Parish Highlights: St. Benedict Parish Online Weekly Newsletter
Today’s Gospel from the Book of St. Matthew again includes parables. We have been hearing the Lord share parables with us throughout our readings in recent weeks. The first parable we hear today is called The Parable of the Wedding Feast.
In this story shared by Jesus for our benefit a king is hosting a wedding feast for his son. He sends out invitations and people ignore them or choose not to respond.
It may seem somewhat remarkable to us that people turn down an invitation to a royal wedding feast.
Yet, the Lord invites us to join Him on a regular basis through Holy Scripture and the Sacraments. Many ignore the invitation, and in most cases are not even aware of the fact they have received it. Those who read this are aware of the invitation.
The question is “How do we respond?”
What do we do after we attend a Holy Mass? What is our reaction to the reception of Christ’s incredible gift in the Eucharist? We may not make light of it like some of the people in the parable, but if we merely go our separate ways, and do not strive to be active disciples, we are basically doing the same thing as those Jesus describes in this parable. In one of his first appearances Pope Francis declared, “Go make disciples of all nations.” We cannot make disciples unless we are ourselves disciples.
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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.