Dear People of St. Patrick Parish & Visitors:
The Gospel today has Jesus calling the fishermen to leave their boats and nets and become fishers of men. As a result of their accepting and following Jesus, you and I are baptized, and we are following Jesus in 2017 and hopefully we are always inviting others to come join us.
St. Patrick Parish is where we encounter Jesus and follow His teachings and the call to live good lives and one day be with God in heaven.
Today, we want you to read this bulletin, and look at the pie chart (insert) of where our parish funds come from and what we have to pay out to keep this parish and our Catholic school continuing to exist and achieve our purpose.
As a parish, we have bills, we provide services and it takes staff to provide these services. We do have a bare bone staff and many wear different hats to keep expenses down.
Each one of us needs to think about what we give to God in our weekly collection. Have we raised our amount that we give? Are we giving our fair share to keep our parish, the Diocese and the Catholic church well and functioning at its best with the resources we have?
This year, we need to expand our parish needs, space for the school, faith formation classes, youth groups and our adult needs. We need another building.
Please pray and be honest with yourself about your weekly contributions to God and His work in the church. We all know what we should do, but do we have the courage to do it?
As your Pastor, I am grateful for all you do for the parish and I trust that we will give with joy and be proud of our doing our part.
Pastor of St. Patrick Church