That's the title of an outstanding essay by Piepkorn in the volume *The Church: Selected Writings of A.C. Piepkorn.* Pr. Alms wrote a fine piece on his blog that reminded me of these words from Piepkorn's essay:
"The life of God in the parish implies an end of commericialism in the financial affairs of the parish. If we cook, it will be for the hungry; if we sew, it will be for the needy; if we collect clothes, it will be for the ill-clad; if we eat, it will be for the joy of being together as children of God and not to raise funds for Him who is the Creator and Owner of the world's wealth. The kingdom of God is not buying one another's pies, but in being faithful stewards of the gifts with which God has bountifully endowed even the poorest. The problem of parish finance is not getting into people's purses, but getting God into people's hearts." - A.C. Piepkorn, *The Life of God in the Life of the Parish* - in THE CHURCH p. 117, 118
The whole essay is very worth the read. He posits at the start: "In short, the parish derives its significance from the fact that it is the arena in which God establishes contact with man. It is a symbol of the divine primacy and the divine initiative in our transformation from sinners to saints." (p. 109)
And he offers his definition of church: "The Christian people in the parish, those who are gathered by and around the Sacred Ministry of the Word of God and of His Holy Sacraments together with those who exercise the Sacred Ministry of the Word of God and the Holy Sacraments according to their vocation are the church. This statement is true without qualification, even though it exhibits a certain ambivalence. While such a community in any given place is of necessity only a part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church, quantitatively considered, in that place such a community IS the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church, qualitatively considered, and everything that can be said qualitatively about the one, holy catholic and apostolic church can be said about such a community." (p. 109)
Can you tell Korby studied with this man?