Dec. 1 - Fr. Paul's Stewardship Letter
I have been praying that, with God's help, you have courage to withstand the spread of the coronavirus. May God grant us a miracle, or at least a way forward and keep us all safe and healthy. I cannot imagine the many ways your life has changed because of this nasty disease. But as long as it does last, I ask you to hold each other up in prayer and allow the Holy Spirit to be our strength.
It is my great hope that our parish has also been a source of strength for you. For those who are not able to attend Mass, we have strived to connect with you virtually through our YouTube channel, our parish website, and social media. Please be assured that God's work through our parish continues for you. If you are in need, I urge you to reach out to me and be assured that all requests are held in the strictest confidence.
Our entire faith community has been impacted by COVID-19 which is why, a few weeks ago, I provided you with a Parish Annual Report. I hope the report illustrated some of the challenges our parish has faced during the pandemic. Also, I hope it shows that the mission of our parish is more important now than ever. We continue to work through temporal and ministerial challenges stemming from the pandemic and are creatively finding ways to care for our brothers and sisters in need. We have been blessed by the faithful who have generously supported our parish through unselfishly giving of their time, talent, and treasure.
And so, with great sensitivity to whatever your circumstances might be, I humbly ask, if you are able, that you consider an increase in your weekly or monthly offertory. We are all called to share our gifts in gratitude for what we have received and as disciples of Jesus Christ. After taking my request to prayer, please respond here.
Please know that I am genuinely grateful for all that you have done to support our parish, especially in the past year, and all that you will do this year. As always, I pray that God continues to bless you and your family as we work to support each other as St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. John the Evangelist, Immaculate Conception, and St. Rita of Cascia parishes.
Yours in Christ,
Father Paul A. Lisik