Each year as the harvest season begins, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis invites us to reflect on the gifts that God has given us and how we share these gifts with one another. All that we have is a gift from God. Each of us is a steward of the gifts that God has entrusted to us. The gifts are many and varied. We often speak of stewardship in terms of time, talent and treasure. It is a beautiful way for us to recognize our gifts and to share them intentionally with others.
This sharing of gifts is what makes our parish community of Christ the King work. The many ministries of the parish and the very existence of the parish depends on the generous sharing of the time, talent and treasure of our parishioners. Thank you for being such good and generous stewards!
We are able to do many good things at Christ the King thanks to the stewardship of parishioners. There are, however, many things that we cannot do. There are ministries from which we all benefit that are bigger than any one parish and need the support of all of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Catholic Charities, the Refugee Assistance Program, the Holy Family Shelter, the education of our future priests, the care of retired priests, the formation of our permanent deacons, the Office of Catholic Education and the technical support it offers our parish schools are just a few of the Archdiocesan ministries from which we all benefit and are deserving of our support.
Each year the United Catholic Appeal affords us the opportunity to support the many ministries of our Archdiocesan Church. The weekend of November 10-11, parishes throughout the Archdiocese will hold an Intention Weekend in which parishioners are asked to return the pledge cards that are being mailed to every parish household the last week of October. Additional cards will be available in the pews that weekend and we will take a few moments before Mass to allow those who have not yet filled out a pledge card to do so. This action on the part of all of the parishes of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on November 10-11 is a sign of our solidarity with one another in supporting the local Church that is the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
May God help us to continue to be good, wise and generous stewards of his many and bountiful gifts to us!
See you at Mass!