The Anointing of the Sick "is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence, as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time for him to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived. If a sick person who received this anointing recovers his health, he can in the case of another grave illness receive this sacrament again. If during the same illness the person's condition becomes more serious, the sacrament may be repeated. It is fitting to receive the Anointing of the Sick just prior to a serious operation. the same holds for the elderly whose frailty becomes more pronounced." . . . let him call for the presbyters of the Church" Only priests (bishops and presbyters) are ministers of the Anointing of the Sick. It is the duty of pastors to instruct the faithful on the benefits of this sacrament. The faithful should encourage the sick to call for a priest to receive this sacrament.The sick should prepare themselves to receive it with good dispositions, assisted by their pastor and the whole ecclesial community, which is invited to surround the sick in a special way through their prayers and fraternal attention. The next Annointing of the Sick will be February 3, 2016.
Stewardship involves a willingess to give from the very core of who we are and what we have; from substance rather than abundance.
"None of those who cry out 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of God, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven" (Matthew 7:21) Jesus made it clear that being stewards of our time, talent, and treasure is part of the will of His Father.
Stewardship of treasure asks only a percentage of income. Many people find that when they trust God and return a certain percentage of their income to the Church and other charities, they can live adequately on the rest of their income.
"Always seek to do good to one another and to all." (2 Thessalonians 5:14)
At our last Parish Business Meeting the Finance Council shared with the parishioners in attendance the financial report for the fiscal year 2014-2015 that also included Mass attendance records and sacramental celebrations. This reports showed a continued growing trend in our parish. It was an opportunity for us to be completely transparent with finances and a moment of celebration for the way the Lord has continued to bless our parish community. We are indeed a welcoming community that is fulfilling its mission of "Welcoming all God's children". We were reminded on how important it is to keep looking toward the future and recognize how we need to be responsible stewards and look forward to the future as we accomplish our our call and mission to "Form Disciples".
To fulfill our mission of "Welcoming all God's children and Forming Disciples" we need to continue to support the many ongoing ministries. We have also begun to look at the state of the buildings on our campus. Here lies our greatest challenge. After going through an extensive strategic planning process for our school we discovered that the roof in the school building is in "bad shape". At this point we know that there are a few spots in the roof that are needing serious attention and will need to be replaced within the next 3 years. We also need to address the lack of water pressure in the school that is affecting the bathrooms. And finally there is an urgent need in the school to remodel the bathrooms. Regarding these concerns I and the Finance Council and the School Administration are committed to be vigilant in these concerns and always put our children at the top of our list. We would never do anything, or not do something or postpone responding to the issues in any way that would put our parishioners, especially our children in any dangerous situation.
Here are some of the other concerns with our buildings on campus: The Church roof that extends to the office and to the convent is also in bad shape and will eventually need to be replaced. We are still planning to replace the pews and eventually remodel the bathrooms and the sacristy. This project includes removing the cry room to increase the sitting capacity and use the gathering area for the overflow and for noisy babies and children.
We have discovered that the The DayCare is the lowest point on the entire campus and thus explains why it floods every time it rains. We are looking into building a trench-drainage system to take care of this problem.
To assist the Finance Council in making some sound recommendations in addressing all these issues I am asking them to do the following
1. Perform an extensive review of the all the property,
2. Prioritize the issues
3. Estimate the approximate costs
4. Create a timeline to take care of all these issues.
If anyone has any particular expertise and informed opinions about any of this please don't hesitate to address your suggestions with any members of the Finance Council or with me.
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Spanish-speaking young adults
every Tuesday at 7:00 pm.