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WHAT IS THE OLOG SCRIP PROGRAM?

SCRIP is a nationally recognized fundraising program. Retailers sell gift certificates and cards to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at a discount. OLOG sells the gift cards at full face value to our parishioners and friends. You redeem the gift cards at face value and the discount is retained by OLOG.

Does your household budget include the following expenses? Groceries? Gasoline? Clothing? Household Needs? Restaurants? Of course it must include some or all. Our SCRIP program is offered by hundreds of local and national retailers - where most of you already shop. With every purchase, you earn revenue for OLOG (helping to offset parish expenses) and OLOGA. (reducing your student's tuition bill!)

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Lisa Freidhof has volunteered to run our SCRIP program. She runs a similar program at Seton High School (for 9 years). She has been assisting since mid-March and is most eager to build a super program here. Thank you Lisa, your assistant Patricia and OLOG volunteer sellers.

As of March 31, 2014, OLOG has generated $39,704 in gross revenue from the sale of SCRIP cards. Cost of SCRIP cards sold to date is $34,568. Thus, our gross margin to date is: $5,136. This is a great start. Whether shopping for clothing, home improvement items, entertainment, electronics, or going out to eat, SCRIP is always available to you. Please continue to use this convenient service and help your parish and academy. Cards are available during the week by stopping in the parish office during normal business hours (M - F; 9:00 am -5:00 pm) and on the weekends on the parish grounds before and after Masses.

THANK YOU!

Fry's Community Rewards Program - THANK YOU!

Dear Parishioners and Friends:

Following is a report of the Fry's VIP Card Program (rebates realized by OLOG members and friends using the reloadable cards) for quarters one and two. In quarter one, 208 families shopped at a Kroger/Fry's store and OLOG was rewarded with a total of $2,656. During quarter two (12/01/13 - 2/28/14), 226 families participated and the parish has received a check in the amount of $2,215.00. Total dollars realized by the parish over these two quarters have amounted to $4,871.00 or $812.00 per month.

The Fry's VIP Card Program is still in effect with a revised program. The last program had approximately 400 OLOG families participating. You can still participate in this new program - just go to the parish website to sign up or call the parish office (480-987-0315). Remember, the more parishioners and friends that shop at Kroger/Fry's stores - the more money OLOG will earn. We are most thankful to all who have shopped and participated in previous programs and strongly encouraged continued and additional participation. Again, thank you all!

Updates Feb 15-16 2014

  • Prayer of Thanksgiving

    • Please say a prayer of thanksgiving for the generous donor in our parish who provided the funds we needed to replace our carpeting.

      Take care of it and give thanksgiving, since there was no way we could have done it any time soon without their generosity.

  • OLOG needs your support

    • Through our weekly plate collection: The parish is spending about $9.35 per attendee; but collecting only about $4.86 per attendee.

      Do you want to help the parish close the gap? Are you supporting the parish and helping to close the gap by purchasing scrip cards?

      Everyone buys food and gas. We get back about 5% every time you use a scrip card which you buy here at the parish. There are 100s of vendors from which to choose.

    • The parish has received generous donations in the approximate amount of $215,000 for the land purchase and church building.

      Monday night at the parish council we will be discussing our moving forward with building our church on the north side of our property, displacing the meditation garden.

      Bishop Thomas is fully behind us in moving forward with completing the dream of OLOG of building this church.

    • We have approximately 1800 families registered here at OLOG.

      About 600 families are actively supporting this parish. Everyone can actively support this parish through the scrip program. If you are not regularly tithing – consider buying scrip cards and consider that as your tithing. Be an active parishioner!

    • When we set up the schedule for second collections last June we stopped most of them so people could focus on their own finances and so we could focus on our own parish needs. We kept a few of them: SVdP, religious retirement, Peter’s Pence, and Sanctity of Life.

    • In FY2012, 2ndcollections totaled: $34,000. We gave 6.2%.

      In FY2013 2nd collections totaled: $32,000. We gave 5.8%.

      In FY2014, so far, 2nd collections total: $5,840. We gave 1.9% so far.

      (This does not include what we do for SVdP, retirement, Life, & Pence)

    • We still owe $3,095.01 on our roof repair. We are almost done!

      A generous donor provided the new carpeting and several parishioners provided a LOT of labor to help us.

      We will finish the roof project. Next is the new church – are you buying scrip cards to help us do this?

Please offer your prayers to our Father in heaven and ask him how your can use your, “Time, Talent, and Treasure” to build up his kingdom here on earth, but especially here at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

We all have gifts from God – we can share them in many different ways with generosity.

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PARISH EXPANSION

UPDATE ON LAND ACQUISITION AND PARISH EXPANSION February 8-9,2014
Dear Parishioners and Friends:

As you are aware, we originally sought your financial support and prayers to acquire land necessary to construct a church and school facility large enough to accommodate our growing parish's needs.

Since we began this process back in September,we have explored several options for purchasing nearby properties for this purpose. Despite our best efforts,we have not been able to acquire property at a reasonable price that would enable to both acquire the land and leave us with sufficient funds to develop the church and school facility that our parish deserves.

We have been working with the Diocese of Phoenix to explore our options,and we have determined that our best alternative is to engineer a new facility on our own parish property that expands our capacity and meets our needs for the future. This would not only put our existing parish property to its highest and best use,but would also meet our obligation to be good and responsible stewards by using parish resources directly for the planning and construction of this project,rather than on the high costs of land acquisition.

In the upcoming months,as we develop the master plan, we will be providing you with more details about how this exciting project will look.

I look forward to your continued support of our Lady of Guadalupe Parish as we move forward together. Please continue to fulfill your pledges and keep OLOG in your prayers.

With thanks and togetherness in Christ, I am sincerely yours,

 

Fr. Craig W.M. Friedley
Pastor
 

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