2017 Wish List Letter
Dear Friends in Christ,
With great joy I ask God’s blessing upon you and your family this Advent Season!
For me personally, I want to begin by thanking God and each of you for the great support that I have received this year from this parish family. The Bishop blessed me with a sabbatical which has renewed my health with strength to serve you more fervently. I am so happy to be back at St. Peter’s Parish to work with you in God’s vineyard. The work we have to do for God’s people, His children, and the world is ahead of us, and we are blessed to be called collaborators in proclaiming the Gospel message of life and love. I am truly grateful for my good health and the spirit to work with you!
We are, indeed, blessed with many active ministries here at St. Peter’s. Not the least of these is the education of God’s young people both in our Catholic Schools and Religious Education program. Our children are the future of our faith, and we have always been diligent in securing their future in the Catholic Church. All of us want to know that we have a place in God’s heavenly kingdom, and our children and our parish are going to help us continue on that path to eternal joy.
There have been many financial challenges this year, and you are doing a great job of stepping up to secure the financial future of the parish and school. There must continue to be an effort to plan for the immediate operations and the long-term needs of the St. Peter’s facilities. Our Finance and Parish Councils are continuing to work towards sound financial planning and developing Stewardship as a way of life. The parish has great potential to meet ever-increasing spiritual and financial needs for the promotion of the holy gospel. To be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, we need to grow in our understanding of the Lord’s love for us and the love we continue to nurture in our spiritual life with Him.
As we count our blessings and reflect on our challenges of 2017, we want to remember our parish and her needs this Christmas. I would ask that you make a tax-deductible charitable donation to St. Peter’s Church or School. As the Finance Council reported to you recently, our weekly needs are $32,000. As you know in your own household budgets, costs continue to increase.
Your support is greatly needed and any help you can provide is appreciated. A number of specific items are always needed and are mentioned on the reverse side of this letter. You may return the enclosed envelope in the collection basket or mail to the parish. You may also make a donation via our website for a one-time Christmas Appeal gift. (saintpeterslincoln.com/wish).
With my loving wishes for a blessed Advent and holy Christmas, I am Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Charles Townsend
Convent Concrete work $ 5,000
New signage for parking lot (2) $ 3,500
Courtyard cement tables and benches $ 1,000
Tuition assistance “Guardian Angel” Any amount appreciated
Blinds for classroom windows $ 400/room
Classroom carpet $ 3500/room
Classroom paint $ 1,200/room
Art supplies for religious ed $ 500
Math Counts support (10)
(extracurricular Math program) $ 50
Lamination film $ 200
Ipad $ 800
Library books for Page One
(extra-curricular literary program) Any amount appreciated
Cases of copy paper for parish/school $42 per case
Case of votive candles $ 55
Ink cartridges $50-150
Please consider making any tax-deductible contribution this year to assist the parish with the ever increasing costs of deferred maintenance and operations of the facility.