ISAIAH’S WORDS FOR ST. MATT’S
Who else noticed how the Prophet Isaiah’s words last weekend (58:7-10) were a remarkable survey of our parish missions? I mean, c’mon:
• Share your bread with the hungry (Loaves & Fishes; Food Shelf)
• Shelter the oppressed and the homeless (Casa Guadalupana)
• Clothe the naked (Isaac’s Blessing Bags)
• Do not turn your back on your own (Mutual support, prayer, Faith Formation, St. Mary’s Clinic, AA, GAB)
I first noticed these words on Saturday morning (Feb. 4), at our Lector Training Workshop. Then, at the 4:15 p.m. Mass, guest presider Fr. Leo Schneider highlighted this reading. I appreciated his reminder that in all we do, we’re more than just social workers. Yes, we engage with the world. And, we also sit with Jesus.
Think of the classic Martha & Mary story. Martha’s engaged, practical, getting things done. Mary. Just. Sat. There. With. Jesus.
Our overall parish mission is to be a visible expression of God’s love. We do that like Martha very well. How well are we being like Mary?
When we’re really busy, we probably need to take more time to sit with Jesus. Let’s use Lent as an opportunity for more of that Jesus seat time.
Invoking practical Martha, here’s an update on stewardship activities. That is, how responsible are we being in the service of God?
• Every month, our Finance Council reviews our financial reports. We continue to be on track for a balanced operational budget for the current fiscal year.
• Members of the Finance Council and Facilities Committee are researching two major capital projects for 2023: (a) replacement of our main electric panel in the church; and (b) the possibilities of a solar panel installation combined with roof replacement on the school’s flat roof.
• To help finance these major projects, please contribute what you can to our Capital Needs Fund. Our regular, operational budget, is insufficient.
• To support our most pressing capital need—the electric box, or e-box—volunteers have created a video. Check it out on our website: https://st-matts.org/ebox/
Many thanks to John Del Vecchio, Richard Schletty, and all those who made the video.
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!
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