One Faith – One Family – One Future Campaign kicks off in two weeks
After months of intensive preparation, we are close to the official kickoff of Our Lady of Lourdes’ and St. John Vianney’s One Faith – One Family – One Future capital campaign. Every family in our parish and school communities (apart from volunteers and others who made early pledges) will receive a packet of information that includes a financial request and instructions on how to invest in the future of the Bettendorf Catholic community.
In advance of the mailing, we want to express several thoughts regarding this campaign and what is being asked of our families:
- Invitation not Expectation
Every family will be asked to consider a specific commitment to the campaign. We have gone through an exhaustive process to determine an appropriate request for each family. That said, in some cases our request may be too high. In some cases, it may be too low. It is not an expectation. It is an invitation – and the starting point for your personal discernment. Ultimately, the parish will gratefully receive whatever gifts you may provide.
- Reflect and Pray
In advance of the request, I ask that you spend some time reflecting on what our planned St Joan of Arc Catholic School means for future evangelism, and how you can help. Pray and ask the Lord for guidance. The path that leads us to our gift decision doesn’t start on Wall Street, nor does it lead us to Easy Street. Christ calls us to journey with him to the cross, to lay down our lives. He challenges us to give him our hearts before we give from our hearts. So, please, take every opportunity you can to PRAY about your gift decision and give in a way that represents the blessings that God has given you.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:7-8).