As you know, if we fail to meet our parish goal, STM will be obliged to make up the difference from general parish funds. On the other hand, if we exceed our goal, 100% of the excess is refunded to STM. Since STM has always attained our goal in past years, we did not include funds in our present budget to make up the shortfall from general parish revenue. Indeed, we also anticipated a small refund, since that has been our parish experience in recent years. You can see that there is a lot at stake here.
But in addition to the direct financial implications to STM of our not reaching our goal, the Archdiocese needs your gift to carry on many of its important ministries, including the formation of Archdiocesan seminarians, the support of underfunded Archdiocesan schools, and various pastoral and social justice ministries. For a complete list of the works your gift to the Appeal will support, go to: appeal.archatl.com.
If you have not made a contribution to the Archbishop’s Appeal – or if you made a gift and are able to make an additional gift – I urge you to do so before the end of the calendar year. Your gift will benefit not only the larger Church of Atlanta, but also our parish.
In this season of giving thanks, I am grateful to you for your support of our parish family.