Pastor's Blog - August 16, 2015

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

News and Notes:  I am happy to announce that Cardinal Sean O’Malley has assigned Deacon Edward Elibero to the Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative, effective immediately.  Deacon Ed has been serving at St. Richard of Chichester in Danvers for the last several years.  He is no stranger to our parishes, having served at St. Maria Goretti Parish for a number of years, and attended daily Mass at Our Lady’s on a regular basis.  Deacon Ed will be assisting our priests in leading wake and committal services, and helping Deacon Tom O’Shea in preparing parents for the baptism of their children, among various aspects of his ministry.  We are very blessed now to have two wonderful deacons to serve us.  Join me in warmly welcoming Deacon Ed and his wife Kathy to our Collaborative!

In the coming weeks, we will be asking everyone in both parishes to think about their stewardship (of time, talent, and treasure) in return for all the good the Lord has done for us.  One aspect of this sacrificial offering to the Lord is our generous stewardship of our treasure.  In the Fall, both parishes will be conducting a Grand Annual Appeal to help us undertake major projects that have been deferred for too long and simply need attention in the near future.  At OLA, they include fixing the slate roof, replacing the front stairs and doors of the Church, and applying vinyl siding on the White House, which for the foreseeable future will be housing a priest and seminarians. At SMG, the obvious projects include replacing the remaining aging heating pipes in the Church Hall, and replenishing the funds spent the last two years on replacing some of the leaky heating pipes last winter and this summer, and paying normal operational costs that have been draining our savings.  In preparation for this upcoming initiative, I am asking everyone to reflect on the following passage from St. Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians: “The one who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will reap bountifully.  Everyone must give according to what he or she has inwardly decided; not sadly, not grudgingly, for God loves a cheerful giver.  God can multiply his favors among you so that you may always have enough of everything and even a surplus of good works.”  Our parishes will not grow and remain secure well into the future unless we each commit ourselves to an intentional stewardship of all the gifts God has graciously bestowed on us.  I ask you to give your current stewardship of treasure some prayerful consideration in the remaining weeks of summer.  With a blessings and a grateful heart for the opportunity to serve you, Fr. Paul