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Father Peter Williams – Bulletin Article – April 11th, 2021
Dear Friends in Christ,
“For the love of Christ impels us, because we are convinced that one has died for all…
And Jesus died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves,
but for him who died and was raised for them.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
Celebrating the event of the Resurrection brings us anew to the origin of our faith, inviting us to an entirely different way of living and relating to the circumstances of our life. Whatever the trial, distress or hardship, as a redeemed people we are called to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with enthusiasm, and to look forward to the future with confidence. Indeed, we have much to be grateful for here at Saint Ambrose – the shared life and legacy of faith, love and service, which the past year of uncertainty has only served to amplify. And we likewise have much to look forward to – imagining with creativity and hope how we can continue to deepen and advance our mission.
I am grateful to share what I believe to be an important step of faith in the present for our parish community in terms of recognizing what we have and where we can go. We have created a new position at Saint Ambrose – Director of Stewardship and Advancement. The simple but important goal of this new position is to help us as a parish community to deepen our understanding and commitment to stewardship, and to strategically lead and coordinate our efforts to become debt free as soon as possible. Not only does the current 6.5-million-dollar debt drain valuable resources each year that could be used to strengthen the mission, but it prevents us from dreaming about what’s possible for our parish. I am convicted that our already vibrant parish could more fully inspire married couples and families in faith, provide support for people who seek freedom from addictions of various kinds, create more intentional opportunities for healing and fellowship, and witness to the dignity of each and every human person. Imagine the parish we could be if a half a million dollars a year was not going to service our debt? Nearing the end of my third year as Pastor, it has become evident to me that focusing our efforts towards the elimination of our debt is a matter of prudence and shared responsibility.
I am pleased to share that I (we) are entrusting this important work to one of us. Tom Schisler began his work as Director of Stewardship and Advancement on April 1. Besides being a longtime parishioner of Saint Ambrose with his wife Clare, and having generously volunteered in a variety of ways, including chairing our Finance Council for the past nine years, Tom is uniquely qualified to help me and us to move forward with confidence in our mission. Tom has spent the past 34 years in the financial services industry. Tom also has experience in charitable giving and estate planning that will help in educating donors who may wish to leave a legacy.
Stewardship is defined as “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” Saint Ambrose is a place that has been entrusted to all of us, and a spiritual home that has blessed us in so many different ways. The possibilities of what we can accomplish together with proper stewardship are endless! Tom will be working closely with me and many in the parish to help discern a vision of what could be, to develop a thoughtful financial plan of action toward this end, and to coordinate the concrete steps of that plan. May each one of us be open to the Holy Spirit’s inspiration to respond with grateful and generous hearts to the shared endeavor ahead.
Peace in Christ,
Fr. Peter Williams
Act of Spiritual Communion
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
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