Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This Fifth Sunday of Lent gives us an opportunity to prepare ourselves for Holy Week and Easter. In the Gospel, we see the forgiveness that Jesus shows the woman caught in adultery. While the scribes and Pharisees want to stone her, Jesus wants to forgive her and give her a new start: “neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” What refreshing words for us to hear. Not only does the Lord want to forgive but he also wants us to have a fresh start, a life, not of sin but of holiness. As we press forward toward Easter, we leave behind our old life of sin and look for the new life of holiness. Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week. Palms will be blessed at both the 4:00 p.m. vigil and the 11:00 a.m. Mass. For the 11:00 a.m. Mass, we begin outside, weather permitting, and process into the Church. Please review the bulletin for our Holy Week and Triduum schedule.
Enclosed in the bulletin is our recent Financial report for the parish. On March 13th, our Finance Committee met to review our income and expenses and to make recommendations on spending and savings. The members of the Finance Committee are Aggie Howard, Dennis Jacob, Bob Longstreth, Jim Merckling, Susan Rorris and Mary Rykowski. A quick look at our finances shows that we are keeping a balanced budget and generating some income. Our primary sources of income are the Offertory and rent from St. Joseph Montessori School. The second source is consistent year to year. Offertory is generally consistent with some fluctuations. The weekly collection is noted in each bulletin. It is important for us to consider the Offertory as our primary means of supporting the mission of the parish. It is our hope, also, that our parish will continue to grow and we will be able to attract new members, especially from the surrounding housing developments. With this in mind, we need to consider hiring a person to assist in our evangelization and religious education mission. Therefore, it is important that we increase our offertory to meet such needs. It is my hope that such a plan will help the parish flourish and continue to spread the Gospel of Christ to those who are in our community. I continue to pray for you and thank all of you parishioners for supporting Sacred Heart parish.
God bless you all.
Administrator Pro Tem