Each parish in our diocese is given a parish goal to help the diocese reach the overall goal of $6,175,000, that helps supports our Diocesan Ministries. This is an annual commitment we have as a parish and as members of the Body of Christ. We are very close to reaching our parish share of the diocesan need! The following is a report of the progress of this year’s appeal as of January 5, 2016. Our goal for Good Shepherd Catholic Community is $29,732. So far 127 parishioner families of GSCC have pledged or given $28,365 or 95.40% of our goal. If you haven’t already taken the opportunity to support this year’s appeal, I ask you to please consider doing so. Your contribution will help support the many diocesan ministries and your gift would be greatly appreciated.
On the weekend of January 23/24, at all the Masses, we will be having an in-pew-solicitation for the CMA. If you haven’t yet given to this year’s appeal this will give you another opportunity to make a pledge to the CMA. As you enter church next weekend the ushers will be passing out CMA cards to each adult parishioner. Please take one even if you have already made your gift to this year’s appeal. We will be asking a member of each family to fill out a card. If you have already given to this year’s appeal please indicate how much you gave or pledged. By filling out the card we will be able to check and make sure that your gift was correctly credited towards our parish goal. In my last parish one parishioner had given a gift of $1,000 three years in a row. When he filled out the card at the parish in-pew-solicitation we discovered that his gifts had been credited to another parish! Errors do happen, but it is good to catch them! If you haven’t yet given to this year’s appeal and are able to support our diocesan ministries, please fill out the card and check the Yes box and list the dollar amount of your pledge. The Diocese will then send you a statement verifying your pledge and will inform you how to make payment on your pledge. If you choose you could make a check payable to The Diocese of Rochester for the amount of your gift and hand it in to the ushers with your filled out CMA Card. The ushers at Mass will be collecting the filled out CMA cards after the regular Sunday Offertory Collection. Thank you all for your generous support.
God’s blessings and peace,
O God, our loving Creator and giver of all good gifts, bless our parishes, strengthen our faith and grant us the spirit of Christian Stewardship so that we may give generously of our time, talent and treasure to the building of Your Kingdom here in our church and throughout the world We pray for your help in achieving success in this campaign, so that we can help others throughout the diocese. This we ask through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.