Fr. Bill's Weekly Letter

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November 11, 2018   

Dear Parishioners:

On behalf of all of us, I would like to thank the Mutya Philippine Dance Company for their donation of $5,000 to our Capital Campaign. As you can see from the pictures on the cover of this weekend's Bulletin, they presented the check to me last Sunday in Carr Hall after the 11:00 AM Mass. On October 20th they organized a dinner show at The Palace in Blackwood, New Jersey at which over 250 people attended. There is a great deal of logistics to organize such an event involving many people. I would like to thank those who coordinated this event, those who participated in the show, and those who attended the dinner.

With this donation as well as a donation of $500 from the Philippine Medical Society, the total amount now pledged to the campaign is $561,390 (75% of our goal).

We are about to begin our 2nd round of solicitation of parishioners by 15 faithful parish representatives. I can't tell you how indebted I am, as we all should be, to these parishioners. It is a difficult service which they are providing us for the betterment of our parish. They are going to attempt to contact approximately 280 parishioners. These are registered parishioners with whom we could not make contact on the first round of contacts in the Spring and early Summer as well as new parishioners who have registered in the parish since January. The results of this round of solicitation could go a long way in helping us reach our goal of $750,000.

Please respond to our parish representative if he/she reaches out to make contact with you.

I ask everyone who is contacted by these parish representatives to respond positively when they reach out to you. They are providing a selfless service for us. Please respond to their request by telephone, email or letter to meet with you, and of course I ask that you help us to achieve our goal.

I remind you that everyone is invited to our Theology on Tap after the 7:00 PM Mass this Sunday. Dr. Sally Schulz, Chairperson of the Philosophy Department at Villanova, will be speaking on the Catholic Church's teaching on war. Beer, wine and munchies will be provided. All are invited.

Lastly, I would like to thank a parishioner who has donated new banners and has facilitated their installation on the surrounding streets of the parish property. This helps to identify to others who we are. Thank you, long time parishioner, for your generosity to us. Your kindness, thoughtfulness and commitment to the parish is greatly appreciated.

Have a great week.

Fr. Bill