A Letter from Sr. Vivian
The Collection for Retired Religious is Sunday, December 11th
In the decades right after the Second World War in the 1950’s and 60’s, American Religious Communities were flourishing. My Community, Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas, had over 600 members. We worked mainly in schools and hospitals. Some of the hospitals we owned and some were county hospitals. We also owned and operated Marymount College of Kansas. The Sisters who were working took care of those who could not work. Most of us thought we would go on like this forever.
Then Vatican II happened. We were asked to go back to our roots. For us this meant the dress of the day and going out among the people. This triggered many changes, the change from habit was a big one. Sisters were free to seek other kinds of jobs. These changes caused discontent in two different groups: those who thought we were changing too fast and those who thought we were not changing fast enough. In the 70’s, many Sisters left their Communities and vocations began to drop. This trend continues to the present time. My Community has dropped to 92 members in the U.S. and 14 in Brazil. Of the Sisters in the U.S., 42 are 80 years old or older, and 40 are in their 70s. read more...
Many of the members of St. Columbkille Parish do an excellent job of tithing. Much of your tithe goes to practical things like keeping the lights/heat/AC on, paying our parish, school and religious formation personnel, supplies for all our programs and ministries, supporting our archdiocese, and maintaining our facilities and ground.
It is so greatly appreciated that so many of our folks take care of these everyday monthly expense so consistently. The end of the year is soon approaching. Some may be so fortunate that they are considering making additional end of the year contributions to take advantage of the tax breaks available.
If you are one of these fortunate people, do you want to get a BIGGER BANG for your buck??? Consider placing an extra donation in your DEBT REDUCTION, PAVE THE WAY, OR FUTURE FUND envelope. Anytime that we can pay down existing debt, the parish is helped by saving the interest paid.
You are encouraged to take some time to prayerfully consider if you can help the parish eliminate the debt. Please remember to have all end of the year contributions delivered to the church by midnight of December 31st in order to have it recorded to your 2016 contributions.
Wondering How Much to Give?
One of the things we’re expected to do is give 5% of our income to the parish, 1% to the diocese and 4% to other charities. You’ve undoubtedly been inundated with requests for groups who would appreciate some of that 4%.
One easy way to see if you are coming close to the recommendation is to use the following formula:
Sunday giving should be one dollar for every thousand of household income for the year. For example, if the household income is...if the household income is
With this easy formula, your gift to the kingdom of God will be approximately a five (5%) percent tithe. As the year ends, this is a good time for all parishioners to consider whether what they are returning to God for all the gifts received meets this basic formula?
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Our Heart Values
We recognize one another as gifts of God, inviting and inspiring all to become disciples of Jesus.
We joyfully celebrate Christ among us through full, active and vibrant worship.
We go forth to love and serve, sharing our God-given gifts with each other and throughout the world.
We embrace formation as a life-long journey of spiritual growth, individually and as a community.