The 2021 PSA has officially kicked off at Corpus Christi.
A message from Father Tim:
PSA is Corpus Christi’s Lifeline
The annual Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA) supports the work of the Catholic Church throughout Orange County—highlighted in the enclosed brochure—that no one parish church can provide. Every parish church in Orange County is given its fair share of the total PSA budget. And here’s why PSA is Corpus Christi’s lifeline: once our fair share is met, all additional monies are returned to our parish enabling us to “be the church” that God has called us to be. It’s as simple as that. Without PSA we would simply be “doing church” instead of “being church.”
An essential reason we’re able to “be church” is that we have been able to retain our full-time staff thanks to last year’s PSA. They’re a key factor in ministering to the five needs mentioned above. One way that I define paid professional ministry (church staff) is getting a lot of people to do a little in a coordinated way. Who coordinates it? The staff. To “be church” we need the prayerful, volunteer, and yes, financial support from every parish family, and our staff coordinates our numerous volunteers so that we’re all moving in the same direction at the same pace. I stand in awe of their commitment and dedication to provide quality service to you and our faith family. Our staff have found creative ways to minister during this pandemic and we haven’t skipped a beat. For example, our children received First Communion, our young people were confirmed during the summer, and our sacramental preparation classes for our children, young people, and adults are currently in progress. I’m grateful for all that they have done, are doing, and will do for our Corpus Christi family.
As you can see, PSA is our lifeline. It’s as plain and simple as that. Without it we would just be getting by, and that’s not what God (or you or I) want for His—for our—Church.
I have set our total parish PSA goal, which includes our diocesan assessment, at $225,000. We were very close to reaching that amount last year and I’m confident that we will reach it this year. Meeting this goal will enable us to “be church” in 2021.
Would you join me and your Corpus Christi family in making a pledge to this year’s PSA? I understand that it has been a crazy year, and I don’t know your personal situation, so if you’re unable to make a pledge at this time, I get it. However, would you be able to give a one-time gift to this appeal? Thank you for considering my request. Whatever you prayerfully decide, Corpus Christi thanks you. You may want to refer to the giving guide on the enclosed pledge envelope (attached to the brochure) which also provides various paying options.
Please join me and your Corpus Christi family in making your pledge on the weekend of January 30th/31st by completing the enclosed PSA envelope and bringing it with you.
If you’re not able to be with your Corpus Christi family on Pledge Weekend, please know that you may make your pledge at any time. Please follow the directives on the enclosed pledge envelope and place it in the Sunday offertory when you are able, drop it off during the week at the Parish Office, or mail it in. If you have any questions, please call the Parish Office at 949.389.9008, Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There is no greater investment than investing in God’s work. Thank you!
My blessing is to be your pastor, now and for all that is to come.
P.S. The following quote from St. Theresa of Avila brings perspective as we go through these times together: “Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you: whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone is enough.” Thank God for our faith.