart to Pray, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) The Heart to Pray Season offers the St. Margaret Mary community a time each year to grow in their prayer life as individuals, families and together as the Church.
“Whether prayer is expressed in words or gestures, it is the whole man who prays. But in naming the source of prayer, Scripture speaks sometimes of the soul or the spirit, but most often of the heart (more than a thousand times). According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. If our hearts are far from God, the words of prayer are in vain.” Catholic Catechism of the Church 2562
Heart to Serve shows each parishioner how to put their whole heart into serving others, selflessly bringing the love of Christ to every person and into every situation.
Jesus gave us an example to follow by the way he humbled himself to serve others. Serving with all your heart means serving with the heart of Jesus. How can we serve with the heart of Christ in our homes, in our families, in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces and in our parish? The Heart to Serve Season offers St. Margaret Mary a time each year to invite greater service from parishioners in ways that make the reign of God come more fully alive.
“It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. This is what love looks like.”
Heart to Share invites each parishioner to give freely in a spirit of faith.
Jesus taught frequently about attachment to ‘treasure’ as a threat to entering the Kingdom. Money tends to compete for our hearts. Stewardship teaches us that all we have is pure gift from God. Those who commit to faithful generosity often live with a greater sense of gratitude, peace, purpose and joy. The Heart to Share Season offers a time each year to teach these principles and to invite parishioners to consider increased offertory giving in a spirit of faith.
"God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9:7)
Sacred Space Reflection : Jesus needs many helpers today. The harvest is as big as ever; people are as lost and rudderless as they have ever been. Where are the laborers? They are not just the bishops, priests, or religious. Every baptized person is called, in some way, to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Each of us has a vocation, a call to serve and to build the Kingdom of God. Let us pray today to know our unique vocation.
The ultimate missionary role we play is to invite others to know the love of Jesus. When we experience something great, we can’t wait to tell others about it. Offering a loving invitation to others to journey with us toward life that is centered in and for Christ is the greatest form of discipleship. The Heart to Witness Season offers St. Margaret Mary a time each year to grow in their understanding of how to evangelize within the context of our faith – becoming witnesses in both word and deed.
We speak of the New Evangelization and the need to seek out those who have fallen away, but the call to evangelize is not really new. It is a perennial call to each Christian. Pope Paul VI affirmed in his letter On Evangelization in the Modern World: “We wish to confirm once more that the task of evangelizing all people constitutes the essential mission of the Church” (14).