From the Pastor:
Jesus in today’s Gospel tells the parable of the three servants and how they dealt with the talents given to them. Is it just a coincidence that our word ‘talent’, which means a gift or skill, is used in this story to refer to very large among of money. This connection fits for us. As we continue our prayer together today, this may be a good time to continue reflect on the time talent, and treasure that we have given and how we have used them in the service of God’s reign.
The Annual Report of our Stewardship of Treasure is available near the exits of the church. The report reflects our solvency as a parish and I thank all parishioners for their ongoing generosity in their weekly offering
From our Bishop relating to today’s 2nd Collection
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
In the United States, more than 46 million people are living in poverty. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development [CCHD] is our anti-poverty program to help them find hope and a way to a more secure life. Support offered to this collection reaches those living on the margins and gives them a hand up, not a hand-out.
Around Charlestown, South Carolina, many children live in poverty, creating undue stress and uncertainty in their lives. Compounding these problems, deteriorating school systems struggle o provide quality education and appropriate discipline, and there is a high rate of school-based arrests. By engaging congregations and communities all over the city, the Charleston Area Justice Ministry is working to improve the education system and keep kids in school and out of the juvenile justice system. With your support of the CCHD Collection, the Charleston Area Justice Ministry is able to provide community engagement to reduce youth arrests and violence.
Your support of this collection makes a difference for people living in poverty across the United States. Please prayerfully consider how you are able to help the CCCHJD this year. If you would like more information about the collection and those it supports, visit www.usccb.org/cchd/collection .
Thank you for joining us to work on the margins.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Mitchell Rozanski