To Be Faithful Servants Walking God's Talk
Family of Faith Campaign
Family Of Faith Update - January 2017
“Feed the gathered and reach out to the scattered.” In many ways this phrase, taken from our Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, captures the nature of a parish that is full of vitality, a parish that takes discipleship seriously. When Jesus began the mission entrusted to him by his Father, he first gathered people around him through personal invitation. From those encounters of being taught, healed and forgiven people came to believe in Jesus and follow him as the Way the Truth and the Life. They started to go forth and witness to their experience of Jesus.
The rhythm of being fed and then sent culminated in the central experience of our faith. From being fed by his Body and Blood on that Holy Thursday, from entering into the experience of his death and resurrection on Good Friday through to Easter Sunday, from being filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the followers of Jesus were inspired to continue the mission of Jesus, reaching out to all people of the world.
In the midst of the many challenges of the present age, the Catholic Church remains steadfast in her fidelity to Jesus and his mission. Our Archbishop, Thomas Cardinal Collins has provided parish communities with a road map (Pastoral Plan) for the purpose of staying focused on Jesus’ mission. In the recent past, our parish has sought to be purposeful in our efforts, organizing parish ministries under 4 Purpose Teams: Sacraments and Worship; Servant Development; Support and Infrastructure; and Service and Outreach.
Looking critically at how St. Patrick’s can improve the way we serve people who gather at the parish and then go forth and serve the people beyond the parish, we recognized the need to relocate our office and expand our meeting space. A plan was formulated to move the rectory off-site, change the old rectory into office/meeting space and then change the office space into meeting space.
Supporting these efforts, not just in our parish but in our Archdiocese, we underwent the Family of Faith Campaign in 2015 because we want every faith community in the archdiocese to flourish. The campaign was a tremendous success. Our Archdiocese surpassed the goal of $105 million, raising $160 million in pledges over 5 years.
The Archdiocesan share of fulfilled pledges has already been very effective in assisting in the restoration of St. Michael’s Cathedral, supporting 22 youth ministries in parishes that cannot afford youth ministry, providing start up loans to brand new parishes and in funding 2 new university Catholic Chaplaincies.
At the parish level, we exceeded our goal of $1.51 million by $1.1 million for a total pledged amount of $2.6 million! The outpouring of generosity and sacrifice by our parish families was astounding and inspiring. From the $2.6 million total pledged, St. Patrick’s is scheduled to retain approximately $1.2 million if all pledges are fulfilled over the 5 years of the campaign. We are pleased to share with you an update after the first two years of parishioners fulfilling their pledges and making payments. The parish has already received $228, 975.00. Phase one is complete. A new rectory within walking distance of the church was purchased and renovated and the clergy have moved in. Phase two is underway. We are presently seeking direction from the Archdiocese and the City of Markham in order to tender bids for work that will transform the old rectory into office and meeting space.
So, brothers and sisters in Christ please remember the spirit of the campaign and the prayerful consideration that compelled you to make your original pledge. Your contribution helps us to continue the mission of Jesus to feed the gathered and reach out to the scattered!
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