Biggest Week in 2014!


June 2, 2014

Issue 34

From the generosity of
550 new donors, the campaign received $1,687,190 in commitments. This is the biggest fundraising week in 2014!! As we enter the summer months, we would like to thank all those who have participated in the campaign and all those who have volunteered their time to make this such a successful endeavor.

Campaign Statistics

*A portion of the
Leadership Gifts Phase total raised is shared with parishes, therefore the overall total is less than the sum of the individual phases.

Individual parishes
were offered the opportunity to set a challenge goal over and above their FFHL goal. In addition, parishes receive a benefit from surpassing their regular FFHL goal. All dollars raised are included in these totals.

* Retired, but pastor when campaign was conducted.


Good News

Block One

Fr. Vince Smith
and volunteers at Immaculate Heart of Mary in High Point celebrated surpassing their diocesan goal. The parish raised $300,000 from its first commitment
weekend, bringing them to 105% of goal. Fr. Vince extends his gratitude to the volunteers and the parish families.

Block Two

Fr. John Starczewski at St. Francis of Assisi in Mocksville was joined by more than 20 families at a recent special reception. Fr. Starczewski reminded
families that the growth witnessed throughout the Diocese has been mirrored at St. Francis of Assisi, “we started with 3 families in 1958 and have grown to more than 400 families today.
We’ve needed to make significant investments in our own future to ensure we could serve our growing family.” Fr. Starczewski also highlighted
the importance of Clergy Support, “we must ensure we have resources for all current and future priests.” Families were inspired to participate and committed more than $25,000 to the effort.

The parish community at St. John the Baptist de la Salle in North Wilkesboro continues to show tremendous support of this historic effort. Fr. John Hanic has personally met with more than 30 families and
has received commitments totaling $97,500 – nearly half of the campaign target! Fr. Hanic looks forward to meeting with more families to share the elements of this initiative.

More than 50 families joined Msgr. McSweeney, Bishop Jugis, and the Ambassadors at St. Matthew in Charlotte to learn more about this important effort. Three seminarians also attended the reception and Msgr. McSweeney reminded families of the important need to provide for young men answering the call to Priesthood.

Fr. Brian Cook held Commitment Weekend at
St. Leo the Great in Winston-Salem and welcomed gifts from 135 families raising $336,251.  St. Leo is now more than halfway to their goal.

Fr. Christopher Gober at St. Lucien in Spruce Pine is looking forward to wrapping up their campaign this weekend with Commitment Weekend. St. Lucien is currently at 86% of their $115,000 goal.

Holy Infant in Reidsville publically launched their campaign with a special reception. Fr. Frank Seabo detailed the parish’s plans for a new parish center which will build classroom space as well as offer space for overflow during Mass. Fr. Seabo has been truly humbled by the generosity of the parish families.

Fr. Vincent Finnerty at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Charlotte, a historically Hispanic parish, offered all families an opportunity to participate in Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love through receptions and two Commitment Weekends. More than 65% of the parish made a commitment to the campaign which will help them plan for a new church. To date, the parish has raised $1,520,060 from 620 gifts. The parish will close its effort this weekend with their third and final commitment weekend.

Fr. Michael Buttner
and Fr. Steve Hoyt at Holy Family in Clemmons hosted its first Forward in Faith, Hope and Love campaign reception. Twenty three families attended the event where they learned about Holy Family’s plan to renovate the Curlin Center and minister to the growing youth of the parish. In the next two weeks, Fr. Michael and Fr. Steve will host two more receptions and will kick off their public phase.