FROM THE PASTOR
Did you ever read a fairy tale to a tiny child? Just when things look lost for our heroes, they defeat the evil ones trying to kill them, and they live happily ever after. And if you watch the tiny child as you read, he or she waits with breathless anticipation for the ending, afraid the bad guys will win, afraid that when the book is closed, sadness will reign. But then, just as you say the words, “they lived happily ever after”, the child sighs and smiles, and all is right with the world. Until
they say, “But is it true?” You are forced to lightheartedly say, “It’s just a story, but it’s a good one isn’t it?” Our deepest longing, what our heart yearns for is a story that is really true, where the good guys really win for keeps and they live happily ever after. No wonder we remember Easter. You see, that story is true. It really happened. No one made it up or spun the tale out of thin air. For the first time in human history, our deepest longings came true. Jesus did defeat evil. He did die, but he rose again. He promised that if we followed him, we would live forever. We’re not talking Peter Pan here or Jack the Giant Killer. We’re talking about someone very real, our God who became one of us so we could become more like him. Our heavenly Father loved us so much that he couldn’t bear to tell us just a story. He sent his Son to us to answer our yearning hearts. And when Jesus did everything his Father asked, even dying on the Cross, the Father said this story had to end happily. And so he raised Jesus from the dead, so that Christ could live and we could close our eyes at
night, unafraid, knowing that things that go bump in the night, all that is evil, even death, can never conquer we who are the brothers and sisters of the greatest hero of all–Jesus, Son of God
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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