Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
I realize this is an extremely difficult time for all of you, the Coronavirus has struck at the lives of all of us causing fear, stress and sadness. During times such as these, it is important to rely on God’s love and mercy so as to strengthen our faith and allow us to continue our spiritual journey. The Queen of Peace parish family has been a source of prayer and spiritual strength for many decades and it will continue to be a place of love, charity and support for all of us. Continue to pray for our country and the world community that this pandemic will be conquered and we may then once again, experience joy and happiness in our lives.
The Archdiocese of Newark has established a “Go Fund Me Account” to help raise funds during this time when we can no longer gather together for prayer and worship. I have committed keeping our church open each day for Eucharistic Adoration and prayer. We are live-streaming Mass each day and are still present for support and encouragement. Although our weekend collections have been substantially reduced, I am planning on paying our employees so as to lessen their burdens. Additionally, the weekly bills must be paid in order for the church to continue its’ varied ministries. The Go Fund Me Account will help bring in much-needed revenues and any funds donated will go to our parish to help continue our mission of serving God’s holy people. Thank you for your continued support and I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Stay safe and healthy.
Fr. Mike, Pastor
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.