to retire debt, assist diocese, prepare for construction
Lincoln (SNR) - More than 300 members of St. Michael Parish in Lincoln attended a stewardship picnic June 7 on the parish grounds.
Pastor Father Kenneth Borowiak said the activities, sponsored by St. Michael’s Stewardship Committee, were “a means of recognizing and celebrating the stewardship of St. Michael parishioners in the last year.”
He described the stewardship efforts of parishioners in the previous year, and then described the location of the proposed new church. The boundaries of the church were outlined on the parking lot and grass with caution tape and yellow paint on the concrete. The painted outline will remain for a number of weeks for those who want to see the location of the main elements of the proposed new church. Printouts of the exterior elevations of the entire parish plant and an updated site plan were available as well.
Nick Cusick, committee chair, thanked parishioners for their involvement in many parish stewardship projects in the previous year, most notably the capital campaign which solicited pledges for the new church. Cusick presented Janine Pixley of Community Counseling Services of Chicago, with a commemorative vase for her work with St. Michael’s capital campaign.
That campaign, “Our Family, Our Faith, Our Future,” was a combined campaign with the Diocese of Lincoln’s “Joy of the Gospel” campaign.
“Joy of the Gospel” seeks to raise $53 million for priests’ retirement, Catholic schools, St. Gregory the Great Seminary and local efforts for the New Evangelization.
St. Michael Parish seeks to raise $10 million over five years in a three-pronged approach. In the first effort, St. Michael parishioners made five-year pledges of $6.3 million in late 2014 and early 2015 to retire the parish’s current debt, to meet its obligation to the Joy of the Gospel campaign and to raise 50% of construction costs to begin construction of a church in the future.
Cusick commended parishioners for their efforts and commitment.
“I think the unexpected success of St. Michael’s capital campaign speaks clearly of parishioners’ commitment to their parish and to the goals outlined by parishioners,” he said.
Beginning in October 2013 hundreds of St. Michael parishioners committed many hours to town hall meetings, sub-committee meetings and other deliberative forums to assess the current and future needs of the parish and to chart a course to meet those needs.
Cusick also noted the results in stewardship in the parish by outlining the multiple, continually-growing organizations and activities available to parishioners. He pointed out two new portable classrooms recently purchased from Lincoln Public Schools which will enable the build-out of two sections of every grade of St. Michael School.
After the presentations, parishioners had a picnic meal of brats, hot dogs, pulled pork, baked beans, chips and drinks. Children played kickball on the baseball field, soccer on the soccer field and on the parish playground. Many parishioners also had hayrack rides provided by Father Borowiak on a John Deere 60 tractor.