Saint Vincent Basilica Parish!
Pray • Love • Serve
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Today, as I write to you, the Church is celebrating the Solemnity of All Saints. I am sure you, like me, are grateful for the prayers of the saints in heaven and for their examples of how to follow Christ.
Tomorrow, on the 2nd of November, All Souls Day, the company that deals with the sound system will be here to help get the system in order. The topic of the pulpit and microphones will also be addressed.
This Fall, along with all the parishes of the Diocese of Greensburg, we are participating in a program that is meant to increase our weekly offertory collections. I am sure you have received various communications in this regard.
I would like to share two thoughts with you. I remember that in one of the parishes where I served, we found an old bulletin – from back in the days when the weekly contributions were published in the bulletin. The “news” was 30 years old. The surprise was that most of the families in the old bulletin were still in the parish… and they were still giving the same weekly donation as they had been giving 30 years before!!! We humans are definitely creatures of habit. Of course, everything had increased in the parish budget during those 30 years – salaries, electric and gas bills, maintenance costs, technology, etc, etc.
Here at Saint Vincent Basilica, we are asking that you prayerfully consider you weekly offering to the parish. If what you are giving now seems right to you and to your budget, that is fine. If you feel the nudge and feel called to increase your donation a lot or a little – it would be appreciated. The offertory collection is an act of faith. I sincerely hope that Saint Vincent Basilica Parish has inspired you to trust that your donations will be used wisely and for good purposes.
The atmosphere at Saint Vincent is an overall academic one. Here, people young to old, learn, teach, study and grow. As has been mentioned before, our religious education efforts are in a state of renewal and reorganization to better serve the needs of our parishioners and community. The funds entering in the offertory collection make all this happen. Just to let you know.
I hope the change of seasons is agreeing with you!
Fr. Richard Ulam, O.S.B.
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