Catholic Services Appeal
From the Pastor’s Desk…
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, may God bless you! It is hard to believe that Fall is upon us and we are already in the month of October. This month, there will be a focus on what it means to be a good steward and how our faithful stewardship not only enriches our souls, but the souls of others – especially those who are in need. Our first course of action is to help support the Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic Services Appeal (CSA). This year marks the 50th anniversary of this appeal which was first initiated by Archbishop Thomas McDonough in 1968. This year’s theme, which comes from the words of Pope Francis is, Hope allows us to see a tomorrow. How true this is. As faithful Catholic Christians, we must prepare for the future by living out our faith, daily. This year we are encouraged and challenged to raise $59,400.00 which I am confident we will do rather quickly, because I have already witnessed and experienced your kindness and your generosity. Perhaps even more importantly is our participation goal: 233 families. If you have never given to the CSA I encourage you to prayerfully consider making a donation. If you have given before, I encourage you to give again and if possible to increase your donation – I plan on increasing my annual gift this year as well. Let us continue to pray for one another, for our parish, and for our Archdiocese of Louisville. Your prayers, your stewardship, and your generosity will leave a lasting effect when it comes to helping others in need because it allows others to see that hope does not disappoint. Brothers and sisters, we are a people of hope, and hope allows us to see a tomorrow. Thank you for all that you continue to do for our parish, our community, and our Church throughout the world.
God’s Peace and Blessings,
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Make Your Tithing Go Further with Company Matching Gifts
Nationwide, more than 5,000 companies and organizations support their employees and retirees with matching gifts. Employee Matching Gifts are donations an employer makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions. As 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, both St. Raphael School and St. Raphael Parish are eligible for matching gifts.
There is a list of companies with matching gift programs maintained by the Archdiocese of Louisville, however it is no way exhaustive. We encourage donors to inquire if your company has a matching gift program. With a matching gift, your contribution to St. Raphael could be doubled, or even tripled! While some gift programs may not support religious affiliations (such as the St. Raphael Parish), these same programs will often allow for donations to a Catholic school, based on the educational nature of the institution.
Requests for matching gifts can often be handled online or with the completion of a simple form. The process is usually very easy – just ask your employer. Your personal donations to St. Raphael are tax-deductible within the full-extent of the law.
Please personally check to see if your employer matches charitable gifts and double your donation!
Mass Cancellation During Inclement Weather
For safety reasons, when Catholic Elementary school classes are canceled due to inclement weather (Monday – Friday), masses for that particular
day(s) are also canceled.