It is a rare person who, once embracing the Faith, is then able to live a life totally and faithfully committed to the Lord. Our faith is for a time strong and vigorous - and then wanes as we struggle through difficulties. (That’s another good reason why Jesus gave us the Sacrament of Confession!) Since God is calling all of us to be saints, we need to seek the assistance of the Holy Spirit and the Grace of the Sacraments in order to persevere in faith every day. And it is never too late to “turn it around” if one hasn’t been living a holy life. As the Lord says in today’s Gospel, it is the “tax collectors and prostitutes” (i.e., the public sinners of the day) who heard the call of repentance and reformed their lives. Lord, help us with Your Grace to reform our lives.
The Diocesan Annual Appeal provides funding for many worthy local, diocesan, national, and universal Church efforts. The DAA provides substantial support for Catholic Charities, seminarian education, retired priests, and more. All our parishioners should have received (or will receive soon) their letter from Bishop Callahan, along with a brochure explaining the Appeal and a personalized pledge card. (Additional brochures and blank pledge cards are available in the Holy Family Cenacle, if you did not receive or misplaced your letter.) The Diocesan target for SSPP is $43,600, but our SSPP parish goal is $100,000. This past year you generously gave $90,879! Every dollar that we exceed the official target is returned to SSPP for our parish’s use. Exceeding our target will NOT cause the target to go up in the future, nor will it change the level of our support to Assumption Catholic Schools. I encourage all our parishioners to contribute to the DAA generously - according to your means. As the old saying goes: many hands make light work. I’ve already made my gift to the Diocesan Annual Appeal - join me in helping us reach our goal. Please continue to pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal!
May God bless you! Fr. Schaller