The Final 25%!!!!


May 19, 2014

Issue 33

This week, Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love will surpass 75% of the $65,000,000 goal. While this moment is to be recognized and celebrated, much work remains to be done.

  • We have received decisions from 15% of the registered households in the
    diocese. In the final months of the campaign, please spread the word to
    your fellow parishioners as well as friends at other parishes and ask
    them to join this already successful initiative.
  •  35 parishes have completed the campaign. The remaining 57 parishes will wrap up their efforts between June and August.
  • We anticipate surpassing the campaign goal this summer. However, it is
    our hope to oversubscribe the goal to ensure that every component of the
    campaign receives the amount of funding
    Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love intended to provide. As you
    can see on the chart below, we have already raised more money for the
    parishes of the diocese than was originally intended. That’s a
    tremendous accomplishment, but we want to maximize the
    support other ministries and endowments receive as well.
  • The key word for the final months of the campaign is decisions.
    The campaign has been widely promoted around western North Carolina for
    almost a year and most Catholics have heard something about it. If you
    encounter friends or family who haven’t yet
    informed their pastor if they are or are not able to participate, we
    ask you to encourage them to do so. The ultimate goal of the campaign is
    to receive an informed decision from every household in the Diocese of

We could not have made it this far without your participation. Thank you
for your hard work and dedication. We look forward to a successful

The campaign newsletter will return Monday, June 2. Have a blessed weekend
and take time to honor and remember those men and women who have died
while serving our nation.

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.

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 Two

Father Joshua Voitus has begun sharing the
Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love message with families at St. Mary in
Sylva.  Parishioners are eager to hear about the commitment the
diocese is making towards college campus ministries and to pledge their
support to this initiative.

St. Michael
in Gastonia hosted its first leadership meeting to begin spreading the news of
Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love. In addition to the importance of addressing their own building debt,
Fr. Matthew Buettner and lay leaders firmly believe that families will respond positively to this important work of diocesan-wide charity.

More than 20 parish families joined
Fr. Carmen Malacari and the Ambassador Team for a special reception. The
Holy Spirit
community has grown from 375 families to more than 600
in recent years. Fr. Carmen shared he felt “energized and alive to be
witnessing such vibrant and tremendous growth” in the
Denver community and throughout western North Carolina.

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Charlotte hosted
a very successful campaign announcement this past week. To date, the
effort has raised more than $380,000 from personal visits
with families. Many of Fr. Vincent Finnerty’s parishioners
benefit from Multicultural Ministries and they are glad to be able to
give other Catholics more of an opportunity to do the same.

Fr. Pat Cahill hosted 116 families at a Parish Wide Kick-off on Wednesday evening at
St. Eugene in Asheville.  Asheville
Catholic parents and St. Eugene parishioners were excited to hear about
the new addition to the school and the broader ministries Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love supports.

Our Lady of the Angels in Marion started campaigning this weekend. FrCarl Kaltreider is
excited to see how well the parish does in the campaign. He
hosted the public announcement this weekend to share the details of the
campaign, and will show the new campaign video this coming weekend.

Fr. James Stuhrenberg at StFrancis of Assisi in Jefferson and St.
Frances of Rome in Sparta began his campaign efforts this week at both parishes by meeting one-on-one with parishioners to share the details of
Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love. Father James looks forward to inspiring participation at both parishes.