I want to thank all of you who have provided generous support and continue to do so, and to encourage all to consider the needs of stewardship. Your gifts are unique and irreplaceable. Your support is vital. I ask you, please send your gifts of hope and love to your parish, the Catholic Pastoral Center and Catholic Foundation. As difficult as this time is, it is also a time of grace to recognize that everything we have is a gift from God and meant to be shared.
When we give our gifts of time, talents, and money, we receive so much more than we could ever imagine. It is integral to our own spiritual care that we give, in order to ensure the spiritual care of others. It’s a combined effort, we use finances to advance our mission, but we advance the mission with discipleship. And a key part to discipleship is helping others to learn how to become generous with their treasures.
Your gifts help pay for the active procurement of priests to serve in our communities; without a priest, we have no Eucharist. Without the Eucharist we have no Church.
Funds received help pay for the formation and education of seminarians; sustaining the communities of nuns and religious who work in the hospitals and other programs in our diocese. Your support helps pay for our diaconate programs and the formation and education of our deacons, of which we have nine currently in this cohort. We are excited about all of this! And we hope you are too in building up our church. Our Prison Ministry continues as we bring the gospel to our incarcerated brothers and sisters. Our Hispanic Ministry continues to grow to new levels. All of this is because of you!
When we grow in our generosity it helps shift our trust in a practical way and we realize all things come from Jesus. When we recognize our generosity, we get that sense of trust and love. When we give our gifts of time, talents, and treasure, we open ourselves up to receive God’s grace in way’s we cannot begin to imagine. We become closer with Jesus, and our faith deepens. Our God is infinitely generous, giving us all we have, giving us His beloved Son, and in Jesus Christ, His very own life. Our ability to be generous is a gift from Him that lets us be more like Him.
Our pastors and lay leadership in the local parishes are reaching out through heroic efforts, through challenging times, to bring the message of Christ, crucified and resurrected, forward in new ways. Let’s all remember the little steps taken by St. Therese, the Little Flower, and her telling us in so many ways that no gift is too small in the service of Christ. Our mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe, is with us in guidance and intercession, through the difficult times ahead. My sincerest thanks for all you have already done.