Here is Bulletin_2015-11-29
It is early in the morning on Thanksgiving Day. We are thankful for this day and everything the Lord has given us. We look back and see a year filled with family joys. We see children and grandchildren growing in their faith. There is good health and God is providing for all of us. Yet, we each have our personal crosses and burdens. We are especially thankful for these! How else can we join with Jesus and follow Him. He knows the way – He is the Way. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Analysis and Commentary
CCHD: The collection for CCHD at St. Peter’s brought in $1,406.25. Our bulletin tells us:
CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (CCHD)
· THANKS YOU for your contribution to the collection last week. Your generous gifts will help CCHD end poverty in the United States through better education, improved housing, and economic development. Through CCHD and its beneficiaries, we demonstrate Catholic social teaching and carry our Jesus’ mission to “bring glad tidings to the poor…to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (Lk4:18).
Our Catholic social teaching is clear. We have a responsibility to the poor, but Matthew 26:11, Mark 14:7, and John 12:8 would lead us to the conclusion that, no matter how generous our gifts might be, CCHD will never “end poverty in the United States…“. There is, however, great hope that, through our prayers and good works of Christian charity, we can have some success in leading lost souls to Christ. He alone can end the greatest poverty – the absence of sanctifying grace. Unfortunately, that is not the goal of CCHD.
A Continental Divide – Post Script: In our post A Continental Divide we reported that at the 5:00 PM Mass on November 21st, as the CCHD collection was being taken, Father said the following:
“Oh, by the way, did you know the postcards you get are not approved. //pause// Did you all get postcards this week? //Affirmative answer from some person// Ignore them. I talked to the person who’s sending them and he can’t make sense. So. This is a very good collection, it does a lot. So, ignore them [if you get] any postcards in the future.”
We now have reliable reports from attendees at the two Sunday Masses that Father made similar remarks to the congregation. It is pointless, to go into this in more detail. We have done our homework and we have substantial data to support our position regarding CCHD. We also know without doubt that the author of the postcard did homework equal in depth to our own.