SHARE OUR HARVEST APPEAL: Our annual Share Our Harvest Appeal is now taking place – until the end of October. Parishioners (and friends) of St. Aloysius Gonzaga are asked to consider a special gift in the $25 to $50 range – or whatever level is possible and comfortable – as a sign of your gratitude for the great Catholic Parish we are here at St. Al’s. Already we have received 44 donations totaling $2060.00. Parish Leadership and Father Peter thank all who have already contributed. The funds are used to make a down payment on our Snow Plowing and Removal Contract, as well as to meet the higher utility bills this winter. Again our deepest gratitude and assurance of prayers to all who are able to participate in this fall’s Share Our Harvest Appeal.
FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS TO THE DIOCESE: As a parish community we are part of the larger Church that we call the Diocese of Buffalo. As part of the Diocese we have an obligation spiritually and financially to help assure that the ministries of the administrative offices of the Diocese are effective and meet the needs of the Gospel and the People of God. Therefore Bishop Richard Malone assesses each parish financially. Because of the goodness and generosity of you, our parishioners and friends, we have been able to meet our obligations to the Diocese as well as our financial obligations here at St. Al’s. The annual Financial Report to parishioners is presently being prepared by our Business Manager, Tom Franczyk. It should also be pointed out that these financial obligations are based on the annual income of our parish. So while our obligations have decreased in each category, the reason for the decrease is that our weekly collections have also decreased. This weekly decrease is a matter of concern to our Parish Finance Committee and Father Peter – because what is definitely not decreasing are the costs to run a parish of our size, our vendor bills and our utility bills. When we meet in the fall for our annual Town Meeting there will be plenty of time to discuss our financial stability. But if you have any questions on our financial obligations to the Diocese or any parish finance issues, do not hesitate to speak with Tim Franczyk, the members of the Parish Finance Committee or Father Peter.
CHRIST THE KING SEMINARY: Last weekend, our seminarian, Bob Owczarczak, told us the wonderful news that – with the help of the Grace of God – four men will be ordained Priests in 2018 and 8 men will be ordained Priests in 2019. All of these men, and other seminarians, are being formed and educated for priestly ministry at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. Additionally, men are prepared for the Permanent Diaconate – and women and men for many other ministerial responsibilities – are receiving their theological education and pastoral formation at our seminary.
This weekend there will be a special second collection to support the works of Christ the King Seminary. Your gift will assure that Bob and all others who work, learn, pray and study at our Seminary receive the best possible training to work in the Diocese spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you have never visited our Seminary take a ride out to East Aurora on a beautiful fall day. The fall foliage is wonderful. Just walk around the seminary campus and visit the main Chapel. Such a visit could even plant the seed of a vocation to the Priesthood in the hearts of a child or grandson.
Please be generous in your support of Christ the King Seminary in this weekend’s special second collection.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Today God invites you to do good, do it therefore today. Tomorrow you may not have time.”
– St. Ignatius of Loyola