A Time to Reflect on Our Blessings

FFHL Logo December 16, 2013Issue 15
A Time to Reflect on Our BlessingsAs the birth of our Savior draws near, let us take a few moments to pause and reflect on what has been realized this year as a Catholic community: a diocesan-wide commitment to building His kingdom and an extraordinary generosity that reflects a deep and abiding faith in God. Together we are united in our love of Christ and in this union we will build a stronger, more vibrant Catholic Church, entrusted by God to meet the pastoral needs of His people.

May God bless each and every one of you for your commitment to the Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love effort and to your parish communities. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

“God Himself has removed all obstacles to us finding in Him the hope and peace which no earthly possession could ever provide for us. Even the ox and donkey share a sacred space, not just with shepherds, kings and joyous parents, but with the Son of God in the presence of a child. The real joy of Christmas comes to those who gaze in awe and wonder before the miracle that God has come among us in such a lowly, yet beautiful way.”

-Most Reverend Dr. Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath

The next issue of the newsletter will be distributed on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Campaign Statistics
This week, Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love crossed over $30 million raised. Thank you to the 4,282 donors who have already participated in this historic endeavor.
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Good News
Block OneFr. Bob Ferris at St. Aloysius in Hickory held a special reception last week to share more information about the Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love effort. Those in attendance generously pledged $22,000 to the campaign, with many families still praying about their participation. To ensure the entire parish community understands the ministries supported by this effort, Fr. Bob also made a public announcement at Mass, making sure to share the campaign’s success to date.

St. Benedict in Greensboro saw an increase of $7,200 during their second Commitment Weekend. Fr. Duc Duong and his volunteers have raised a total of $215,055 from the generosity of 54 families. Parishioners have been inspired to pledge by the Clergy Support elements of the case, realizing both the importance of caring for retired priests but also the need to educate those who will be taking their place.

Our Lady of Mercy in Winston-Salem secured more than $140,000 in gifts during the first commitment weekend. Our Lady of Mercy has raised $1,421,320 which will help retire the parish debt. Friar Bill is pleased with the enthusiasm his parishioners have shown thus far and is looking forward to celebrating the generosity of the parish as they complete the campaign.

Congratulations to Fr. Benjamin Roberts and the Ambassadors at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe. The generosity of parishioners has allowed Our Lady of Lourdes to raise $972,152 from 359 gifts. This is 126% of the $774,250 target. In addition to the 25% parish share up to goal, 50% of every dollar raised over the goal will be returned to Our Lady of Lourdes.

The generous parishioners at Holy Cross in Kernersville have committed $1,284,357 to this historic initiative. Fr. Paul Dechant and the Ambassadors have worked to educate the parish community. An additional $45,856 was raised from the second Commitment Weekend. Monies returned to the parish will be used for the construction of a new parish office building which will include new Faith Formation classrooms.

Fr. Vince Smith and the Campaign Leadership in High Point welcomed ten new families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Ambassador team. These Ambassadors felt compelled to join the effort after hearing Fr. Vince share the vision for Catholic education at the IHM School and across the entire Diocese.

St. Margaret Mary in Swannanoa received 44 gifts during Fr. Matt Leonard’s first Commitment Weekend. The parish has now received $343,276, or 95% of the total goal, in pledge commitments. St. Margaret Mary currently has thirty five percent of the parish family participating in this effort, exhibiting true stewardship and sacrifice.

Thank you to the generous families in Tryon, and to Fr. John Eckert and the Ambassador team at St. John the Baptistfor their hard work on the campaign. The parish has now surpassed their campaign target of $550,000 and will benefit from the over goal sharing formula. Their second Commitment Weekend brought in 12 additional gifts for a total of $615,050 raised.

Congratulations to Our Lady of the Americas in Candor for surpassing the campaign target during the first Commitment Weekend. One hundred and nine families have made pledged commitments totaling $218,566. Fr. Ricardo Sanchez is thankful for the generosity of all the parish families, including a special gift from the children of the parish’s Faith Formation group. All funds returned to the parish will service the building debt.

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