One of the priorities of the campaign would be to eliminate $1.7 million in debt that we owe. Our Finance Committee regularly points out to me that, if we could eliminate the principal payments and interest payments that we pay each month toward our debt, we could free up a lot of funds that could better be used elsewhere.
In addition, we are hoping to make some enhancements to some of our parish and our school spaces. Many people have expressed to me a desire to “adorn” our current worship space – so as to heighten a sense of the sacred in our church. Beauty is the language of worship. Over a millennium ago the architect of Glastonbury Abbey in England wrote, “I want to build a church so beautiful that even the hardest heart will be moved to prayer.”
Others have impressed upon me how important it is to expand the current pre-school program so that we can welcome more families to our school. Some would like to see some improvements made to our parish and school kitchen – so that hospitality could be a stronger feature of our Nativity of Mary life.
The Holy Spirit may inspire other ideas too. That is why we need your thoughts and prayers to help us to identify and to prioritize what are the most important of the needs and goals for our parish and school at this time.
"Eye has not seen and ear has not heard… what God has prepared for those who love Him” (2 Cor. 2:9). We continue to commend the process to the life-giving breath of the Holy Spirit. May we press forward in hope and may it be all for the glory of God!