Peace to you and know of our ongoing prayers and concern for you. And thank you for your ongoing care for our parish, especially during these difficult days of the pandemic. Along with this letter, I am releasing a short video from inside the church so that you can see some of the restoration work that continues and to thank you also for your ongoing financial support. We have seen a welcome increase in critical online giving, readily available on our website. Some continue to mail in weekly envelopes and the cash offertory basket at Mass is convenient for others.
We are especially grateful for your generous help during the initial phase of the 90-Days Now – For Your Parish initiative. As you know, 90-Days Now encourages parishioners to rally around their parish, or another parish of their choice, by making a special daily offertory commitment for the next 90 days. This effort is intended to supplement weekly offertory gifts, given the challenges of the current crisis. In Phase 1, the program raised more than $450,000 for 236 parishes. Our parish received $21,000. As we launch phase 2 of the program, a generous anonymous benefactor has stepped forward to pledge a match gift when the overall campaign reaches $700,000. Thank you to all those who gave to the program, and to all who may give again to continue support and help reach the match. Should you choose to participate in this effort for Phase 2, the Archdiocese has created an easy to-use link to donate. ALL FUNDS GO DIRECTLY TO OUR PARISH. The link is available by going to www.BostonCatholic.org/donate. (As I have mentioned in other venues, I have contributed $100 again to this initiative, in addition to my weekly offertory.)
We understand many individuals and families may not be able to contribute to this special offertory collection given the economic impact this pandemic has had on your personal finances. We remain extremely grateful for your prayers of support for our parish family.
Remembering you and your loved ones in my prayers daily, Fr. Bill Kelly