The Ambassador Team at St. Matthew in Charlotte continues to visit with parish families. An Ambassador recently shared that although asking for financial participation “made me a little nervous at first, I realized that it really speaks to our community’s dedication. This is evidenced by the fact that our team is out there personally visiting each family. It speaks to our generosity, commitment and dedication to St. Matthew and to the greater Church of North Carolina. After I realized this, inviting their financial participation wasn’t as scary.”
Father Burke, Deacon Andy, and the Leadership Team at Immaculate Conception in Forest City received 11 gifts this past week totaling more than $57,000. One Ambassador has already personally visited with more than ten families. She is excited about the opportunity to share the message of Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love, and even more thrilled about the opportunity to meet new parishioners through her visits, “I believe in FFHL, and I want others to have the opportunity to learn more about it and make a decision about supporting the campaign.”
Father Miller and the Leadership Team at St. Dorothy in Lincolnton have raised more than $328,000. Through the generous participation of 44% of the parish, St. Dorothy is currently leading the diocese in participation inForward in Faith, Hope, and Love. As they move into the final two weeks of their campaign, Father Miller anticipates that even more parishioners will consider making sacrificial commitments to support the greater work of the church throughout western North Carolina.
At St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte, Father Winslow shared Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love with 28 parish leaders. While introducing the campaign, Fr. Winslow made a point to highlight the difference between Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love and the capital campaign St. Thomas Aquinas finished last year. “This is about people. Our previous campaign was about bricks and mortar, but this is about the people of our diocese and investing in our future.”
Fr. Roger Arnsparger welcomed two pacesetting commitments to the effort at St. Mark (Huntersville), totaling $125,000. These commitments bring St. Mark to $328,500 total raised and surpass their first benchmark of 10% of their total goal from just nine families. Fr. Arnsparger looks forward to visiting with more families and sharing details of the effort.
Five parish families at St. Paul the Apostle (Greensboro) attended a special reception hosted by Fr. Joseph Mackto learn about the Ambassador role to the effort. Families were interested to hear about the capital improvements to be made at St. Paul the Apostle as well as impressed by the positive response already garnered throughout the diocese.
Ambassadors at St. Vincent de Paul (Charlotte) are finding that parishioners are supportive of the case components and also inspired and motivated by Fr. Mark Lawlor’s commitment to strengthening the Church. As representatives of Fr. Mark and the Church, Ambassadors have been warmly welcomed by their fellow parish families and are continuously humbled by the community’s kindness and generosity.