week 1 Overview

ANNOUNCEMENT/PRESENTATION WEEKEND 

Kick-off stewardship initiative.

This is an opportunity to discuss where the parish is and how you plan to chart your path forward.

 

Be sure to:

  • Announce the beginning of Our Path Forward

  • Distribute OPF materials

  • Give a brief summary of what has transpired in the last few months (financial summary)

  • Express gratitude for their support during this difficult time

  • Lay out a positive plan for how the parish community can move forward from here

  • Be very specific about what you are asking for - State the goal and upcoming in-pew weekends

  • Outline the need – encourage those that are able to prayerfully consider increasing their offertory contributions

  • Be sure to promote online giving and planned giving

  • Ask parishioners to engage in answering the following question – How has your Catholic Community inspired you on your spiritual path?

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announcement

WEEKEND 1 – BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT

 

As Catholics who embrace our faith, we constantly strive to answer Jesus’ call, echoed by our Holy Father, to be missionary disciples and to seek to be lights brightly visible within our own communities. Whether our faith in the Living Christ is carrying us through times we celebrate or those that challenge us, we commit to caring for our neighbors in need as Our Lord repeatedly and plainly asks.

 

Each fall, as a parish community, we embrace a season of giving and come together as a unified people to help strengthen our parish, its ministries, and charitable outreach efforts, by pledging our support for weekly Offertory. We cannot accomplish all that Our Lord asks of us as missionary disciples without first pooling our collective resources so that we can maximize their beneficial impact. It is an awkward reality to have to state, but our parish operations and good works, upon which so many in our community rely, depend on our Offertory program and your support of it. 

 

We begin our annual stewardship initiative, Our Path Forward, this weekend, followed by our Stewardship Commitment Weekend on (Insert Commitment Weekend Date). 

 

(Insert additional parish specific messaging)

 

For now, I ask only that you please prayerfully consider how you will participate. In the pews is an offertory flyer. You may make your commitment by utilizing the commitment form on the bottom of the flyer or by scanning the QR code link to make your commitment online.

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sample script 

Our Path Forward – 2022

Weekend 1 – Announcement Weekend

Sample Script

 

As Catholics who embrace our faith, we constantly strive to answer Jesus’ call, echoed by our Holy Father, to be missionary disciples and to seek to be lights brightly visible within our own communities. Whether our faith in the Living Christ is carrying us through times we celebrate or those that challenge us, we commit to caring for our neighbors in need as Our Lord repeatedly and plainly asks.

 

So let me follow that up by saying...

 

Thank You!

 

  • Thank you for being a part of our parish, our community, our family

 

  • Thank you for joining us every weekend in prayer and worship

 

  • Thank you for participating in ministry and outreach – we are blessed with some of the most generous and hardworking volunteers

 

  • Thank you for providing the necessary resources to make all this happen

 

  • (if you feel comfortable doing so insert a joke…Thank you for sitting through my long homilies)

  

Because of your generosity, contributions of time and of your varying talents, we continued to provide vital services to those in need during challenging times.  We come together as a community in worship and we support each other in countless ways. 


Your gratitude, generosity and love for others is prevalent in everything we do as a parish family. I see the good God’s people do when we work together. I pray we can continue to do God’s work, and to do his work more abundantly. 

 

Each fall, as a parish community, we embrace a season of giving and come together as a unified people to help strengthen our parish, its ministries, and charitable outreach efforts, by pledging our support for weekly Offertory. We cannot accomplish all that Our Lord asks of us as missionary disciples without first pooling our collective resources so that we can maximize their beneficial impact. It is an awkward reality to have to state, but our parish operations and good works, upon which so many in our community rely, depend on our Offertory program and your support of it.

 

Your support of our parish is a real way to effect change, to give back, to support our valuable ministries, and to say “thank you” to the Lord for his many blessings.  I am not asking you to make this decision now, but to take some time over the next week to prayerfully consider what your level of financial support will be over the coming year and to be prepared to make your commitment next weekend.

 

There are many ways you may financially support our parish. You might choose to make a gift to weekly offertory or to our established endowment fund that earns interest each year and will continue to support our parish far into the future.  Or, you may consider adding our parish as a beneficiary in your will.

 

You may log onto www.opfaob.com to support our offertory and to contribute to our established endowment fund.

 

Thank you in advance for giving our ministries the resources to transform lives at our church and in our local community.