I am happy to share with you excerpts of the testimonial from scholarship recipient parent, Shirley D’Souza at the 2019 Futures in Education Scholarship Dinner, held this past Tuesday.
“Msgr. Jamie, it’s time to make your pledge!” Of course, I don’t mind the occasional spotlight, but I was happy to be called on by Monsignor David Cassato, pastor of St. Athanasius and St. Dominic, to donate partial tuition at the 2018 Futures in Education Scholarship Dinner.
That astonishing number elicits a great sense of pride from all who have been involved in Futures in Education over the last 30 years – donors, board members, staff, pastors, principals and students. It’s so significant to us all because we believe so strongly in the mission of Catholic education and in the mantra of Futures: Changing Lives through the Gift of Education.
At St. Nicholas of Tolentine in Jamaica, Queens, we learned much of their success is driven by the involvement of their ACA parish team. Another compelling part of the Annual Catholic Appeal is utilizing the “over-goal” feature of the program to raise money for a special project at the parish.
Throughout our Diocese, countless individuals have made a lasting impact on the life of the Church and its ability to share the faith with the next generation. It all starts with a plan.
“It seems like the Church is always asking for money,” this has been said by many parishioners and even by some priests, for as long as the Church has solicited funds. The mission of the Church is to continue God’s work of bringing about a community of faith, hope and charity.
The mission of Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens is to assist critical programs, institutions and ministries that further the Church’s mission in Brooklyn and Queens through financial support and counsel while developing and administering Foundation resources prudently and consistent with Catholic teachings.