(February 6-7, 2016)
To be honest I have not completed Stewardship Commitment forms every year or at each parish I’ve been assigned to. This year I have completed my form and I hope you will too. I personally know people who have submitted their name to assist in a parish ministry at other parishes who were never contacted. We will work very hard to make sure everyone that would like to share their talent in one of the many ministries our parish offers, is contacted and your gifts utilized.
We mailed the following letter to all registered families of our parish. Just in case you misplaced the letter and 2016 Renewal Card or are not yet registered members of our parish I am repeating myself below.
A plane crashed in to the south pacific. Two business men were able to swim to the shore of a remote, uninhabited island. One said, “We have a lot of work to do. We need to gather firewood to build a bonfire for the rescue plane, we need to set up shelter for the night and we need to find food.”
“No,” said the other businessman, “I’m going to just relax on the beach. The rescue plane will be here soon.”
“How do you know that?”
“I am very successful at business and I make $100,000 a month.”
“So what? How will that get us rescued?”
“I tithe 10% to my church. My pastor will find me.”
While I enjoy that joke, it frustrates me. I’ve sometimes changed the joke so the punch line is “I teach 2nd grade Religious Formation at my parish, my pastor will find me” or “I cover the 1:00 to 2:00 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration shift on Thursday mornings, my pastor will find me.” But no one laughs. It seems everyone thinks the only thing a pastor is concerned about is money. The reality is that my primary mission as pastor is to get you and your family to heaven.
In this New Year and before Lent, we should take time to consider our own life and again say yes to a relationship with Jesus. Have I grown in my relationship through time in prayer? Am I spending enough time with my family? What am I, by the gift of God, good at? How am I using my talent for God? For the parish? Those are questions just as important as: Am I putting God first in finances by tithing?
I ask you to spend some time in prayer with these questions. After you have answered them, let me know on a Stewardship Renewal Card like the one enclosed. Please put it in the offertory basket or bring it to the office sometime between January 30th and Ash Wednesday (February 10th.)(read more)
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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.