From the Pastor’s Desk
During our recent planning study, several questions about the idea of a capital campaign arose. As we are now going forward with the campaign, over the next several weeks, I will be using this space to address some of the more frequently asked questions.
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5. When can I be expected to be asked for a commitment?
We have a lot of work to finish over the coming weeks before we begin fundraising. Our duties during this preparation phase include drafting and printing communication pieces, recruiting leadership and volunteer teams, and training those who will be asking for support. Our appeals will occur in phases with some being asked before others, but please know each family listed as supporters of St. Theresa Parish and School will receive a letter from me asking for support.
6. What about the new building that was in the planning study?
The response in the planning study clearly showed that the first thing we need to do is pay off the debt. That, coupled with the archdiocesan campaign to which we have a commitment, means that we need to put the construction of a new building on hold temporarily. The truth is, we need a building and more space. Space for our children, our parish and our staff. Over the past several years many of our buildings have outlived their lifespan. They are falling apart and the band-aid approach we’ve used to keep them functional is no longer effective. It’s time for us to update and expand our campus with a new structure that will benefit parishioners and students while eliminating the financial drain we face regularly with frequent repairs. We need to take this on as soon as possible— once we eliminate the current debt.
7. How can I help?
We ask that you pray for the success of the campaign. Pray for God to provide direction for our campaign leaders and volunteers. Pray for the courage and willingness to join our effort as a volunteer. Please understand we need your help. A handful of parishioners and I cannot be expected to carry all the weight. Finally, pray for guidance on how you may offer financial support for our campaign. Ask the Lord to assist in defining your sacrificial and meaningful donation. We will need every household to participate in the campaign in some way.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Eurel Manzano
Great news: we are more than 60% of the way to meeting our Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) goal for 2017! Thank you!
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