Enjoy re-reading Fr. John's weekly bulletin letters for the past year.
Once again our Parish has a Convent! I have to tell you like most things it was very easy to buy! Paying for it however is another thing…that’s where you come in. We were able to secure a 15yr Mortgage at 4.5% with a term of 10yrs. (My goal is to pay it off in under 10yrs.) The purchase price of the building was $450,000. We start off with a generous donation of $100,000 that served as the down payment. That leaves us with a balance of $350K and a monthly payment of around $2500.
Here is what I propose as a way for everyone to take ownership of this newest phase of our growth as a community: Individuals and families can consider taking on one or more of the monthly payments. It would work like this: you may decide you can pay for one month ($2500) or maybe only a half of a month ($1750) or just one week ($875). Or you can go bigger: two months ($5,000), three ($7500) or six ($15,000) or entire year. I think you get the point. Consider doing that now or at anytime in the near future. Of course as you know the more we pay on the principal the less the interest.
Of course all that is for an empty building. Many of you have been forthcoming in donating furniture and other household supplies. And as I pointed out in last weeks letter for the smaller household items we have put up a registry with Bed, Bath & Beyond where, much like a bridal registry you can purchase selected items (and you can use gift cards purchased from our Food For Thought Program and earn extra at the same time, Bed, Bath & Beyond gives 7% back to us).
Here are the instructions to access the Registry:
Go to www.bedbathandbeyond.com
Click on Wedding and Gift Registry Under "Looking for a Gift Registry?"
Enter OLMC in the first name field and Our in the last name field.
Click Search. You will then see the registry titled: OLMC Sisters Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Then click on View Registry. Shop Away!
If you encounter any issues with the registry site itself, please click on the "Chat Now" at the top of the page. If you have questions about specific items on the registry, please email Beth Jacobson email@example.com.
I am asking you to flex your Stewardship muscles. Not just for the sake of some TLC (turn lose the cash) but because God is providing this unexpected opportunity for all of us to become more committed disciples. Being more committed disciples means greater resource sharing and greater resource sharing strengthens our societal and cultural influence. God will bless whatever sacrifices we each make in this effort.
And remember this being the Holy Year of the Jubilee of Mercy, each time you perform one of the Works of Mercy, in this case Shelter the Homeless you receive the Jubilee Indulgence. As Pope Francis wrote in his letter introducing the Jubilee: Each time that one of the faithful personally performs one or more of these actions, he or she shall surely obtain the Jubilee Indulgence. Hence the commitment to live by mercy so as to obtain the grace of complete and exhaustive forgiveness by the power of the love of the Father who excludes no one. The Jubilee Indulgence is thus full, the fruit of the very event which is to be celebrated and experienced with faith, hope and charity.
Love, Fr. John B.
P.S. No firm date is set for the arrival of the Sisters as we are awaiting their Religious Worker Visas. Pray that that process is expedited as quickly as possible.BACK TO LIST