Living Our Faith, Building Our Home

01-19-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. James Aboyi

Dear Parishioners,

You may have noticed we have not made many announcements concerning our new church building campaign (Living Our Faith, Building Our Home) in the past six months. The main reason for the break was to enable us to focus on our participation in the active phase of the Diocesan Capital Campaign (Together Let Us Go Forth~ Juntos Sigamos Adelante) which ran from July to November last year. We also wanted to avoid any confusion of talking about two different campaigns simultaneously. Even so, a number of us have been working diligently, behind the scenes, keeping our building campaign on track.

First of all, thank you for your support and contributions to the success of the two campaigns. I am aware of the experience of “Donor Fatigue” that you may be going through as a result of participation in both campaigns, in addition to your weekly financial support to the parish. Thank you for your sacrificial giving that keeps our parish running. With the active phases of both campaigns behind us, we are in the payment/collection phase of the campaigns. Going through the payment period of a campaign (3 years for our parish campaign, 5 years for the Diocesan campaign) requires patience and perseverance. Again, I thank you for your patience and understanding as we go through this period of the campaigns.

Our recent Living Our Faith, Building Our Home campaign report (published in the weekly bulletin) shows that we are currently at $1.8 million in cash payments towards our goal of $3.5 million. We need to give ourselves a ‘pat on the back’ for this wonderful performance! We are now past halfway and closer to our goal, as expected. It also shows that we are within the margin of meeting our targeted building timeline, to start the building in 2021, moving in during 2022.

Going forward, I am currently meeting with some of our parishioners and professionals to determine how we can re-engage our campaign strategies, ensuring we meet the current building timeline. I will soon provide you with updates on the implementation of the new strategies. In addition, I invite our new parishioners, and those who have not yet participated in the building campaign, to please consider joining us by picking up a pledge card at the entrance. As always, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email with your questions and concerns regarding the building campaign or any other issue in our parish.

Thank you and Remain Blessed.

Fr. James