During October, Holy Cross will participate in an increased offering campaign, designed to encourage parishioners to increase their financial giving to the weekly offering envelope. Most parishes around the dioceses are participating in the campaign which is being underwritten by the Diocese to strengthen the financial health of all our parishes.
Our fiscal restraint has helped us avoid a parish financial crisis, but has impacted the quality of our liturgy, our music, parish hospitality spreads, capacity to host parish speakers, our youth program, parish cultural and religious trips and diminished our ability to put money aside for the church construction project. In the meantime, we have maintained our charitable giving and our annual supplement to the operating expenses of Holy Cross School.
Recently we've also been experimenting with passing the basket at all masses rather than using the baskets with the long handles.
Regular envelope use by more parishioners (or enrolling in electronic donation) and weekly increased giving by those who can will enable us to attend to these and other areas of parish life. Thank you for your anticipated attention to the campaign.