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Note From Our Pastor (Parish Bulletin for May 17, 2015)

Dear Parishioners,

I would like to personally thank everyone who has opened their homes to our campaign volunteers to visit about our Under God’s Construction Capital Campaign. We continue to make wonderful progress. Since we began reaching out for support, 225 parish families have contributed $1,863,558 in gifts and pledges.

If you have not had the opportunity to visit with a volunteer about your pledge, please do so as soon as possible. Please take the time to return their calls and be receptive to their message. If you have not received a call, please call the parish office at 919-848-0662, and our staff will put you in contact with your campaign volunteer.

Our campaign volunteers will need only a few minutes of your time to discuss the purpose of the campaign, answer your questions, and ask you to consider a gift. For those of you who were asked to send in your pledge card please do so at your earliest convenience.

In the words of St. Francis de Sales, “The opportunity to do great things does not come very often, but at every moment we can do little acts with great love.”

Finally, everyone is invited to our Catholic Estate and Personal Planning Seminar which is being held on Wednesday, May 27th from 1:00-3:00pm in the Parish Hall. Our guest speakers will be Charles “Chess” Griffin an Estate Planning Attorney with Kirschbaum, Nanney, Keenan & Griffin, P.A. in Raleigh and Ryan Flood from the Office of Stewardship & Advancement at the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. Some of the topics covered include: Legal Steps Required in Personal Planning, Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, Catholic Advance Medical Directive, Using Appreciated Assets to Make Pledge Payments, Vehicles for Charitable Planning and Giving, and How not to leave your IRA to the IRS.

Individuals and couples who attend will also receive a free copy of the Catholic Estate and Personal Planning Workbook. This is a free seminar and no solicitations will be made.
If you don’t have a will or you need to update yours, please make an effort to join us for this important seminar. To RSVP, please contact Jane Turro at the parish office 919-848-1533 to reserve a seat. Space is limited.

Blessings in Christ,

Fr. Rob

Note From Our Pastor (Parish Bulletin for May 24, 2015)

We are entering the final stages of our Under God ’ s Construction Capital Campaign and we continue to receive tremendous support. I am grateful - and we all should be - to see such a wonderful response over the last couple of weeks.

Thanks to your commitments, our campaign continues on the path to reaching our ultimate goal of achieving our dream of a new home for our parish and for God. We have raised $2,014,338 in pledges and gifts from 250 parish families.

A truly gratifying experience is giving an extraordinary gift to honor your family name or in memory of someone important to you. Below is a list of naming opportunities still remaining to give a lasting tribute to family and friends:

Gathering space $75,000
Ambo $50,000
Sacristies (2) $50,000 each

Other naming opportunities may become available at a later time. Be assured that everyone who has given to the campaign will be recognized for their support.

You can now double the impact of your gift to St. Luke ’ s. A very generous family has graciously stepped forward to offer a gift challenge to their fellow parishioners. They are willing to match every dollar of new or additional gifts or pledges up to $200,000! That means a $1,500 pledges becomes $3,000 for the parish. A $5,000 pledge is now $10,000 on the books and a $15,000 is $30,000. Your commitment remains the same, but the parish receives double the impact! This matching offer does not apply to gifts given for naming opportunities.

Let ’ s take advantage of this wonderfully generous offer. I encourage everyone to consider making a sacrificial and meaningful donation which will help St. Luke ’ s realize its $2.2 million goal. Together, as a family of one, we can do this. Our goal is within reach, and with all of us working together we will get there and beyond!

In the words of St. Francis de Sales, “ The opportunity to do great things does not come very often, but at every moment we can do little acts with great love. ”

Blessings in Christ,

Fr. Rob