May 5, 2006

Second group of parishes begin
Legacy for Our Mission campaign

By Sean Gallagher

This spring, a set of 14 archdiocesan parishes have begun their participation in the Legacy for Our Mission: For Our Children and the Future campaign.

They are Holy Cross Parish, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, St. Ann Parish, St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish and St. Pius X Parish, all in Indianapolis, as well as Our Lady of the Greenwood Parish in Greenwood, St. Michael Parish in Cannelton, St. Peter Parish in Franklin County, St. Pius V Parish in Troy and the Richmond Catholic Community, which consists of Holy Family, St. Andrew and St. Mary parishes, all in Richmond.

Of special note among these parishes is Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Indianapolis, which has set for itself a goal of $5.2 million. With the funds raised, the parishioners hope to build an addition to the school and a gathering space to the church.

“It’s been an exciting process for us, one in which we’ve gained a lot of momentum in the campaign,” said Father Jeffrey Godecker, pastor of the Indianapolis North Deanery parish.

“I think people were a little surprised in the beginning that we were going to try something so ambitious. But people have come on board, one by one, in a way that’s been very positive,” he said.

Father Godecker also noted that although his own parish has immediate needs, other faith communities will approach their participation in the campaign differently.

“I don’t think all parishes are created equal,” he said. “Some probably have more needs for a campaign than others. But even if there are not capital needs, there are endowment needs. There are ministry needs. There are lots of needs out there.” †


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