Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor
July 20, 2014
From your Pastor,
As we find ourselves a little over 3 and one half weeks into July, I want to give you an update on our financial picture. Looking over the budget from last fiscal year July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, the parish begins the new fiscal year 2014-2015 with the budget in a deficit mode. This is not the first time that this has happened. We still owe the diocese assessments in the amount of $37,637 (some from the beginning of the year) and we are still committed to subsidizing the parish school in the amount of $20,833. As you can see from the weekly totals in the reminder/bulletin, we seem to always receive less money than is needed to maintain the normal operating expenses of the parish. During the summer months, just as your bills do not stop, neither do the parish’s. The parish needs your support.
From today’s Gospel we hear these words: “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.” You and I have become that man who sows the seed. The seed that we sow to others is the seed of our faith. How then do we sow the seed of our faith? It is by word and example.
Sharing our faith is not just for the Pope, bishops, priests, deacons and religious. It is the task of every man and woman. You and I received that task at the moment of our Baptism. At times we may give it a fancy title – Evangelization - but what it really is is living out our faith on a daily basis just as Jesus did. Look at how many people He attracted. We have to be committed to do the same.
Like Jesus we are sowers of the seed of faith in everything that we do and say and that is important for each of us to realize. Look at any great saint. They totally immersed themselves in the faith and because of it became as a magnet and drew people to Jesus. Are you ready to become that magnet today?
Have a great week!