Thank you, again, to the more than 270 parish families who have made their pledge to our capital campaign. We have surpassed our first goal and are more than 75% toward our second (“Challenge”) goal. We need only $800,000 more to reach that goal! I encourage all families to join in this important campaign for our parish. We have more than 5300 registered families, yet less than 300 have made a pledge. Please pray about how you can participate and make your pledge as soon as possible.
On a related note, some have asked if their campaign pledge takes the place of their regular Sunday giving, or tithe. The short answer is “no.” To embark on a capital campaign is an extra-ordinary effort, meant to address extra-ordinary parish needs. Our weekend offertory can only support basic, budgeted parish needs (and even that has to be supplemented by the Parish Bazaar each year). This is why we ask you to discern what your family can afford to pledge and why we say it is a “sacrificial” gift.
In light of this, any pledge amount—no matter how big or small—is greatly appreciated, and we can only reach our next goal through the combined sacrifice of many families. Remember, too, that providing for the material needs of the church is one of our primary responsibilities as members of the Christian faithful (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2043). We give not just to keep ourselves comfortable for an hour or so on Sunday while “the professionals” bring others to Jesus, but out of our own need to imitate and participate in the outpouring of Christ on the Cross—so that other may meet Jesus through us. Supporting the parish financially is just one aspect of this, of course, but it is an integral one.
At all the Mass times next weekend, some of your fellow parishioners will personally ask for your support and testify to the ways in which this campaign has contributed to their own life of faith. Please be attentive to their courageous witness. Thank you, once again, for your continued support for Saint Theresa Catholic Church and this capital campaign. Praying that the Lord in his providence will strengthen you as you seek to heed his commandments, I am Sincerely yours in Christ,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Eurel Manzano