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St. francis de sales belongs to all of us
Who is responsible for our parish? (Hint: it’s not Father Kelly or the Archdiocese or our Upper East neighbors or El Barrio folks or “The Church Establishment” or the government or the Vatican or the Boomers or the Millenials…)
WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR BELOVED SFdS!
In order for our parish to thrive, each and every one of us is called to give—and just like the faces we see in pews every Sunday, it’s a different look for each of us. Some of us sing in the choir every week and donate homemade brownies to hospitality. Some of us attend Religious Ed. or RCIA weekly to prepare for our future in the Church. Some of us have tithed regularly for years while some us just signed up to give thanks to our new 18.95 Giveback campaign. Some us donate monetarily and some of us donate our time and smiles.
The important thing is for us to pray—both individually and together as a parish—that we fulfill our mission to take Jesus' message of loving service to heart and in the process, discover God in our midst.
our quarterly donation
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a recap of Our latest capital & charitable projects
We're hosting a Latin Food Fair! All proceeds go towards our annual Virgen de Guadalupe Celebration. Come hungry and bring your generosity on Sunday, October 28th beginning at 11:00AM. View details and RSVP here.
Did you notice the ConEd truck parked on 96th Street? That’s for us. 😱The boiler is on the fritz and requires major repairs. Not only do we have a large space to heat but our beautiful church building is over one hundred years old. As you can imagine, these types of repairs do not come cheap and it’s imperative we have functioning heat as we enter late fall and winter…
IN PROGRESS: “Cafe Saint Francis”—We realize that that there’s a lot going on at SFdS on Sundays in the main church, and that many felt more comfortable grabbing their coffee and donuts from Hospitality on the go. In order to encourage fellowship, we asked for donations of cafe tables and other furniture to create a relaxing, cafe-like space in our newly renovated parish hall. Thanks to your donations, we’ll soon create a fun and welcoming area downstairs to enjoy donuts and coffee after Mass!
Reunite Us Now-NYC organized a phone call & letter-writing campaign to local politicians. Their aim was to advocate on behalf of the migrant families separated at the Mexico/U.S. border. This group formed in June and counts SFdS parishioners as well as local community members from other faith organizations. Learn more about their mission here.
Our Book Club is small but mighty! Founded a little over two years ago by two of our RCIA alumni, Book Club helped organize one of our successful Pride event in June, “A Conversation with James Martin, SJ.” We raised $560 in donations that went towards gift cards for LGBTQIA homeless youth at the Ali Forney Center. Learn more about Book Club here.
total monthly collections in 2018
yOur generosity assists our brothers and sisters throughout the world
01/07/2018—towards Communications Collection & Catholic University
02/11/2018—towards Peter’s Pence
03/11/2018—towards Catholic Relief Service
03/25/2018—$1,301 towards Maryknoll (to support Father Rick's work in HIV+ palliative care in Kenya)
03/30/2018—towards Holy Land (Good Friday)
04/29/2018—$772 towards Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe
05/20/2018—towards Latin America & Home Missions
06/03/2018—towards Catholic Missions Among Black and Indian People
07/01/2018—towards Pastoral Solidarity for the Church in Africa
09/30/2018—towards St. Joseph Seminary
10/21/2018—World Mission Sunday
where we stand
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Renew + Rebuild Campaign
YOU can help change that by making a gift to this important capital campaign
Below is the work we are eager to accomplish. With these additions, upgrades, and repairs, we will continue to grow our parish, build our community, and fulfill our mission.
Help us share the abundant gifts of our parish with all those who come to our door. [all of this writing must be rewritten. this is merely placeholder.]
Elevator connecting Wallace Hall with the Sanctuary: $2,000,000
Repairs to the Church Roof and Masonry: $1,350,000
Fire Detection Systems for Church, Wallace Hall, Parish House: $750,000
Handicap Access Ramps for Parish House, Grammar School: $450,000
Security Systems: $400,000
HVAC/Flue Repairs: $375,000
Fire Suppression Systems for Wallace Hall, Parish House: $350,000
Wallace Hall Entrance Renovations (Ceiling repair, lighting): $225,000
Design Fees: $600,000
Renew + Rebuild Campaign, New York Archdiocese: $1,000,000
Total Needed: $7,500,000