FROM THE PASTOR
All this Lent, we have been reminded of the hand of God throughout human history, powerfully guiding us away from sin. Humanity started so well, there in the Garden of Eden, until an afternoon of sin ruptured the relationship between God and humanity. It was a downward spiral for us. Constantly, we rejected God, but the Father never gave up on us. Instead, he sent his Son to save us. And what happened on the hill of Calvary, where death seemed to win and Satan have the final say, really was a new beginning. Life was won for us there on the Cross. Jesus' death opened for us the possibility of a new and closer relationship with our heavenly Father.
This new beginning is a road of sorrow and a way of joy. It is a road of sorrow because we are asked to do what Jesus did: give our lives in service to him and our fellow human beings. That can entail much suffering on our part. In other words, we are asked to walk the same path as Jesus. But, this is also a way of joy-eternal life is ours as a reward for our faithfulness. There is hope to be had on the hill of Calvary. There is life at the foot of the Cross. As we walk with Christ through Holy Week, take time to imagine what it was like so long ago when our Lord made the supreme sacrifice to heal us of sin. Put yourself back into that time and place; take part in the Holy Week Services here at the parish; let the majesty of Holy Week bring the Father's loving mercy to your heart.
Sincerely in Christ,
Msgr. Eric R. Barr
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO THAT IS COLLECTED EACH WEEK AT CHURCH?
Every parish has financial obligations, including the basic operation of the buildings, salaries, maintenance, and improvements. In addition, there are schools to support, programs to run, charities to be funded, and operational expenses like hosts and wine for Mass, music books, vestments, and so on. In some cases, cemeteries and other buildings need attention. Finally, there is the diocesan assessment that each parish pays to help run the diocese and the support services provided to each parish.
Most parishes manage to get by with the collection, a few fund raisers and bequests. But contrary to popular opinion, cash flow is also a problem, and many parishes operate in the red. The Finance Committee is responsible for assisting the pastor in fiscal management. Good stewardship is the basis for successful programs.
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