Parishes Receive Quarterly Disbursements of Campaign Funds

The parish share of pledge payments made to Heritage of Faith ~ Vision of Hope is making its way back to the Pilot and Track 1 parishes that have completed their local efforts. Quarterly statements were mailed in mid-October to 58 parishes, informing the pastors that money received through pledge payments has been deposited into an interest-bearing parish trust account. The money is available immediately to use for the priorities outlined in each parish’s case statement, or it is held until the parish is ready to move forward on a project.

In just over a year, the Archdiocese has received pledge payments of over $ 11.8 million. Parishes that conducted combined campaigns are responsible for collecting their own pledge payments, and report that the anticipated rate of redemption is on track.

“We are seeing remarkable support for the campaign, both in terms of the amount pledged to Heritage of Faith ~ Vision of Hope, and in payment on those pledges,” said His Eminence Cardinal Justin Rigali. “Donors are being faithful to their commitment, for which we are most grateful.”

Heritage of Faith ~ Vision of Hope began in September 2008 with 12 Pilot parishes that collectively raised $9.9 million in pledges and gifts. Fifty-one Track 1 parishes completed their campaigns in late spring, raising $27.9 million. Track 2 was comprised of 36 parishes, with pledges totaling $18.8 million to date, and 68 parishes are currently conducting campaigns. Another 100 parishes will begin their activity after the first of the year. Overall, nearly 20,000 families have made gifts to this historic initiative.

One parish that has used a portion of its share of local funds raised is Our Lady Help of Christians in Abington. “We had two projects that required attention right away,” said the pastor, Father Anthony Janton. “We

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needed to improve the ventilation in the school building, so we mounted fans in the hallway. We are installing a window near the school entrance, so we can draw fresh air through the corridors.” The other major project completed was the brick pointing and re-caulking of the church building. “We had enough left over (from the fi rst disbursement) to do some cosmetic refurbishing in the church hall,” he added.

“I’ve had meetings with the Parish Pastoral and

Finance Committees to plan what projects from our case we will undertake next,” Father Janton said. “This whole process was very positive. People were very helpful, and our parishioners responded enthusiastically to the message.” Parishioners at Our Lady Help of Christians pledged $904,375 on a target of $890,000, or 101% of goal. “I thank God that we had the money from the campaign to do these projects,” Father Janton said.