Dear Parish Family…
A sincere thank you to Rob Callahan, Chris Hodgens, April Izzi, Joyce Konicki, and Jana Loughlin; for planting the seeds for our contemplation and prayerful reflection on our commitments to Sacred Heart. Their personal witness to their stewardship of time, talent and treasure hopefully encouraged us all to prayerfully consider our personal commitment to Sacred Heart Parish.
Sacred Heart Parish will be what each of us makes it. Every day I spend an hour in prayer and that prayer begins with a simple but pertinent request for God’s direction. “Lord, what is it that you want to do at Sacred Heart Parish? Whatever it is, I am available.” That is what I mean when I ask each person to “prayerfully consider” what God is asking you to personally do as a disciple of Jesus Christ and an a parishioner here at Sacred Heart.
To assist you in prayerfully preparing for Commitment Weekend it is important that we understand what commitment to Sacred Heart parish is and means:
· a promise to do or give something
· a promise to be loyal to someone or something
· the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something
Commitment Weekend is more that giving money to Sacred Heart, it is about faith raising and funding ministry. Not simply funding ministry with money, funding the ministries with our talents, participating in ministry in the many ways offered in the ministry catalogue. It is disciple making and being faithful disciples here in the vineyard of Sacred Heart Parish. We prayerfully consider being faithful disciples, caring and managing all God has given us by sharing our gifts, skills and talents, so that all of our ministries are functioning as a vibrant community of faith because we all take responsibility for making our parish the parish God wants us to be. We all want to give of our time to worship and pray to God thanking God for the many ways we are blessed as the people of God. Our commitment of treasure helps us escape the trap of selfishness by keeping ourselves spiritually focused on God. We remember that there can be no ministry without money and want to make sure that our mission of becoming and making disciples of Jesus Christ is the whole reason we exist as a parish.