Thank you for supporting
our Annual Appeal
The primary purpose of the Cathedral Fund is to general dollars for projects that fall outside our normal operating budget. The appeal will provide support for the following areas:
o School Assistance - Tuition and general support
o Capital Improvements and Campus Maintenance
These areas are essential as we fulfill our mission to share Christ's presence with all we encounter by our sacramental participation, our parish community, and living the Word of God. Thank you!
Please call Mark McNamara at 402-551-2313 for assistance.
School Assistance – Tuition Assistance and Teacher Support
Tuition assistance continues to be a need for our school. We have more families asking for this assistance every year. $26,000 from last year’s appeal will be added to this year’s tuition needs. What a difference this will make for those families who are trying to keep their children in a Catholic school!
An additional need at the school involves support for our teaching staff. The teaching profession is experiencing great stress in the post-COVID environment and competition is strong for great educators. Funds to grow compensation packages is needed now more than ever to retain our incredible staff as we maintain the high-quality education provided at Saint Cecilia.
Capital Improvements and Campus Maintenance
Campus capital improvements present a couple opportunities for us to be better stewards of our electric use and improve the access to the church for all members of our faith community. First, the lighting system in our church uses a substantial amount of electricity each time it is turned on. A conversion of these fixtures to LED lights will greatly reduce our electricity usage and in turn, our monthly costs.
We recently launched the funding efforts on Joy of Giving Day in May. Gifts to the Cathedral Fund can also help us move conversion closer to reality. This project can be broken down into separate pieces to tackle once funding is available. More details will be shared as we finalize design plans and contractor quotes.
Second, the accessible ramp on the south side of the church needs repair and improvements to the design to better serve those in our parish who utilize it to enter our church. This project is a high priority to keep our Cathedral in compliance with ADA regulations and provide a safe and secure option for parishioners and visitors to enter the sanctuary. We are allocating funds remaining from last year’s Cathedral Fund and will need money from this year to complete this important project.
Last June, we launched the inaugural Cathedral Fund, an annual appeal for Saint Cecilia Cathedral parish, school, and childcare. The response was humbling, to say the least. Many parishioners, alumni, and friends of Cathedral stepped up to make this annual appeal a resounding success.
The Cathedral Fund is an opportunity for the Saint Cecilia Cathedral community to come together to fulfill our role as stewards of our beautiful campus. Many projects related to our buildings and ministries often fall outside our normal operating budget. The Cathedral Fund will provide support for:
- School Assistance – Tuition Assistance and Teacher Support
- Capital Improvements and Campus Maintenance
These areas are essential as we fulfill our mission to share Christ’s presence with all we encounter by our sacramental participation, our parish community, and living the Word of God.
I ask that you prayerfully consider a gift to the Cathedral Fund that is meaningful to your family. You can use the link in the "Donate Now" button above to contribute to this important effort for our parish or print this pledge card and mail a check in. All gifts, large and small, are appreciated.
All donors who contribute $1,000 or more to the Cathedral Fund will be part of the Saint Cecilia Circle.
I am thankful for your prayerful consideration of a gift to the Cathedral Fund annual appeal. Together, we can continue as a thriving parish for years to come. Your support is what makes Saint Cecilia special. Thank you!
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Rev. Michael W. Grewe, Pastor