It is just over a month since I have shared a reflection with you. The last one announced the start of our Annual Diocesan Lenten Appeal in which I asked for your cooperation and generosity to make this year’s campaign successful – both for the work of the Church in the Diocese of Greensburg as well as to help our local parish directly. From that post on March 12th until today almost 31% of our parish family have responded to this year’s DLA and we are very pleased to announce that we have SURPASSED our Diocesan goal of $48,990.00 as of yesterday, April 14th, with $51,717.00 pledged or gifted. We have come close in the past few years yet have fallen short of that goal. So this year’s response is OUTSTANDING!
EVERYTHING pledged or gifted from this point onward returns to the parish with no strings attached. We did set a parish goal of $55,000.00 with a modest expected return of a little over $5,000. However, the needs of the parish continue to outdistance our offertory income, and everything over our goal will be of great benefit to our unpaid bills to the diocesan assessments (we are two to three months in arrears, but making payments). A second letter will be coming from me after Easter to those who have not as yet responded. Please be as generous as possible … and again – OUTSTANDING! God bless you and many thanks.