Dearly Beloved in Christ:
I am very pleased to share the good news that we have met our goal for the 2018 Diocesan Services Fund (DSF)! In fact, we have currently exceeded our goal by $2,655.42 and from all indications, it doesn’t look like we are slowing down. The DSF is our collective way of ministering to our brothers and sisters in need.
The Cardinal is grateful for your generous contributions to the DSF. Here’s an excerpt from the letter I received recently from his office, congratulating us on reaching our DSF goal: “In realizing your DSF goal, which I know is not a simple undertaking, you are sustaining the mission entrusted to the Church. Whether it is the hospitalized patient who seeks a visit from clergy, or a prisoner requesting Reconciliation and Communion, or a couple in marriage preparation before their wedding, you are bringing these ministries to our large and diverse Catholic Community.” Thank you once again! 50 percent of all monies raised over our goal comes back to us and the remaining 50 percent goes to the Aid to Poor Parishes Fund.
Our First Reading this Sunday personifies wisdom. This is wisdom that comes from God. As the sacred author reminds us, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding! (See: Proverbs 9:10). In other words, a life that is well lived is one that is centered upon God’s will and commandments. This eternal truth is even more important in our day when Relativism seems to hold sway. Let us daily seek to live according to “the wisdom from above [which] is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity” (See: James 3:17).
To all those who have generously contributed to the St. Vincent de Paul Backpack Drive, thank you very much! As our students resume the fall semester, let us pray that they will grow in God’s wisdom and in grace. Please note that we will be having a blessing for all students at all the masses next weekend. Bring your children and encourage all students you know to attend. Also, mark your calendar for our annual Holy Family Catholic School Fall Festival, slated for Sunday October 7, 2018; see page 4 for more information.
We are one Holy Family Parish, united in the joy of the Holy Spirit and in charity, as missionary disciples, amen!
In Christ’s love,
Fr. Jude Ekenedilichukwu Ezuma