Ways To Give


June 23, 2014

Issue 37

Ways To Give

Many parishes are conducting in-pew appeals or will conduct in-pew appeals within the next six weeks. While parishioners are most interested in the impact their gift will make, they are also curious about the methods to fulfill commitments, and the possible payment schedules. Here are some quick notes about pledge redemption.

Pledges are payable over five years. Payments can be made by check, credit card, electronic funds transfer (EFT), or gifts of stock. Pledges can be paid on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. Donors will receive quarterly newsletters that demonstrate the impact of their gift and can visit the websitewww.forwardfaithhopelove.org for additional information.

Please also remember that a pledge is a good faith promise, and that changes can be made at any time. Contact the Diocese of Charlotte  if you have any questions about increasing, decreasing, or cancelling a gift.


Parishioners fulfilling commitments by check will receive a return envelope to the Diocese of Charlotte according to the schedule they select.

Credit Card

Many credit card companies offer reward programs for cardholders. Fulfilling your Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love commitment via credit card may also earn you points, or cash back.

Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)

EFT may be the easiest way to fulfill your pledged commitment and many Catholic families are already enrolled in this program. The EFT program will automatically debit funds on the 15th of the month beginning the month after authorization.


Gifts of stock to Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love may be a source of significant tax benefits to the donor by eliminating capital gains taxes.

Matching Gifts

Request a matching gift form from your company and include it with your pledge card. Matching gifts are not included in your total pledge to the diocese.

Please continue to keep the success of the campaign in your prayers.

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 Two

Congratulations to the parish families at St. John Baptist de La Salle in North Wilkesboro for surpassing the campaign target of $210,000! Fr. John Hanic led the community to pledge more than $224,000 to address capital needs at the parish.

St. Matthew in Charlotte continues to welcome gifts to the campaign. The Leadership Team is appreciative for commitments from the faith community as they look to fund the construction of a satellite facility in Waxhaw, St. Matthew South.

St. Mark (Huntersville) welcomed 250 gifts during its Parish Wide Kick-Off Weekend, totaling more than $750,000. Fr. Roger Arnsparger is humbled by the tremendous response from parish families. St. Mark will continue to host parish-wide receptions for all families still praying about their participation with a goal to receive a decision from every active family.

Fr. Tri Truong hosted St. Joseph’s (Charlotte) first Commitment Weekend, welcoming commitments totaling $174,000 from 175 families. The generosity from these families will allow St. Joseph to establish a columbarium on the church campus.

Fr. Andrew Nowak provided every parishioner at Sacred Heart in Brevard with the opportunity to participate in the Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love effort as Mass. Fifty-one families made gifts totaling more than $93,000.

Fr. Patrick Winslow hosted a Parish Wide Kick-Off at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte.  Families were eager to hear about the wonderful work Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love is committed to addressing.  Fr. Winslow will offer all parishioners an opportunity to participate in St. Thomas Aquinas’ effort at Masses in the coming weeks.

St. Peter in Charlotte hosted a reception for Advance Phase families on Monday night. Fr. Pat Earl gave a great presentation and parishioners were prepared to ask questions about their participation in the campaign. This week St. Peter will host the Parish Wide Kick-Off, inviting the entire parish to join in the effort to make Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love a success at St. Peter.

Fr. Vince Curtin hosted the first Commitment Weekend at St. Therese in Mooresville. Fr. Vince shared an inspiring story of a St. Therese parishioner who received a generous gift from a stranger at the grocery store. Unbeknownst to the parishioner, the customer in front of her graciously paid for all of her groceries before she left. Fr. Vince retold this story to the community and reminded the parish that a gift to the Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love effort is, in essence, a gift that will be paid forward to future generations. Families were inspired to commit more than $200,000 at Mass!