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Putting the Beyond Sunday Fund to Good Use

Oct 18, 2018

The Archdiocese has asked us to report to you on our distributions from the Beyond Sunday Campaign funds.

You may remember that this campaign ran three years ago and raised funds to provide scholarships for Catholic education in the parochial schools of the Archdiocese. Parishes also shared in the funds according to the case statements of each parish.

The graphic inside the bulletin will show you that St. Anselm’s share of the Beyond Sunday Fund is $466,139.

St. Anselm Parish requested funds for three purposes. The first was for repairs and improvements to the church and our facilities. The second was for our projects in Haiti, especially at St. Michel Parish in Boucan-Carré. And the third was for the work of our St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Our work on the parish center and school of St. Michel was completed in July 2018. $55,000 of our share was used to complete this project. Since the earthquake on Oct. 8, many people have asked about the safety and condition of our buildings. Fortunately for us, the earthquake was in the far northwest of Haiti. Boucan-Carré is in the south central highlands and has been well protected from both earthquakes and hurricanes of recent times. We will now be exploring what we can do for the mission stations of St. Michel in the near future.

Another $55,000 has been distributed to our St. Vincent DePaul Society, which is the most active chapter in the Archdiocese. It has its own food bank in the Parish House, and our members usually make between 8 to 10 calls every Saturday to families and persons in need, helping with rent, utility and medical bills, food, furniture like beds, cleaning products and toiletries, and even toys for the children. As you may imagine, the need is endless.

We have made several repairs to our facilities. The driveway at the Parish House was badly deteriorated and has been repaved. New carpeting has been put down in the lower level of the Parish Center. A new chiller for the air conditioning system in the Parish Center has been installed. All these major expenses came from funds other than Beyond Sunday.

So what are we waiting for, you may ask. What we had most in mind for the church when we prepared the case statement is a new sound system. The criticism we hear the most, other than how terrible my homilies are, is that people can’t hear or understand my terrible homilies or anyone else’s due to the acoustics in the church and the inadequate speakers or amplification. It is a complicated space.

The system in place was installed about 25 years ago and was an improvement over the previous system. But in the last 25 years, the technology has improved. So now is the time, and now we have the funds. Consequently, we are arranging for an acoustical study of the church, which should tell us what we need and where we need to place it so that everyone can hear and understand the words being spoken from the altar and the pulpit. Then we will shop for the needed equipment and have it installed. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen soon.

At this point in time, we don’t know what it will cost, but we are reasonably confident we have enough in the fund to cover it. Hopefully, we’ll be pleasantly surprised and have funds left to do even more things, such as renovations to the Parish Center Kitchen and an updated phone and data system.

All of this happened and will happen not thanks to Beyond Sunday, but thanks to you who contributed to this important campaign. Thank you, and thank God!

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