Every year at this time we are thinking about giving thanks to God for all the blessings, bountiful harvest and the gift of love that we are enjoying within our families. We also belong to the Family of the People of God – the Church. We should be thankful to God for this wonderful community and Family of Faith for all the gatherings at the Sunday Masses and other Celebrations which bring us closer to God and to one another. We should be very grateful that we have a beautiful church – the place of worship and many parishioners that continuously support this place by offering their gifts and talents as well as making regular financial contributions.
Thanksgiving Appeal Collection is upon us and we are like every year, turning to you to help us to again make this Appeal a success. We are asking you to give generously to this appeal. As you know, each year all parishes in the Diocese are asked to pay their fair share of the costs of the Diocesan wide programs for families, youth, deaf, foreign missions, communications, liturgy, etc, (our assessment to the chancery office is about $42,000 every year from our general revenues). Thanksgiving Appeal helps to defer the costs.
I want to assure you, that at our parish we work very hard to live within our means and are trying to be good stewards of your gifts given to the parish.
Finally I want you to know that your ongoing support of our parish throughout the year is gratefully acknowledged and appreciated. I hope you will be generous in responding to this appeal but please know that we understand if your own present circumstances prevent you from doing so.
Together, people and parishes are united in our incredible mission to bring Christ’s light to the world. Caring for others and seeking social justice are deeply rooted in our faith: in the Gospel, Jesus directs us to help the poor, feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Please give as generously as you are able, and please pray for those in need.
With warmest wishes and prayers for a Happy Thanksgiving. Fr. Adam Gabriel, CSMA