Getting Closer to Our Goal
This past weekend, I preached about the great invitation from the Lord for us to come to Him for rest. In addition to preaching about that, I took some time to address in more depth our case for the Witness to Hope Capital Campaign. At this point, we have received around 250 gifts and pledges with total pledge amount of just over $1.35 million, so we're almost 2/3 of the way to our goal! Thank you very much! 40% of the registered parishioners have made a pledge, but I am hoping and praying that 50% or more of registered parishioners will prayerfully make at least a one-time gift. Outstanding potential pledges range from $350,000 to $1,350,000. Let's keep praying! Thanks.
With gratitude for the generous support of the people of our parish, we are prayerfully seeking to raise $2,100,000. Of this amount, $1,569,488 will remain in our parish to fund parish projects, and the balance will support the wider Church efforts, as outlined in the general Witness to Hope campaign material. Together with the Parish Pastoral Council, Finance Council, and other lay leadership, we have determined that the following projects are of highest priority and comprise our Campaign Case for Support:
- Accessibility and enhanced safety for our two school buildings, which includes constructing a secure connection between the 2 buildings and ADA compliant access and egress: $1,200,000
- Beautification of the church sanctuary: $750,000
Please pray for the success of our efforts and those of the entire diocese. And please bring in your pledge envelope this coming weekend (or pledge online) if you haven't done so already. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!
Register now for the Healing the Whole Person retreat that will be held September 14th, 15th, and 16th (Thursday and Friday evenings, and all day Saturday). (Early Registration ended on July 14th. Sorry for the confusion on this website in the bulletin article.)
Having the retreat here is an answer to my prayers, and I can't encourage people strongly enough to take the time to "Be Healed" over these three days. Please share the information with those you know and love. I've preached a lot about the book and my retreat experience, and I invite you to listen to some of my homilies and read what I've written about Hope for Healing.
Exciting Announcement for Our Parish & School
I'm pleased to announce that Brian Fink, who has been serving as the Director of RCIA and the Lumen Veritatis Series, will be serving as our newly created full time Religion-History (Western Civilization) Middle School teacher beginning this fall. He will also be serving as Director of Catholic Culture for our parish, expanding the work he has been doing with Lumen Veritatis.
For more information about these changes, please review the attached letter. I am excited about what God is doing here, and invite us all to pray that we will be more and more effective in fulfilling God's call for us here in the heart of the City of Lansing. Please pray for Brian, and the rest of the Middle School staff, as they anticipate changes in the structure of our Middle School. Please pray also for an excellent candidate to replace Brian at Lansing Catholic High School, where he has been teaching theology for the past four years. Come, Holy Spirit!
During the summer, Fr. Steve preached about the importance of reading scriptures every day. For those who would like a bit of help in taking a bit of time each day, he developed a simple "30 Day Bible Challenge" with the Letter of St. James. Since then, he also developed one for 1 Thessalonians. Click the links below for more information about how the challenges work.