Parish Highlights: St. Benedict Parish Online Weekly Newsletter
Today’s Gospel from the Book of Matthew describes what occurred in Tyre and Sidon when Jesus cured the daughter of a Gentile woman. Tyre and Sidon were Gentile cities. The apostles faithfully followed the Lord wherever he went, just as we are called to do.
There was only one reason that the Lord made this trip (on foot, of course, as that was the only alternative at that time), and that was to cure the daughter of the Gentile woman. Making an effort like that is a sign of Christ’s love, and his understanding of a need. He was also trying to teach his followers, which includes us, how important each individual and her or his faith is.
Jesus’ apostles found this situation, and perhaps even this entire trip, to be a fruitless and empty gesture, more of a bother than it was worth. They even plead with Jesus to ignore the woman and send her away. They said, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.” However, Jesus is teaching a lesson to each of us, actually two lessons. He does not “send her away” but finally responds, saying “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”
The two lessons (messages) Jesus provides to us are easily summarized. First, we need to know and understand that Jesus loves us, and he is aware of our needs. The second is that when we pray and appeal for help (all the woman finally said was “Lord, help me!”) a key to answered prayers is persistence. She had it, and we need to have it.
UPCOMING SECOND COLLECTIONS
- Sharing Parish Sun Sept 10
- Forward in our Faith Sun Sept 17
- Seminarian Education Sun Sept 24
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (773) 588-6484 x203.