Sample Parish Letters


Advance letter # 1


Advance letter # 2


Advance letter # 3


Parish follow up letter #1


Parish follow up letter # 2


Parish follow up letter #3


Letter to individuals who have not yet committed


Letter to parishioners who have not yet committed


Pre-Phone Calling letter


Thank you letter # 1


Thank you letter # 2


 

 


Advance Letter:  This letter is designed to be sent in advance of the Bishop letter being sent the week of January 26-27

 

Advance letter # 1

Dear Parishioner

 

I wanted to share with you some thoughts in regards to the upcoming Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2013.

 

Putting ourselves at the service of others and not holding back in how we live our faith life challenges us to share our gifts and our talents with the entire community.  The upcoming weekend of February 2-3, is Catholic Family Sharing Appeal, Education Sunday.  This is when we make our appeal on His behalf to provide funding for the diocesan operations.  This appeal offers us an opportunity to demonstrate our love and concern for others as well as providing essential works of services and ministries in our diocese.  In essence, we enable the diocesan Church to reach out to build the kingdom of Christ to all of eastern South Dakota.

 

As individuals and as parishes, we are called upon to ensure that the religious, educational and charitable efforts in our diocese may continue.  Many of these needs are beyond the scope and resources of any individual or parish.  Therefore, we must meet these needs as the united community of faith.

 

These vital ministries continue only with your support.  I ask you to consider making a pledge to our appeal this year.  Every dollar donated is a gift in support of the many ministries of the Church here in the Diocese of Sioux Falls.  You will receive a letter from Bishop Swain with a pledge card attached.  Please fill out the pledge card and return it in the collection basket or mail it to the parish office by Monday, February 11, 2013.   If you do not receive this letter from Bishop Swain please call or stop by the parish office and you may pick up a duplicate card.

 

Please know of my continued prayers.  On behalf of those who will benefit from your gift, I express my sincere appreciation for your prayers and support.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

 

 


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Advance letter # 2

Dear Parishioner,

On Sunday, February 3, 2013 each family in our parish will have the opportunity, once again, to share in our work with the wider Church in eastern South Dakota through the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2013. You will receive a letter from Bishop Paul Swain that will be sent to you during the week of February 3,2013.  Included in this letter you will find a pledge card and envelope.

Putting ourselves at the service of others and not holding back in how we live our faith life challenges us to share our gifts and our talents with the entire community. With our single CFSA pledge each year, you and I help provide services and programs that touch the lives of thousands of fellow Catholics in the 150 parishes that comprise the Diocese of Sioux Falls.

I am most grateful for your extraordinary generosity to our parish and to CFSA in the past.  So, it is with hopeful confidence that I come to you and ask you to please consider making a pledge once again.

Thank you for all you do for our parish.  May God continue to bless you and your loved ones.

Gratefully yours in Christ,

(It is very effective to sign each letter personally)

Name
Pastor
 

 

 

 

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Advance letter # 3


Dear Parishioner (personalize if possible):

Greetings in Christ.  I wanted to drop you a note in regards to Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2013.   

Putting ourselves at the service of others and not holding back in how we live our faith life challenges us to share our gifts and our talents with the entire community. Understanding, also, that those gifts will be used to build the kingdom of God.  

The upcoming weekend of February 2nd and 3rd is Catholic Family Sharing Appeal Education Sunday. This is when we make our appeal on His behalf to provide funding for the diocesan operations.  This appeal offers us an opportunity to demonstrate our love and concern for others as well as providing essential works of services and ministries in our diocese. In essence, we enable the diocesan Church to reach out to build the kingdom of Christ to all of eastern South Dakota.

As individuals and as parishes, we are called upon to ensure that the religious, educational and charitable efforts in our diocese may continue.  Many of these needs are beyond the scope and resources of any individual or parish.  Therefore, we must meet these needs as a united community of faith.

These vital ministries continue only with your support.  I ask you to consider making a pledge to our appeal this year.  Every dollar donated is a gift in support of the many ministries of the Church here in the Diocese of Sioux Falls.  You will receive a letter from Bishop Swain with a pledge card attached.  Please fill out the pledge card and return it in the collection basket or mail it to the parish office (give address) by _________. If you do not received this letter from Bishop Swain please call or stop by the parish office and you may pick up a duplicate card.  

Assuring you of my continued prayers and on behalf of those who will benefit from your gift, I express my sincere appreciation for your prayers and support.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father (Pastor)

 


 

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Parish Follow-up letter # 1

 

Name

Street

City, State Zip

Dear (parishioner),

A few weeks ago, you may have received a letter from Bishop Paul Swain asking for your support to the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2013.  If you have not made your pledge, I ask that you take a few minutes to prayerfully consider a gift for this year.

Your gift helps support a number of ministries across our Eastern South Dakota diocese, such as education and formation of future priests, ministry to the homebound or imprisioned, emotional and spiritual counseling, children and adult faith formation, and a Respect for Life.  While we have needs in our own parish, we also have a call to help support our Catholic brothers and sisters in parishes throughout our diocese.

Our parish CFSA goal is $_________ and your financial support will assist us in attaining that goal.  Once we reach our goal, money over and above will remain in our parish for (whatever $$$ are keynoted for).

Please give prayerful thought as you return the pledge card received in the Bishop’s letter.  If you do not have one, please contact the parish and we will send another one to you.  If you are unable to commit financially, please fill out the pledge card and note if you are able to give of your time or talents. If you have already responded, thank for your continued support and generosity.

I am grateful for all you do for our parish and pray that God continues to bless you and your loved ones.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Pastor or Parish Administrator

 


 

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Parish Follow-up letter # 2

Date

 

Name

Address

City, State Zip

 

Dear

On the weekend of February 2-3,  parishioners were asked to contribute to the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2013.  Today I am writing to ask that you prayerfully consider a gift to CFSA and return the enclosed pledge slip.  Funds raised through the appeal help our diocesan church family continue its many needed services and programs.  Additionally, your gift can directly help our parish's education and formation ministries.  We are able to receive all gifts over our goal through the parish. (Maybe name an item that you would like to direct your overage)

At this time we have received responses from....(Fill in % or number of households who have responded) of our parishioners.  Our goal is to contact all members of our parish and ask for their participation and financial support.

I invite you to consider a pledge that you can pay over a 10-month period.

Also enclosed with this pledge slip is information about the ministries and  services which our Diocese offers which are supported by the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal.  Please prayerfully consider how you can help.  A gift to the Appeal is one important way you can participate in the work of our Catholic Church on a wider scale.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor

 

 

 

 

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Parish Follow-up letter # 3

Date

 

Name

Address

City, State Zip

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

A few weeks ago, you may have received a letter from Bishop Swain asking for your support to the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2013.  Would you please take a few moments to consider a gift for this year?

Your gift helps support many ministries across our Eastern South Dakota diocese, such as education and formation of our future priests, ministry to the homebound, emotional and spiritual counseling, faith formation for our youth and adults and a Respect for Life.  While we have needs in our own parish, we also have a call to help support our Catholic brothers and sisters in parishes throughout our diocese.

With $_____ already received in cash and pledges and more than____ families participating, our CFSA program is well on its way to success.  However, there is still more work to be done, as our goal is to attain 100% participation.

As you Pastor, I personally support the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal.  Will you join me and the rest of our parish family in sharing a portion of the blessings God has entrusted to each of us?  I realize that it may be a challenging year for you, but I would ask that you consider giving what you can.

I am grateful for all you do for our parish and pray that God continues to bless you and your loved ones.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor

 

 

 

 

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Letter to individuals who have not committed

 

Name

Address

City, State Zip

 

Dear (Name of parishioner):

A few weeks ago you were invited to contribute to Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2013 for our diocese.  I was counting on the people of our parish then, and I continue to do so.  At this time we have received responses from.. (fill in % or number of households who have responded) of our parishioners.

I realize that you have limitations on your resources.  Yet, if we continue to share our love and our concern for the work of the Church, many who need us will continue to be served.  All of our programs need your help.

Please consider this letter a cordial reminder.  Grateful and mindful of all the support we have received in the past, I want to express my complete confidence in your generosity again this year.

I ask and urge you to make a commitment today.  Your help will be deeply appreciated, and I am sure your gift will give you a warm and wonderful feeling.  Thank you for what you have done in the past and for your willingness to give this appeal attention and response.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Please complete the enclosed envelope and return it by (DATE).  with personal good wishes, I remain

Sincerely in the Lord,

Pastor

 


 

 

 

 

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Letter to parishioners who have not yet committed

 

Dear Donor

I need you help.  (Name of Parish) has set the goal of 100% participation for this year's Catholic Family Sharing Appeal here in the Diocese of Sioux Falls.  Our hope is that every parishioner or every household will fill out and return a pledge card.

Since we have not yet received your pledge card, and in the event you may have misplaced it or did not receive it originally, we have enclosed another.  If you choose to pledge, please return this card to the parish by (date), either through the collection basket or the parish office.

It is my sincere wish that you will consider a gift to help us reach our goal for the appeal.  Of course, I realize that circumstances may prevent some making a pledge at this time.

Catholic Family Sharing Appeal gives our parish an opportunity to share in the cost of providing ministries, services and programs that may directly or indirectly benefit our parish or people of our parish.  However, you can be assured that it provides the kind of help and guidance to those in need, which is difficult for an individual parish to provide.

Please help us reach 100% participation goal.  Thank you for everything you do for (name of parish).  May God continue to bless you and your loved ones.

Gratefully in Christ,

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Pre-Phone Calling letter

Name

Street

City, State Zip

Dear

A few weeks ago, you may have received a letter from Bishop Swain asking for your support to the Catholic Family Sharing Appeal 2013.  Would you please take a few moments to consider a gift for this year?

Your gift helps support 30 ministries across our Eastern South Dakota diocese, such as education of priests, ministry to the homebound, emotional and spiritual counseling and a Respect for Life.  While we have needs in our own parish, we also have a call to help support our Catholic brothers and sisters in parishes throughout our diocese.

A member from our CFSA committee will be contacting you in the next few days asking for your help to this year's appeal.  Before they call, I ask that you prayerfully consider your gift for this year.  If you are unable to give this year, please offer a prayer for the success of CFSA.  If you have already responded, thank for your continued support and generosity.

I am grateful for all you do for our parish and pray that God continues to bless you and your loved ones.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,        

Pastor or Parish Administrator                                         

 


 

 

 

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Thank You letter #1

 

Dear Parishioner:

I would like to personally thank you for your generous gift of $_____ to Catholic Family Sharing Appeal.

Your gift tells me that you recognize the role of each person in the evangelization and life of our diocese.  Your generosity insures that the people of our parish and diocese will continue to receive spiritual, educational, and social services from the Church.  Thank you in hearing, responding, and ensuring the ministries of our Church continue on.

Thank you again for all that you do for the Church.  May the Lord bless you and your loved ones.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor  

 


 

 

 

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Thank you letter #2:

 

Dear Donor

I would like to personally thank you for all that you do to help our parish and our diocese.

Your gift to Catholic Family Sharing Appeal helps to reflect Christ's love to many people whose lives are touched by the ministries and services of this diocese.

Because of your generosity, we are able to make an impact in the lives of thousands of our diocesan brothers and sisters.  The enthusiastic response of so many is a wonderful testament of how we reach out to others.  It gives me confidence that we will continue to journey in faith and grow in the understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

Thank you again for all of your continued support of these ministries.  May the Lord bless you and your loved ones.

Gratefully in Christ Jesus

Pastor

 

 

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