Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We hope that all of you are managing successfully with the challenges of this pandemic. It is so important that we support one another in the efforts to contain it. We encourage you to follow the directions of the health offices guiding the effort. This is no small job and needs everyone's cooperation.
Due to the closing of our church and the associated services and ministries, we are suffering a very serious loss of income. We need your help to stay operational and meet operating expenses which continue to mount. We have already lost about $20,000 in collections over the past two weeks. We are draining our reserve fund. It is getting very serious.
Please make an effort to continue your support by utilizing our "Fund Me" page. Your help will make it possible to meet fixed costs, such as insurance, gas and electric, water, etc. Everyone, pulling together, will help keep the ship afloat.
Fr. Tad and I miss all of you and continue to pray, at our private Masses, that God strengthen and preserve you, and that we will soon experience relief from this crisis.
You have always generously come through in the past; we pray that you will once more make it possible for our parish to survive.
God watch over us all!
Fr. John and Fr. Tad
The Clergy and Staff of St. John the Baptist Parish
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.