|Pilot ParishesFr. Pat Hoare concluded St. John Neumann’s (Charlotte) participation in Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love with the second Commitment Weekend. The parish received 75 gifts totaling $101,700. More than 374 parish families have been inspired to participate in this historic initiative. Fr. Pat enjoyed the opportunity to personally visit with, and learn more about, more than eighty parish families.
Sacred Heart Parish in Salisbury completed its first Commitment Weekend. From this appeal, Fr. John Putnam inspired 70 families to make sacrificial commitments totaling more than $175,000 to help service the parish debt and strengthen ministries throughout the diocese. To date, parishioners at Sacred Heart have graciously raised $1,985,700 for the Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love campaign.
Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte invited the entire parish community to participate in the Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love effort at Masses on September 28 and 29. Sixty-three families generously committed $315,300 to the effort. Families discussed their support for the Vocations and Seminarian Support Endowment, especially because two members of the parish family are currently attending the seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
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Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe met with four parish families to share the pillars of Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love. Families are passionate about the Catholic Education Tuition Assistance; they recognize a tremendous opportunity to provide more of our children with a vibrant, spiritual, and faith-filled learning experience.
Fr. Jim Turner is grateful for the support Our Lady of the Highways parishioners have given to Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love. The parish in Thomasville has recently recruited a team of ambassadors to help spread the vision of the campaign with the entire parish family.
Fr. Julio Dominguez at St. Francis of Assisi in Lenoir welcomed eight families to his Campaign Executive Committee. These families have realized the important impact this initiative will make on the growth and strength of our Church and have experienced it first-hand. St. Francis of Assisi’s prison ministry has received grants from Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte in recent years, and is excited to be able to continue their outreach and support for released inmates.
Our Lady of Mercy in Winston-Salem welcomed five new volunteers following a successful Recruitment Weekend that helped the parish raise more than $160,000 towards their challenge goal of $1,750,000. Friar Bill Robinson is appreciative of the dedication shown by so many of his parish families.
St. Gabriel Parish in Charlotte kicked-off the campaign last week with its Campaign Executive Committee Orientation. Seven parishioners will help Fr. Frank O’Rourke spearhead the Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love effort that will allow St. Gabriel Church and School to establish a fund for future projects. Fr. Frank is most excited to share with parishioners the campaign’s strong investments in Catholic education, as it will benefit children who attend St. Gabriel School, adults enrolled in the Faith Formation program and seminarians who will one day lead the St. Gabriel’s parish community.