A Note from Fr. Ritche Bueza:
Towards a Deeper Mission
“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch. Master we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command, I will lower the nets. Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” These words from our gospel this weekend providentially come to remind us of our missionary work as Church. In baptism, we have been given the responsibility to “put out into the deep water” meaning to spread the good news of Jesus Christ everywhere and to everyone. To use Pope Francis’ words, to go to the peripheries to have that divine encounter.
For over forty years, the Diocese of San Jose has been faithful to the task given to us by the Lord. This local Church has immersed herself in working for the continued formation of the lay men and women, education of children, youth and young adults. The Diocese has also engaged herself in social justice by ministering to the incarcerated, the poor, the homeless, and other issues pertaining to the preservation of the dignity of every human life. Since the inception of the Diocese, we have always “lowered our nets” not only to “catch” but more importantly to bring all people into the fold. This is our calling! This is our ministry!
For us to continue this great ministry that the Lord has given us we need everyone’s participation and support. This weekend, we are launching our 2022 Annual Diocesan Appeal – “Growing Together in Faith.” Your support to this year’s appeal will help us fund the different ministries I mentioned earlier. This year, our ADA goal is set for $300,000. Like last year, I am asking every registered family to make a sacrificial gift of $300 (which is $30 a month, for the ten months of the campaign). If every registered family would pledge $300 or more, we will not only meet our goal, but also exceed it. As in the past, anything above and beyond the goal is given back to the parish. Last year, we received close to $40,000 in rebate. Thank you. The monies help fund the many ministries of our parish: formation and education of children, youth, young adults and adults, the much-needed enhancement of our music ministry, the different mission trips and other outreach programs; and the on-going needed maintenance of our buildings and grounds.
In our recent Parish Renewal Initiative, I listened to your hopes and dreams for our parish and some of those I enumerated above. But we need additional funding to accomplish your vision for a lively and Spirit-filled community – one that celebrates our gifts and talents around the Eucharistic table and reaches out to those in need. Thus, I am appealing once again to your generosity in supporting our 2022 Annual Diocesan Appeal.
I would like to thank Richard and Kate Kosoglow in leading our parish’s 2022 ADA Appeal, and to all of you for your continued generosity and support for Holy Spirit Parish. You are all in my prayers.
“Do not be afraid,” says Jesus to the Apostles in today’s gospel. I am hopeful that we will all continue to heed Jesus’ call to “put out into the deep water” our nets so to fulfill the mission of Jesus!