FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
ANNUAL APPEAL UPDATE
On behalf of your parish family, I would like to express our gratitude for the initial response to our Annual Appeal. As I stated in my letter last fall, the appeal is how the business of the diocese gets done. The various curial offices budgets are supplied through this appeal, as well as the many outreaches that are returned to the individual parishes. As far as I am aware, most dioceses in the United States operate in this or a similar way, and it works fairly well, although it is far from perfect.
St John the Baptist has a goal of $139,200 for this year’s appeal. In the first 4 months of the appeal, we have received a total of $119,557, with a total of 443 donors. This is a very strong response from our parish families, and it is much appreciated. This means that we are in need of an additional $19,643 in order to make our goal. Last year we had a total of 535 contributors, which is close to 40% of our families, and we would love to surpass that number this year. It is normal for parishes in the Diocese to have around 30% to 35% participation, so I commend the St John family, but there remains a challenge for us as well. Increasing this to 55% to 60% participation, we would see an increase of more than 125 families. If the average donation of $270 continues, this would bring in over $35,000, which would put us over the top and include a very nice rebate to the parish.
As a reminder, all gifts that come in over the goal are returned to the parish 100%, and are not subject to the normal diocesan tax that is paid on normal contributions. As the Christmas season has come to a close, and tax season is still a couple months away, this is a special time for an additional push. If you have not yet contributed to the annual appeal, please pray over this, and consider making a contribution. Any and all contributions are much appreciated. I would also like to mention the listing of names in our bulletin in thanksgiving. Everyone that returns a response card, whether making a financial contribution or a spiritual contribution is listed as a means of saying Thank You! The names are listed in order the gift was received by the diocese, and if you have not yet seen your name, due to the number of families that have responded, we are still listing contributors from October; please be patient and you will be listed soon. If you do not wish to be mentioned for any reason, please let the parish office know, and your name will not be included.
In closing I would ask especially for your prayers for this effort. Nothing that we do in the church or family has any value if not supported first and foremost spiritually. Even if you are not able to make a financial contribution at this time, everyone can make this an intention in prayer, and this will be repaid with eternal dividends when we leave this world. God bless.