Letter from our Pastor Fr. Steve - May 30, 2021
Dear friends in our risen Lord,
Last Sunday we concluded our celebration of the Easter season with the Feast of Pentecost. The Feast remined us of the call we received at our baptism to be disciples, followers of Jesus, and it provided us an opportunity to renew our commitment to embrace discipleship as a way of life.
Stewardship is a simple word to describe HOW we live as disciples – as single, or married, or in the ordained or religious life. God has given us gifts: time, talent and treasure. We do not own these gifts. They have been given by the Lord freely and in abundance for us to use in expressing our love for God and one another, in building relationships of love. This is our mission and purpose in life as beloved children of God.
I would like to focus in particular in this reflection on stewardship of treasure: how do we use our money and material resources? Do we use them in a way to provide for ourselves and build relationships with others? A spirituality of treasure is not just about what we give away to the Church and other charities, but what we do with ALL of our treasure.
The foundation of a spirituality of treasure is gratitude for all the Lord has given us. When we recognize what we have received is pure gift from God, then our motivation to give is not rooted in duty or obligation but in desire: we WANT to give. Giving is hard wired in the DNA of who we are as human beings. Made in the image and likeness of God, we are made for giving. We are most fully ourselves as God’s beloved children when we are giving and sharing in love our time, our talent and our treasure.
Giving of our treasure from the heart has several components: it is planned, proportionate, and prayerful. It is planned: in my own life I take a look at my finances each year and make a yearly goal of what I will give to the parish and other charities. It is proportionate: in my own life I set a goal of a percentage of my total income. Thirty some years ago I started at 2% and then increased it by 1% each year until I got to a tithe of 10%. There is nothing absolute about a 10% tithe. Given their resources, for some people a 10% tithe would be too burdensome while for others it would not be enough. It is prayerful: since everything we have comes from God, it only makes sense to ask the Lord in prayer what He is asking me to share in charitable giving.
In months to come, I will offer reflections on the stewardship of time and the stewardship of talent. Stewardship is discipleship in action. It is the way we encounter, love and serve Jesus, one another and the world using the gifts the Lord has given us.
Sincerely Yours in Christ, Father Steve Callahan
Sharing treasure—an integral part of discipleship
As members of a faith community, we know that it takes all of us to accomplish God’s work. If we all chip in, in proportion to our resources, we can make a significant impact in the lives of others—those in our parish family, in our community, and well beyond Pacific Beach. We prayerfully and intentionally consider what we are being called to give to our Sunday offering, the annual diocesan appeal, and other worthwhile causes. Also consider enrolling in E-Giving helps our parish be better stewards of our time and resources.
Financial Report FY20
When COVID-19 first emerged, none of us could fathom how far reaching its effects would be, how long it would last, or how significantly it would impact our day-to-day lives and the life of our parish community. Who ever thought that the public celebration of Mass and other communal gatherings would be prohibited?
Although we have had to adapt to ever-changing restrictions over the last six months, we continue to live out our mission to make disciples who encounter, love, and serve Jesus, one another, and the world. And for that, we are grateful!
Our Connection to Christ small groups, young adult and youth ministries, GIFT family faith formation, and sacramental preparation groups have continued to grow in faith and fellowship virtually via Zoom. We are still providing meals and groceries to those in need. Hundreds of parishioners have received check-in calls from our outreach call team, and we continue to stay connected with our senior and homebound parishioners via phone calls and soup deliveries. Our livestream Masses and electronic communications are reaching people far beyond our parish.
None of this could happen without your financial support! We know this is a financially trying time for many. We are grateful to all who have been able to support our mission through your continued contributions to the Sunday Offering, as well as your generous sharing of time and talent in a variety of ministries, and of course, for your prayersTo see a summary Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020) click here.
While it takes a significant amount of money to maintain our parish, our focus is mission. We seek to create a culture of radical hospitality where people are welcomed as they are, accompanied as they journey the path of discipleship, and inspired and equipped to go and make disciples of others.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be." - Matthew 6:19-21