I pray this letter finds you all well and getting ready for Thanksgiving. Speaking of thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude for your wonderful responses to my homily and related email this weekend! As I mentioned, you are the key to making Holy Trinity a vibrant parish through prayer, service and generosity.
This weekend we listened to the Gospel of Mark, specifically the lesson of the widow’s mite:
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12:43-44
At the heart of this passage is a call to consecrate our life to God; intentionally living the Christian faith that we profess, in our thoughts, words and actions. This requires us to share our time, talent, and treasure out of true love for God and in gratitude for His blessings in our lives.
This Gospel also reminds us that each and every one of us is called to share our gifts of time, talent and treasure in accordance with our means and capacity. By sharing in an intentional and meaningful way, we receive grace from God to grow in Faith, Hope and Charity.
Jesus calls us to make God our first priority through a life of prayer, using our talents to help those around us and by sharing our treasure to further grow His Church.
My friends, it is time for all of us, myself included, to sit down this week and plan how we are going to make God first in our lives. Here are some questions to help you discern how you might put your faith into action:
- How will I commit to prayer in my life and in my family’s life?
- How will I use my talents to serve God?
- What group or ministry will I join to serve God and His people?
- Will I share the first fruits of my treasure with God or only give Him whatever I have left over?
- Is my offertory giving a sacrificial gift reflecting how grateful I am to God for his abundant blessings in my life?
This past weekend we distributed Anniversary Stewardship Cards (Click here to download one). Please complete one card per family confirming your current contact information and indicating how you would like to help support Holy Trinity. You may return this card at Mass this weekend or the parish office throughout the week. To search for a Ministry or Group click here and to access your online giving click here.
Thank you for making Holy Trinity the vibrant community it is and for being an important part of our growth. Act and commit as best you can, discerning through prayer, being nourished by the Eucharist and living by faith, hope, and love.
Fr. Reynold Furrell