Offertory initiative helps St. John Vianney battle water damage

St. John Vianney

What began as a soggy mess became a lesson in the constructive power of Christian stewardship.

Heavy rains battered Central Florida throughout the month of June, breaking through a roof at St. John Vianney Catholic School, Orlando, and flooding one of two portable buildings used for Kindergarten classrooms.

Through the good stewardship of parishioners and their willingness to embrace the parish’s Offertory Enhancement Initiative, the staff was able to swiftly respond to the damage - and the unforeseen expense. Two offices in the Ministry Center are now under renovation and will be converted into new and safer classrooms for the kindergarten students.

“I am thankful and blessed to have such wonderful parishioners whose generosity helped provide for our parish during an unexpected emergency,” said Fr. Miguel Gonzalez, pastor.

St. John Vianney is one of 26 parishes that participated in an Offertory Enhancement Initiative in the fall of 2012. A service of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, the program inspired parishioners to contribute nearly $100,000 in additional offertory support compared to the same time period in the previous year.

“The Offertory Enhancement Initiative has further given us the opportunity to move and renovate many office areas,” he added. “This will allow us to enhance the environment so that our staff may better serve our parishioners’ needs and continue to minister to those who walk through our doors.”

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