By March 20, 2020 No Comments

My name is Father Joe Ferraro, and I am the Pastor at Holy Family Church in Nutley, NJ. In these unprecedented times, we are taking unprecedented measures and setting up this GoFundMe page in accord with the Archdiocese of Newark to try and recover a portion of the donations we need to collect on a weekly basis in order to survive and continue our mission of maintaining a spiritually and socially active parish that is rooted in the Word of God and nourished by the Eucharist. That is, Holy Family Parish celebrates the life of our Lord Jesus Christ by proclaiming the Good News and providing spiritual growth, support and service with love. Founded by Italian immigrants a century ago, today our parish continues the tradition of extending a loving, caring and affirming welcome to all who join us as we Continue Our Journey of Faith. Obviously, with all public gatherings cancelled, we have no opportunity for our parishioners to make their weekly envelope donations and to support this Mission, so for those not already making their weekly donations electronically, we are piggybacking on the Archdiocese’s initiative to use GoFundMe in order to remain a viable Catholic community once this crisis is over. God bless you and may you and your loved ones stay healthy.

The Archdiocese of Newark

Welcome. The Archdiocese of Newark is coordinating with the team at GoFundMe to provide one online location for the faithful to support the critical needs of their own parish (through this page) or other parish communities (through the Parishes in Need fund). The faithful may also contribute through their usual channels (e.g., envelopes, other online giving, the Annual Appeal).

Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to your parish on the parish’s GoFundMe page, or to the Parishes in Need fund, which will be used to conduct outreach to those in need and support those communities struggling to continue to pay their employees and church utility bills through this crisis. Contributions raised through the parish GoFundMe page will benefit that parish.

Cardinal Tobin has waived the usual archdiocesan assessment for contributions raised through this initiative. GoFundMe does not charge a platform fee (0%). There is a 0% platform fee and only an industry-standard payment processing fee of 1.9% + $0.30 per donation. If a charity receives a donation of $100, they will net $97.80. Donors will also have the option to tip GoFundMe Charity to support their continued business.

Thank you for your generosity to your parish and to those parish communities unable to meet their critical needs alone.

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