October 7 / 8 Homily

I want to keep this simple.  We kick off a new capital campaign today.  And I want to say three things.  In order of importance.  First and foremost, God has blessed us, truly blessed us.  And you give wonderful evidence of His blessing.  How many campaigns have we had?  To build a new church and now by God’s grace we have built these new facilities. Years of campaigning.  You have been and remain faithful in your generous response over these years. In the beautiful words of St. Paul today:, “Keep on doing what you have learned and received, then the God of peace will be with you.” And I believe that for many of you this has involved sacrificial giving. As members of this community of faith you have excelled in making our vision a reality and then you have shouldered the responsibility for what we have built. It is nothing short of amazing!

Secondly, it is none of my business what you have been contributing to the campaigns over the years.  That is between you, your spouse and your God.   I know you have been faithful and generous.  The campaign beginning today is intended to pay down and eventually retire the debt for our new facilities.  I offer two reasons for addressing our debt.  First, when you go outside, or if you stay inside- open your eyes and look.  Look at what you have done- a new school, new social hall and a new parish offices.  If anyone asks why are we beginning a new campaign – just tell them to look at the marvels God has done that enable us to deepen our mission of faith at Sacred Heart.  The second reason is that we have a debt and it has to be met.  We have already begun making mortgage payments to the bank.  These are close to $40,000 a month. When we paid off the church debt early some three years, we saved- get this –hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments to the bank!

Each household will receive in the mail a newsletter that gives details about the campaign and the debt. If you have questions we have a question box in the narthex.  If you are new in the parish, or if you have not been able to contribute to the campaign in the past, or if your financial situation has changed, I would ask everyone to consider either making  a commitment or recommitment to this holy work we have begun. In the beautiful words of St. Paul today, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, think about these things.”

Thirdly, I would that in addition to your financial commitment, you join us in praying for the success of this campaign.  In the beautiful words of Paul’s letter today, “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything by prayer and thanksgiving make your requests known to God.” There is no way that hard work and our determination alone will accomplish our goals.  It is only by God’s grace that we will succeed, it is only by God’s grace that we have come this far by faith.  (campaign prayer).   (Campaign kickoff dinner on October 22) You will find “volunteer willingness” cards in your pews, please take some time now to complete this card and offer your volunteer commitment.  (The usher will collect them in a moment).

If I may end with some of St. Paul’s beautiful words from the second reading today:  May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  

 

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