St. Thomas Aquinas Parish is facing difficult financial times, and we hope you can help. Since the Covid-19 crisis began in March, income is down nearly 70%. Collections are severely limited without regular mass, and Parish Hall fundraising activities are shut down in St. Lawrence, so a major source of parish income has disappeared. Yet monthly expenses have remained the same.
We have church buildings in urgent need of repairs, with no reserve funds to pay. The St. Lawrence church needs a new roof, the parish house needs urgent plumbing and other repairs, and the Parish Hall needs essential updates to support its fundraising activities for the parish.
The current crisis has highlighted the ongoing challenge of maintaining our parish with fewer regular volunteers and church attendees.
We enjoy good attendance for special occasions like baptisms, weddings and funerals, but it not sufficient to sustain the parish. Too many small communities like ours have already lost their churches, and we don’t want to join their ranks.
Our churches have a long history of serving the community and being there when needed. They now ask for support from the full parish community living far and wide, so that the home church can continue to serve current and future generations.
We hope you can help, either with a one-time donation or a regular monthly contribution.
Thank you, and God bless!
The parish includes the churches of St. Lawrence and Lawn .
Donations at this link support the St. Thomas Aquinas Church, the parish house, and Stella Maris Parish Hall in St. Lawrence.
To donate to the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Lawn, link here: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/holy-name-of-jesus-church-lawn
CHARITABLE RECEIPTS AVAILABLE: The registered charity is St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, which includes the church in Lawn. So all receipts are issued from the parish.
MAILED DONATIONS: Please write cheques to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. If the donation is for Holy Name of Jesus Church in Lawn, please add a note to that effect. Mail to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, PO Box 157, St. Lawrence, NL A0E 2V0
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Thank you for your support!