By now you should have received a letter from me requesting your support of the Annual Collection. This appeal, which goes out every fall, is vital for the financial stability of the parish as well as the maintenance of the beautiful parish plant which has been handed down to us and of which we are called to be stewards.
Financially, thus far we have done very well here at St. Mary’s this year. You have been informed as we go along of the fiscal state of the parish. Offertory donations have been impressive and we are in reasonable range of meeting the budgetary goal for the year. In so many other ways, you have shown time and again your marvelous and selfless generosity when asked to support one charitable outreach or another, be it the support of our sister parish in Marbial, Haiti, St. Therese, the various special collections mandated by the Archdiocese for the needs of the Archdiocesan or Universal Church, and more. For all that you have done and for what you continue to do, you have my profound gratitude.
I am mindful of the fact that I asked your support of the hymnal project and I am humbled by the response. Here I am again, asking for your generosity. As I ask your support of the Annual Collection, I also want to say that the hymnal project was a special request, not one that will be made again for years to come.
As a pastor, I make a conscious effort not to speak about money that often. I am thankful that I do not have to do so here at St. Mary’s, as you have been so generous. That being said, I do consider it to be one of my most important duties, after insuring that the mission of the parish is fulfilled as best we can, to see that the parish remains financially stable. It is just that, and it is so because you are so good to your parish.
Please consider making a gift to the Annual Collection in whatever amount you are able to give. No gift is too small. No gift is unappreciated. If we all do something, we can reach our goal. By way of reminder, please make your gift by December 31 if you wish it to be credited to you for 2014 income tax purposes. Be sure to include your parish envelope number on the card when you make your gift, which you can drop into any collection basket, put in the mail, or drop off in person at the rectory at your convenience.
Have a wonderful week!
Rev. Aidan N. Donahue
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