Immaculate Heart of Mary-Praise for the Past… Building for the Future State of the Campaign

With our capital campaign well underway, work completed on several projects, and the groundwork in place to start our major building project, I thought it appropriate to update you on where we currently stand, and as to how you might be able to offer assistance to push us forward.

Let me say that I am humbled by and thankful for your generous response to our appeal.  Pledge goals were met and funding associated with pledges is coming in as scheduled.  We have every expectation that this will continue. This has allowed us to address some immediate concerns.    Of particular note, flat roofing on the Nazareth Center and the Church proper has been repaired, and work will be proceeding on renovation of the bathrooms in the Church.  We have identified certain other desirable – but ultimately deferrable – renovation projects in the Church itself, but more on this in a moment.

Preliminary work associated with the replacement of IHM’s Rectory and building of a Chapel has been completed including oil tank and asbestos remediation, architectural planning, township permitting, engineering and other legal processes.  As we await a final go-ahead from the Archdiocese, I am reminded of my constant duty of stewardship – this duty includes one of fiscal responsibility toward your funds.  I want to emphasize that work WILL begin on the Rectory / Chapel in due course as pledge funds continue to accumulate.  In consultation with the Archdiocese we find that we are approximately $200,000 short on funds currently available (including non-campaign savings) at the moment for the whole project. This has prevented us from moving forward up to this point. After some additional redemption of pledges and revision of the project schedule (breaking it into 2 phases) we are hopeful that we will receive approval from the Archdiocese soon so we may begin after the holidays.

This is where I ask for your prayerful consideration. 

To those who have already pledged I would ask if it might be possible to accelerate your commitment in fulfilling your pledges.  I understand that for many of you this might not be possible – we are all being squeezed by continuing expenses.  Again, I emphasize that the question is not one of funding – all of the work initially planned will be started and completed – but rather one as to how quickly it will be done, while maintaining a sense of sound financial stewardship. 

To those of you who have not yet pledged I would like to invite you to consider a pledge.   Additional pledge funds would not only help us to cover certain cost increases that are inevitable with any extended construction project, but they might also allow us to take on those other “deferrable” renovations to which I referred earlier. If you are considering pledging, please take a pledge card found at the doors of the church or call the office to receive more information on how you might assist.

Let me conclude by saying that Immaculate Heart Mary recently celebrated its Golden Anniversary.  We as a Parish family have been entrusted with a legacy to preserve and extend to those who follow us.  In faith and with your help we will be able to continue to offer current and future parishioners a facility truly worthy of Mary, our protector and patroness.

Peace

Father Mike

Special Message from Cardinal Tobin

Cardinal Joseph Tobin has prepared a special video message to the people of the Archdiocese of Newark to provide both perspective on the recent revelations this Spring and Summer about Archbishop McCarrick and events such as the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and to speak of steps that are now underway in response to the news and the needs of the people of this local Church.

The message appears in both English and Spanish on the Archdiocese of Newark website – 

https://www.rcan.org/sites/default/files/files/Cardinal%209_6_18%20%20edited.mp4   ENGLISH 

https://www.rcan.org/sites/default/files/files/Cardinal%20Spanish.mp4  SPANISH

 

Through this special message, the Cardinal also calls the people of the Archdiocese to join in a day of prayer, fasting and abstinence on Friday, September 14th, 2018, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.   The day will culminate in a special prayer service in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart beginning at 7:30 p.m., under the theme "Behold the Wood of the Cross -- a Service of Prayer, Recognition and Hope". 

All people of this local Church of Newark are invited to attend this service.  

The Cardinal shares a special message for the priests of the Archdiocese in this video: “The vast majority of priests, as well as all the lay members of the Church, are innocent of the obscene crimes that are now on full display. Still, on that day we will show our sorrow for what has happened and our solidarity with survivors of abuse, as well as our unshakeable intention never to return our Church to ‘business as usual.’ I expect all the priests to join me in the Cathedral that evening to beg God’s forgiveness and the forgiveness of those who have been abused.” 

We urge you to visit the website, view the Cardinal’s critical message, and encourage all in your parish, school and local communities – and all people, whether Catholic or not – to view it as well.     Please use all ways possible to inform people about this special and important message – bulletins, pulpit announcements, phone lists, links to your own parish, school or community websites and social media.

Please also share this message with all priests, deacons, Religious and lay staff in your parish, school, community or location.