Dear Friends, peace in Our Jesus!
Let me say at the outset some will dislike the directness of this
letter. If I offend, please forgive. Trust that I offer my words in
PARISH FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Over the years I have learned that giving our community regular,
clear updates about our Offertory and our Grand Annual Collection seems to encourage
its success. More importantly, each year the gracious people of Holy
Family Parish respond generously!
Think: 800 households receive Offertory
envelopes. If each were to give only $2 more a week, ($80,000 more a
year) we’d be fine. Indeed if the increase were only $1 more and
everyone gave, we’d be ok. And, figuring as we must, that many, for
many reasons are unable to increase at all, still if those who only
come irregularly increased their attendance and their giving,
stability would be much nearer. The issue, way beyond the question
of money, is the practice of the Faith; make no doubt about that!
You know we have some savings. But savings is not the answer. Moreover, the Archdiocese wisely insists on a
balanced budget. Therefore, increasing our Offertory is the solution
we must achieve.
Let me tell you a true story. After several years, using various
methods, a parish in the Archdiocese or really a remnant of that
parish, met to face closing: they lacked enough people and thus
enough income to stay open. At their last meeting an angry man
berated the pastor declaring the closing of the parish was an
The pastor calmed him down and asked if in
fact he was a parishioner and was told that he was, indeed had been
for decades. To the question as to whether he attended Mass he
admitted that, no, he hadn’t for years, the pastor firmly responded,
“Sir, I have been waiting to meet you. I have something serious to
say to you. You are the one who closed Saint So & So’s parish.” The
point? Holy Family, God willing, will survive and continue to
flourish if we support it. It is that simple.
A WAKE UP CALL
Catholics, we need to WAKE UP! We must HONOR God! We must WORSHIP
His Christ! We must RESCUE His Church! God will surely reward and
bless our loyalty. Let us be that Church that Jesus wants us to be.
For He says to us, “You are the light of the world… Just so; your
light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5: 14&16).
Please consider what I am saying. Continue
your fidelity and generosity of the past into the future to the
greater Glory of God. May He bless us.
In Jesus’ Name, Fr. Jim Hickey