Faithful Living and Grateful Giving
This Sunday’s 1st Reading (Is. 5:1-7) and the Gospel (Mtt. 21:33-43) present the imagery of the Vineyard. God is the Landowner, and we are the Vines in the Vineyard. Our God is so faithful in pruning and watering us through His life-giving Word, and the Sacraments so that we may bear good fruits in due time. As a parish community, we have been bearing much fruit spiritually and materially in the past through the “Building a Legacy of Faith” campaign. We have been generously sharing God’s blessings to our needy brothers and sisters around us through our various out-reach ministries.
Despite this great news, I would like to share with you some facts. Based on our Annual Financial Report, our total parish income was down by $167,802 over the past two years. Whereas, our operating expenses increased by 5.6% over the past year. Our reports indicate that over 82% of all our income comes from about 9% of our parishioners. These findings made the parish administration think of ways how to improve consistent giving through the offertory. Therefore, after consultation with the Finance Council and the Pastoral Council, we have decided to run an “Increased Offertory Program” called “Faithful Living, Grateful Giving.” Increasing our Sunday Offertory Collection will allow us to continue the mission of our Church and to focus more on expanding our out-reach ministries.
This week all the registered families will be receiving a special brochure in the mail along with a Commitment Card to renew your financial commitment to support our SJN parish. Next weekend (Oct 14/15) will be the in-pew Commitment Sunday. I request everyone for your prayers and commitment to advance the Mission of our parish. Please bring the commitment Card with you, and together we will be making a commitment to an increased offertory giving after the homily.
Let us generously bear witness to our Faith through our “Faithful Living and Grateful Giving” program. I look forward to seeing you all next weekend.
God Bless you all.
Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS