WAIT, WHAT, WHICH COLLECTION?
I occasionally imagine Old Testament religious leaders saying something like this: “This week’s special collection of goats supports the poor people living on the north end of Jerusalem. Please be generous.”
More to the point, our faith tradition from ancient times has asked for support through prayer, time, and treasure—whether our treasure be in goats or dollars.
I trust that everyone prays for our parish on a regular basis. I also know that we have many and great volunteers donating their time and talent. (For example: thank you, Men’s Club, for an enjoyable Turkey Bingo night last Saturday. Thank you, Rosary Society, for ministering to grieving families by helping with funeral lunches.)
As for financial support, we have many alternatives and opportunities. I’m sure I’m not the only one saying, wait, which collection are we talking about? Let’s review, with hopes of clarifying things.
In addition to our weekly contributions at Mass–for general operational support–we have two special collections each month. The first weekend’s extra collection supports our local Catholic school, Community of Saints. The third weekend supports the food shelf.
This month, we have additional opportunities to support causes beyond our parish. Last weekend, for example, we had the Archdiocesan Center for Mission’s (ACM) triennial plea for funds for the Military Archdiocese.
The ACM has also asked for November support for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). This Campaign supports organizations that combat poverty, support immigrants, and work for improved housing and educational opportunities. These are all key elements of Catholic social teaching, and definitely worthy of support.
But wait—there’s more! Minnesota’s own “Give to the Max Day” is November 17, and it’s yet another way to support causes St. Matt’s already supports, such as Community of Saints School, Loaves and Fishes, St. Mary’s Health Clinics, Casa Guadalupana, and Neighborhood House.
How can anyone choose among these many causes, as well as figure out which method to use? I find it a bit overwhelming, and I’m in the business.
My advice? Pick a few favorites, support them as best you can, and use your preferred contribution method. Don’t worry about the rest. No one I know can support every single request for support. Let’s all just do what we can, always including prayer.
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!
Have a great week!