Pastor's Letter - September 24, 2017

How would you like to get a full days wages after only doing one hour of work? That is what happens in the parable Jesus tells in todays Gospel. Although one should be cautious not to use this parable as the basis for social justice in the workplace, it does express the difference between what we understand as human justice and what God gives us out of His Divine Generosity. As the prophet Isaiah tells us in the first reading, God's thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are His ways our ways. God is always more generous to us than we deserve.

Recognizing God’s generosity should spur us on to be generous as well. Today we kick off the Diocesan Annual Appeal: Stewards of Hope. The DAA was begun 20 years ago in order to provide a more consistent and effective means of funding the many local, diocesan, national, and universal Church efforts. It replaced 12 annual collections and reduced the annual amount of money that the parishes pay to support the Diocesan offices. Each parish's target is based upon the annual regular income, number of households, and the number of children enrolled in Catholic Schools (more students=lower target). From its beginning in 1997, the DAA was set up so that once a parish met its target, any amount over would be sent back to the parish as a rebate. This rebate is NOT considered in the formula for determining the following year's target. Nor is the rebate used in the formula for determining the amount of support to the Catholic Schools (for SSPP, Assumption Catholic Schools. We contribute generously to the support of Assumption Catholic Schools, and will continue to do so.) The DAA is, therefore, an effective way to meet our obligations to support the various works of the Church AND (when we exceed our target) to provide additional money for our own parish's needs.

I met with the Parish Finance Council for the first time this past Thursday. We will be working during the upcoming months to clarify our financial situation, formulate a budget, and identify the material needs in the parish which need attention this year and future years. (I have already initiated a few projects which needed attention: sealing/striping the parking lot, and a new roof on the east entrance to the school/parish office.) As your pastor, I want to express my appreciation to all our parishioners who generously support our parish. While I encourage your continued regular support through the Sunday envelope, I also ask for your generous support of the Diocesan Annual Appeal. You will be receiving in the mail this week your DAA material, with a description of the Appeal, and a letter from Bishop Callahan. As you receive your DAA packet, please know that the Bishop made his requests to us priests first. Indeed, I have already made my contribution

Our Parish target this year is $48,640. To assure we fulfill our obligations to the wider Church, and to assist our own parish, I am asking that together we contribute $100,000. What a blessing it will be for our parish to have the additional moneys to meet our needs!

Please continue to pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal in our parish and throughout the Diocese.

May God bless you! 
Fr. Schaller

From Live and Learn and Pass. It On, by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (A compilation of wisdom from people of all ages and walks of life.) 
“I’ve learned that when my child gets upset, he calms down much sooner if I remain calm.” (Age 33) 
“I’ve learned that you can have the most interesting conversations while having your teeth cleaned.” (Age 18) 
"I've learned that I always think of the right thing to say when it's too late.” (Age 30)