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Nov. 7, 2018

The It’s Our Church, It’s Our Future Diocesan-wide Capital Campaign has now reached all parishes in the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

The consulting firm Guidance in Giving Inc. is conducting the capital campaign and working closely with the Diocese of Ogdensburg Development Office to hit the campaign’s $16.3 million goal. Included in the $16.3 million is $1.3 million for the 2018 Bishop’s Fund Appeal.

To date, including a parish that conducted its own campaign prior to the diocesan campaign and one future parish projection, all the parishes in the Diocese of Ogdensburg have received nearly $11 million in gifts and pledges.

“The generosity of the people of the North Country supporting the church is absolutely tremendous,” said diocesan Executive Director of Development Scott Lalone. “And it’s not only full-time residents. Seasonal parishioners see the needs in the Diocese of Ogdensburg and are making gifts as well.”

Back in April, 19 parishes in Block One began collecting gifts. Those parishes have been wrapping up the final stages of their active phase with bulletin and pulpit announcements. To date, they have raised $2.9 million in gifts and pledges.

Another 40 parishes from Block Two participated in the summer months. They are also following up with parishioners who are still prayerfully considering a gift with pastor follow-up letters. At this point, Block Two parishes have generated over $4.6 million in gifts and pledges.

This past Sunday, another 35 parishes in Block Three completed commitment weekend following their recent campaign receptions, bulletin announcements, a video showing, pulpit announcements and having received a letter from Bishop LaValley regarding the capital campaign and its efforts to meet the needs of the church.
“It is a very Parish friendly capital campaign,” said Lalone. “Parishioners and pastors are seeing and appreciating that and have supported this as a team effort to build our Catholic Community for the future.”

Of the funds raised once the parish meets its Bishops Fund Appeal, 75 percent of funds raised will remain at the parish for their direct needs, such as parish programs, ministries and capital improvements.
Each parish has developed its own case statement outlining how funds raised will address their specific parish needs.

The remaining 25 percent of the funds raised supports the parishes’ indirect needs such as retired priests, seminarians, Camp Guggenheim and St. Mary’s Cathedral.

If you are prayerfully considering your gift to the Capital Campaign, please remember that the Bishop’s Fund Appeal will return in September 2019, and your continued support to your parish offertory and other special collections remain vital to your parish.

Gifts have come in a variety of ways, such as cash one-time gifts, pledges, gifts of securities and IRA contributions.

If you need any help setting up your gift or have any questions on methods of giving, contact the Development Office at 315-393-2920.

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