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, 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 kickoff of The Diocesan Annual Appeal is two weeks from today. The DAA provides funding for many worthy local, diocesan, national, and universal Church efforts. Before the DAA parishes had a second collection every month for different needs of the Church in our country and around the world. The Diocesan Annual Appeal provides the means to support all these efforts more effectively. $500,000 of the Appeal’s total budget of $6 Million goes to support those needs. Locally the Appeal provides more than $530,000 of support to the Catholic Schools in our diocese. This funds training for teachers, as well as direct aid to those schools (and parishes) that carry a significant financial burden. This helps the Church fulfill its mission of providing an excellent Catholic school for families all around the Diocese.
In two weeks all our parishioners will receive their letter from Bishop Callahan, along with a brochure explaining the Appeal and a personalized pledge card. Every dollar that we exceed the official target is returned to the parish for each 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. (Both SSPP and SVdP generously support ACS.) 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. Pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal!
May God bless you!