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Letter From Our Pastor

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!!!  We begin a new year within the season of Christmas, as we celebrate and meditate the greatest gift that we have received from God, Jesus Christ.  Our faith and lives must be centered in the One, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6).  It is in Him that we experience God’s love for us and our call to be disciples of Jesus and share His message with words and deeds.

As we begin a new year centered in Christ, we enter with great hope and faith that we will see how God will bless us.  As a parish we are invited to deepen our sense of stewardship with what God has given us.  Saint Ferdinand’s has so many needs and it is hard to respond to them because of finances, lack of people wanting to volunteer their time and or make a commitment.  We need to continue to find ways to build community and not be divided by language, culture or race, but be ONE in the faith and working together as Church.  It is my desire that we all fall in love with our Lord again and truly serve Him in His Church so we can be part in building God’s Kingdom.

There are so many ways that we can be involved in our parish like being a Catechist for our children and adult programs; Catechist team for our Pre-Baptismal Classes; within the Sunday and Holy Day celebrations being involved as Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar Servers, Ministers of Hospitality and Choirs; we have parish groups like Grupo de Oracion, Hombres de Fe, A.C.T.S. (Bishop Barron Faith Formation Program, Oremus), Fiesta Committee, Youth Ministry (Life Teen and Edge), and the list goes on the opportunities to be involved in.

This past year we have made many decisions around our finances because for the past 10 years we have been in a deficit.  We began our Fiscal Year of 2016-17 by making some financial cuts to begin addressing these issues amongst the parish and school.  More financial cutbacks and administrative restructuring will continue to keep our doors open.  It is important that we all take responsibility in our financial stewardship in helping our parish.  To keep the doors of Saint Ferdinand Church and School we must be receiving a minimum of $15,000 every Sunday to keep our doors open.  That is not the reality of our Sunday collection.  The Bible teaches us to give ten percent (10%) of what we make to God, and this is an act of trust.  Some churches have asked their parishioners to consecrate and give the first hour of their wage to God. If we trust God and give with a generous heart we will be blessed by God.  I challenge you to be more generous each Sunday so we as a community can continue to grow and have more programs that will help in our faith journey.

We also need to make many repairs within our building and everything is expensive.  If we don’t have money then we cannot fix what needs to be fixed.   The following will be some projects that we will be focusing this year and it will only be accomplished by all of us working together:

  • This past Autum we found out that our Church and convent has termites.
  • The Air-conditioner and Heating Unit needs to be replaced.  As you have noticed in the summer the church is too hot and the winter the church is too cold.
  • The Parish Hall and classrooms need some attention.

The First Sunday of each month we will have a Second Collection for the Building Fund and these funds will be strictly used to repair our church and buildings so we can enjoy them for another 100 years.  Our success will depend in working together and your generosity.

Truly we have a lot of work ahead of us and with God’s blessing, us coming together and share what we have received from the Lord we can accomplish this plus more.

Blessings to you in this New Year of 2017!

In Christ Jesus and Mary Immaculate,

Rev. Fr. Juan Ayala, O.M.I.

Pastor

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