- As of January 16: 650 families have already pledged $6million!
- AMAZING: Our current average pledge is $168 per month. This is one of the highest averages in the Diocese!
Witness to Hope Campaign: And the beat goes on ….
[Source: Forum bulletin cover, January 14, 2018]
Wow 2018! I am still trying to figure out where 2017 went? Already we are out of the Christmas season and back in Ordinary Time. You can tell its “ordinary” as the priest’s vestments are green- the color of hope and growth and we, thankfully, have a ton of both here at St. Francis.
It’s Monday (Jan 8) around 10:30am, my desk is piled high with matters that I have been conveniently ignoring with the excuse that I will get to them once Christmas is over. Well Christmas has officially ended, and that “to do” list is now groaning for attention.
Chief among the items is our ongoing Witness to Hope Campaign. As of today we are at $5,885,203 with 625 pledges towards our $8million goal. To all those who have pledged, I say thank you for your generosity and your gift.
Yet 625 pledges is fewer than one third of our 3000 family community. So my words are addressed mainly to all those who have yet to pledge. I know that there are some who cannot, for a variety of reasons give at this time, but I also know that there are many who have yet to make their decision. I hope that you will find in my words today the encouragement to pledge. After all, this plan is not just about a new building; it’s about who we are as a community of faith and meeting our present and future needs.
We need a new building as we continue to grow. We need a new building to meet the ongoing needs of our Religious, Youth and Adult Education programs. We need a new building that will allow us to host wedding receptions, family gatherings of all types, funeral luncheons and a wide variety of other parish social activities. We need a new building to continue to grow our social outreach to those in need. We need a new building to allow our parish school to expand and to provide space for plays, music recitals and other school events. We need a new building with space for spiritual direction, marriage preparation, counseling, meeting with families in crisis and bereavement. The bottom line is that we need more space. Our current PAC (parish activities center) no longer meets these needs and our current offices are out dated and lack even the basics of privacy.
If you are reading this article, then you are either a parishioner or someone who has found themselves connected to our community – either way I hope that you will join us in this great project. Not only will you help me clear my “to do” list but together we will build for the future and put in place something that will allow us to serve the community and proclaim the Gospel message.
So if you have yet to pledge… can we hear from you?
Will you join us in this great project of hope, and together we will witness to that hope in Christ?
QUESTIONS? Call the parish office @ 734-821-2100 ask for Donna or Pam.