Our parish of St. Bartholomew has stood as a home and a beacon of
faith for countless people of faith, seeking comfort and strength in
Christ Jesus. With that faith and dedication our people built our
beautiful parish church where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is
celebrated, children and adults are reborn in baptism, committed to
Christ and the Church in confirmation, married and sent home to God.
For over 90 years the Church of St. Bartholomew has fulfilled its
commitment to God’s people. Time and the elements have made it
imperative to take a good look at our church and make necessary
repairs which will assure that generations to come will find a home
of comfort and strength in Christ Jesus like we have and as did our
parents and grandparents.
To accomplish this work of love, under the theme “Love at Work”
we look to you, God’s faithful people, for financial support to
begin and see this work of love to completion. Please read carefully
this brochure and with your help assure that our Church of St.
Bartholomew will continue to serve generations to come as it does
now and did for our ancestors.
Sincerely in Our Lord,
Father Ralph A. Bove
Dear Parishioners and Supporters of St.
For over 90 years St. Bartholomew’s has been an important part of
the greater Norwich community. Many of our ancestors gave all that
they could to create a beautiful place of worship. Throughout those
years our parish has given back to the entire community. We continue
to do so with many programs that serve hundreds of people,
regardless of their religion. We come to you now because St.
Bartholomew’s needs your support and generosity.
We have undertaken a capital campaign with the goal of completing
much needed repair of our facilities. Our church remains a beautiful
building, but it is in need of some substantial work. We expect to
complete the renovations over a five year period. We are asking you
to make a financial pledge over that same timeframe. There are a
number of levels of giving that are suggested in this brochure.
However, any contribution will be greatly appreciated and will be
put toward the planned renovations. Please pledge whatever you are
capable of giving.
The Trustees and Parish Council of St. Bartholomew’s would like
to thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions or if
you would like to be involved in our fundraising efforts in any way
please feel free to contact one of us. With your help we will ensure
that our beloved church thrives for another 90 years and that its
members can continue to serve our community.
With Our Sincere
Sal Testani and MaryLou
GOD IS GIVING US A VERY SPECIAL
GIFT He is entrusting us with the honor of preserving the beautiful
building and other assets that make up the St. Bartholomew’s Church
Almost 100 years ago God called upon
this community’s Italian families to build him a building so
beautiful and so worthy of their love of God. Can you imagine what a
challenge this must have been? But it was a challenge they accepted
and the fruits of their labor and their sacrifices, have been
enjoyed by generations of Catholics who have followed in their
Now God has given us a new gift and a new opportunity. By
participating in the 2015 Capital Campaign you can proudly say “me
too”. I will follow in our ancestor’s footsteps to help repair,
improve, and preserve St. Bartholomew’s for the next
Time has taken its toll and now it’s up to us. Here are just some
of the major improvements that must be completed.
1. New Roofs. We must repair and replace the roofs of our church
building, the Parish Center, and the former Convent. This work would
also include new capstone, flashing, roof tiles, and gutters.
2. Major Church Building Improvements including: repoint exterior
and bell tower, relocation of confessionals, new sound system,
upgrade interior lighting system, and significant basement
improvements including new stairway, elevator access, and bathroom
3. Stained Glass window Restoration and Preservation. A major
undertaking to one of our church’s greatest assets, our beautiful
stained glass windows.
PARISH CENTER: 1. In addition to roof repairs, there needs to be upgrades to
the Men’s Rest Room facilities, refurbishing of the Gymnasium Floor,
and replacement of the stage curtain as it will not pass inspection.
1. In addition to roof repairs, there needs to be repairs to the
water damage in a bathroom, repair of a door, removal of mold in the
cellar, and relocation of the Natural Gas Meter to the outside of
1. Repair and replacement of sidewalks, removal of several large
trees and additional concrete work.
OUR GOAL IS TO
in Campaign Commitments
from our parishioners. Your pledges will allow us to realize our
vision in completing these much needed projects.
Your financial commitment is a personal
decision so we ask that you prayerfully reflect on your ability to
give to the campaign. There will be many ways you can give and your
gift can be spread over a 5 year period allowing you to maximize
your gift in a financially more comfortable way.
It is our
hope that your pledge over a 5 year period will enable you to
consider a more significant contribution to the campaign rather than
a one time gift.
Questions and Answers
When will our Capital Campaign
begin? Beginning on June 1st.
How will I be able to contribute? Every member of St.
Bartholomew’s Parish Family will be asked to take advantage of
several giving plans. You will be asked to pledge an amount which
can be paid now or over a 5 year period.
Can I contribute to the campaign by simply increasing my
regular weekly offering? No, your regular weekly offering is
needed to sustain the very large ongoing operational cost of St.
Is my Campaign Contribution tax deductible? Yes, your
contribution is 100% tax deductible saving many families a
significant amount on the tax amount paid to our state and federal
Can I make other types of donations instead of money? Yes,
there are many types of donations that you can make, including
stocks, bonds, property, and other tangible assets which may allow
you to make a very generous contribution while reducing current and
long term tax liabilities.
St. Bartholomew Capital Campaign
Phone_______________: e-mail address:_____________________________
In Appreciation of all of God’s
Gifts, I/we pledge the following:
$25,000 ($5,000/yr/5 yrs)
$20,000 ($4,000/yr/5 yrs
$15,000 ($3,000/yr/5 yrs
$12,500 ($2,500/yr/5 yrs)
$10,000 ($2,000/yr/5 yrs)
$7,500 ($1,500/yr/5 yrs
$5,000 ($1,000/yr/5 yrs)
$4,000 ($800/yr/5 yrs)
$3000 ($600/yr/5 yrs.
$2,500 ($500/yr/5 yrs)
$2,000 ($400/yr/5 yrs)
$1,500 ($300/yr/5 yrs)
$1,000 ($200/yr/5 yrs)
$500 ($100/yr/5 yrs) Other
For the amount pledged above,
please invoice me as follows:
I would like the gift to be in Memory
of/ in Honor of ____________________________
$__________________________ Date _____________________________
Thank you for your Pledge
$15,000 - $19,999
$10,000 - $14,999
$5,000 - $9,999
$2,500 - $4,999
$1,000 - $2,499
up to $999
With your generous donation to St.
Bartholomew’s Capital Campaign Fund, your gift will be used to
support the many projects we have identified to replace, repair or
maintain our church, buildings and grounds.
Your support by donor category will be memorialized by plaques
within our church to show our appreciation of your sacrifice.
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