Grow in Discipleship

Dear Friends,

Right around this time last year I invited our parish family to reflect on your charitable giving and to make-a-plan for 2019. We called it Discipleship and Generosity. Your response was and is heartwarming! You are truly amazing and your generosity overflows in so many ways, supporting our parish needs and so many of our brothers and sisters in need of assistance and help.

We know that God is generous beyond all imagining, totally self-giving. Everything we have comes from Him. Every day we have multiple opportunities, almost endless really, to share God’s love with others by generosity. Doing so we are reflecting God to those around us. It is not just talent and time. Our finances are a part of our spiritual life, an integral part for those growing in gratitude, discipleship and love.

I am reflecting on this in light of the wonderful and inspiring numbers who are participating in both Discovering Christ and Walking With Purpose. These two series are focused on helping our parish family to grow in discipleship, deepening one’s relationship to our Lord Jesus Christ. We know that change and growth happen when we make a plan and when we walk in Faith with others.

At this time of year, as you are preparing to file your tax returns, take a few minutes to review your charitable giving over the past year and to make a new plan for 2020. Perhaps you will see that you are able to increase your charity a bit more this year. Whatever your decision, however, doing this little exercise allows you to prayerfully reflect on what you are doing in this area of your spiritual life, giving thanks to God for all His gifts. Having a practical spirituality around finances enables us to grow in gratitude, generosity and discipleship. All praise and thanks to Jesus Christ now and forever!

With Valentine’s Day being this past Friday and in remembrance of the celebration of National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day, we want to offer prayerful support and encouragement to all our married couples. The following prayer may be prayed by all of us for all of them~

Prayer for Married Couples ~

Almighty and eternal God, You blessed the union of married couples so that they might reflect the union of Christ with his Church: look with kindness on them. Renew their marriage covenant, increase your love in them, and strengthen their bond of peace so that, with their children, they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Copyright © 2008, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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