FROM THE PASTOR’S OFFICE

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:18


Dear Parish Family:

Greetings in the name of the Lord. God sees us like a mom sees us when we come home for the holidays. It dosen’t matter if you’re the head of a big company, a famous athlete or even a celebrity or political leader. Your mom is going to give you a big hug and kiss on the cheek and your siblings will playfully tease you. Your family knows who you are at your core and they love you unconditionally. It’s the same way when you come home to the Lord when joining us for mass. God dosen’t care about your trophies, awards or your titles. He loves you just the way you are. This is the good news of the gospel of grace and God’s enduring love for us.

This leads me to what I want to share with you. This Thanksgiving, we can be grateful for our relationship with the Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit. God will always love us, no matter how broken we are or feel. Be thankful for your family, your loved ones and your parish community.  There are new blessings all around us. Attending mass, consistently, will help you in many ways. I urge you to start this holiday season, to make it a priority to regularly commune with God, pray and attend.

 

We Need Your Immediate Help

We know that the economy has been a hardship on all of us. The price of a tank of gas, the cost of a gallon of milk, rent and utilities. We are also continuing to face health challenges in the flu, respiratory, and the impact of COVID, still among us.  But … I know that God is in charge, and will continue to deliver.

I need you immediate financial help in two areas: the first is for The Bethlehem Center. We have an increasing demand for food for those that are less fortunate that you or I, or suddenly find themselves out of work.  We are there regardless of how they arrived. The second area to support the parish. Attendance is still lower than pre-pandemic levels. Through faith, we know that many will return as St. Charles Church opens in 2023. Please understand that at both The Bethlehem Center and the Parish, we have made all of the adjustments we could, for maximum savings. Your donations are used for operations, not for the new church or bell tower.

When you attend Sunday morning mass, I encourage you to partake in our new Bethlehem Café, led by our own Sheila Rast.  All of the proceeds will directly support The Bethlehem Center.

This appeal is going out to all Registered Parish families. When the call for offering is mentioned at mass, many will look down or away, and some will eyeball the pastor suspiciously. Others may moan in despair thinking that the church is just wanting to guilt them into giving. That is not the case here.  Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops."

 

Tithing isn’t really giving – It’s returning.

 

The literal translation of tithing (or giving), as mentioned in the Bible means “a tenth.” The laws of Moses were to return the first 10% back to God’s work. To give to the Church. To rejoice in the bounty of all that you have received.

We cannot serve those most in need without your continual financial support. This is the task of the church, we are the church, the body of Christ.  Those of you who have the means please help carry the responsibility of helping those that are less fortunate through your weekly tithing.

We do not take lightly the need to appeal directly to you and your family for you generous offering. Please drop a check in the mail. If you would like to use cash, we ask that you deliver it in person to the Parish Office.  We also welcome and encourage you to enroll for online giving or make your gift using your credit card or debit card.  This can be found at our website, gscparish.org/thankful.

 

I can’t stress to you enough the importance of your generosity.

I believe that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you your role in all of this.

 

As we welcome the Thanksgiving season and posture our hearts in gratitude before God, I am praying He will calm your spirit, deepen your Catholic Faith and expand your influence to other Catholics.
I encourage you to pray the rosary, take comfort in God’s everlasting peace, attend mass and support our parish through your generous financial support and prayers.
In God’s Service


Fr. Alex Chavez
Pastor, Good Shepherd Catholic Church

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