It has been more than a year since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the world. We are still in the throes of it as it continues to inflict untold damage to human life and the human spirit. The pandemic has brought out the best in people and the worst in people. Fortunately for us at Immaculate Conception Parish, the pandemic has inspired much good. Numerous unsolicited people reached out to others with emotional, spiritual, and financial need. It is a great blessing that the Holy Spirit has given us – that we respond generously to every challenge that confronts us.
In October 2021, I unrolled the parish theme for 2020-21, Faith, Hope, and Love. Many of you joined me on-line as I shared with you that our faith is the cause of our hope, and love is the living out of our faith.
As Lent approaches, it is time to put our parish theme into action. We must continue the good we have experienced, and we have done to help others throughout the pandemic. One way to do this is to participate in our Annual Lenten Almsgiving Project.
This year, it is our hope to help our brothers and sisters most affected by the pandemic and yet left untouched by the financial help offered by the government. For various reasons, families in our parish community not only lost employment and the means of sustenance but were at the same time ineligible for any financial assistance. Immigrants were the most impacted while many others too experienced the same misfortune.
Our parish mission statement says “…We also strive to Think like Jesus, Talk like Jesus and Act like Jesus™, and in this way make God’s unconditional love evident for all.” Jesus reached out to the most neglected and abandoned people of his time. He reached out and gave hope to those who fell through the cracks – lepers, tax-collectors, prostitutes, and sinners. When we strive to think, talk, and act like Jesus, we resolve to let our faith become a reason for hope for those in our community who are in need. We do so in reaching out with unconditional love.
So, I invite you to join me as our parish continues to support vulnerable and hurting families in our parish community. In the coming year, using the financial resources we raise, we will offer hope and love in whatever way we can to those most in need.
Our goal is to raise $10,000. To donate to our Lenten Almsgiving Project please use an Almsgiving envelope (or regular envelope marked Almsgiving) and drop it in the collection box when you are at Mass or you may drop your donation off at the Parish office. If donating by check you can simply put “Almsgiving” on the memo line. You may also donate through Faith Direct.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Satish Joseph, Pastor