Apr 5, 2017
Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,
One responsibility I sometimes feel I have as Pastor is "to worry." I worry about attendance. I worry about having a good sermon. I worry that everything is ready and on time for mass (I said I worry, I didn't say it was always successful). I worry about evangelization. I worry about meeting everyone's spiritual needs. I worry a whole lot about the budget. The list seems to go on and on.
And so, when a simple idea crosses my desk to raise a bit of money with very little effort, I jump at it. First, you have all heard about our Scrip Program, where we sell gift cards. The program is very simple. We ask people to buy gift cards for the places they shop at on a regular basis. The gift cards are dollar for dollar, but the merchants give us a percentage. (I don't know why--I just know they do it.) And some give us a very nice percentage. Land's End gives us 16% back. The only sad part about this is that more parishioners do not feel a need to participate. After all, this is a very easy way to increase your tithe without making any greater sacrifice. But I am extremely thankful to those who do.
Well, the new opportunity is from Amazon. If you are like me, you find yourself shopping more and more on Amazon. Besides often being cheaper, it is so easy. If you login at their new page SMILE.AMAZON.COM and choose "St. Alphonsus Liguori Church, St. Louis, MO" as your charity, they will donate .05% of everything you purchase to our Parish. The only real rule is that you have to begin your shopping at the new smile.amazon.com page. While it may not be as much as the gift cards, every little bit counts. And if you want to really help, you can shop with Amazon gift cards from our Scrip Program.
Linda Brown Reed has typed up a step-by-step instruction sheet that you can pick up at the Scrip table. While you are there, you can order one of our new shirts with our Jubilee logo. There is one more bonus in doing all of this--you will help your Pastor worry a little less and get a bit better sleep, and for that I thank you. God bless!
P.S. I hope I see each of you each night of our holy & sacred Triduum. Please come and spend some time with your Lord and journey with Him as He walks the Passion of the Cross for our salvation. That we might truly comprehend the full meaning of the gift of Easter.
In the Redeemer,