“Be a Part of the Dream—Together We Build.” This is the theme of our new parish project — a new Multipurpose Parish Center.
Some of you have already attended one of the Campaign Receptions/Presentations held in the last few weeks. And, some of you have already indicated your participation and support, and have given your pledges. Thank you very much! We also thank those who attended our mini-presentation and/or picked up their packet last Sunday.
To those who were not able to pick up your packet, you may have already received it in the mail. I, together with the members of the Campaign Committee, ask you to please read the contents of the packet so you may know and understand why there is a need to build a new Multipurpose Parish Center.
Our existing parish hall was built more than 50 years ago to serve the needs of about less than 500 families. Today, I invite you to visit the parish hall, examine it, and ask yourself: “Is this building big enough to serve more than 3,000 registered families plus the more than 1,000 non-registered families that we have now?” You may also find out that many of the building parts - windows, doors, kitchen, bathrooms, the stage, electrical, etc. - are dilapidated, worn out, outdated, and certainly will be hazardous in a few years. “Is it cost effective to have them fixed? Or, is it worth to build a new parish center - bigger, more functional, more bathrooms, and most especially meet the current safety requirements?”
The church and all the buildings around it were built by the parishioners many years before us. As we acknowledge and thank our predecessors for their sacrifices, and for sharing their time, treasure, and talents, we need to accept the reality that the parish hall has become too small to serve the growing and vibrant community of St. Michael. It is now our turn to make sacrifices and share our treasure, so we can build a new and multipurpose parish center, not only to serve our current needs, but also ready to serve the next generation.
I would like to reiterate that every parish family become a part of this dream—our dream, yours and mine. We can make this dream a reality if we—members of the parish family—do our part in helping to raise the funds needed. I understand that not everyone can make the same size of gift, but I believe that everyone can make the same size of sacrifice. Please do not be afraid to call us and ask questions how you may participate.
“Be a Part of the Dream—Together We Build!”
Fr. Manny Ediza
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
- St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Jesus said, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” - Luke 12:48