10 November 2014
Dear Member of the Church of the Visitation,
I am writing to ask you to help “Pave the Way” to the future in our parish by helping us meet a current need at the Church of the Visitation.
The people of our parish are justifiably proud of the church building and rectory that are ours, as well as the Father Amyot Parish Center. It was the faith and sacrifice of those who have “Paved the Way” before us that have given us these great resources.
How did we arrive here as a community of faith? Each of us has a story to tell about our own journeys of faith. If it could talk, our church would tell a rich story too. Some of the earliest Irish immigrants brought our precious Catholic faith to the area when they settled in Waddington in the 1820’s. By the 1830’s and 1840’s the earliest Irish Catholic settlers were calling Norfolk their home.
Many transformations and a slow evolution of the people have “Paved the Way” for our community of faith. The priests who have served here and the many immigrants, each with his or her own story and gifts, have left indelible marks on who we are as the Church of the Visitation. You need only look around the church to witness signs of the love that has been shared by many who have supported our parish.
Yes, we share a rich heritage. It is easy to look back and recognize those who cared and contributed. Now it is our turn to carry on the practice that our ancestors in faith have shown. The lines among Irish, Hungarian, and Italian areas are blurred now. We are one family in faith. What we do today can “Pave the Way” for the faith to be carried on in our community long into the future.
After careful consideration by the Maintenance Committee, the Parish Finance Council, and the Parish Pastoral Council we decided to go ahead with the paving of our parking lot and drives. Given their condition, it was important to complete the work this year. While we have met the bills by borrowing from our very modest savings, we need your contributions to meet the cost of the work that has been done.
The cost of our paving project was $25,750. Parish organizations have already responded generously! We have received a gift of $5,000 from the Altar-Rosary Society. The Knights of Columbus have contributed $2,000 and hope to give more. We have also been able to commit $6,000 from donations parishioners have given in their monthly Maintenance envelopes. The proceeds from our summer social gave us $3,562 toward this need.
To provide the cash needed for the work it was necessary for us to borrow $10,000 from our modest parish savings. This has depleted our savings completely. We are asking for contributions now with the hope of restoring a minimum of $10,000 to this account. In addition we hope to raise an additional $10,000 to be used to extend the rectory garage to give us storage space for the items currently kept in the barn behind Fr. Amyot’s house, a structure that must be replaced soon.
The goal for this campaign is to raise a minimum of $20,000. May I ask you to make a contribution, and thus help “Pave the Way” for the continuation of our history of living faith as we care for needs of our property in 2014?
I am inviting each family or individual in the parish to consider making a monthly gift to our “Pave the Way” campaign for just one year. The monthly gift can be modest. Spreading our commitments out over a year will allow many of us to offer more than we could contribute in a one-time gift.
Please prayerfully consider what you can give and return the enclosed commitment card to the parish with your first payment. We will then forward payment envelopes to you for use in making your further gifts. I am committing to a monthly gift to be made over the next 12 months. I hope you will as well.
Thank you for your support. I am proud to be part of this effort to “Pave the Way” for the Lord’s presence among us through our gifts to this appeal. Please pray that God will bless this work and allow it to meet with great success. Thank you!
Sincerely in Jesus the Lord,
Msgr. John R. Murphy
Church of the Visitation
3 Morris Street
PO Box 637
Norfolk, NY 13667
St. Raymond's Church
With parish at Norfolk
8828 State Highway 56
Rectory & Mail: PO Box 637, Norfolk, NY 13667
Mass Schedule: Saturday- St. Andrew's (Norwood) 4:00pm St. Raymond’s 6:00pm
Sunday- St. Andrew's (Norwood) 8:30am Church of the Visitation 10:30am
Confessions: Church of the Visitation Saturday 11:30am–12:00pm or by appointment
St. Andrew's (Norwood) Saturday 3:15-3:45pm or by appointment
Confession is always available upon request
New Parishioners: To become a member of our parishes, please register at the rectory
Msgr. John R. Murphy, Pastor Phone: 315-384-4242