What is #iGiveCatholic?
What better way to thank God for His continued blessings than to give back to our community. Beginning Monday, November 16, help support St. Angela Merici Parish at iGiveCatholic.org, a national fundraising campaign. The campaign begins with a two week early giving period leading up to Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2020. This year, we are hoping to build our ability to better Livestream Masses for those who are homebound by establishing a permanent Livestream camera system in the church. Make your donation by going online to the above website, put a check in the mail, or drop off at the parish office. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Letter from Fr. Beau Charbonnet regarding #iGiveCatholic 2020
Over the past 4 years, we have participated in the #iGiveCatholic Day of Giving in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and this year we will have yet another opportunity to participate. Consider that on Thanksgiving evening, stores are now opening for sales. The next day is Black Friday, where the stores are flooded with shoppers. Black Friday flows into Cyber Monday where shoppers buy online. It’s fast-paced and we can often get lost in the chaos of it all. #iGiveCatholic Tuesday was established as an opportunity to give online the day after Cyber Monday. It helps us keep our hearts in the right place in the midst of a highly commercialized time of the year.
Over the past four years, because of your generosity, we have completed a number of special projects for St. Angela Merici.
- In 2016, we re-sealed our blacktop and restriped the parking lines.
- In 2017, we raised money to plant 15 magnolia trees on the southern end of our campus.
- In 2018, we renovated our Conference Room.
- In 2019, we painted the exterior of our Church.
For 2020, we are looking to build our ability to Livestream our Masses to those who are homebound and increase our overall security by establishing a permanent camera system throughout the Church.
When the pandemic restrictions began, we started sharing our Masses online. This was new territory for me and Fr. Dan, but we stuck with the process. I think of all the homebound that have not been able to participate in our liturgies for years. They are now able to connect to our daily Masses. With Covid-19, the number of homebound has grown.
Currently, we are using a single camera that has a limited ability to capture the liturgy. We set up a camera that can cover the presider’s chair, the altar, and the ambo for preaching. Because we are covering three areas, we are unable to get close up angles at any one of them. Our new system would be permanently installed and would allow us to get closer shots of the liturgical action. This would lead to more engagement from our homebound parishioners and a deeper sense of feeling connected to our parish. It would also allow us to create a more secure environment for our parishioners.
Thank you in advance for your financial and spiritual support for this year’s #iGiveCatholic Campaign.
Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Beau Charbonnet, Pastor
A private foundation will MATCH every gift dollar for dollar for the first $5,000 raised through #iGiveCatholic.