We are blessed with all that we have. Our Parish Family has grown in faith and numbers over the years, and the community is as strong as ever.
At the same time, we have an obligation to continue building on the long-term health of St. Catherine. How do we do this? Six years ago, we led a campaign to build our Parish Life Center. Despite the economic recession, committed volunteers led the fundraising efforts, and along with the many families who donated their time, treasure, and talent, we were able to build the beautiful building that so many of you use daily. Yet, because we still continue to hold debt to the Diocese from the building of the PLC, we can no longer wait.
We must act now. We have learned many lessons from the past and are ready to lay the foundation for a sustainable, well-planned future. Our unity will be important as we continue to move forward with the next campaign in 2017.
After much prayer and consultation, I am proud to announce the kickoff for our campaign entitled: Today’s Gift – Tomorrow’s Hope. This capital campaign is for all the faithful of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.
This $2 million campaign will raise critically needed funds to ensure a financially sound future for this church and ensure generations will have the resources they need to build upon our legacy of faith.
The objectives of Today’s Gift – Tomorrow’s Hope Capital Campaign are the following:
- Pay off the existing debt incurred by our Parish Life Center
- Support initiatives from the Diocese of Sacramento’s One Campaign
- Improve parish programs once our financial obligations to the Diocese have been met
Through early campaign activity, over $550,000 has already been raised for this important effort. These pledges came from 40 families with an average five-year pledged commitment of over $13,000! This is wonderful news and I would like to thank those 40 families!
As we move forward with the Today’s Gift – Tomorrow’s Hope campaign and reach out to more of our parish family, I hope and pray you can join our campaign as we continue to fulfill the mission of the Gospel. In the coming weeks, you will receive more information and will be contacted regarding the campaign by me or a dedicated parish volunteer serving on the church’s behalf.
Today I ask that you pray for the success of this campaign so that we may better serve the needs of our growing community.
O God of abundant love and mercy,
You have blessed us beyond measure by giving us a strong faith community. At this time of our parish life, we ask that you bestow upon us a deep sense of unity, a good spirit of participation and a generous, sacrificial heart as we take together upon ourselves the tasks and responsibilities of this Capital Campaign.
Grace us with your wisdom as we turn to you with grateful hearts for what we have and with great anticipation for what is yet to be. Make us realize that we need your divine guidance as we proceed in this sacred endeavor.
As we move forward in faith, may we not forget that our gift today is the hope of our tomorrow. Accompany us in this journey as you bless our gifts of time, talent and treasure. Further strengthen us as a church so that we may pass on our faith to future generations.
May what You have begun in us be brought to fruitful completion for Your greater glory. We join our hearts together in gladness and expectation as we offer this prayer through the loving intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary and our Patroness, St. Catherine of Siena.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, the everlasting sign of the abundance of Your love, and who is Lord forever and ever.