Local donors gave nearly $350,000 to Catholic causes during last week’s #iGiveCatholic fundraising drive.

That is quite a statement about these worthwhile causes and about the kindness and generosity of our friends and neighbors.

The Catholic Church has used the campaign for three years now to pay for its work in our communities. It’s part of the larger #GivingTuesday, which seeks to change the focus to altruism after the consumer-driven Black Friday and Cyber Monday events after Thanksgiving. It’s a noble goal, one that makes many of us think about how blessed we are and how much we can do for those around us.

In that vein, the Catholic effort is one that returns benefits for the people who use the church’s many ministries, most notably its schools and churches. And the three largest local fundraisers were just that.

St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Student Center on Nicholls State’s Thibodaux campus raised $115,000 for a new chapel. St. Genevieve School in Thibodaux raised $35,000 to build a new media center. And St. Lawrence Church in Kraemer raised $33,000 for a new roof.

Together, these causes and the tireless advocates behind all of them, helped to drive the successful campaign. The goal for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux was $200,000, but it easily surpassed that at more than $343,000.

In addition to the countless people who game money to these causes, several businesses donated matching money, which helped boost the fundraising totals. The diocese specifically thanked Cortec, the Block Law Firm, Meyer Financial and Bollinger Shipyard for their contributions.

Without dwelling on it, it is worth mentioning that this region is in the midst of a terrible economic slowdown that has cost us thousands of jobs and untold money in wages. Even with that sobering truth lingering over us, selfless people and companies were able to come together to create a huge boost for the many good works of the local church and its members.

As we enjoy the festive season between Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year’s, it is important that we keep an eye on those around us and help wherever we are needed and whenever we can. It’s not always possible, of course, but keeping the focus on giving and helping is part of what the church does.

For that we should all be thankful.

 

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