Dear Family Parishioners and Friends, Peace be with you!
You may or may not be aware that the air conditioning system at St. Stephen Catholic Church is in desperate need of replacement. This Church has been here since 1956, and it is the original A/C system that runs on ammonia. The unit is very old, outdated, and inefficient causing discomfort to the members of our parish. Over the years the existing system has resulted in excessive financial costs in repairs and maintenance. (In three fiscal years we have spent over $55000 in repair.) Therefore we are now in the process to acquire a new unit making sure everyone is cool and comfortable during worship.
St Paul reminds us: "Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully". (2 Co 9:6). It is my hope that you sow bountifully through your financial investment in this project.
Due to this project, we are reaching out to you to assist us in our financial needs. Your generous donation to provide a new air conditioning system is important and will benefit us all. The total estimated price of the job is $150,000. We have already been blessed with donations from a few of our parishioners and will also use funds from the last Mardi Gras Carnival toward our goal.
We ask that you pray for our financial needs to be met. We need to raise $ 100,000 over the next two months. Your generous donation will be greatly appreciated.
I would like to thank you for considering any amount of contribution. Thank you kindly to all who have already donated. Your donations will bring us closer to our goal. I would like to have 100 people to pledge $1000 so we reach our goal. But if you cannot be in the 100 that offers $1000, I want each parishioner to sow 100 seeds, i.e $100.00 so we can reach as soon as possible our goal. As Sirach 35:12-13 says: “Give to the Most High as he has given to you, generously, according to your means. For he is a God who always repays and will give back to you sevenfold". I am confident as you sow these seeds for the church A/C, with God grace, goodness and love will pursue you all the days of your life.
If you have questions, feel free to contact me at: 954-987-1100.
May God bless you, protect you and let his face shine on you and your family.
Your servant in Christ,
Rev. Patrick Charles