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Father's Reflections Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Feb 1, 2019

Dear St. Paul Family,

In today’s Gospel, we hear how the crowds rejected the message of Jesus.  Just like Jesus, all of us have experienced rejection at one point in our lives.  These experiences can easily lead us to feelings of despair or a belief that things will not get better.  Yet as missionary disciples, we are called to be people of hope.

The message of hope is desperately needed in our world today.  There are so many people struggling and suffering.  They are looking for a reason to believe that things will get better.  Through your support of the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal and the many ministries of our Diocese, you help bring hope to many people.  You show others that even in the midst of challenges God is there waiting to bring healing. 

Your gift to the Appeal helps children in our Catholic schools and faith formation programs learn to know and love Jesus.  You fund training and formation for deacons who share the Good News with people in prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters, and people who are homebound.  You serve as a Missionary of Hope standing in witness to the love of Jesus. 

This weekend kicks off our 2019 Bishop’s Appeal; Missionaries of Hope.  This is the largest appeal the Diocese conducts each year and once again we need everyone’s help to make our appeal assessment.  This year our assessment for St. Paul Parish is $53,365.  This money is used to help over 40,000 families and individuals in need each year through Catholic Charities right here in our own diocese.  It is also used to subsidize the Compass Newspaper and the many different departments that make up the diocesan offices.  The Bishop’s Appeal is used to help all of the parishes throughout the diocese with various programs and other help that we as a parish would not be able to afford to hire others to do on our own.  We do need everyone’s help to make our Bishop’s Appeal Assessment.  If you have never given to the Bishop’s Appeal or if it has been a while since you have contributed, please consider making a gift this year.  If you are able, I invite you to join me by becoming a member of the Crozier Society, or if you are currently a Crozier Society member to once again give at that level.  Those who give $500 a year or more to the Bishop’s Appeal are Crozier Society members.  Members of this society receive the Compass Newspaper in your homes each week, are invited to Mass and dinner with Bishop Ricken, and are a member of the Golden Circle here at St. Paul.  No matter what level you are able to give, please be as generous as you can with this year’s appeal.  There are many ways in which our parish benefits from the Bishop’s Appeal.  This week you will be receiving your pledge card in the mail.  Please respond as soon as you are able so that we can make our appeal assessment for this year.  In 2018 we made our appeal goal in record time before the end of April, the earliest this parish has ever reached its goal.  With everyone’s help we will be able to meet our appeal goal even earlier this year.  Thank you for whatever you are able to give to the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal as we as a Church work together to be Missionaries of Hope to those who long to know Jesus’ love for them. 

Have a Good Week!

Blessings,
Fr. Andy