Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Each year around the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7, we have a parish stewardship campaign. For just three weeks we draw your attention to the financial needs of the parish and report on our finances for the church and school.

This year, due to the financial crisis brought on by the pandemic we worried that the finances of the parish would possibly reach a crisis point. It was obvious: if church is not open, collection plates will not be filled and bills would not be able to be paid. Fortunately, because many of you use online giving, that crisis was averted. And, due to the diocesan involvement we were also eligible for financial relief to meet payroll through the government pandemic emergency response. The school enrollment is up and the finances look good there too.

Therefore, because of your generosity and the fact that we try to run a tight ship financially, the parish and school are operating with a modest surplus. Over the next few weeks we will prepare the usual end of year financial summary for you.

In light of this good situation we decided not to have the usual parish stewardship campaign, but instead to complete our obligation to the Bishop’s Bicentennial Appeal. The pledge Sunday for this appeal was supposed to have been in March of this year, but was postponed due to the church being closed because of the pandemic.

Therefore, this Sunday we are asking you to make your pledge to the Bicentennial Appeal. If you come to church this weekend, and at all daily masses this week, pledge cards will be handed out and you will have the chance to submit your pledge. If you are not able to come to church, please go here, to complete your pledge online directly with the diocese.

As you do, remember that this year we were exempted from participation in the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. As you consider your pledge think what you might have donated to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, then increase that gift by what you might have considered doing for the Bicentennial Appeal. Your pledges can be paid over a five year period.

Remember also that 50% of your gift returns to OLR to be used for the ministry of Mother Teresa House. The other half goes to fund the future ministry of the Diocese of Charleston.

I would like to take this time to thank you for your continued support for the work of Our Lady of the Rosary. God is doing great things here in our parish. New families are joining every week, the school is growing and our work with the needy continues to expand. We are paying off the debt on our new church, and plans are moving forward for further improvements of the campus facilities.

Don’t forget that your prayer support is needed even more than your financial support. The material needs of the church and the spiritual needs always go together.

Thank you again for your generosity and trust in our work at OLR.

Your pastor,

Fr. Longenecker