The Annual Catholic Appeal
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Every year we are asked by the Bishop to do the Annual Catholic Appeal. This appeal follows an ancient Church theology of Subsidiarity in which things that can be done on a local level to help the community should be done and things that cannot be done on a local level to help the church should be done on a larger community level.
The Annual Catholic Appeal raises money to help the church do things that we as individuals and we as a parish could not do alone.
Things like supporting seminarians in discerning and in college, and we have 2 seminarians in our parish and Incarnation convent is an annex to the seminary system. Who do you think pays for that; who pays for their food, their lights, their studies? The Appeal does.
Another way the appeal helps the bigger community is through Catholic Charities and the food pantry. During the pandemic, food is an issue for many families. At the Incarnation St Gerard pantry, the needs went up 100 percent of normal. Catholic Charities helps 250 people every week from our neighborhood with food and services. Who do you think pays for that? Not the government. The Annual Catholic Appeal funding pays for that.
Every child in our school and every child in our Religious Education who needed an ipad during lock down got one. Who paid for that? Not us. The appeal paid for that.
So the appeal helps us directly here and it helps us do things that we could never do with just our own resources.
Every year we ask everyone to give something. Last year we tried but did not even make it to half our parish goal. So this year I am asking everyone here and everyone on live stream to help if they can.
You can give in a number of ways.
1- Take the the ACA letter that we are giving you in the church. Fill it out, and return it in the collection, with a pledge. If you already pledged, just write on it ‘Already pledged’.
2- If you got the letter at home, you can fill that pledge out and mail it in.
3- If you give on line, you can go into the portal and give using that online portal.
Pray about how each of us can give. You don’t need to give your rent money, but maybe sacrifice your cookie money.
Thank you for all that you do give, and for your prayers, and for helping those most in need in our community.
Subject: Reopening of Rectory office by appointment only
Incarnation Church Re-opening Wednesday July 1st for 8:30 am Mass. You may also watch Livestream at stgerardshrine.org or via the St. Gerard Majella Facebook page.
Church is open for private prayer from 7:30 am thru 5pm.
Rectory office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am to 4pm by appointment ONLY. The appointment must be made to ensure that office personnel will be present to answer the door.
Please call to (718) 465-8534 and leave your name, phone number, & reason for calling. You will get a callback. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment or communicate any requests.
Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing is still in effect.
God Bless & Stay Safe
Iglesia Encarnación Reapertura Miércoles 1 de julio a las 8:30 am Misa
La iglesia está abierta para la oración privada de 7:30 a.m. a 5 p.m.
El horario de atención de la rectoría es los martes y jueves de 9:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m. SOLO con cita previa. La cita debe hacerse para garantizar que el personal de la oficina estará presente para responder a la puerta.
Llame al (718) 465-8534 y deje su nombre, número de teléfono y motivo para llamar. Recibirá una devolución de llamada. También puede enviar un correo electrónico a email@example.com para hacer una cita o comunicar cualquier solicitud.
La máscara debe usarse en todo momento y el distanciamiento social todavía está vigente.
Dios te bendiga