Money Stuff

Fr. Steve and the finance council recently provided an uplifting and informative State of the Parish presentation.  I have heard some questions about the Religious Education budget; some folks are thinking that it covers the very important task of our educating our young saints through our regular catechesis program, and that’s all.  Well, it is certainly our #1 task, and a duty for all of us adults, no matter how many or few of our own relatives are in the classes.

But it’s important for our financial backers (That’s you!) to realize that the Religious Education budget  also covers the following expenses: RCIA; CYO support; parish missions; speakers; Bible studies; other adult faith programs; youth ministry which includes B.A.S.I.C., E.P.I.C., and more; the manpower behind our bulletin; the library; evangelization; Vacation Bible School; much of our website and social media outreach; and even diaconal support and some of the marriage programming.  We are very, very careful with the money we spend….  //  LEARN MORE

God’s Will

Imagine with me for a moment that you are the grown child of a tremendously wealthy father. He owns mansions, vintage cars, corporations. He has jets, islands, and staff. He has paid to redirect rivers and move mountains. Your father has SO MUCH money that he has even considered putting his name on a star in another galaxy. Yep. He’s that rich.

And as loaded as he is, your father is equally eager to share that wealth with you. Not just someday in the future, or at some point requiring his exit from your life, but NOW, and every day. Every moment, all that he has is yours, even on those days when you are not nearly worthy of any measure of it. Let’s pause and dream: What would we do with it? How would we savor it, spend it, give it away? Ahhhh, the fun! The luxury! The responsibility!

And then, my friends, with all those ideas in mind, let’s dwell on the mind-blowing fact of our Father’s tremendous wealth – and our inheritance – as described in Ephesians 2:4-7:

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ…, raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Rich in mercy. Rich in grace.

What, then, is our response?

Your Pickle,
Marian Bart
Parish Catechetical Leader

Top Ten List

For many years, I was blessed to be a catechist/Bible study leader for a particular group of young people.  As I cleaned out files this week, I found this list I created for them of the “Top Ten Things I Have to Say Before I Let You Go.”  I think I personally still need the counsel within it; I’m sharing it here in case it speaks to you too….  //  LEARN MORE

Hail, Mary

Many of your parish staff members recently consecrated their lives to Jesus through Mary, using 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley as a preparation guide.  Fr. Anthony plans to offer this same opportunity to the parish at large in the upcoming year.  We highly recommend it!  In the meantime, here’s a Marian prayer I wrote in the chapel.  It’s meant to be prayed in two directions – all the blue words first, and then starting over with the blue and rose together.   I pray it blesses you somehow….  //  LEARN MORE

Fear of the Lord

Because someone asked me about it, I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the puzzle of Fear of the Lord.  As most of us probably know, Fear of the Lord is a gift of the Holy Spirit – the list of which can be found in the Old Testament, in Isaiah 11:2-3.  At first glance, this Fear may not seem to be as sweet as the other gifts: Wisdom, Understanding, Fortitude, Piety, Counsel, and Knowledge. And it may especially seem to be contradicted by Jesus’ frequent insistence that we fear not – a command that I have been told (though I have not personally counted) is given 365 times in the New Testament, once for every day of the year. So what gives?  I think the key lies in recognizing just who God is….  //  LEARN MORE