This is the time of year in which we begin our annual Stewardship Renewal Program. Over the past years we have worked very hard to raise the awareness that good Stewardship is a way of life for our parish. We can be proud of our efforts to achieve financial stability and allow our community to continue growing as we serve the many needs of our parish.
We very much depend upon the support of every one of the 2700 households which make up the Church of the Assumption. Everyone’s individual offering joins together to make a difference in the lives of so many people. We offer ministries to Pre-school age children, to our youth learning their faith, to the bereaved, to those in hospitals, homebound or in nursing homes, to the dying, to the poor nearby and abroad and to those seeking spiritual enrichment. What a blessing it is for all of us to join together every Sunday to thank God for the gifts of our lives.
I am writing to ask each household to make a stewardship pledge once again this year so that the ministry of the Lord can continue to grow our in our parish. Your pledge will be a significant part in the effort we share to make the Reign of God just a little more visible in our neighborhoods, village, country and our world. Some video examples of what we are doing as a community can be found on our parish website at: www.AssumptionFairport.org.
Stewardship has been very successful in our parish in the last several years and it is our hope that this year we can continue that forward progress. I ask you to prayerfully reflect on the ways in which God has blessed you. Please consider adjusting your weekly offering to reflect the goal of returning 5% of your household income to the ministry of the Lord in our church. Whatever gift you give is appreciated but your willingness to sacrifice moves us forward.
So why should you support Our Call to Stewardship campaign? Because we cherish what went before us and honor what is ours to care for now. That is just who we are as a parish.
Through our worship, our growth, our times of joy and even our times of sorrow we remain steadfast in our faith and true to our Catholic tradition. May the Lord bless you and let’s be praying for each other.
Rev. Edward L. Palumbos