More than 2,350 families have attended 85 parish receptions that have been held so far in the first Block of the Our Cathedral: One Faith, One People Campaign. Thirty-nine parishes are taking part in the initial Block, which began in January and will be conducted through May. The remaining 57 parishes and missions will participate in the second Block, which will begin in August and conclude in December.
The receptions provide parishioners the opportunity to learn about the Cathedral Campaign project; view the Campaign video, which provides history of the Diocese, its continuing outreach to those in need and the importance of meeting the continuing growth of Catholics in the Diocese. The parish sessions also allow parishioners to ask questions about the project and hear how from parish leadership how the Cathedral Campus project can benefit local needs.
In a decision by Pastors and Pastoral Administrators, the 2012 Bishop’s Annual Appeal is being included in the Cathedral Campus Campaign. It was decided to conduct a joint campaign rather than two separate ones. So, the first dollars contributed in each parish to the Campaign will go to satisfy the parish’s assigned BAA goal. This will ensure that the 31 pastoral and social ministries funded by the BAA will continue to be supported.
Once a parish reaches its BAA goal, the parish will receive 20% of every dollar beyond that up to the parish’s Cathedral Campaign goal. If a parish exceeds its Campaign goal, it will then receive 50% of every dollar beyond the goal.
Parishes are using the Campaign to address a number of local needs. Examples:
- Holy Cross Church in Durham is looking to use its share of the Campaign to help retire the debt on its new church.
- Annunciation Church in Havelock is looking to complete renovation of the exterior and interior of its church that began several years ago.
- St. Therese in Wilson plans to refinish the pews in its church and replace flooring tile.
- St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Raleigh will tithe 10% of its share to charitable organizations, undertake repairs and purchase new audio/visual equipment.
- St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Raeford will pay down on the debt of its church, provide playground equipment for the children, which comprise 38 percent of the parish, and help build a prayer grotto in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
- St. Raphael the Archangel Church in Raleigh intends to use its share of the Campaign to provide seed money for two projects; the renovation of Raphael Hall, the oldest building on the parish campus, and construction of a new rectory.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge expressed his ongoing thanks for the incredible generosity being shown by the faithful as the Campaign continues. “The response to the Our Cathedral: One Faith, One People Campaign has been wonderfully encouraging,” he said. “For all those still discerning how they will respond to this effort, I continue to ask for your spiritual support, and to invite you to prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift for this historic cause.”
You can learn more about the Cathedral Campus project at http://www.holynamecathedralnc.org/. The website contains the Cathedral Campaign project video, project renderings, information on Cathedral Campus architect Mr. James McCrery and an interview with Diocesan Stewardship and Advancement Director Mr. Timothy Breslin. On the site you can subscribe to receive periodic news and updates about the project and campaign. You can opt in to receive updates via email-newsletter, Facebook and Twitter.
Above: Fr. Robert Hussey, SJ, Pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church in Raleigh, discussing the Cathedral Campus Campaign at a parish reception. (Click photo to view larger.)