Because of the sacrifice and faith of thousands of Catholics in the Diocese of Orlando, the Alive in Christ Capital and Endowment Campaign is approaching the successful conclusion for which so many have prayed.
Clergy, Religious and Christ’s faithful have pledged more than $144 million for the Alive in Christ Campaign, planting the seeds that have already started to bear fruit on the spiritual, educational and social needs of our community.
As the faithful make payments on their generous pledges, more and more parishes are moving forward with their Alive in Christ priorities. Even at this early stage of pledge collection, which is scheduled to continue through 2015, nearly one-third of the parishes in the Diocese of Orlando have already accessed their campaign funds to support Alive in Christ projects.
Nativity Catholic Church is one of 16 parishes in the Diocese of Orlando that is currently in the planning, design or construction phase of a building project. Using proceeds from Alive in Christ, the parish is ready to launch a major overhaul of the Parish Center this summer.
“We will bring our kitchen up to code and give a fresh look to the Parish Center,” explained Peggy Blickenstaff, Business Manager, Nativity Catholic Church. “Last year our parish celebrated its 50th anniversary with the theme of ‘faith, families and fellowship.’ The renovation will enable us to have more social functions and to build up our ministry to feed the homeless. That is a wonderful way to honor our Jubilee message.”
Because of the Alive in Christ Campaign, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Orlando transformed their old church – which had been used for storage – into a new welcome center and parish office.
Missionaries of Our Lady of LaSalette Father Roland Nadeau said the building, which had been dormant for five years, “has now been restored to full service. It is a sign of a vital and bright future for Blessed Trinity.”
On January 16, Bishop John Noonan blessed the welcome center in front of more than 1,000 people who gathered for this special celebration that began with Mass.
“The new welcome center is a blessing to me and to my ministry as faith formation administrator,” said Carlos Bernard. “It means more productivity space to make our church community much more accessible to our parishioners. Plus, it means that everyone has a one-stop location when it comes to other needs.”
In keeping with the Alive in Christ Campaign’s overall mission to grow, lead and share the faith handed to us by past generations, other projects currently underway include new worship spaces, school renovations, support for low-cost medical clinics and other outreach ministries across the diocese.