Two weeks ago we inaugurated the 2018 Annual Appeal. As a start we have received a total sum of $ 6,432.00 in cash and pledges. It is a good start, even though we are a long path away from our goal of $ 53,204.00: yet I see it already as a testimony to your love to our Parish. I know we will all work together toward our goal and we will do even better than that: in fact, I am convinced we will double it! I am looking forward to carry about the project of placing new glass doors at the entrance of our Church with the rebate that we will get from this campaign. The new glass doors will give more light to our Church, will be lighter and it will be easier to open them (sometimes I see our elderly struggle to open our entrance door and I feel bad for them) and will allow to the people passing by to see the Tabernacle with the Blessed Sacrament, reminding them that Jesus is the source of our life and our happiness. That is why I am so thrilled to dedicate some energies to this 2018 Appeal. Just imagine this: last year we had 98 participants to the Annual Appeal, which is equivalent to 8.4 % of our parishioners. However, if 402 parishioners will donate to the Appeal as much as $ 20 per month, we would give to the Appeal no less than $ 120,370.00 and the Rebate check that would come to our Parish would be of the amount of $ 41,642.92! I think we could do a lot of good things for our Parish with that money…
I want to let you know that you will not hear me speaking about money too much. I have experienced in my personal life that when you put Christ first all the rest will come. But I would not be a good father if I do not take care also of the material needs of the Parish as well as the spiritual ones. All of you who have fathered children and had to carry your household on your shoulder—day in and day out—know what I am talking about. May God bless all our endeavors and make us fruitful in works of mercy (also through the Annual Appeal) and in spiritual graces. Let us pray that this time of Lent which we are about to begin may make us more generous toward one another, more zealous in prayer and more ardent in love toward the Lord.
Have a blessed week,