Last Sunday, Deacon Jim Carper, gave the homily at all Masses. Launching from the message of the Scripture readings, which call us to be instruments of Jesus compassion and healing touch, he led all of us in considering a generous pledge to Together in Mission as a way of say to the Lord “Whatever it takes to fulfill Your mission” rather than the often-heard “Whatever . . .” accompanied by a shrug of the shoulders.
Deacon Jim is DMD (Director of Mission and Development) at Holy Name of Jesus School in Los Angeles, and is pictured above with students from the school. (We had a lot to reminisce about because I was assigned there as an associate pastor in the early 1980s.)
Here’s his homily:
Together in Mission supports 81 parishes and 63 schools in every region of the Archdiocese – and we’re the only Annual Appeal program in the country that dedicates every dollar to assisting parishes and schools that need it. Your gift enables us to provide essential resources and ministries that enrich parish life, strengthen families, advance Church leadership and inspire and educate future generations of our faith.
If you have not yet made a pledge to Together in Mission, you can easily do so online here. Be sure to put Good Shepherd Parish, Beverly Hills, where it says Select a Parish.