Oct 31, 2018
Dear Sister & Brothers in Christ,
Today is Co-Redemptorists Sunday. A couple weeks ago I briefly explained what the Co-Redemptorists organization is all about. Basically, it is an organization that helps cover the cost of room, board and education for our seminarians. Fr. Maurice tells the story of how he wanted to go to the high-school seminary, but he knew his mother could not afford it. It was then that Fr. Campbell told him that the Co-Redemptorist Association would take care of it. My own college tuition was only $1000 a semester. The Co-Redemptorist covered the rest.
We all know how expensive college and graduate school has gotten. Seminarians are expected to participate in a formation program, as well as, do ministry; and so, a job is out of the question. Not to mention trying to pay off student loans when you’ve taken a vow of poverty. So, you can see how important your generosity is, and how much it helps our seminarians to focus on their studies, and thus, become the best priests and brothers they can be. I want to once again thank all of you who have made donations in the past and I pray that God will bless all of you who make a pledge to give today.
Secondly, we all know that next Sunday is Card Party. (No, you do not have to play cards.) This is still our biggest fundraiser and an essential part of our annual budget. Each year we ask each parishioner to sell raffle tickets and ads, purchase a seat or table at the party, donate an attendance prize (our gift cards would be great) and then come, have fun and enjoy the fellowship of your brothers and sisters in Christ. I realize the Card Party is a lot of work, and more people now play bingo than cards, but some traditions are important. When it’s all over I think most people really enjoy themselves. If you’ve never been, or you haven’t been in a while, I hope you decide to come this year. Bring a game, or play a little bingo, or do what I do and wander around and visit with people. We really don’t get enough opportunities to do that. This will be Fr. Steve’s first one and will be a great opportunity to get to know him a little better. I will see you there!
In the Redeemer,