Continuation effort boosts campaign success at St. Augustine

Fr. Ybain
Spring has officially arrived, but at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Casselberry, parishioners are already looking ahead to summer, when the parish hopes to begin work on a backlog of renovation projects, including significant repairs to the Parish Center and rectory.

The anticipated improvements follow a renewed effort by parish leadership to ramp up support for the Alive in Christ Campaign, which began in 2009 at St. Augustine.

Parishioners initially raised more than $500,000 toward Alive in Christ, but campaign activity took a hiatus after Fr. Ybain Ramirez was named as the new pastor in April, 2010.

"We wanted to give Fr. Ramirez the opportunity to get to know the people of the parish as well as our parish needs," said parishioner Vito Napoletano.

As preliminary renovation projects began to move forward, Fr. Ramirez and key parish leaders, including Napoletano, sought to re-engage parishioners in the work of the Alive in Christ Campaign.

In the Fall of 2012, the parish teamed up with the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida to launch a continuation effort that would reach out to new families while reviving parish-wide interest in the campaign.

The combination of a direct mail and in-pew approach proved to be a success, with parishioners raising an additional $140,000 in cash and new pledges to help support the upcoming projects.

Fr. Ybain expressed his appreciation for the generosity of his parishioners, describing their commitment to the parish as "an act of faith and trust in gratitude to our loving God."

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