Sharing one’s time, talent, and treasure can motivate another person to become a good steward. We find a great example in Anne Sullivan, the “Miracle Worker,” and her student Helen Keller.
Anne was an orphan who was shuttled back and forth between relatives and institutions. She suffered eyesight problems all her life, and was nearly blind herself; after several operations, one successfully restored her sight. She was able to complete her education, and within a year, she was teaching Helen Keller. Anne went from being Helen’s teacher, to her governess, and eventually lifelong friend and companion, sharing a household for decades. In her final years, Anne became visually impaired again, and eventually blind.
Helen was blind and deaf from illness, but Anne changed her life. Helen learned to read and speak; she also became the first blind and deaf person to earn a college degree. Like Anne, Helen was awarded many honorary degrees from prestigious universities. She became a prolific author, political activist, and lecturer. Well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions, she campaigned for women’s suffrage, labor rights, pacifism, and other causes. In 1915, she and George A. Kessler founded the Helen Keller International (HKI) organization, which is devoted to research in vision, health, and nutrition. Later she helped establish the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Anne gave this perfect description of stewardship in her valedictory graduation address (1886): “Duty bids us go forth into active life. Let us go cheerfully, hopefully, and earnestly, and set ourselves to find our especial part. When we have found it, willingly and faithfully perform it; for every obstacle we overcome, every success we achieve tends to bring man closer to God and make life more as He would have it.” Helen continued Anne’s stewardship, and we can do the same.
--Jim Wollak, Parishioner
St. Brendan the Navigator
29 Rockaway Ave.
San Francisco CA 94127
In the Archdiocese of San Francisco
Sunday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
The rectory office is closed on Independence Day,
Labor Day, and other official holidays.
Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday-Friday 6:30 am & 8:15 am
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday 8:15 am & 5:00 pm Vigil Mass
Sunday 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM & 5:00 PM
Holy Days of Obligation and Ash Wednesday
6:30 am, 8:15 am, 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Saturday 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Sunday 7-7:30, 8:30-9:30, 10:30-11:30 am
By appointment with any priest.
Every 3rd Saturday at 10 a.m.
4th Sunday of January, April, August & December (during Mass)
Wednesday 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday 4:00 pm - 5:00pm
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