April 26th, 2020
My Dear Parishioners,
My dear parishioners and friends of Immaculate Conception Church,
Praise and honor be to God!
I want to take a minute to thank you for your incredible generosity. We are nearing the completion of our church renovation, our gift to Immaculate Conception Church as we approach the 100th Founding Anniversary as a parish in 2028.
We serve a God who is more than able to provide for our needs, both as a church and as individuals. As we continue to grow, God continues to provide for our needs through the giving of His people. I seriously cannot wait to see what God is going to do in the years to come through our church. I am confident that there is a great future for the life of the Church here in Immaculate Conception Parish not to be achieved without a sacrifice, without suffering, and without keeping in touch with the wellspring of truth revealed to us in Jesus Christ.
This church is a testament of our faith to God, a promised land, a place of celebration, a house of prayer. It is a temple open to every man, woman and child who worship, who are witnesses of God. Let us continue to be proud of this precious heritage. With the church renovation is our brand new Altar of Sacrifice. To thank you for your generosity to our church, through your stewardship of time, talent and treasure, I would like to offer you this singular and perhaps, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write your "Letter to God." It may contain your prayer of petition, thanksgiving or anything you would like to tell God.
Strictly use an 8.5"x11" sheet of paper and mail it to me. You may include photos of you or the person you would like to pray or thank God for. I assure you that your Letter to God will remain confidential. Nobody, including myself, will read your letter. It will just be between you and God.
This letter should reach me on or before October 31st, 2020. I will collect all these letters and place them inside the "Repository of Prayers" (see photo). This Repository will be permanently placed inside the Altar of Sacrifice and will be sealed there forever. It will be between you and God.
Think about this. Each day, we celebrate the Eucharist at the Altar of Sacrifice. At Mass, all of you are being united to the sacrifice of Jesus; you are being strengthened in the bond of communion with the entire body of Christ. By virtue of my ordination, I offer the Eucharistic prayer on behalf of all of you, the people of God as I stand at the altar in the person of Christ. It is Jesus himself who is waiting to lift you up to God, to raise your mind and heart to the Father and to unite your gift of self with His own perfect sacrifice. Isn't it a blessing that your letter is in that altar?
We are already there, but not yet. There are still quite a few fine tuning of the finished details. Likewise, because of the pandemic, we are far behind our Renovation Second Collection Goal, which we have budgeted to cover most of the Change Orders. Your additional donation to the project will be highly appreciated.
It is an absolute honor to be your pastor. Thank you for allowing God to use you through your prayer, serving, and giving so that we can fulfill the mission God has given us of making disciples of all the nations.