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February Awarenesses

February 4, 2022

Dear Companions on the Journey,

February underscores (at least) two awarenesses.
First, February is the month to pray for the sick. What could be more obvious during the pandemic? Well, one thing might to visit the sick, one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.

And for the ourselves that we may be a healthy, life-giving support for the sick:

Calm me, Lord. Slow me down, put Your peace in my heart.
No matter what problem I have, Lord, You are bigger, You are more powerful than it is.
So I bring my problem to You.
I know what I want. I know my will.
I do not know Yours.
I do not know how You will use this problem for my salvation.
I do not know what good You will work out from this evil.

But I trust You.

I trust Your goodness and Your wisdom.
So I place myself in Your hands.
Please fill my heart with peace.

February is also Black History Month. Please consult our bulletin to see how our Paulist Center Racial Justice Advocacy Group is reading through this month. Also, each week I will provide a link to Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute series entitled “Conversations that Matter.” (They can be watched anytime.) The first: “Racism: The Perduring Assault Against Human Life and Dignity.” Here’s the link.
What do you think?

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Why Pledges are a Good Way to Give to the Hope for the Future Paulist Fathers’ Campaign

A pledge over time will help you to make a huge impact on the Hope for the Future campaign. When you pledge support for the campaign, structuring your gift over three years allows for financial flexibility while securing the future of the Paulist Fathers.
Consider this: a family may be thinking of supporting the campaign goals with a one-time payment of $1,000, a generous gift indeed. If that same family reflects and decides they can do that same $1,000 commitment for each of the following two years, their $1,000 gift will turn into a $3,000 pledged gift. That’s three times the impact!
Pledges are not legally binding, but intentions made in good faith. Your pledge can be fulfilled through monthly, quarterly, semiannual or annual installments. It may also be possible to increase your support for the campaign with a matching gift from your employer. You may benefit from supporting the campaign with a charitable deduction on your tax return, and the Paulist Fathers will provide these tax statements at the end of each year.
To address some of your questions, please see these “FAQs“!
We will be getting into “high gear” on this campaign later in February!

What do you think?

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Don’t miss this historic opportunity!
A “Synod on synodality” is what Pope Francis has called this synod. Its formal title is ‘For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.’ The Synod is our opportunity to help guide and shape the Catholic Church of the 21st century. Donna Doucette, Executive Director of Voice of the Faithful and long time Paulist Center Community member, will lead us in this educational offering. For more information, see the bulletin. Here is the link for the 7pm, Monday, February 7th Zoom event.

Special Event…for Family and Friends of LGBTQ Persons Group. Sunday, February 20 at 2:00 PM  See this announcement.

The Sunday bulletin is online at the Paulist Center website. We hope that you will open it with these links to see more about what is happening now at the Paulist Center Community.

We conclude with the prophet Micah 6:8:
Our Faithful God has told you, O mortal, what is good;
   and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, to love kindness,
   and to walk humbly with your God?
And let us pray for/with one another.
Michael McGarry, C.S.P.
Director, the Paulist Center

Along with Patty, Chuck, Susan, Norm, Dorothy, Barbara, Rob, Alvaro, and Sal. Please feel free to call upon your Pastoral Ministers if you wish.