In my column for last week I spoke about stewardship and its relation to the Gospel of the widow’s mite by saying this poor widow gave her donation, which was more than she could practically afford, as her way of expressing her gratitude to God for His blessings upon her.
This week I want to add that when we practice stewardship not only are we showing gratitude to God, but we also show our respect for the gifts that have come our way due to God’s generosity, but also, due to the generosity of others. Take for example our church building. Since 1928 liturgical celebrations have been conducted here for over eighty-five years. It is hard to imagine the number of baptisms, weddings, and funerals celebrated here, let alone how many First Holy Communions and confessions have been received and heard within these sacred walls. But, here we are all these years later benefactors of a most noble place to offer God praise and glory simply because of earlier parishioners who were willing to make an offering, even a sacrifice, so that we can have a place to worship. We are truly blest because of the generosity of others.
As this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal begins to come to an end, I hope you had an opportunity to make your pledge to this year’s campaign? This ACA affords us the opportunity to be generous to others in need in a wide variety programs offered through the Archdiocese of St. Louis. This ACA is showing God our gratitude for His blessings, and it is a way in which we can show respect to our brothers and sisters in need.
To summarize this year’s ACA highlights for you: our 2014 goal was $19,314.00 and to date we have pledged $23, 346.00. We had eight new donors over last year, and thirty-three donors increased their donation from last year. We had three matching gifts cards returned for a total of $775.00. All this is wonderful news for it shows just how generous our parishioners are when called upon by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and other agencies of the Church.
I thank Dee Brockman and Felice Nighbor for their leadership in this year’s campaign and all those who volunteered to help them. Their leadership was instrumental in assisting the parish to reach our goal. Lastly, I thank each of you for your understanding when asked for your financial help in meeting the needs of so many people in our Archdiocese, especially the children who are in need of clothing, food, shelter or education. In the Gospel Jesus reminds us that helping others can be easy if we so choose, it is as simple of giving a glass of water to another. (Mt 10: 42)
As we are reminded that true worship of God is expressed by love of justice and concern for the poor, let also remember…"All that matters in any and every way Christ is being proclaimed."
Monsignor William McCumber