My Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
The above greeting that I just wrote, I always thought was a worn out, old-fashioned way to start a letter. I am greeting you with this salutation today because we at Church of the Little Flower are facing an important, if not critical time in our parish life. We need to remember who we are; a family connected to one another by our Lord Jesus.
As a family, please know Fr. Andy, Fr. Matt and the staff join in our prayers for you and for those who are facing and will face serious health issues. We are personally available to you if you need any pastoral assistance.
I understand some of you may be finding yourself without work or facing the unknown regarding your employment. Know that as a parish we will continue to be with you through each step of this journey.
Please know that you are not alone.
We are all aware of the sudden closing of parishes throughout the Archdiocese last Saturday afternoon. This drastic measure was taken in the hopes of containing the dangerous COVID-19 virus.
We all still have bills to pay, and the Church is no different from each one of us personally. True to our mission, we also are committed to providing our on-going charitable efforts. We continue to be Christ for others by continuing outreach through our food pantry and grocery store gift cards. Thank God we are well-stocked in order to feed parishioners and others in need of basic necessities.
Because there are some operational savings by not being in the parish offices, and sad to say, while we may well not have our usual lenten events, we anticipate these savings will help us.
We’ve been touched by the parishioners who have mailed in their weekly envelope even amidst all that we’re experiencing.
We would normally have received about $7,000 from our weekend collection to help us pay our bills.
We did receive some donations thanks to those who participate in WeShare.
So I write to you with some urgency as we face more weekends without receiving any offerings. I I am reminding you to please remember your giving including the lost weekend offertory from last weekend (March 14-15).
Given the current crisis, your stewardship is more critical now than ever.
If you know that you are able to share more than you have in the past, you can do so in a few ways.
You can send your offertory envelopes, checks by mail (290 Plainfield Ave.), but the verybest way you can help your parish during this time of crisis and for the foreseeable future is to do what I did months ago. Please create an account with WeShare. It's easy!
Here is the link to WeShare: https://www.churchgiving.com/?pc=2gawuc90
Carolee will be taking calls to set-up WeShare accounts Monday thru Friday from 2pm - 4pm.
I spoke to a pastor of a parish who shared the good news that his parish was not all that financially affected by not having Sunday Masses as the majority of parishioners give to the parish by some form of a direct bank deposit.
Whether those parishioners attend Church on Sunday or not, they have ensured that their gift (either weekly, monthly or semi-annually) is given and the parish can rely upon their offering.
Thank you for helping the Church of the Little Flower continue to be a light of hope, a family of faith connected in and through our unique community.
The Archdiocese of Newark
Welcome. The Archdiocese of Newark is coordinating with the team at GoFundMe to provide one online location for the faithful to support the critical needs of their own parish (through this page) or other parish communities (through the Parishes in Need fund). The faithful may also contribute through their usual channels (e.g., envelopes, other online giving, the Annual Appeal).
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to your parish on the parish’s GoFundMe page, or to the Parishes in Need fund, which will be used to conduct outreach to those in need and support those communities struggling to continue to pay their employees and church utility bills through this crisis. Contributions raised through the parish GoFundMe page will benefit that parish.
Cardinal Tobin has waived the usual archdiocesan assessment for contributions raised through this initiative. GoFundMe does not charge a platform fee (0%). There is a 0% platform fee and only an industry-standard payment processing fee of 1.9% + $0.30 per donation. If a charity receives a donation of $100, they will net $97.80. Donors will also have the option to tip GoFundMe Charity to support their continued business.
Thank you for your generosity to your parish and to those parish communities unable to meet their critical needs alone.