godfrey1099 from Poland is proving to be a very diligent observer of things Ordinariate, and has often provided us with info he has gleaned from his web research. Here is some news he has put together about St John the Evangelist, Calgary (Thank you, “godfrey”):
Meanwhile in Calgary, they seem to be incredibly successful in their capital campaign and general fundraising.
(i) The goal stated in the Campaign Brochure was “to raise the total to $600,000″, i.e. by ca. $220,000 from the current level of $382,500 (composed of capital improvements and the existing building fund). According to the ‘Advent Sunday Notices’, the capital campaign pledges on Commitment Sunday (23 November) already totalled $307,610!
(ii) Recently, there has also been a problem with meeting the operating budget of $5000 weekly. In the same issue of‘ ‘Notices’, Fr Lee Kenyon stated that “the [accumulated operating] bleed is now at over $12,000 (…) We need to stop the bleed, and keep it stopped, sooner, rather than later.” (http://calgaryordinariate.weebly.com/uploads/2/9/1/6/2916698/notices_30_nov_14_advent_sunday.pdf)
Well, I don’t think he expected it to be that soon. The Advent II collection reported in this Sunday’s Notices totalled an exorbitant amount of $29,799.00 ($15,739.00 General Operating Fund, $14,060.00 Building Fund; typical weekly figures being $4000-5000 and $1000-1500 respectively), which almost compensated the operating deficit all at once, while boosting the building fund at the same time. (http://calgaryordinariate.weebly.com/uploads/2/9/1/6/2916698/notices_14_dec_14_gaudete_sunday.pdf)
(Ed – On that Sunday total Mass attendance was 168. This represents an average giving per attendee (men, women and children) of over 175 Canadian dollars!)