Today's Gospel invites us to reflect upon the
understanding of stewardship. Jesus shows that a
legitimate government exerts some obligations on
its citizens. Correspondingly, God expects from us
sacrificial giving in His name.
First, let me acknowledge that for you to come to
church today means that God plays an essential
role in your life. I want to thank you for being
here and being involved at St. Catherine Labouré.
Through your continued giving we have accomplished
many things including maintaining our beautiful
campus. The Renew, Revitalize, and Rejoice
campaign that concluded a year and a half ago
was successful and enabled us to improve most of
our capital needs.
The ongoing To Teach Who Christ Is capital
campaign will help attend to other capital needs
including the gym roof which continues to leak.
We also hope to change carpeting in the school
and the church as well as perform rectory and
convent repairs and maintain the parking lot. I
thank you for your continued donations towards
the To Teach Who Christ Is capital campaign. We
will continue updating you on the progress of the
campaign as well as encourage you to keep up
with your pledges. If you have not been getting
your updated monthly pledges, or if you think the
pledges are not recorded as you directed, please
contact me at the rectory or the campaign office in
the Archdiocese of Chicago at 312-534-8500.
At the beginning of October, we posted the annual
report in the bulletin that explains both sacramental
and financial standings of the parish. This annual
report as well as the Sunday contributions reports
seek to show our transparency in reporting the
finances and the ministries of the parish. The
baptisms, weddings, and funerals have remained
the same. Our youth program boasts of an
estimated 54 interested teens while those who
attend most of the youth activities total 25.
Members of the parish council and I continue to
reflect on ways we can increase active participation
in the church. We are also aware that the Renew
My Church program initiated by Cardinal Cupich
will impact the ministries we host at St. Catherine
Labouré. I will invite your input as soon as the
Northbrook-Glenview grouping is asked to plan our
collective implementation of Renew My Church.
Our Sunday collection has seen a slight increase. I
encourage your regular and generous participation
in the Sunday collection so that we can meet our
operational needs. I thank those who have stepped
up their stewardship participation each year which
helps us keep pace with the yearly increase in the
expenses. I encourage you to give serious thought
to the amount you give to the church. I know that
the traditional ten percent biblical tithing can be
more than some can provide. However, I ask that
whatever you have designated to be your church
donation, you consider increasing to five percent
and ten percent. I then respectfully ask that you
make the percentage a priority to keep up with
the commitment. Know that I am grateful for the
generous gifts that we receive from the faithful
parishioners all because you value this parish.
May God continue to bless your generosity.
Others spend time doing ministries all of which
would require money to accomplish. Through
volunteers, we save on expenses. Others give to
other noble charitable organization all of which
advance the message of the Gospel. I thank you
for your time and for all that you do at
St. Catherine. You genuinely know to give to God
what belongs to God.
May God bless you and your family.
With you a Christian, for you a priest.