A CREATIVE CHURCH?
A few weekends ago (September 18), Fr. Steve explained the story of the so-called “bad steward.” (If you missed it or want to review, visit our website, www.st-matts.org, where you can find recordings of our online masses. The homily begins at about 18 minutes into the recording.)
I was struck by Fr. Steve’s emphasis on the steward’s creativity in relieving local peasant farmers from crushing debt. He wasn’t a bad steward, who cheated his master. Rather, he was an entrepreneur, seeking opportunities for everyone to win: his master, the indebted peasants, and even himself. (He got to keep his job.)
Fast forward to today: how can we creatively address today’s issues? I believe all of us are called to be a creative church. Figuring out our path forward isn’t simply a job for staff members, or just for priests, archbishops, and the pope. We’re one body, with many parts.
If I asked you what your part is, what would come to mind? Discuss. Be creative.
October is often a month when parishes send out stewardship letters, asking everyone to do what they can to increase their general contributions.
Rather than send out an extra mailing, let me just ask you here to support our parish: pray for each other, volunteer when you can, and contribute what you can. If you’re able to bump up your contributions by a few bucks, great! Your financial support allows us to continue partnering with Loaves and Fishes, Casa Guadalupana, St. Mary’s Health Clinic, and other missions here at St. Matt’s.
In addition to general operating contributions, we do have special appeals now and then. In our next mailing, coming soon, you’ll receive information about our November Giving Thanks Fundraiser. As was the case last year, you’ll have a 100% chance to support the parish financially. Some participants will also win cash prizes. All proceeds are designated for security systems and cameras.
Thank you for your support, and have a great week!