Message from the Msgr. Kenneth Schwanger
My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,
To the moon! – and back to Earth…
As we saw last year, reaching for the stars engages the gifts that the Lord has given us and leads us to accomplish great things. Those accomplishments are then able to be used in the service of Our Lord and His mission here on earth even as circumstances change, and surprises come.
St. Paul, who had been captured up into heaven in spirt to see and experience its beauty, joy, and glory ever since was anxious to be called home to the Lord and live that experience forever. Still, because of that experience of authentic love realized, he was always prepared to come back to Earth and to spend his life in service to others, bringing them the encounter with Jesus that heals and saves. That is the focus of this year’s Living the Faith Campaign: coming back to Earth and spending our lives in service to others, bringing them the encounter with Jesus that heals and saves.Thanks, and congratulations to all of them!
Coming back to Earth means our parish groups and ministries being able to come back to campus, to invite the world in to find healing and life in Christ. Coming back to Earth means the 4th Annual Archdiocese of Miami Pilgrimage to Lourdes being able to bring the sick and the suffering of Miami to Lourdes in September. Coming back to Earth means our September Living the Faith Campaign which makes all that possible.
Living the Faith means spending our lives, like St. Paul, in service to others. Living the Faith means the parish family of Our Lady of Lourdes using its resources to bring the people of Miami to Jesus, and Jesus to the people of Miami. Living the Faith, our financial support of the mission of Christ here at Our Lady of Lourdes, is the beautiful fruit of our own experience of authentic love realized in Christ.
Again, this year, please commit 10% of your income to Our Lady of Lourdes or move closer to that 10% offering. Last year we saw a good increase in the number of us who are using Faith Direct to make our offering and I encourage everyone to make the move to the use of Faith Direct. You will discover it is a tool helps a great deal, both the parish and you. Now that we are back to Earth, let’s get to work!
Sincerely yours in Christ,