St. Rose sets sights on fundraising toward parish hall renovation
Parish leadership teams are still hard at work spreading the word about the ONE Campaign and encouraging their fellow parishioners to get involved.
Organizers at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Roseville are determined to reach the parish’s ONE Campaign goal. The parish fair share of 25 percent will support the renovation of its parish hall—a goal set by the parish’s campaign leaders.
“In the tight economy that we still face it is a struggle for people to consider taking on long-term financial obligations,” said Gary Brys, St. Rose layman and member of the St. Rose ONE Campaign committee. “It takes a lot of thought and prayer to get to a place where you feel comfortable committing. Initially this effort was slow, but I think overall it’s been well-received. And putting a relatable face on the need—knowing we need to modernize our parish hall—helps people understand how their contributions will make a difference.”
Brys said that the parish held numerous presentations on the details of the ONE Campaign, as the committee encouraged the congregation to consider it, pray about it and ultimately engage. Participation was initially hesitant due to unemployment concerns and going into the holiday spending season, Brys said. But with time parishioners have grown enthusiastic with the prospect of renovating the parish hall in order to facilitate all of the church’s ministries, while also contributing meaningfully to the larger campaign effort.
“It’s going to take the commitment for all the parishioners to get involved,” Brys said. “We’re really asking everyone to give something—whatever they can. If we all pitch in, our goal is easily attainable.”