A message from Fr. Jim Cunningham, Holy Name of Jesus Parish:
It’s been about two weeks from the last campaign update at Holy Name and I wanted to give everyone, including Container Diaries readers a significant progress report today.
We started the effort well over a year ago with the Buildings Committee looking at various renovation options by meeting with different architects, engineers, design/build firms and construction managers.
We put our faith in Lynch Development who did a wonderful job organizing our fundraising efforts so far.
As of this weekend, I am happy and grateful to report that we have not only hit our stated campaign goal for The Restoration of Holy Name of Jesus Church, 135 Years – Fulfilling Our Vision but have exceeded it. Our new total stands at $1.6M dollars.
So many people have worked tirelessly to get us here. These people love God and love Holy Name Parish. We’ve come so very far in a relatively short time. I personally never had a doubt. Since coming to Holy Name, I’ve come to know and have been amazed at what this parish can do and what it has always done over its 135 years as a leader in the Brooklyn Diocese.
When we started this effort, I told you we were going to be very transparent. I hope you’ve seen that so far with the bulletin updates, different talks from the Ambo, the different parish meetings, all the pictures, the information in the Tablet, Container Diaries and Facebook. Hopefully you are seeing it in results like to beautiful new Rose and Cathedral windows.
In the coming weeks, I will be a featured guest on the NBC Cable TV program, “News 4 at 7” talking about the about the historic efforts to renovate Holy Name. We are now entering into a new phase of the project and shortly we will be sharing even more of the details with you.
Getting back to the campaign, about 270 families are responsible for the fundraising to date. Thank you so much for your support and commitment. We have over 600 families in our database of envelope users. There are many families who don’t use envelopes and we know this because they make up part of the 270 families who have already pledged. There is more to do and still time to pledge. There are people far and wide who have a love for Holy Name. We see that every day. While they don’t live inside the boundaries of our parish, they identify with Holy Name. They can help too. The campaign is continuing. When I spoke at the start of the campaign, we talked about some of the extras. Now is the time for us to focus in that direction. If you are still waiting to make a pledge, you can help us realize the additional items like the new vestibule/Gathering space and the new exterior canopies.
One of the things we’ve learned is our new Altar weighs more than 25 tons. What we also learned is that in certain areas of the church floor, the bounce you feel walking around is not natural. We do need to have more support for the altar as expected but more importantly, we need steel to support this 135 year old building so it can last another 135 years. That costs a lot more than we thought. We ask that you help us in these areas and more with a pledge if you’ve not done so already.
Next weekend, members from the campaign will be at all masses to help with your pledge or to answer any questions you have. If you’ve been waiting to make your pledge, whatever it is, now is the time to do it. You don’t have to be in church next week to make a pledge, there are many way to pledge:
• Contact the Holy Name Rectory at: 718-768-3071
• Contact Fr. Jim Cunningham at: email@example.com
• Electronic giving options can be found on Holy Name’s page with Faith Direct:
Just think, when it’s all done, the legacy we’ll be passing on to our children; the children here at mass today and our future generations. For them, I thank you.
God Bless you and God Bless Holy Name always.