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This weekend, our parish is focusing on renewed fiscal stewardship, especially regarding financial support of our parish. Over the years, I have come to recognize stewardship as a way of life in many regards. How we support our Church is but a piece of where we are in investing what God has already given to us.

What our parish has accomplished in the past 15 years is a testimony to the deep faith and generosity of many, many people. We are grateful to all those who invested their time, talent, and treasure for the sake of God's Kingdom.

It is always spiritually enlightening to reflect on those who have gone before us, either here or in other parts of our lives. At the same time, we need to give of ourselves to keep the vision alive and to proclaim God's Kingdom in the here and now. In a parish as youthful as ours, we have to be especially vigilant in passing the faith to the next generation.

As you complete your commitment cards this week, please consider what God might be calling you to do for the sake of His Church and our parish.

In the first quarter of this fiscal year, we have fallen a bit behind on our budget projections, so I am hoping that with renewed commitment, we will soon be back on track.

This week on Tuesday, there will be an awards ceremony at 1:45 p.m. at our school, recognizing the distinction of being a Blue Ribbon School. This distinction is given by the U.S. Dept. of Education for academic excellence and outstanding educational culture. Fifty private schools across the whole United States are chosen for this award from a pool of 35,000.

Many people in our parish have been very supportive of our school from the beginning and continue to offer support in various ways. All are invited to this brief ceremony on Tuesday. It's a time to congratulate our administrators, our staff, and our students.

As October moves along, we are preparing for Turkey Bingo which is scheduled for Sun., November 10th. We have begun to receive some Silent Auction items and will be looking for more over the next few weeks. We also have three great prizes for the raffle. I would certainly appreciate anyone who would pick up some raffle tickets off the table in the Gathering Space.

Turkey Bingo has been a wonderful social event for our parish where the tradition of Bingo still elicits enthusiasm. We do make a little money to help fund our youth events, food and diaper pantry, and an extra payment on our parish debt. As always, I'm looking forward to this event.

Each year in October, the Church observes Mission Sunday, sometimes referred to as the Propagation of the Faith. In this annual appeal, we focus a little more directly on Jesus' final command: To teach the Gospel to all nations and baptize them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

In recent years, I think our commitment to this command has not been as sharp as it was in previous centuries. And yet the Church is still growing rapidly in Africa and in some Asian nations. The seeds that were sown in previous times are germinating, growing and bearing fruit.

We can be sure that our gifts to the missions will be used to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, instruct the ignorant, and extend Christ's love into a waiting world.

A really nice custom that we started at our parish last year was having a prayer partner for children celebrating their First Communion. This is a small way in which we can forge links among members of our parish and across the generations. Many people on both sides of the equation expressed their pleasure during the exchange last year.

This is not a huge commitment. The prayer partner simply agrees to pray for the child. Occasionally, they might send a card to acknowledge First Penance and First Communion. It can be as simple or as committed as the partner desires. We are in need of some more partners, so I hope more adult members of our parish will call the Parish Office and volunteer for this small ministry.

Financial Report: For the first weekend of October, we were happy to receive $10,057 in the offertory collection. We are off to a good start for the month.

A Stewardship Testimonial: "I always find when I'm generous that I am happier. My generosity always comes back to bless me larger than my gift."

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