Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Please read the letter below from Sean Fay, about the Catholic Appeal.
Being a parishioner here at Immaculate Conception is something that has truly enriched my life and the life of my family. It is for this reason, and many others, that I support the Catholic Appeal and the critical ministries funded by The Appeal that support our Parish and those who turn to the Church for help.
The Appeal supports the day-to day work and operations of our parish, supports programs that enrich our parish life, and supports those who need assistance in our communities.
Our priests and deacons can do the work that they do best because they can rely on a team of experts from the Archdiocese that provides wide-ranging support related to the daily operations of the parish (including benefits, risk management, and finance). Never has this team of experts been more important to our parish than during the pandemic. No parish on its own could afford to hire a team of experts that offers such critical assistance to our parish. These services are funded in large part by The Appeal.
We also rely on the ministries funded by the Appeal to support many programs offered here at Immaculate Conception including faith formation programs, marriage preparation for young couples, the Diaconate program that provides on-going support for Deacon Chuck and Deacon Elcio, and ongoing training for Fr. Kevin.
Most importantly, The Appeal works to help those in need in our communities. This includes programs such as seminars for those struggling with mental illness, the Catholic chaplains serving in our hospitals and prisons, campus ministry programs at Massachusetts colleges and universities, and collaboration with agencies that work to provide affordable housing for families in need.
In short, The Appeal provides a team of experts that Fr. Steven can rely on, support programs that enrich our lives, and assistance for those in our communities that we are called to assist. This is why our participation in The Appeal is so important. It is faith that we put in action together by supporting the Catholic Appeal.
As co-chair of the parish finance council, I am very aware of the continued generosity of the Immaculate Conception family. I am also aware that many members of our parish family have suffered financially over the past two years due to the pandemic. I ask that those who are able financially, to prayerfully consider participating in the Catholic Appeal in 2022 by completing your in-pew pledge card starting next week or by visiting bostoncatholicappeal.org to make your pledge. Thank you.
Sean N. Fay
Co-Chair Finance Council
Father Steven Clemence