August 13, 2017 – A View from the Rectory Window


“He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:1-4)

Recently, I was forwarded the attached pictures of the Dougherty girls:

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”“ (2Cor 9:7)

After hearing from their parents, I found out that the ingenuity for the Lemonade stand and its intended beneficiary came, without prompting, from these young ladies.

Of note, some of you who attend the 5p.m., Sunday evening Mass, may recall that the very first ‘fundraiser’ associated with the new parish center was initiated by a group off CCD students who undertook a bake sale to raise money for the new parish center. Again, I found out from their catechists that this bake sale came about through the inventiveness of these young women and men (n.b., it was a sellout).

As we have heard it often said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In the above picture I find admirably reflected one of the central themes of our parish capital campaign – ‘Equal sacrifice, not equal giving.’

These enterprising young ladies and gentlemen affirmed a firmly held belief of mine that our young people want to be part of something one, true, good and beautiful. In my interaction with those who hold the present and future of our parish family in their resolve, I have discovered anew the need, desire and longing that each of us has to grow. When allowed to surface, this desire for holiness gives the most eloquent of testimonies that Christ is present in the world, and at work in us.

Fr. Pete