“God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work,” (2 Corinthians 9:8). My sisters and brothers, many thanks and blessings to all of you who have participated and increased from last year your commitment to our 2017 Catholic Faith Appeal (CFA). As of July 9th, our parish has pledged $235,486.36 and collected $208,000.36.
In exceeding our CFA goal of $203,000, we not only look at “going beyond a dollar amount.” We are pledging ourselves in that our fulfillment of Jesus’ Gospel message and command to us His disciples: “Proclaim that the Kingdom of God is at hand! Cure the sick; comfort the afflicted; console those who mourn!” The real pledge is our conviction and commitment to what Christ Jesus preached and did- a pledge to His truth that where there is decay, we will be salt; where there is darkness, we will be light.
And so, in gratitude to God for everyone’s participation in spreading the gospel not just “in word or speech but in deed and truth (1 John 3:18), let us honor our pledge to give glory and honor to God; fulfill our pledge so that Jesus’ mission and ministry continue; and continue to pattern our behavior after God’s behavior that love is generous in all things, for all people.
Peace and joy,