Witness to Hope

With 45% participation rate, Holy Redeemer Parish exceeds it goal

Father Steve Anderson, of Holy Redeemer Church in Burton, is known for saying, “We’re all in.”

So, when it came time to conduct the diocesan-wide Witness to Hope campaign at the parish, it came as no surprise that the parish had a 45 percent participation rate, according to Bruce Simms, parishioner at Holy Redeemer and member of the campaign cabinet.

“I trust Father and his team that he has put together to do what’s best for the parish. I go with the flow. We’re doing our best to be all in and support him,” Bruce says.

Parish more than doubles its goal

St. Mary's in Westphalia makes campaign a priority 

Following a sports game, it’s not uncommon for athletes to celebrate their victory by showering a coach with water or Gatorade.

In the same congratulatory spirit, Father Eric Weber, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Westphalia, was doused with water June 7 to applaud the parish’s success with the diocesan-wide Witness to Hope campaign. The campaign raises funds for individual parishes and for diocesan initiatives.

Campaign brought parish together

For 73 years, Charles Filice has called St. Mary Cathedral his home.

And, his love for the parish is why he and his wife, Judith, agreed to assist with the diocesan-wide Witness to Hope campaign within the parish.

The couple, along with Karol and Lance Lynch, were co-chairs of the campaign at the cathedral, and their role was to educate and engage parishioners through hosting question-and-answer receptions. The co-chairs also spoke to the congregation during the campaign’s kickoff.

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