Dear Incarnation Parishioners,
Happy New Year! Hopefully, 2021 will be kinder to us than 2020 was. I don’t need to tell you that it’s been a rough year for all of us, rougher for some than others. Let’s hope and pray that the world may return to some type normalcy in the coming weeks and months.
You Incarnation parishioners are more generous with your time, talent, and treasure than any other parish I’ve ever served. In the last couple months, several parishioners have made large donations to the parish to make up for the deficit we experienced during the pandemic. This is so helpful to us, while also taking the burden off those who have been unable to donate.
During this time of a difficult economy, I hesitate to ask for your continued generosity. However, in order to prepare our upcoming operating budget, we need to have a general idea of what to expect. And if this is a bad time financially for your family, I do understand. You can always contribute later, when your personal finances permit.
Meanwhile, we have hopes that 2021 will allow us to return to hosting some of our fun fund-raising events, such as our fall picnic, in-person raffles, etc. So even if your tithing is minimal, we are always happy to see you give of your time to support our events and the many ministries and service opportunities we offer. It takes many hands to make things happen! And we plan to continue with our formation programs as best we can, either in person or via Zoom. As I’ve said before, although church attendance is down at this time, our operating expenses remain pretty much the same.
So, during this Stewardship month, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to fill out the enclosed questionnaire either manually or online at icclou.org. We need to know what kind of Time, Talent, and Treasure we can count on so that we can plan for our 2021 ministries, programs, services, and donations to local charitable organizations.
Even though times are sometimes difficult, I hope you’ll continue to count the blessings that you do have. Most of us have a roof over our heads, food on the table, and a host of other blessings. So let’s remember to manage these gifts responsibly and practice good stewardship, as the Good Lord has asked us to do.
When completing the form online, please use your envelope ID number, which can be found on your mailing label.
May God bless you for your goodness and generosity!
Fr. Christian T. Moore, OFM Conv.