Parish Highlights: St. Benedict Parish Online Weekly Newsletter
UPCOMING SECOND COLLECTIONS
- Aid for our Church in Europe Sun Mar 4
- Easter Flowers Sun Mar 11
- Forward in our Faith Sun Mar 18
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) posts notes regarding all the Books of the Bible. In its introduction to Paul’s Letter to the Romans (our Second Reading), the USCCB says, “Of all the letters of Paul, that to the Christians at Rome has long held pride of place. It is the longest and most systematic unfolding of the apostle’s thought, expounding the gospel of God’s righteousness that saves all who believe; it reflects a universal outlook.”
Paul’s Letter to the Romans is in fact the longest of his letters in the New Testament (Romans is more than 7,000 words; that is much shorter, of course, than the shortest Gospel, Mark, which is still more than 11,000 words.) However, as stated by the Bishops, the Letter to the Romans explained in a more detailed way Paul’s theology and spirituality than any other letter.
Regardless the length, today’s reading contains a statement with which many of us are familiar, but which has great meaning: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The significance of that is that if we are on the side of righteousness, which should be a major goal of our Lenten experience, there should be nothing to threaten us.
We understand that we will be judged. Paul’s point is if we are judged “not guilty” by God, who can bring an additional charge with any merit? Or, if Jesus is our advocate, promoting our benefit, then who can condemn us? This is the time to place our trust in God, and in His love.
It’s not too late to support the Annual Catholic Appeal. We ask all of our parishioners to respond generously to this appeal. The appeal supports both parish and archdiocesan ministries. This year, the theme of the appeal is “Come, Follow Me.” We have all received God’s love. By financially supporting the ministries and services funded by the Annual Catholic Appeal, we help to extend God’s love to many, many others. For more information or to make a pledge, please visit www.annualcatholicappeal.com or use an envelope located at the entrances of the church. When our parish reaches its goal of $47,841 in paid pledges, we will receive 100% of the additional funds for continued heating upgrades to our parish plant. This goal represents 6% of our offertory income. Because of your immense generosity over the last several years, our parish has been able to address various capital needs mainly with our aged heating plant. Our 2018 rebate will again go towards special projects in our parish. Please respond generously.
Thank you to all of our donors for their remarkable generosity to the parish. This new report, which will updated each week, is in an effort to effectively and openly communicate to you all of the activity that takes place with our ordinary and extraordinary appeals. We strive to be good stewards of the gifts that have been entrusted to us. It is our hope that this ongoing report will show to you the accomplishments made because of your generosity to the parish. Your past, present and future generosity to the parish is deeply appreciated.
Dear Family of Faith,
Since the two ‘in pew’ commitment weekends that we hosted for our Capital Campaign, pledges have still been coming into the rectory! Thank you! That puts us at $4,604,683 pledged toward our Capital Campaign total need of $6.2 Million dollars. This is so unbelievably generous and will make a huge impact on our future. Thank you for your generous support of the Campaign! And thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard on the campaign to make us such a huge success. I am so grateful for your generous spirit that has drawn us together tightly as a parish community. Everyone pitched in to make this campaign a success; old, young, long time parishioners, new parishioners, single parishioners, families, families with kids in our School, families with kids in our Religious Education, large amounts, small amounts, everyone pitched in! Thank you!!
As successful as we have been, this pledged amount includes only 15% of our registered parishioners to date. For sure a good number of parishioners have been through one, two, three, or four previous Capital Campaigns and might feel a little ‘campaigned out’. This is certainly understandable. But what about the hundreds of households who have never contributed to an extraordinary Capital Campaign like this? Won’t you please consider a gift to this Campaign that secures our future so boldly? Pledge cards are located at the St. Benedict Shrine near the Campaign banner. Your gift will go a long way to make us secure for the future. Please pray about your gift!
May God continue to bless you and those you love. Please pray for me as I pray for you daily. God bless, Fr. Jason
St. Benedict 2015-2016 Stewardship: Offering our Time, Talent and Treasure to our Parish and to God who has blessed us abundantly!
Our first hour of our time goes to God every Sunday in the Mass and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. Please CLICK HERE to download the Ministry Volunteer Form and let us know what ministries to which you are interested in offering your time. Thank you!
Online Giving to St. Benedict Parish
Have you signed up for online giving to the parish through GiveCentral? If you have, I thank you. If you haven't, then I encourage you to do so today. There are numerous benefits to signing up with this easy-to-use and secure portal:
1) You will no longer need to worry if you forget your envelope, and you will no longer need to write checks to the parish;
2) When away from the parish, you will still be actively engaged in the life of the parish by being a good steward of your financial resources and assisting us through your regular contributions;
3) You have the ability to have contributions withdrawn directly from your checking account or charges made to your credit card. You direct the payments and the timing of your contributions, all from the convenience of your home or your mobile device;
4) You can control recurring donations to the parish, the preparatory schools, archdiocesan second collections, parish functions, etc.
The best thing about online giving is that your regular contributions to the parish help us to remain financially solvent and allows us to continuously expand our parish ministries to our community.
Thank you to all of our parishioners for their generosity, no matter what method you use to contribute. Every dollar we receive is gratefully accepted and used for the greater good of our community of faith. We strive to be the best stewards of the gifts that have been entrusted to us.
Should you need any assistance, please contact me at email@example.com or at (773) 588-6484 x203.