A Message From Fr. Nate
The Witness to Hope campaign invites us to rally together around our common mission as God's people. Your faith-filled generosity will be a grace to you, will assist us here at St. Agnes and will advance our sacred work as the Body of Christ in the Diocese of Lansing. Thank you for whatever you are able to contribute.
Where Are We? (as of December 1, 2017)
NOTE: The parish has received two payments as a result of parishioners already paying their pledges!
Please take a moment to listen to Bishop Boyea's message to the diocese...
Witness to Hope Case Statement
As the Diocese of Lansing embarks on its first-ever, diocesan-wide capital campaign, St. Agnes Parish joins with our larger faith family in looking to the future. The Witness to Hope campaign seeks to raise $65 million to support the many ministries of the larger Church, including support for our seminarians and retired clergy, youth and young adults, Catholic education, evangelization and funds for social ministry. Each parish of the diocese is participating in this campaign.
Diocesan Plan for Funds (Goal $65 million)
St. Agnes Parish Witness to Hope Case Statement
Witness to Hope invites us to join together to support our own parish needs and those of the wider Church. Under the campaign plan created with our parish, we seek to raise $411,285, of which $143,950 will remain in our parish to fund our projects. The balance will support the wider Church efforts as outlined above. The diocese is paying for the base cost of the campaign, including printing, postage, pledge redemption and other related campaign costs. There will be no solicitation for the DSA in 2017.
Our parish leadership believes by participating in the Witness to Hope campaign we shall be able to meet our own important needs, and as part of the Universal Church, we are playing an important role in fostering a strong, faith-filled future for the Catholic Church in South Central Michigan.
Where St. Agnes Funds Will Go (Goal $411,285)
Introduction: Together, We Make A Difference
As Catholics, we have a responsibility to meet the needs of our local parish and to collectively act to support those activities that benefit us all. Witness to Hope is the campaign being conducted in each of the 81 parishes in our diocese. It is our opportunity to address both immediate needs and long-term issues.
The $65-million collective goal is designed to provide direct to direct and indirect support to every parish in the diocese. The largest single element in the campaign is the funds to be spent directly by the parish. The benefit from the other elements include ensuring funding for future seminarians, caring for our senior priests, strengthening our religious education programs, expanding parish and social service ministries and addressing current collective priorities of the diocese.
In the coming weeks we will be sharing more information with you during Mass, in the bulletin, at receptions and in information packets for each family.
As our parish moves forward, each of us are asked to do three things:
In the coming weeks, we will build on this information and look forward to an active dialogue with you. Thank you for your prayers, consideration, and interest in our Church.