Parishioners exceed weGiveCatholic goal on #GivingTuesday

The Building for Our Future fund aims at planning for items such as new church doors, a new handicap entrance, much needed roof repairs for the school and rectory and more.

On #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, St. Thomas More parish participated in #weGiveCatholic, an online day of giving coordinated by the Diocese of Cleveland’s Catholic Community Foundation. Parishioners, using the special WGC website, could donate to the Building for Our Future fund.

This year’s goal was $20,000 which far exceeded any previous #weGiveCatholic collection, but represents the funds lost due to the cancellation of the parish summer festival during the ongoing pandemic. Not only did the parish meet the stated goal, the total amount raised (as of Dec. 3) was $38,090 or 190% above the $20K. More donations may push the total higher as they continue come in during the upcoming weekend.

In addition to the donations from parishioners, the parish received two prizes during the campaign. An extra $1000 was awarded as the parish was lucky enough to have the first donation that eclipsed the diocesan total donors from 2019. And to close out the campaign, the parish came in second place in the mid-sized parish category and netted an additional $1500.

“We came together and those who could donate, did, and those who could support us in prayer, did. Thank you to all,” wrote Father Mike in his weekly bulletin column.

In addition to #weGiveCatholic, the parish is continually looking for ways to offset funds lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans for the parish’s annual Mardi Gras will be altered, however, virtual and online platforms are being examined to raise funds closer to Lent.