A Civic and a Religious Resposibilty

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

The time is upon us! Actually it's time for two things: Voting & Card Party. Two important responsibilities, one civic and one religious. I know this whole election has put a lot of people off, but it is still important. As citizens of a democracy we each have a responsibility to participate in the governing of our nation, as well as, our local community. It has been said, if you don't vote then you have no right to complain, and even if you can't bring yourself to vote for either presidential candidates, there are a lot of other important things on the ballot. I won't go into the whole Civil Rights history, for most of you know that far better than I, but I will implore you to make your voice heard, make your membership count, do not let anyone silence you - so go ahead and VOTE!

The other responsibility also revolves around membership. As a member of this parish we each have a financial responsibility. Vatican Two called each of us to "full & active participation. This is not just in spiritual & ministerial matters, but it is also in financial matters, as we each do our part to support the work of The Church and our church. It would be wonderful if we could survive on our Sunday offering, but we all know that is not the case. Our fundraisers are essential, and the Card Party is our biggest and most important one. It's not about playing or not playing "cards," it's about raising money so we can continue to operate as a parish. We must stop dipping into our savings, or it will soon be gone. In the past, it has always been a handful of people that sold most of the ads. Fr. Dave has sold most of the raffle tickets. And we have had plenty of empty seats. I know that some of you are doing all that you can honestly afford to do, but there are others whom I am asking to pray over what you are giving, as well as, your level of participation in "your" parish. There is no reason at all why the "Card Party" of The Rock Church should not be a huge success.

This week, the world will be watching, as the greatest democracy in the world elects its government. Will you be participating? Or merely watching?

Likewise, (IMO) the greatest parish, will be holding its biggest fundraiser of the year. Will you be participating? Or merely watching?

In the Redeemer,

Fr. Rick