One Sacrifice – One Gift
As I squeezed in a quick run this morning prior to writing this “Corner”, I was musing over what to convey in these final three “Pastor’s Corner” articles. There are a number of things, that are currently “in-process”, that I would like to briefly review.
First of all, we just launched our “Mini-Campaign” to fund our long-overdue “Learning Center” last Sunday, with the theme… “One Decision; One Sacrifice; One Gift”. With a modest goal of $100,000, this involves making a one-time gift, that will not change your normal weekly Offertory giving that the parish relies upon for our continued uninterrupted operations and balanced financial position. My request, last Sunday, was for each parishioner to prayerfully reflect on the amount of their generous gift and bring your decision for the collection basket this Sunday. If you need a bit more time, please call the church office and let us know of that need.
Secondly, you will be asked to view the new “paper template” that will be put up on the stairway-side wall of our Narthax. We are finalizing the difficult endeavor of determining the names of all our donors who contributed to the New Church Capital Campaign, the Building Fund, and who donated the cost of our many church accoutrements, such as stained glass windows, statues, crucifixes, the organ, the carillon, and others. This new finalized template will be affixed to the narthax wall and I ask that all who have been contributors to these important support elements, check for accuracy (and/or possible omission) as soon as possible, and convey any concerns to the church office.
Thirdly, I want to relate that my personal plans, at least for the foreseeable future, will be to remain in the St. Augustine Diocese and the Jacksonville area, as a senior priest. There are many who have expressed concern regarding on-going counselling and spiritual advice. To the best of my ability and availability of time, I will remain accessible for such spiritual and domestic matters. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to contact me with a need, I will then provide you with my cell phone number. Please understand that I am not soliciting, but reassuring those who have had a need, to know I am still available to you and your family members. You will all remain in my prayers. Please keep me in yours.
I have had an enormous number of offers to help with packing, moving, etc.as regards my moving out of the rectory and my office. I greatly appreciate these offers, however the hands-on need for me to select, categorize and label, give-away, and/or dispose-of, makes this a bit more personal and arduous. My four children and their families are arriving this week for my birthday and will be selecting things they would like to have, and hopefully, thin out the number of statues, religious articles and books. A small crew of friends stronger than I, are already helping with the heavy work. But, again…thank you all for your offers.
On this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, may our Faith in the Triune God, provide us all with an awareness, the knowledge, and our acceptance of, the pathway home to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. To deepen and enrich that Faith, let us all commit to make use of our personal membership and access to the “FORMED” resources at our fingertips.
Yours in the embrace of love the Most Holy Trinity has for each one of us,