A Message from Fr. Greg...
I am sure you will agree that we are living in extraordinary times. Yet, the mission of the Church continues. I thank you for the support that you have given our parish during these last few months, and I am now asking you to respond generously to the Upper Peninsula Catholic Services Appeal (UPCSA).
Our parish goal for UPCSA remains the same as last year, $56,950. However, because of the effects of the pandemic, it will most likely take all of us working together to reach that goal.
With the limited number of people who can participate in our weekend Masses and some understandably staying away for health reasons, we are not going to conduct our campaign “in the pew,” as we have done in the past. I am asking you, instead, to watch for the direct mailing that will come from the diocese the week after Labor Day.
Inside that mailing, you will find materials describing how the appeal helps all of us. It will also contain a personalized letter from Bishop Doerfler that will remind you of the gift amount you gave last year, as well as a pledge card. Please use that card to make your UPCSA pledge for the coming year. It comes pre-printed with your name and address, which makes it easy for our parish staff to record your pledge.
The theme for this year’s appeal is “Growing Together as Disciples.” As you carefully review the promotional materials in the diocesan mailing, you will see that UPCSA kept us united throughout the pandemic by helping parishes navigate reduced staff and weekly offerings, aiding parents, students and educators through distance learning, educating 13 current seminarians, and ordaining two new priests and one new deacon. Fr. Dustin and I are able to serve you because of the assistance we received as seminarians from your past donations to UPCSA.
I humbly request that you prayerfully consider what you can donate to this year’s appeal, considering your circumstances and the blessings you have received from the Lord. Then complete the pledge card and return it to our parish office as soon as possible.
You can watch our progress in reaching our UPCSA goal by viewing the new thermometer banner that will be displayed in the gathering space and shared through email. And yes, there will still be cinnamon rolls, but they will be distributed in a slightly different manner. You will receive more information on that later.
I am thankful for my ministry among you and for your past generosity, and I will be grateful for whatever gift to the appeal that you decide is appropriate.
Sincerely in the Lord,
Fr. Greg Heikkala