This past week, Jennifer Priser, our faithful Parish Financial Secretary, sent out letters detailing the financial contributions that parishioners have made to Christ the King during the past calendar year. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that these letters be mailed by the end of January to help parishioners prepare their income taxes. We thank Jennifer for preparing the letters and for all that she does, each and every day, to help us be good stewards of our parish resources.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your incredible generosity to Christ the King. Your weekly offering and the special gifts made to the parish throughout the year are sacrifices made in love. When people ask me to describe the people of Christ the King, ‘generosity’ is always one of the very first words that comes to mind. I see that generosity in the weekly collection that supports the ministries of the parish and keeps the lights on and the church heated and I see that generosity in the offerings that are made to the special collections throughout the year. This past year, as a result of several natural disasters, the number of special collections increased greatly in number. Your response never failed. Most recently, the elderly served by the Little Sisters of the Poor were beneficiaries of your generosity. You inspire me by your example!
Financial offerings are one part of our Christian stewardship. All that we are and all that we have is a gift from God. The sharing of our time and talent is equally important and needed in the life of our parish community. So many parishioners generously share their time and talent for the good of our parish. At last week’s Pastoral Council meeting, I was very much aware of the gift of time and talent that Council members and their families share with the parish as do the members of the Finance Council and the School Commission. I think of our coaches and the hours they give to our youth, sometimes late into the evening, as we manage precious gym time for practice and games. I think of the people who quietly care for the altar linens and for the parishioners who generously stepped forward to serve as catechists for our newly-established Children’s Liturgy of the Word. I think of the parishioners who have been delivering a meal to the rectory every Monday. The list goes on and on!
Thank you for loving the parish and continually building up our community of faith through your generous sharing of time, talent and treasure!
See you at Mass!