We most deeply experience the presence of Jesus through the sacraments, community, and faith formation in our parish communities. Our parishes must be financially stable to more fully live the call “to teach, sanctify, and guide.”
Every parish faces its own challenges and works hard in order to build up God’s Kingdom here within our diocese. Needs range from maintaining aging church structures to building new structures to accommodate spiritual and educational formation needs. Other parishes are hoping to reduce parish debt or establish endowments that will generate income for parish and school ministries and services in the future. Still others may need to augment parish services through increased personnel or resources for faith formation for adult, children, youth and young adult needs.
Increased funding is central and often crucial for many parishes to fulfill and continue the church’s mission for their own faith community. In this campaign, parishes will retain 20% of all funds raised up to the campaign target set for each parish. When a parish exceeds its campaign target, the parish will retain 40% of the funds raised over the campaign target. This localized parish funding may be used in any manner the parish deems appropriate, as discerned through the planning of the parish leadership, and will not be subject to assessment from the diocese. In this way, our parishes will realize the maximum benefit from this campaign, which helps to strengthen our local church in South Louisiana.