Pastor’s Corner from July 30 ,2017
It’s good to be home! As always, many thanks to those who helped to hold down the fort in my absence while on vacation, namely Msgr. Melancon and Fr. Leger, our deacons and our staff. My vacation went well and was thoroughly enjoyable, although I did miss being here and am happy to be back.
As was mentioned in last weekend’s Pastor’s Corner, we will have the dedication of the newly renovated Valentin Hall next weekend after the 4pm Saturday Mass. Bishop Deshotel will be the main celebrant and homilist for the Mass and will lead the dedication prayers. After the dedication, there will be a reception in Valentin Hall and an “open house” for all to see areas that might not be accessible under normal circumstances. I hope that all of you are able to come and celebrate this wonderful event with us!
The renovation of Valentin Hall was a project that did not seem possible just a few short years ago. It was made possible by your generosity, both in prayer and finances, over the last 5 years. One part of the financing of the renovation is the proceeds from The Centennial Campaign. As you know, a portion of the campaign is dedicated to the local parishes for projects such as Valentin Hall. I am happy to announce that we have received the first installment to our parish from the campaign, and as promised it was used to help with the renovation project. The amount of the installment was $47,000, which has been a great help to finish the last installment owed to the contractor. Again, many thanks for your support.
The total pledged from our community to The Centennial Campaign was $540,000, and our portion of that amount is $182,000. The Centennial Campaign continues until December 31, 2022 (a period of five years), and we will receive payments every six months based upon the amount of the pledges paid during the previous six months. At this point, approximately $157,000 has been paid on the pledges from St. Landry, resulting in the amount of the first installment of $47,000. One of the keys to a capital campaign of this length is fidelity to fulfilling the pledges made.
Some participating in the campaign made a pledge and paid the entire amount immediately. Others chose to receive reminders each month and plan to fulfill their pledge over the five years of the campaign. Others did something between those two choices. Regardless of how we participated, we must dedicate ourselves to be disciplined in the fulfillment of our pledges. It is my understanding that there was initially a problem with the monthly reminders, and I am sorry for any inconvenience that was caused. However, everything should be “caught up,” so to speak, and everyone should be receiving their reminders as scheduled. If there is any problem with reminders or any other part of the administration of your pledge, please do not hesitate to call me so that it can be addressed.
Again, thank you so much for your generosity, and I hope you are able to join us to celebrate the fruits of that generosity next weekend when we dedicate Valentin Hall.