You will hear a little bit about the Annual Bishop’s Appeal this weekend. Next weekend, we will show the bishop’s video before Mass and have pledge cards ready for those who want to pledge at church. The video this year is outstanding, and the appeal is a good cause. You should also know that the bishop is concerned about the current state of the economy and our many struggling families. He has cut the diocesan budget significantly and reduced the Bishop’s Appeal goals this year. Please consider this good cause and think about making a pledge next weekend. We urge you to be as generous as you can.
For many years now, St. Charles has had a tremendously successful bake sale, designed to raise funds to support the seminarians of our diocese. This year, due to the Covid virus, the bake sale will have a little different format. We can’t have people bringing food from home for the sale, nor can we have people crowded around a table of food to shop for their favorite dessert. Therefore, our Vocation Committee is organizing a cookie baking team. They will package and sell a couple of varieties of cookies for sale the weekend of October 3/4. There is no need for parishioners to contribute baked goods this year, but we do appreciate all financial support.
As mentioned in a previous column, we are working on improving communications in the parish, and think it would be useful to contact more people electronically. We will send reminders of holy days and big parish events, and we will offer any important parish news. If you would like to receive our communications, you can sign up at eva.us/stcfw. The website will ask if you prefer e-mails or text messages. We promise not to send things often.
In addition to our food donations, our parish gives a donation of $500 each year to St. Patrick’s Food Pantry. We received a very nice thank you note with assurance that our donations are put to good use. The pantry is serving approximately 60 families per week. We are helping a lot of people.
As we are coming closer to presidential elections, many people are struggling with voting questions. The Church does not endorse candidates or political parties, and for the most part we try to stay away from the political scene. At the same time, many issues involved in an election have moral implications and we have an obligation to speak out. In January, Bishop Rhoades gave an insightful talk on his Redeemer Radio program called “The Catholic Vote.” You can find it at redeemerradio.com/tic125/.