Alleluia! He is risen! I wish you, your family and your friends a joyful Easter Day and Easter season. It’s time to celebrate!
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES AND US
Now that we’re in the Easter season, we’re going to hear significant readings from the Acts of the Apostles. I expect I’ll be among the many who listen with greater understanding, after hearing Fr. Steve’s Lenten talks on the book of Acts. (Recordings will be posted on the website.)
My framework for understanding my religion is the through line from Acts to today, with special reference to Vatican II. There’s a consistent emphasis on the church as everyone, not just the hierarchy. Everyone’s important. The Holy Spirit works through everyone. We should listen to everyone.
Accordingly, we’re all called to engage with our faith community. We often say we’re a volunteer parish, and I think that’s a great thing. Our many volunteers minister in many ways.
At the same time, volunteerism challenges the strong emphasis on consumerism in American society. Volunteers aren’t paid, by definition. They’re contributing, not consuming.
I don’t believe the Bible or Vatican II have much to say about consumerism. They do have a lot to say about caring for the poor, ministry, and listening to everyone.
CAPITAL NEEDS FUNDRAISING
With Easter Sunday’s arrival, we’re ending our current Donorbox effort. It’s been a worthy experiment. We received donations from outside of our usual area, including one from Switzerland!
That said, we need to continue raising funds for the main electric panel (the “E-Box”) and the school’s flat roof. One of our next steps is to submit our preferred bids to the Archdiocesan officials in charge of large building projects (defined as anything costing more than $25,000). I expect swift approval, given the urgent nature of these projects.
Thank you for your past support. Thank you for your continued support, and have a great week!