It isn’t often that I ask for your extra generosity in helping support the parish finances. As we proceed toward the end of 2017, however, I need to do so.
This year the parish has encountered some extraordinary expenses. Some result from retirement of office personnel. Others from things such as utilities. During the closing of the church for renovation this summer we needed to cool the hall for Masses, which greatly impacted our electric bill. Additionally, Sunday parish contributions have not kept pace with our 2017 budget forecasts.
As we come to the end of the year and to our special Christmas offering, your generosity to St. Raymond is greatly needed. Please be generous.
Many of us (me included!) are continuing to pledge to the “Building Our Future Together Capital Campaign.” Though many of the parish and school improvements are now complete, all of us need to continue to fulfill our pledges. Financial obligations for those pledges are on our books and we need to fulfill them. If you haven’t contributed to our capital campaign yet, we would love for you to do so.
What you and I have is never meant for us to keep to ourselves. Last week’s gospel message made this clear when Jesus castigated the one who buried his talent in the ground. To those on the other hand who were generous with their talents, more was given them. For new parishioners and for those who do not regularly contribute yet to St. Raymond, please remember that we are all called to give to God from the blessings God has given us.
There are a number of ways that you can contribute financially to St. Raymond. Using our website you can give monthly by credit card. You can fill out the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form in today’s bulletin (my preferred method) and have your contribution made automatically from your bank account, or you can receive regular giving envelopes mailed to your home by registering as a parishioner at the parish office. The parish office is open on Sundays from 8:30 am to 1:00pm, so stop in to register!
Think of the things you or I may pick up daily. Perhaps it’s that coffee at our favorite barista, or a sandwich at the local store, or that new book or DVD for our collection. Often we make these purchases without much thought. Are we just as willing to part with our money for our church, which has a much wider positive impact?
God is the great giver. God has given us everything! Our life, our health, our homes, our jobs and our families. Isn’t it time we demonstrate that Godly quality too? I think so. I will be increasing my parish monthly contribution 20% this month. I hope that you might do the same, or that you may take the time to begin as a regular contributor here at St. Raymond Parish.
Thank you for your attention to this request and may God bless you.
Sincerely in Christ,