A continued Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Thank you to everyone who helped in making our Christmas at Transfiguration a blessed filled celebration. There are so many to THANK…the donors, preparers and deliverers of our Christmas baskets and gifts, the Church Decorators, the Guiding Lights, the Musicians, the Lectors, the Eucharistic Ministers, the Greeters, Altar Servers, the Mass Coordinators and most importantly the Assembled Congregation. Now, if I forgot someone, it was not intended, be assured you are appreciated. Also, please know I am writing this on Christmas Eve morning because of a very early Bulletin deadline, so my brain may not be in full operation. We are a blessed community of faith, praise God!
I love writing this article each year because it is a clear reminder of our parish’s realization that the needs of the poor will always be with us. It was our decision, as a parish, to set aside a portion of the funds returned from the 2003 Partners in Faith Campaign to establish The Perpetual Charity Fund, an investment cared for by the Finance Council. The Fund’s interest/dividends are given away annually to a local charitable agency.
The primary goal of The Fund is to return the interest/ dividends to the community to help address the root causes of poverty in the Monroe County area. The members of Perpetual Charity Fund Committee are John Boroski, Margie Benza, Chris Wiedermer, Lisa Morris and me. This year we received 4 proposals from agencies in the greater Monroe County area; one was eliminated because the agency provided no contact information or budget information. The Perpetual Charity Fund Committee reviewed the proposals. As always, all were notable causes; which always makes the decision making process a challenging one.
I am pleased to share with you that the parish awarded one $5,500 grant this year. The Center for Youth, Rochester, NY received $5,500 to assist in funding their Safe Harbor program. This program serves at-risk youth and in particular raising community awareness of the youth trafficking problem in our community.
The Perpetual Charity Fund was established in 2006 and the grants have ranged from $3200 to $15,897. The amount varies depending on the yearly return of the Fund; the investment is overseen by the Parish Finance Council. Over the last 11 years the Fund has granted a total of $86,847 in grants.
Once again, your dollars are hard at work for the good of those less fortunate. Thank you!
Please have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and New Year as we continue to pray for peace in our world! Finally, make sure to take time to relax and enjoy the sights and smells of this special season!
I wish you a very Merry Christmas and God filled hope for the New Year!
Let us continue to pray and sacrifice for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,