The future of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is filled with hope. Hope that our parish’s current members will continue to be a foundation of faith that allows the parish to thrive. Hope that we can bring more to Christ through our efforts to reach out to family, friends and neighbours.
And hope that we can unite to meet not only the needs of our parish but those of our wider community. The One Heart, One Soul Campaign gives us an avenue to pursue these hopes and to brighten the future of the parish, as well as to contribute to important diocesan ministries.
“The One Heart, One Soul Campaign allows us here at St. Francis to put our mission statement into action in two ways. One, by being good stewards of our parish church, ensuring it is cared for and well maintained. Two, by sharing, from the abundance God has bestowed on us, with others who are in need outside of our parish. May Saint Francis always inspire us!”
FR. MURRAY MCDERMOTT, C.R.,
Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi
What is our Goal?
PARISH GOAL: $300,000
For parish campaign projects: $225,000 (75% of Parish Goal)
For Diocesan Projects & Parishes in Need: $75,000 (10% & 15% of Parish Goal)
What are our Campaign Projects?
• IMPROVE CHURCH LIGHTING AND REPAINT CHURCH ($95,000)
How easy it is to overlook something so basic as lighting! In order to fully enjoy Mass, it’s important to stay on top of this simple requirement so that we all are able to read prayer books and hymnals. The improvements will involve significant lighting updates such as emergency lighting, lighting in the main body of the church and the choir loft, along with parish hall lighting. Upgrading to LED lights will greatly decrease future energy costs while significantly increasing church lighting. Expert opinions from electricians and our building manager indicate that once these lighting improvements are made, all of the flaws in the walls would be very visible. These experts have told us that people would not be happy with this, so painting has become a priority. In order to be financially responsible, the church and vestibule will be repainted while the lighting work is done so as to incur costs such as moving pews and bringing in heavy equipment once only.
Below are pictures of some of the paint damage
that will be much more visible with improved lighting.
• REFURBISH CHURCH WASHROOMS ($30,000)
The three washrooms in the church building are in need of updating. Campaign funds will be used for completing badly-needed repairs such as replacing outdated sinks, toilets, other fixtures and countertops.
• REPLENISH PARISH RESERVES ($60,000)
The financial situation at St. Francis is strong, and it’s important that we keep it that way. Money on deposit with the Diocese of Hamilton allowed us to pay for our beautiful new statue of St. Francis of Assisi along with the concrete pathways around the statue. Campaign funds will be used to replenish those reserves.
• SUPPORT ST. MARY’S PARISH OUTREACH ($20,000)
Another Resurrectionist parish in our community takes on the enormous task of reaching out and ministering to the homeless and disenfranchised of Kitchener. That parish – St. Mary’s in downtown Kitchener – is using One Heart, One Soul funds to build up this vital ministry. We want to show our support for their social outreach through a donation to St. Mary’s from our campaign funds.
• CONTRIBUTE TO ST. MARY’S HOSPITAL CHAPEL ($20,000)
Such as with donating to the St. Mary’s Parish social outreach, it is a priority that St. Francis contribute to important projects in the wider Catholic community. Those important projects include the renovation of the chapel at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener.
How can you Participate?
You will be receiving a package in the mail outlining the campaign and how to participate. Each family is asked to prayerfully consider how much you can contribute and make a commitment using the pledge card included in your package. The pledge is for the next three years; we are not asking you to make a full donation right away but to commit to giving for the next three years.
You may also receive a call from one of our Campaign Ambassadors; these are parishioners like yourself and parish staff. We will be calling as many of you as we can to answer questions and help you fill out the pledge card if you need it.
If you do not receive a call by March 1st and you have questions please phone or email the parish, firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-745-7301. You may also find the answers on the Diocesan Frequently Asked Questions or Campaign webpages: