Gifts to the Church → Temples of the living God
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. That means we are celebrating God on this holy day. In the Catholic Church a solemnity is the highest ranking holy day possible (followed by a feast and a memorial). The Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of our Catholic faith.
As Catholics we acknowledge the Holy Trinity when we arrive in a church, and several times during our liturgies as well as other times. Every time we make the sign of the cross we are expressing our faith in the Trinity and our faith that the Trinity was revealed by Jesus on the Cross. One part of stewardship is knowing our traditions and the meanings behind them.
Making the sign of the Cross should never be an empty gesture on our parts. Jesus told us that if we love Him, God (the Trinity) will come and dwell within us. More than once St. Paul reminds us that we are
“temples of the living God.”
God is within each and every one of us. Do we realize that? Do we live out that truth? Today’s feast confronts us to examine ourselves and our lives. As good stewards we need to live with the certainty that the Blessed Trinity is present in us. Then we need to reflect that presence.
Pope Francis, in his homily on the Feast of the Holy Trinity in 2013, said,
“In today’s feast we praise God for His glory is immense. We praise Him and thank Him for He is love, and He calls us to embrace Him and those around us with that love.”
2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal
I would like to sincerely thank all of you who have and who regularly participate in this annual appeal. Your gifts truly make a difference! For those who don’t regularly give to this appeal, please consider giving a gift this year. Every gift, no matter how small, brings us closer to our diocesan goal of $14,877. We need everyone’s participation to achieve this goal! If you didn’t receive a mailing, envelopes are available at the entrance of the church. If you wish, you may use the diocese’s improved online giving system at:
. If you are truly unable to give this year, we ask that you please return your card with “0” in the amount pledged box. If you do this we will not send you follow-up mailings. We are truly grateful and blessed by all who trust in the Lord and give sacrificially of their treasure to St. Mary’s Parish and to this annual diocesan appeal.
Please remember St. Mary’s with a gift in your will or estate plan!