I pray that this letter finds you and your family safe and well despite the COVID-19 pandemic and all the challenges that have been thrust upon all of us. Sickness and death have become painfully real. Fear and loneliness are common. Many are now faced with a sudden loss of income, and uncertainty plagues even the most optimistic among us.
Notwithstanding all of the above, today I want to share with you some much-needed good news. I want to make sure you know that, through your stewardship, our church continues to “Be the Light” for our faith community.
Thanks to your generosity, our parish has been able to continue to facilitate spiritual, emotional, and/or financial assistance to those in need. Thank you so much! In fact, generous donors have enabled God’s work to continue all over the Diocese of Greensburg. In 2020, the 78 parishes or the Diocese distributed nearly $250,000 in donated food, clothing, or related financial assistance to 15,000 people in need. Our Catholic Charities responded to urgent calls for food, baby supplies, rent, and utility assistance by distributing an additional $250,000 in COVID-19 relief funds.
In 2020, we clearly experienced that the Church, the Body of Christ, is not a building, but a people who, despite physical separation, remain united in faith with God and each other to perform an ongoing mission to be the light and share the good news. We continue to serve our neighbor with joy, sustained through prayer, as we follow Christ’s example.
In the upcoming Lenten season and through this year’s Diocesan Lenten Appeal, we are called once again to Be the Light. In 2020, $70,000.00 was returned to our parish through the Diocesan Lenten Appeal. Thanks to you, we were able to aid the work of Saint Vincent DePaul Society by donating our first $10,000.00 for service to the poor. The remaining money was used on the 3rd floor of the Administration building to install a new HVAC system and upgrade the antiquated electrical system. Father Roniel is overjoyed to have a new heating system in his apartment to keep him warm this winter. This year, we are hoping to raise $75,000.00 over our Diocesan target of $134,093.00, or a total of $209,930.00, to refurbish or replace our church pews. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, there is a constant need to clean and sanitize our Church. As a result, it has become apparent we need to address the condition of our church pews.
I ask you to prayerfully consider how you can Be the Light once again during this Lenten Season. I ask that you follow your heart with an openness to His will. Whatever you are moved to give will be deeply appreciated. Please return the lower portion of your letter with your gift or make your gift online at www.dioceseofgreensburg.org/BeTheLight. Your gift may be spread out over 10 months. No matter what you are able to give, know that I am especially grateful for your prayers, which have helped sustain our parish in the past and will support our ministerial efforts in the future as well.
I pray that you have a blessed Lenten season and continue to draw closer to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as we prepare to 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.