I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care. – Lou Holtz
It has been quite an adventure to Build Our Future, Serve Our Past. It seems like only a few months ago that the Bishop approved Father John’s vision to transform the community of Saint John the Evangelist and the entire Naples area with the development of the Pulte Family Life Center, the resurrection of Catholic Youth Organization, and the creation of the first ever Catholic Adult Organization. He then challenged us to gather all the gifts of our Parish Family in a 3-year period to achieve these goals starting March 8, 2015. That means we have nearly run out of time to gather these wonderful resources without assessment to reach our Challenge and Pinnacle Goals.
Some of you may not recall that we developed this campaign with three tiers of goals. The Core Goal was to build the Life Center and ensure there was ample resources to ensure the programs’ success. Our Challenge Goal of $10 million was to renovate and renew much of the rest of our campus, like our church roof and the Ballroom. God must have seen the value in these goals, as he helped us with Hurricane Irma’s damaging force, requiring us to focus on these projects as urgent repairs. While the insurance will somewhat assist with these projects, it will only cover part of the cost, and will add a significant burden of the deductible and the requirement to perform these massive construction efforts simultaneously on our campus. I want to thank all of you who participated in our matching challenge as you responded so incredibly that those deductibles will be covered. The repairs have already begun due to your gifts and prayers.
If you have not yet given to the campaign, I would ask you to prayerfully consider doing so now in this last month. We need every single part of our Parish Family to contribute so we can fully repair our campus from the hurricane damage and ensure we can continue to serve the community in an effective and enlivening way. You can make your gifts specific to the repairs by making the check out to Saint John the Evangelist with “Hurricane Repairs” in the memo line.
As we Build Our Future, Serve Our Past, we still need all the gifts, prayers, and support of our Parish Family. If you have any questions, please contact Jean-Paul Boucher, at 239-566-8740 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.