Annual Ministry Appeal

So, you may ask, what is our goal for our AMA 2019 campaign?
It’s all about asking you to help “Renew a Pew”!

Dear Friends of Carmel Mission,

Another AMA Campaign at Carmel Mission has been brought to a successful conclusion because of the generous contributions from people like you – you are truly amazing!

I thank our AMA Coordinator, Paul Hoffman, who has led and inspired this campaign. I’ve invited Paul to stay on in his role for next year. He does such a wonderful job, and inspires confidence.

We decided to fly higher this year, in terms of our parish “Renew A Pew” goal, and we reached new heights, in terms of the amount raised and the number of participants involved. Thank God for providing us with such a soft landing on those beautifully upholstered pews!

Sincere thanks to all,
Blessings,
Fr. Paul
The finish used on our pews is a two part finish manufactured by Sherwin-Williams.
The pews are sanded to natural wood before spraying them with the first part, a pigmented Sealer. After the sealer has dried completely, the coat is sanded lightly.
The second and final coat is a clear Conversion Varnish which is also sprayed on the pew.
This is a very hard and durable finish and will not damage easily.
Once again, I extend my great gratitude to all who have contributed so generously towards helping us meet our final goal of $150,000. We are currently at $150,000 of our $150,000 total goal.
My sincere thanks to all those who have thus far contributed to our Renew a Pew campaign. Through your generosity we have already reached our Diocesan goal of $50,000, which will be used to assist many ministries through the Diocese.
Any donations now made come directly back to our parish, and will be used to renew our pews.

Please check out an example of a renewed pew just inside the main door of the Basilica.

Once again, I extend my great gratitude to all who have contributed so generously towards helping us meet our final goal of $150,000. We are currently at $150,000 of our $150,000 total goal.

Yes, I want to make sure that you are not only seated comfortably at home, but also when you come to Church. If you examine our pews closely, you will find that with the passing of years, they have suffered some neglect. Some are crying out for a new coat of varnish. Others have been the recipient of carved initials!
I have been noticing that many of our parishioners bring a cushion to sit on during mass. Many churches provide pews which have an upholstered seat cover. We are planning to introduce such an addition to our present pews.
We will not be discarding our pews, but rather stripping them down to the wood and repairing where necessary, followed by a total re-varnish.More details will follow.
So, dear Friend of Carmel Mission, I invite you to prayerfully consider being a participant in our Renew our Pew campaign. Our goal is to enhance our beautiful Basilica, and to make your worship experience here more comfortable.
In the great love of Jesus Christ,
Fr. Paul
Pastor at Carmel Mission