The Our Faith, Our Family, Our Future Capital Campaign is now underway, and the generosity of our St. Francis of Assisi parish is clearly apparent. To date, our campaign has already secured $1,192,455* in commitments toward our goals of addressing maintenance and renovation needs, refurbishment of the sanctuary, and the construction of a new formation building with adoration chapel. 

I would like to express my thanks to the volunteers who have worked so diligently to get us to this point. I would also like to thank the donors who have given so generously in the early stages of our campaign. While there is much to celebrate, there is also much work to be done. 

In the coming weeks, volunteers will be reaching out individually to members of our church. I ask that you please keep in mind the following: 

  • Volunteers – Dual Donation 

The volunteers who are contacting families are just that – volunteers. They have graciously agreed to donate their time and talent for the betterment of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. They are serving in this role because they believe in our church and are passionate about its future. Please treat them with respect and thank them for helping St. Francis of Assisi in this important capacity. 

  • Personal Touch 

I have instructed each of our campaign volunteers to personally meet with parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi. If you receive a call, I kindly ask that you: 

  1. Take the call or return the message. Don’t avoid talking to our volunteers. It makes their job more difficult and puts them in a position where they must keep calling in an attempt to reach you. 
  2. Meet face-to-face. If you are asked to meet, please give our volunteers 15 minutes of your time. They are not trying to twist your arm, they just want to briefly explain the campaign goals, answer your questions and receive a decision about your participation. 
  • Carrying Card? Return It! 

If you received a pledge card inside your packet of materials, you will likely not be called by a campaign volunteer. Please discern your involvement in the campaign, fill out the card and return it in the envelope provided. 

  • Your Gift Matters! 

Remember, the letter you received from me includes a financial request. It is not an expectation. It is an invitation. I invite you to pray about this campaign and this church. You may not be able to give what was asked. You may be able to give more than asked. Whatever that decision is, know that your commitment is deeply appreciated and a true blessing to our church! 

Special Note: We have received responses from several parishioners whom submitted surveys during the Planning Study that they already sent in a pledge card. The responses from the survey pertaining to financial support of a campaign gave us the opportunity to gauge the level of support from the parish. If you would like to make a pledge to the campaign, a formal pledge during this time is graciously requested.  

Thank you for your cooperation, your consideration and your support of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church! 

Fr. James Flynn 

*as of Monday, July 30, 2018