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Fr. Sean Wenger, CC

October 2, 2016

Dear Friends,

As Fr. Bob did when he preached here, I have encouraged you, both in this column and in my preaching, to not just give to the Lord but to tithe. I have tithed since I was in my late teens. I have never been without what I needed. Tithing a ‘significant portion’ of our income to the Companions of the Cross is how we both support the community and live a greater simplicity of life. I give to other groups and organizations as well. All the same, I felt it was important as your pastor to be tithing to the parish. I’m giving what I recommend other give: 5% of my gross income.

I’m grateful to those who have been tithing to St. Mary’s over the years. Our income is relatively high for a parish our size. I know we went into our usual summer slump but the good news is that it is not a big a hole as it was last year. The giving at St. Mary’s is what makes, and has made, possible some of the ministries here that touch not only the parish but also beyond.

There are a lot of exciting things happening. I have written in the past about the Mission, Vision and Values that have been discerned for the parish. The hope is to say more about where the parish is going in a series of parish-wide meetings. At this point it looks like those will take place in November. I’ll give you more details as they are firmed up.

I enjoy writing this column but I have begun asking myself whether I have time to do this each week. Again, as I mentioned above, I’m excited about what is happening in the parish. For me to truly lead what the Lord seems to be doing means that I have to change how I use my time. There are new developments that require an investment of my time. That means that I have to take that time from other areas.

I haven’t made a final decision about this yet. I will speak to my Leadership Team to get their input.

What would you like to see our parish become? As Fr. Bob taught us, it’s not complicated. If enough of us give God permission to do whatever he wants with each of us, then he will move. Does he have your permission or is he still waiting for it?

Fr. Sean

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