DIOCESE OF SAN BERNARDINO<br />ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CATHOLIC CHURCH<br />RUBIDOUX, CALIFORNIA<br />DEVELOPMENT FUND PRESENTATIONBy Jose F. Rafols - ParishionerJanuary 11, 2010<br />
In the DDF video, our Bishop encourages us to make a very important decision:<br />“To have a more active participation in the Diocesan Development Fund”<br />
What is the Diocesan Development Fund (DDF)?<br /><ul><li>It is the primary tool to invest in ministries that help us grow in faith and love with God and our Church. The gift you share today through the DDF will impact you, your parish, and the larger church.</li></li></ul><li>Some Ministries supported by the DDF Funds. <br />RESTORATIVE JUSTICE<br />DIACONATE FORMATION<br />
SEMINARIAN EDUCATION<br />Some Ministries supported by the DDF Funds. <br />MINISTRY OF EDUCATIONAL <br />SERVICES<br />
This year our parish has a Dollar Goal of $32,400<br />(This is the amount that our parish needs to contribute to the DDF.)<br /> Everything that we give over $32,400 will come back to benefit our parish.<br />
Our <br />sincere<br />gratitude<br /> to these<br /> families.<br />Their <br />names<br /> are posted<br /> in front <br />of the <br />parish.<br /><ul><li>Last year out of 3,211 registered families.
Only 262 made a pledge and contributed to the DDF.</li></li></ul><li>3388<br />Today we have 3388 registered families<br /> We pray that this year <br /> more families will be <br /> open to <br /> God’s call<br />However, we are aware that many people are having trouble balancing their budget in this economic crisis<br />
Do you<br />Know<br />What <br />Happens<br />When <br />We <br />Put<br />God<br />First<br />?<br />“Bring the whole tithe into the temple, that there may be food in my house, and try me in this, says the Lord of hosts: Shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven, to pour down blessings upon you without measure?”<br />(Malachi 3:10)<br />Does it ever occur to us that when we put God first, one’s money is likely to last longer?<br />
HOW<br />MUCH<br />SHOULD<br />I <br />GIVE?<br />DDF<br />My parish<br />MY responsibility FORTHE MISSION OF THE CHURCH<br />
The DDF will receive $338,800 SJE Goal - 32,400 will return to benefit our parish $306,400</li></li></ul><li>WHERE<br />WILL THE RETURNED<br />FUNDS<br />BE<br />USED?<br />THE FUNDS WILL SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING:<br /><ul><li> RESURFACING OF PARKING LOT.
CONSTRUCTION OF 60’ X 104’ MULTIPURPOSE </li></ul> STRUCTURE.<br /><ul><li> ACQUISITION OF INSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT </li></ul> FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION.<br /><ul><li> INSTALLATION OF PROJECTION SYSTEM.
INSTALLATION OF PLASMA SCREEN </li></ul> OUTSIDE CHURCH FOR OUTSIDE VIEWING <br /> DURING MASS.<br /><ul><li> UPGRADE AIRCONDITIONING SYSTEM IN </li></ul> CLASSROOMS AND CHURCH.<br />
Scripture mentions 46 times that tithing (giving 10% of our income) is God’s concept of giving.Giving the first hour of our Work week is on average 2.5% <br />Honor the<br /> Lord by<br />Giving Him<br />The first<br />Hour of your<br />Work <br />week<br />SJE 10<br />
Parish Member Testimonial<br />“I was afraid to give more, so I took a step in faith when I heard the DDF message. <br />I’ve never regretted it. <br />God has not let me down. <br />God has richly blessed our family spiritually and materially. <br />I'm teaching my children to give in a spirit of joy and gratitude.”<br />
<ul><li>If you are already contributing to the DDF, you have surely experienced its benefits.
But perhaps you never have and you’d like to try it.
That’s a personal decision, and it should be thought about and prayed over.</li></li></ul><li>Our Lord Jesus Christ guarantees us that no one is poor for giving gifts to our God, <br />Who is so rich in love, mercy and goodness. <br />
We encourage you to use the envelopes when you give your donations. Using the envelopes will be of great benefit for you and your family. Financial benefits such as lower fees for faith formation, sacramental preparation, and other benefits<br />And as many people would say<br />“Using the envelopes is like gift wrapping<br /> your offer to God.”<br />
<ul><li>Payment of your pledge of $100 or more is easy.
When you drop your offering envelope to the collection basket add the $2.00 or more and mark DDF on the envelope.
Your DDF donation will be credited to your envelope no. The Church will mail the payment to the Diocese.</li></li></ul><li>
On behalf of St. John The Evangelist we invite you to take time this week to fill out your pledge card for the DDF 2010. Thank You very much for your support and cooperationGod Bless you! <br />
General outline based on:<br /><ul><li>How Much Should I Give to My Parish? Liguori Publications
By author: Florence Wedge Price: $1.00 </li></ul>Description: <br /> Explains what tithing is, discusses its biblical background, and quotes Christians who say that tithing actually helps them balance their budget.<br />
Thank you for giving us the opportunity<br />To share God’s grace at St. John.<br />“…No program accomplishes the church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything. This is what we are about. <br />We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted…<br /> We lay foundations that will need further development... <br />We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. <br />This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, <br />an opportunity for the Lord’s grace <br />to enter and do the rest…”<br />ST JOHN <br />THE EVANGELIST 3980 Opal St. RUBIDOUX, CA. 951-684-6864.<br />Fr. Genaro Zavala, MSP<br />Pastor<br />Fr. Lionel Medina,MSP<br />Parochial Vicar<br />January 2010.<br />Archbishop Oscar Romero <br />