Lord, Increase Our Faith

Candle Holder Serra

Today’s Gospel contains two rather independent sayings or teachings. The first begins with a request or prayer: “Increase our faith.” Jesus’ response points out the strength and power of even a little faith in the parable of the mustard seed growing into a big bush. The second part of the Gospel is the parable of the servant. How easy it is for us to think of only what we shall receive in return for whatever we do. Before the Lord, however, we’re servants and whatever we do is only what a servant is called to do. As Christian disciples we are not about the business of earning gold stars or meriting God’s grace!

Perhaps you have noticed that we have added a votive candle rack in the lobby of Serra Center to honor Our Lady of Fatima, St. Joseph and St. Anthony. Catholics have a long‐standing tradition of candle lighting in remembrance of loved ones and special needs. In keeping with our tradition, we now offer this opportunity for our parishioners.

Later this month on October 13th, our Stewardship Committee, and Finance Council will present “The Joy of Generosity” for our reflection. We will hear the annual financial report at Mass and also celebrate our generosity at the Ministry Fair outside in the Serra Gardens. In the meantime, I invite all of us to pray over and discern our level of financial support to the parish. Can I take a step forward to increase my Sunday offering? Is my Sunday offering planned, proportionate and sacrificial? Thank you for your continued generosity to the many ministries of our parish community!

Do you have your tickets yet for our ever-popular “Evening with the Friars” on November 15th? This event is always special. The friars attend and give a short presentation about their personal Franciscan vocation. The banquet will be a delicious “Taste of Italy” featuring typical delicious foods from various regions of Italy. Included will be Italian Folk Dancing and music. There will also be an opportunity to bid on some fabulous live and silent auction items such as a weekend getaway to everyone’s favorite city, San Francisco, or a weekend in Denver, Colorado including a rental car for exciting day trips! Get your 􀆟tickets early as I believe they will go fast. Proceeds will go to the parish operating budget and also to help support a Franciscan Friar student at the Franciscan School of Theology.

Finally, we have just completed our amazing celebration of St. Francis Days! I wish to thank everyone who worked so hard to make our commemoration of our Holy Father St. Francis so memorable and inspiring! By walking in Francis’ footsteps, may we follow Jesus and, through joyful charity, come to be united with our all good and loving God. Amen.

Love, Fr. Vince