St. Catherine of Siena Parish
Farmingdale, New Jersey
To all of the good people and friends of St. Catherine of Siena Parish,
As you may have heard, a major endowment campaign is currently underway at St. Catherine of Siena and throughout the Diocese of Trenton. This week I will be sharing the first two components of the Faith to Move Mountains Campaign for the Diocese and our parish.
Catechesis and Evangelization: In order to effectively raise our children in the Catholic faith in all of the parishes across our four-county Diocese, the Diocese of Trenton will create an endowment fund that will support and expand our Catechesis and Evangelization programs in the following ways:
Catechists and Catechetical Leaders: Currently, only 30% of catechists have participated in the Diocesan catechetical certificate program. Funds from the campaign will provide full certification for all of our catechists and expand educational advancement for parish catechetical leaders so that all serving in this role will have or be pursuing a master’s degree in theology or religious education.
Parish Adult Faith Formation: Additional funds will be directed toward the organized training of adult formation teams, strengthening existing programs, or creating new ones at each parish.
New Evangelization: The Diocese intends to build a comprehensive network that incorporates the best of parish evangelization ministries in order to empower every parish community to deepen the spiritual lives of its people, reach out to those who have left the Church, and invite and prepare all those who are coming to the faith for the first time.
Parishes: 30% of the funds raised will remain with the parishes to address their own local needs (you will be hearing about St. Catherine of Siena’s fundraising projects in the coming weeks). In addition to the 30% share, the Diocese will also create the following endowment fund:
Diocesan Parish Assistance Fund: Over the past ten years, the Diocese has provided financial support to 40% of all parishes that have been unable to fund their parish and school employee healthcare, pensions, retirement, and other costs. This endowment will ensure that these and other vital resources will continue to be available for any parishes in need of immediate assistance in order to effectively serve their parish communities for years to come.
In the coming weeks, I will share further details about how the campaign funds will directly impact both our Diocese and our community here at St. Catherine of Siena. Everyone will soon be invited to participate in this graced effort. In the meantime, anyone is welcome to approach me before or after Mass with any questions you may have.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
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