The Witness to Hope funds received by St. Mary Queen of Angels Parish in Swartz Creek enabled them to hold their first-ever Community Kids Day last August. More than 200 enjoyed the bounce houses, carnival games, balloon twisting, slides, concessions and face painting. Completely funded by Witness to Hope, this event was free for the community. The parish also used its funds to hire a youth event coordinator, Jessica Grima. Since Jessica has joined the team, the parish has been able to offer more opportunities for youth to encounter Christ.
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Pilot Wave parish Queen of the Miraculous Medal in Jackson has a new parish hall thanks to the Witness to Hope campaign. Located beneath the church's worship space, Vincentian Hall features exposed structural elements of wood and concrete complemented by contemporary design and systems, including a new kitchen. It is ideal for parish gatherings of all kinds. As Father Tim MacDonald says, “[The hall] features the best of modern technology and comfort while respecting the history of the space it now occupies – the foundation of God’s House.”
FAITH: Reflecting back on 18 months of fundraising in our parishes, has Witness to Hope been a success?
The Witness to Hope Campaign Policies and Guidelines call for the establishment of an Accountability Oversight Committee (AOC) “to review the pledge receipts and their disbursements to the various case elements” in order to assure “the highest level of accountability to the clergy, lay leadership and parishioners of the Diocese of Lansing.” In addition, the AOC will provide advice and recommendations to our Catholic Foundation as to effective reporting concerning its administration and the ultimate use of the funds raised through Witness to Hope.
Pictured right: Greater Mission campaign team, from left to right: John French, Ryan Petrillo, Joe Citro, Jr., Johnny Day, Nancy Koons, Kristin Smith, Ryan Lopez, Donna Marino and Tony Gwiazdowski. Missing from the photo are John Alves, Marty Alves, and Paula Cadavid.