Dear St. Francis Alumni:
Peace and All Good. I hope this note finds you well.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has asked to honor the Conference of Charity of Old Mission Santa Inés and me at their annual Benefit this May 24th, 2017. I am both humbled and honored by this invitation.
This year, the Benefit will be highlighting the Society’s efforts to enrich, empower and transform the lives of children, especially the poor, through St. Vincent’s Circle V Ranch Summer Camp in Santa Barbara, CA. As pastor I have supported this summer camp by celebrating Mass and promoting it among our needy children.
After much discussion and prayer, I/we have accepted this invitation for two reason. The first is obvious – to help these children grow in self-worth through the love of Jesus. The second goes to the heart of a parish’s Conference of Charity – to help a parishioner grow in holiness through their work with the poor.
You know me. I am not comfortable with being honored. Yet, for this greater good I am humbly requesting your support of these goals. May I ask you to please join me in supporting these children who need this experience of Jesus in their lives? Your presence at the Benefit, gift, or sponsorship will help these children learn self-worth through His personal love. And you – you will grow in holiness. This is Jesus’ promise, not mine.
Please visit the event website (http://svdpla.org/event/mardi-gras-may) to explore ways to support this initiative.
Thank you for your consideration. As a fellow St. Francis alum, please know that you continue to be in my prayers.
Take care, and God bless,
Father Matthew G. Elshoff, OFM Cap. ’73