Greetings from Asilomar, Pacific Grove where 150 priests from our diocese gathered around Bishop John Cummins and Michael Barber to pray, study and know each other. The theme of our Convocation is Amazing Parish led by Pat Lencioni who has written the book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (New York Times Best Seller). The clergy of St. Joseph did a splendid leadership role. Deacon Matthew Murray was the only deacon at the Convocation and he assisted at all Masses including the Spanish Mass where he read the gospel and the Prayers of the Faithful in Spanish. Fr. John Carillo was the principal celebrant for one of the Masses. He was calm and recollected and looked like a seasoned presider. I helped out at hospitality and social events especially Jubilarian Celebration. Thursday we came home refreshed in body, mind and soul. Thank you for praying for us priests. We prayed for you.
I’d like to remind you about the value of the new eGiving option through Faith Direct. It offers some important advantages over the current Sunday envelopes: It’s green. Less paper. Less postage. No need to mail envelopes every two months. It’s labor saving. Less work for those who count and deposit the collection each week; less effort for you with no need to write a check. It helps parish finances. Vacation time can cause a big drop in the Sunday offering, even though the parish expenses continue. The predictable and steady income provided by eGiving allows us to better support our ongoing parish ministries.
You can fill out the form available at church or mailed to your home and return it to the Parish Office or drop it in the collection basket, or register online HERE and use our parish code CA702. They also offer personalized offertory cards to replace your envelopes so you can continue to participate in the physical act of giving during Mass. Please give eGiving your prayerful consideration, and give envelopes a permanent vacation this summer.
Fr. George Alengadan