Greetings and God bless you as we enter the season in which we celebrate the great joy that is the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord!
First and foremost, I want to thank all who have donated over the years. I cannot fully express how important your donations are to a small parish like ours. We think of ourselves as the little church that could. With only about 200 members, we nevertheless manage to serve those around us in so many ways in a neighborhood that is struggling. Every donation makes such a difference to the parish and those we serve. We thank you for your previous support and hope you will find it in your heart to continue to support us, so that we can continue to serve God and our neighbors in our little corner of the world.
It has been a busy year for us. The St. John Food Pantry served almost 9,000 persons last year. Each person in need receives at least nine meals from the food we provide, so that means over 80,000 meals were served. We also manage the St. John Community Center, where community organizations hold meetings, and social service organizations (including our own and those that have grown out of the parish) serve the surrounding neighborhood.
In one way or another, we try to live out all the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. We reach out to the surrounding community with Mass and our Gospel Choir. We sponsor activities for children and youth, such as our Parish School of Religion, youth group, School Supplies Giveaway and Christmas Programs. We actively encourage vocations. This month, for example, we are hosting a Vocations Presentation and Ministry Fair after Mass. We seek to use the gifts of all to minister to the needs of all.
Our mission statement says that “we serve God by proclaiming and living the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in word and action: evangelizing, ministering to those in need, and nourishing the shared faith, hope, and love for which we are created as children of God.” Truly, we strive to live that mission every day of the year.
We draw on a variety of sources of support in order to achieve all of this, and we are grateful for our parishioners, for foundations that support our work, and for the other churches that partner with us. Yet, the challenges continue to grow. We receive less from foundations, because many of them have now chosen to not fund churches even for non-church activities. Our “twinned” parishes work with us generously, but have challenges of their own. Our Diocesan support has been cut as the Diocese works to keep its costs under control.
That means that our year-end fundraising grows in importance every year as a vital part of the parish’s survival and ability to continue to serve those in need in our area. Without your support, we would be facing a budget crisis, because as generous as our members are, with a parish our size doing so much for so many, we have to reach beyond the parish for support as well.
Our “related organizations” (as we call the organizations that grew out of the parish) also serve the surrounding community. The Community Kitchen provides hot meals six days per week and offers a Tuesday night family program. We partner with them on an ongoing basis to make the most of our resources.
We work to meet the needs of the surrounding community in so many ways, but we cannot do it without your help. Would you consider giving a donation to assist us in meeting these needs? I can guarantee that every donation given to Holy Rosary-St. John, no matter how small, makes a huge difference.
You may give to Holy Rosary-St. John Church by check or online:
To donate by check, simply send a check made out to “Holy Rosary-St. John” to Holy Rosary-St. John Church, 648 South Ohio Ave., Columbus, OH 43205;
To donate online, go to hrsjchurch.org/donate for information about how to donate through our secure online donation service or through PayPal.
You may also donate to the Community Kitchen by making your check payable to “Community Kitchen, Inc.”
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Thank you for all you do. Your support makes such a difference. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com or call (614) 252-5926, ext. 7.
Thank you again, and God bless you throughout this season and the coming year! Our souls proclaim the greatness of our Lord here at Holy Rosary-St. John. With God’s blessing and your help, we will continue to serve God in word and deeds on the southeast side of Columbus.