News Update Oct 21st

Campaign Progress

Pledges and gifts coming in for our One Faith – One Family – One Future Capital Campaign continue to build toward our Celebration Goal of $15 million. Thank you to all our staff, campaign leaders, project leaders and volunteers for their hard work. Thank you to all our parishioners and friends who have pledged their support. So many have given generously!

At same time, so many have yet to give. We need the support of the entire Bettendorf faith community to continue this progress, to move past our Celebration Goal and toward the Challenge Goal.

This is our community; this is our future; this is our shared responsibility. We ask those who have not yet responded to consider prayerfully a contribution to the campaign. (If you’re expecting a volunteer to contact you and are still waiting, please make sure the parish has your updated contact information.)

For ways you can give, please visit the “How to Give” section. Also be sure to check out the video section to hear some of our leaders and volunteers share why they’ve committed to this effort. This week we’ve added thoughts shared by school parents Gail & Brian Nikulski. More videos will be posted in the weeks ahead.

Please know that your pledge and ultimate gift, no matter the size, will help lay a foundation of faith for our future! Thank you.

[P.S. If you’ve pledged and need to set up automatic payments, please contact the campaign office at info@onefaithfamilyfuture.com.]

News Update Oct 14th

Campaign Progress

Since the One Faith – One Family – One Future Capital Campaign kicked off five weeks ago, our efforts have added appoximately $2 million in gifts and pledges to the total. At over $13 million, we are 87% percent of the way toward our Celebration Goal of $15 million! Thank you to all our staff, campaign leaders, project leaders and volunteers for their hard work.

We are truly blessed by those who have led the campaign through their service and financial gifts. We need the support of the entire Bettendorf faith community to continue this progress, to move past our Celebration Goal and toward the Challenge Goal.

This is our community; this is our future; this is our shared responsibility. We ask those who have not yet responded to consider prayerfully a contribution to the campaign. (If you’re expecting a volunteer to contact you and are still waiting, please make sure the parish has your updated contact information.)

For ways you can give, please visit the “How to Give” section our One Faith – One Family – One Future campaign website. Also be sure to check out the video section to hear some of our leaders and volunteers share why they’ve committed to this effort. (More videos will be posted in the weeks ahead.)

Please know that your pledge and ultimate gift, no matter the size, will help lay a foundation of faith for our future! Thank you.

[P.S. If you’ve pledged and need to set up automatic payments, please contact the campaign office at info@onefaithfamilyfuture.com.]

News Update Oct 7th

It’s Harvest Time!

Many farmers in and around our area—after another season of preparing their fields, planting seeds and managing their crops—have begun the annual harvest. Similarly, we spent a large part of this year planting seeds of generosity and cultivating what was planted in order to reap a harvest that will have an eternal impact.

The readings for this weekend have something to say about working toward a fruitful harvest in God’s kingdom. We’re not the ones in charge. We’re not the ones who call the shots. God’s grace and blessings aren’t given for us to hoard for ourselves. We’re called to serve and to give our lives for others.

This past week we surpassed $12 million in gifts and pledges to our One Faith – One Family – One Future campaign. With just over 300 donors participating between our two parishes, it seems that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few!

If you haven’t considered your campaign pledge yet or responded to a volunteer’s invitation to meet, what’s holding you back? Fear? Anxiety? Uncertainty about what the future holds for you, our parish or this project?

St. Paul’s words to the Philippians from our second reading are the encouragement we need to “let go and let God”: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

It’s in Christ Jesus alone, the Cornerstone of our faith and salvation, that we can find the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Looking back on our faith journey, hasn’t Christ been with us every step of the way? The Gospel acclamation for this Sunday makes clear that each of us plays a part in God’s plan and that the journey we’ve been on has a purpose: “I have chosen you from the world, says the Lord, to go and bear fruit that will remain.”

So, have no anxiety! Accept the invitation to pledge. Share the fruits of your labor, and join the work of the harvest, knowing that the seeds of faith planted in the students who attend St. Joan of Arc Catholic School will indeed bear fruit that remain.

For ways you can give, please visit the “How to Give” section our One Faith – One Family – One Future campaign website.

News Update Oct 1st

There Are Many Ways You Can Give to Our Campaign!

This past week we surpassed $11.8 million in gifts and pledges to our One Faith – One Family – One Future campaign, with nearly 220 donors making a gift!

We are well on our way to our Celebration Goal of $15 million. At the same time, we want to keep our Challenge Goal of $25 million in our sights.

Of course, reaching our goals will require significant and creative gifts. You might think this doesn’t apply to you because you’re not able to make a significant gift to this campaign. That’s simply not true:  No gift from the heart is insignificant! Recall that Jesus heralded the gift of the widow’s mite as being “more” than any other because she was moved by faith to give all that she had.

In the same way, the significance of your gift is not the amount itself, but what you’re willing to do, in faith, to make the best gift possible. To help you, we want to share ways you can make a larger gift than you might at first think possible.

The most obvious is to spread your gift over time—in this case, over three years. However, there are other ways, too. For example, life insurance policies offer a variety of creative ways to give now or later to our campaign. You could:

  • Gift the cash value of a policy you no longer need.
  • Reassign a policy, naming St. Joan of Arc Foundation as the beneficiary.
  • Purchase a new policy that names St. Joan of Arc Foundation as the beneficiary.

For more creative ideas and ways to implement them, please visit the “How to Give” page.

 

News Update Sept 23rd

Your Capital Campaign Pledge: Make an Informed Decision!

The One Faith – One Family – One Future campaign is underway, and most of our parishioners have received their request packets. Whether yours included a pledge form (meaning you won’t be contacted by a volunteer for a personal visit) or did not include a pledge form (meaning you will be contacted by a volunteer), please don’t jump to conclusions or rush to a gift decision. Instead, please take time to become fully informed about what we hope to accomplish from two important perspectives: Ours, and God’s.

To become fully informed about our plans and goals, read the Campaign Brochure and the answers to Frequently Asked Questions that came in your packet. Browse the Web Site and watch the videos to see the many parishioners have already made a gift. If a volunteer contacts you, meet with them to learn their perspectives on why they believe this effort is important. If you have any unanswered questions, reach out to any of the campaign leadership shown on your request letter’s stationery. We’re confident that the more informed you become, the more you’ll come to realize how important your participation is and the difference it will make!

To become fully informed about what God has to say about what we can accomplish, simply turn to Scripture. Throughout the Old and New Testament, we find account after account of God bringing people to the realization that His love, grace and providence are not to be doubted. Imagine trying to tell Joseph or Moses or David or Daniel or Esther or Ezra or Peter or Paul that God will not or cannot accomplish his plans through people like us!

Yes, our goals are ambitious. Yes, not everyone agrees. Yes, there will be barriers along the way that will challenge our faith and our trust in God’s providence. Yet, the reality is that the families in our two parishes have the giving capacity to reach our goals, and God has the capacity outgive each and every one of us!

So, again, please don’t jump to conclusions or a quick decision. Instead, become informed and make a leap of faith!

News Update Sept 16th

Please Be Receptive to Our Campaign Volunteers

The One Faith – One Family – One Future campaign is underway, and the generosity of our faith community is apparent. We have already raised more than $11.26 million toward our goals for the new St. Joan of Arc Catholic School and the Upon This Rock capital campaign.

We would like to thank our staff and volunteers for their diligent work in getting us to this point. We also would like to thank our donors to date for their generosity. While there is much to celebrate, there is much work yet to do.

In the coming weeks, volunteers will reach out individually to members of our parish.  I ask that you please keep in mind the following:

  • Volunteers – Dual Donation

Our volunteers are just that – volunteers. They graciously agreed to donate their time and talent for the betterment of Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint John Vianney. They are serving in this role because they believe in our vision and are passionate about our parish’s future. Please treat them with respect and thank them for helping Our Lady of Lourdes and St. John Vianney in this important capacity.

  • Personal Touch

We have instructed our volunteers to personally meet with members of our faith community. If you receive a call, we kindly ask that you:

  • Take the call or return the message. Don’t avoid talking to our volunteers. It makes their job more difficult and puts them in a position where they must keep calling in an attempt to reach you.
  • Meet face-to-face. If you are asked to meet, please give our volunteers 15 minutes of your time. They are not trying to twist your arm. They just want to briefly explain the campaign goals, answer your questions and receive a decision about your participation.
  • Have your pledge card? Return It!

If you received a pledge card inside your packet of materials, you likely will not receive a call from a  a campaign volunteer. Please discern your involvement in the campaign, complete the card and return it in the envelope provided.

  • Your Gift Matters!

Remember, the letter you received from Fr. Rich and Fr. Jason includes a financial request. It is not an expectation. It is an invitation. I invite you to pray about this campaign and our parish. You may not be able to give what was asked. You may be able to give more than asked. Whatever your decision, please know that I deeply appreciate your commitment. It is a true blessing to our parish, and so are you!

Thank you for your cooperation, your consideration and your partnership in building for our future, our children’s future, and for generations to come.

P.S. If you weren’t at Mass last weekend, you missed seeing two informational and inspirational videos! Please  check them out on this campaign website!