Join us for Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00 a.m.
(Confession at 8:30 a.m.)
God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7), and the Lord’s call is always to greater generosity. In Fr. Steve's homily on November 8, he mentioned the importance of being intentional about our giving, that we might grow in generosity. Let’s all commit to becoming priority givers (making giving a priority), planned givers (intentionally doing so on a regular basis), and percentage givers (i.e., giving a percentage of our income rather than an arbitrary dollar amount). Matthew Kelly describes the “Generosity Challenge” in his book, Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, as follows:
So, this is my challenge to you. I call it the Generosity Challenge. Take some time over the next week or two and calculate what you gave to your church, charities, and people in need last year as a percentage of your annual income. Once you have that number, I challenge you to give one percent more of your income this year than you did last year. Furthermore, I challenge you to increase this giving percentage by one percent of your income each year until you reach a tithe of 10 percent (or until it simply is not possible or prudent for you to give any more). Goals bring out the best in us. We have goals for everything else; isn’t it time we had some generosity goals? You will be amazed how this proactive approach to giving changes you. Now rather than waiting until you are asked to give you will be looking for opportunities to give. Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, by Matthew Kelly (Beacon Publishing, p. 135.)
For more information about the Generosity Challenge and Fr. Steve's homilies on generosity, see our Generosity and Stewardship Page.
During the summer, Fr. Steve preached about the importance of reading scriptures every day. For those who would like a bit of help in taking a bit of time each day, he developed a simple "30 Day Bible Challenge" with the Letter of St. James. Since then, he also developed one for 1 Thessalonians. Click the links below for more information about how the challenges work.