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Stewardship Reflection - August 16, 2020

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Stewardship Reflection - August 16, 2020

Our Gospel today, from Matthew, reminds us to trust in Him even when it seems He is not answering our prayers.

God wants to lead us to the joy of heaven to spend eternity with Him. For that, we must be strong in faith and live our lives as an act of love and gratitude to Him. In other words, we must allow Him to transform us into saints. This is what the stewardship way of life is meant to do. Sometimes, that will feel painful to us. Often, it will be challenging.

Jesus certainly challenged the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel passage from Matthew. She called out to Him on behalf of her daughter, who was being tormented by a demon. What did Jesus do in reply to this mother’s desperate plea? Nothing. He “did not say a word in answer to her.” Undeterred, the woman continues to call out to Him, yet He still does not give her what she asks for. Instead, He continues to challenge her faith.

And she rises to the challenge to such an impressive degree that Jesus exclaims, “O woman [a term of deep respect in that day], great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” Imagine hearing those words proclaimed over us by God. Truly there could be no higher honor than hearing our Lord say that to us.

So we must accept the difficulties that come with the stewardship way of life. Some days will be a true challenge to our trust in God. But those are the days when God is making saints of us.

Let’s embrace the hard days during these difficult times. The deep joy that eventually comes, the eternal reward He promises, will be so worth it.

— Stewardship Reflections by Catholic Stewardship Consultants.

Children’s Envelopes

Childrens Envelopes

Boxes of envelopes specifically designated for children are still available. Because of the COVID-19 protocols, we are unable to leave the boxes out for families to take themselves. If parents are wanting these boxed envelopes for their children, please come to the sacristy after Mass or speak to Fr. Blanda or one of the Deacons. These envelopes will afford the children an opportunity to write down how they have or will donate their time, talent and treasure. A basket will be available at each Mass during the regular collection time in which the children will be invited to come forward to present their offering. If our Church is to grow and remain vibrant, we need to encourage active participation by all its members—even the littlest ones.

Reduce Taxes. Give Back.

If you are 70 1/2 or older and have an IRA, now is the time to consider an IRA charitable rollover. Make a charitable distribution from your IRA directly to St. Peter Church by the end of the year to avoid taxes.

How it works: Make a distribution directly from an IRA to St. Peter’s by Dec. 31. Your distribution (up to $100,000) counts toward your required minimum distribution. Your distribution is not recognized as income on your federal income tax return.

Benefits: Avoid paying income tax. The amount of your distribution is removed from your gross income for tax purposes.

Please contact Deacon Burke through the parish office for further details.

On-Line Giving at St. Peter

Since the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic, more and more of our parishioners have converted their weekly/monthly giving to our electronic on-line giving program. This method of financial giving assists the parishioner by offering a quick, easy and steady form of contributing to St. Peter Parish. It helps in the understanding that a steady and planned form of contributing to the parish increases responsible and faith filled stewardship.

If you have any questions, please call Eileen Boudoin at our parish office. She will be very happy to walk you through the process of signing up. We currently have 195 parishioners enrolled in our on-line giving program.

ONLINE GIVING is an easy way to support St. Peter’s Parish.

Memorials & Personal Intentions - Votive Candles

Votive Candles

Votive Candles are available for memorials and personal intentions throughout the Church. Prices and locations are as follows:

Candles on St. Joseph’s Altar are perpetual candles and burn for one year for memorial and personal intentions. The cost of these candles is now $260.00. The increase is due to the fact that the $115.00 did not cover the actual cost of these candles for the year.

The votive candles on the Blessed Mother’s Altar are $5.00 for the seven-day candles.

The votive candles in the Baptistery are for St. Jude and St. Anthony and are $2.00. They burn for one day.

Sanctuary Candle Memorials

Sanctuary Candle MemorialThe Sanctuary Candles located in the church and the adoration chapel can burn for a selected week in memory of a loved one. The donation for each memorial request is $25.00 for the week. These memorial requests will be published in the bulletin.

To request the memorial, please visit the Parish Office during regular office hours.

Stewardship

Second Collections - Your Generosity IS Appreciated!

August 16th
Property and Liability Insurance

Your generosity is much appreciated as we continue to pay on this year’s premium.

August 23rd
Utilities

We are all aware that our church utility bills have been much higher during these summer months. Each year we offer this giving opportunity by way of a second collection to assist the parish in our utility bills. Your generosity is greatly appreciated as always.

Sacrificial Giving:

Weekend of August 2nd

  • General Offertory: $9,750.15
  • St. Peter Maintenance and Repair: $2,537.53

Weekend of July 26th

  • General Offertory: $10,277.00
  • Bishop’s Services Appeal: $1,341.00

Weekend of July 19th

  • General Offertory: $8,756.00
  • Property & Liability Insurance: $2,112.00

Weekend of July 12th

  • General Offertory: $10,992.50
  • Catholic High School Subsidy $742.00

Votive Candle Donations

We are asking parishioners to please remember to place your donations in the donation slot when lighting votive candles for your prayer intentions. Unfortunately, due to the lack of payments, candle expenses are not being covered. By doing this, we can help defray the cost of candles in the parish. Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated.