I am sure that all of you probably know the song and dance called “The Hokey Pokey.” It goes like this: You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out. You put your right hand in, and you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about.
After your right hand, you put your left hand in, then your right foot, then your left foot, then your head, until finally, you put your “whole self in!”
Can you imagine what would happen if you were doing the “Hokey Pokey” and the left hand refused to put itself in? Or the right foot refused to put itself in?
This can never be if you want to do the “Hokey Pokey!” The hands, the feet, the head—they are all part of the “whole self.” You need them all to do the “Hokey Pokey.” After all, like the song says, “That’s what it’s all about!”
The Hokey Pokey and the Church
Maybe this example of the “Hokey Pokey” seems a little bit silly, but it is a good picture of the Church.
The Bible teaches us that the church is the Body of Christ and that it is made up of many members. Each member is different and each has been given different gifts that are meant to be shared.
The Annual Diocesan Appeal of the Diocese of Peoria reminds us that we at Holy Cross parish are part of a larger body—the Body of Christ. Holy Cross church is part of the Church of Peoria, and Bishop Daniel Jenky is the visible head of this Church.
We must understand that the Body of Christ is not an organization that just strives to bring people together. The Body of Christ is a living organism that works together to serve the head of the body, Jesus Christ.
We are connected to one another by our love for the One who called us to a new life, redeems us from the consequences of our sin, and renews us for a life of service.
ADA and being part of the Body of Christ
The fact of the matter is, you can’t love Christ without loving the Church. The Church is the Body of Christ. When you respond to the call of Christ to follow Him, you become a part of a world-wide body that is bigger than any culture or language.
If you are part of the Body of Christ, you are never on your own—you are connected and in communion with others. The idea of a “free-lance” Christian or local church does not make sense when we are part of the Body of Christ.
ADA helps you
The Diocese of Peoria is the union of all the parishes of the diocese. Bishop Jenky presides over the whole diocese, and he organizes all the pastoral work of the diocese to fulfill Christ’s mission in our geographical area. While the work of Christ is done chiefly in the local parishes, there are many tasks which require the administration and efforts of the larger Church, the Diocese.
The Annual Diocesan Appeal (ADA) is the major source of revenue for the ministries and agencies of the Diocese of Peoria. The ministries and agencies of the diocese reach across parish boundaries to provide pastoral care and service in many areas.
Holy Cross parish has a history of participating well in the ADA. Your contributions have helped our Bishop minister to numerous Catholics across the diocese. Our assessed goal for 2014 is $84,233. Please prayerfully decide how much you can participate financially this year—and join “the dance.” God will bless your generosity.