Ascension parishioners bring hope to the homeless through Alive in Christ
Through their gifts to Alive in Christ, parishioners are helping to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness that affects the lives of more than 70,000 homeless children in Florida alone.
As part of the Alive in Christ Campaign, Ascension parishioners chose to dedicate a portion of their parish proceeds to the Space Coast Center for Mothers with Children, a Brevard-County residential facility that helps homeless single mothers and their children as they transition to self-sufficiency.
“Since outreach to the poor and needy is such a big part of our parish life, we wanted to help,” explained Fr. Tobin, pastor of Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne.
The parish has contributed approximately $15,000 from their Alive in Christ funds to the Space Coast Center. Read more…
Humble gift reflects lifetime of generosity
In the story of the widow’s mite, Jesus reminds us that when we give to the Lord, it is not the size of the gift that matters, but the spirit of love in which that gift is given (Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4).
When Peggy Pellicoro passed away in January, 2012, at the age of 86, those who knew her were not surprised to learn that she had bequeathed everything she owned to the Church.
The majority of the proceeds from the modest estate will go to Our Lady of Lourdes, where Peggy was a long-time member and volunteer.
“She had love for this community that was palpable, and amidst her illness she continued to support this community in so many different ways,” said Fr. Karl Bergin, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Melbourne. “It was very inspiring.”
Like the widow who was willing to give her last two coins to the temple, Peggy Pellicoro was not a person of wealth; but to those who will benefit from the legacy she left behind, her humble gift has great value indeed. Read more
New initiative invites parishioners to leave a legacy
At St. Margaret Mary, a new parish-based initiative is giving the faithful an opportunity to examine their legacies and to consider the message they will one day leave to future generations.
A collaborative effort between The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida and St. Margaret Mary, the six-month initiative is designed to raise awareness of planned giving – sometimes known as “deferred giving” – as an important way for parishioners to provide for their families while supporting cherished ministries.
“A properly drawn will is something that every Catholic should have,” explained Father Richard Walsh, pastor of St. Margaret Mary, Winter Park.
St. Margaret Mary is one of two parishes serving as pilots for the new effort. Read more