As the season of Lent approaches, we are called to prayerfully reflect and refocus our attention toward the Easter Sunday Celebration of the Risen Christ. As part of our Lenten reflection, we should also consider our commitment to our own parish community and think about ways we can deepen and share the faith and mercy of our Risen Lord.
Despite the pandemic, an army of more than 6,000 volunteers stepped forward to share their gifts in parishes throughout the Diocese of Greensburg. Those volunteers, alongside their pastors, priests, and parish staff are operating the following:
- 100 ministries that specifically support seniors, infants, and expectant mothers in need
- 75 hospital and homebound ministries
- 50 food banks or food pantries in the four counties of the Diocese of Greensburg.
The gifts you share enable us to serve the needy, educate and form our youth, encourage vocations, promote a culture of life, and assist the clergy, religious, and laypeople who help build and strengthen our faith community.
In our parish, we are focusing on missions and ministries that help the poor, vulnerable, and those in need of spiritual help and healing. Will you share your gifts with us? Think about volunteering your time and prayerfully considering a donation to the 2022 Diocesan Lenten Appeal called Sharing Our Gifts.
In 2021, $93,683.00 was returned to our parish through the Diocesan Lenten Appeal and was used to refinish our pews as well as replace the pew and kneeler cushions. The Diocesan Lenten appeal also funded numerous plant improvements: completed a new HVAC system on the third floor of the Administration building, replaced crumbling brick wall on the Administration building steps, addressed a long-standing water problem in Our Lady’s Plaza, and repaired the Regional Senior Youth Building.
This year, we are hoping to raise $95,000.00 over our Diocesan target, or a total of $233,116.00. Our first $10,000.00 we will help support our local needy through Saint Vincent De Paul Society. Other projects will include overdue renovations & upgrades to our church organ hardware and software system, replacing the alley door, refurbishing our church exterior doors, and installing parking lot lighting.
I am sincerely grateful for your past financial support and prayers, and with great sensitivity to your circumstances, ask you to prayerfully consider how you can share your gifts this Lent. Please allow God to work through you as you return the lower portion of this letter with your gift or make your gift online at dioceseofgreensburg.org/SharingOurGifts. Your gift can also be made in payments over 10 months. Please know that your continued support will be deeply appreciated.
I pray that you continue to draw closer to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, during this Lenten Season, so that we may joyfully celebrate His Resurrection at Easter.
Yours in Christ,
The Reverend John A. Moineau
Pledge cards can also be returned to the parish office, placed in the weekly collection basket, or mailed directly to the diocese using the envelope provided in your packet.