Yesterday we had the first of our mini-retreats for the parish. We had some parishioners who deeply benefitted from the day. One had hoped that we might have days like this more frequently in the parish. Our next mini-retreat will be Saturday, November 11th. It is a repeat of what we had yesterday. I hope that you might consider making this retreat.
For the past couple of weeks, I have written about the problem we have had with the carpet and new flooring. Building Committee and the Finance Council have agreed to move ahead with total asbestos remediation of asbestos and put in a new church floor. Today I want to give you some details of what will be happening as well as asking help for the financing.
This project of asbestos removal and new flooring will begin on January 2nd and be completed by the end of February. We will need to have Masses downstairs in the church hall for 6-8 weeks.
The project is estimated to cost 270K. We have a parishioner who has pledged 40K and another who is willing to match up to 20K. While we can use some of our reserves, we still need to raise almost 200K.
Given this, I am asking you to become part of the 100 club. What is this? I hope that one hundred parishioners might consider giving $1000 (or more) over the next six months; another hundred to give $500; another hundred to give $100; another hundred to give $50. If we can do this, there will be almost no debt. Of course, any amount you can give is appreciated. I would ask each of you to reflect carefully on what level of sacrifice you are able to make.
I am not asking for formal pledges, but that you decide what you can do and then do it. Any check should be marked “Church Floor.” Or any cash should be put in an envelope marked “Church floor.”
If you are willing to do this, we will not have a protracted and lengthy debt as we did on the elevator which went for about 12 years. Thank you for your consideration and for your constant generosity and willingness to help. You are always in our prayers.
God bless you, Fr. Ed