Hello everyone . I'm not sure how to start this but I have been contemplating if I should reach out through social media but somehow I know that it's one of the ways to spread word. Here it goes.
It started when I recently went home to visit my parents about 2 weeks ago. After mass one morning at St.Bonaventure, in Avondale, LA after mass, I introduced myself to the new pastor there, Father Francis and commended on how sparkling clean the church was. He went on to tell me that the church hasn't been clean for 25 years and he was able to ask parishoners to volunteer their time to help clean. Father Francis was shocked that 25 family members came out to scrub and clean on their hands and knees. It definitely showed the love and time from these volunteers and surprisingly my mom was one of the few. What stood out to me was 25 years and the church didn't have funds to pay for a weekly or monthly cleaning. I could only imagine what else needed work. So I took it upon myself to ask Father Francis if he would like my help to start a mission to help raise money. Father didn't hesitate to metion the struggles the church is going through in this little town of Avondale LA. Most parishoners are of low income and retired that he and many of previous pastors found it hard to reach out.
I took it upon myself to put myself on this big mission (I say it's big because I never raised any money on my own for a parish before) to seek out to all family, friends, and acquanitances near and far to ask those who can with any donation to willingly help this church out with its deficit and so Father Francis can open evangelization to the all that passes up this small church. I BELIEVE we all belong to one family, and together we can bring UNITY in this community wherever you are. We are in this and your difference can always make a BIG difference in how UNITY can spread anywhere. "with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" Ephesians 4:2-2. I take this time to thank all and not only that I will have mass intentions for each one of you who can or can not with donations. May peace always reside in ALL.