Help Has Come!

12-30-2018Fr. John LettersFr. John Bonavitacola

Dear Friends,

As we turn the page on the year that was and look to the year that will be, it promises to be a blest year. At least for us locally here on our ten-acre patch of God’s good earth. As I already announced to you, the Shea Family Charities has awarded our School $2.8 million to renovate our School and Preschool buildings and infrastructure! I can’t tell you how many headaches that prevents over the next decade or more. We have been operating a School on this property since the late 1950’s and frankly we are showing our age. The pitter-patter of thousands of little feet takes their toll on a classroom. The good news for all of you is that this means I won’t have to hound you for funds to keep up with repairs and much-needed renovations. So that’s the way the old year passes…

Now let’s hail the new year, lads and lasses. But right now, I do have to hound you for support. As part of agreeing to receive the $2.8 million we have to raise 20% or $565,000 dollars. Part of that $565,000 will come from the Together Let Us Go Forth Campaign designated for our School. But we will still need to raise some more to reach the full amount. As I write this (12/20) we have raised about $225,000 towards the School portion of the Together Campaign (that does not include the Church or Diocesan portions from the Campaign).

If you have not yet pledged to the Campaign, please take some time to do so as this will help us reach our overall goal for the Diocesan Campaign and the $565K for the Shea Grant. Another option is that you can donate directly to the Shea Grant and that gift will count towards the Grant only. If you have questions, please contact us at the parish. Remember gifts of stocks, securities, real property are also welcome. The Shea Family is willing to make a large investment in our community because they believe we are each invested in helping one another succeed. Let’s make sure we live up to the trust they have placed in our community.

As we close out the year, I am very grateful to the Shea family for their willingness to invest in Catholic education which is really an investment in school choice and greater choices enrich the overall education environment. Over the last decade or so Arizona has made great strides in enriching the educational environment so that parents can choose what is best for their child and what will reinforce the values they pass on to their children. I always find it perplexing when those who advocate for “diversity” the loudest fight the hardest against any diversity in education or school choice. Our Parish school has been in continuous operation since 1945 and I am committed to keeping it going for as long as I am Pastor.

But I am also grateful that the Shea family are generous givers. Yes, they made lots of money building and selling homes but they give a great portion of that away. They realized early on that if they were blest it was so they could provide blessings to others. They embrace, what I like to call, not an attitude of scarcity but an attitude of abundance. They are committed to helping others prosper and thrive. The fact is, that if your heart has been gripped by Jesus Christ you will want to give as much as you can to help spread His Kingdom.

I am also happy to announce that Sr. May Lourdes who has been planning to join the Servants of the Plan of God here at Mt. Carmel has received her R-1 Visa and should be arriving in January. Once again, we will have five Sisters. Sr. May will, among other things be teaching in our School! So another plus for the future of our Parish School.

So, as we begin another calendar year, we should consider well, not praying to be blest but how we are going to bless others in the New Year. We are being given another 365 days, 12 months, 52 weeks, 525,600 minutes to share our blessings with others. May it be profitable!

Happy New Year!

Fr. John B.

P.S. We are already in the planning stages for this major renovation, some work will begin during the Easter break, mostly new roofs on all the buildings and then on the last day of school the heavy lifting will commence and continue through June, July and the beginning of August. So during the summer things will be dustier than usual around here!