A Message from Fr. Tyler:
After Jesus had ascended to the Father, the followers of Jesus were left on earth to continue the mission – “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). In our parish community we have been continuing that mission of Jesus Christ since Venerable Bishop Baraga came and established the first Catholic community in the 1860s. For more than 160 years Catholics have been working to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all our brothers and sisters in the Alpena area. We have a vibrant history of evangelization, Catholic education, worship, and charity. Many priestly and religious vocations have come from our community. Our ancestors in the faith have left us a firm foundation for us to continue to grow and bring others to the faith for many years to come.
To continue the work of Evangelization and Charity in our community we are embarking on a major capital campaign. The We Are All Saints in the Making Campaign is the initiative to expand and enhance the effectiveness of our ministry in Alpena in two ways: at the Center of Evangelization, as we ensure that Catholic education and evangelization to our young people continues far into the future, and at the Center of Charity, as we expand our charitable outreach through the ministry of the Friendship Room and other charitable outreach programs and partners.
As we publicly announce this effort, I invite you to join us. Recognizing all your past support of the parish, would you prayerfully consider a pledge to make the We Are All Saints in the Making Campaign possible? Please review the contents of this special brochure and consider how you can help our parish. Our goal with this campaign is to fund the capital improvement needs of the Center of Evangelization and the Center of Charity so that future generations can come to know Christ. Success for this campaign will take the participation of all of us who call All Saints our home. We have already received generous support in early pledges for nearly 50% of our overall goal. A special Commitment Sunday will be held at our Masses on the weekend of September 23-24, 2023. Please bring the enclosed Commitment Card to Mass that weekend to join your brothers and sisters in support of this transformative campaign at All Saints. Campaign committee members will be available at tables in the parish center after all the Masses in the coming weeks to help answer any of your questions.
Thank you for helping bring us to this important point in our journey. Please keep All Saints Parish in your heart and prayers.
Fr. Tyler Bischoff
Pastor – All Saints Parish
We are embarking on a capital campaign to secure the future of our Catholic Community in Alpena. A successful capital campaign will provide a dynamic faith home for Alpena Catholics that will draw us into the future. Renewed physical spaces will enable us to better serve our mission at All Saints Catholic Parish.
Individually, each of us make a significant impact on the spiritual quality of life at All Saints. By working together, we have the privilege and opportunity to make an even greater impact in the world.
As of September 30, 2023
Total Pledges and Gifts: $1,948,176
Percentage of Goal: 59%
Number of Gifts: 340
Average gift amount: $5,730
View the Case for Support:
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The Case for Support contains:
- Details and images for projects
- Pricing breakdown
- Donation information
Heavenly Father, for many years you have blessed our community with countless graces and a deep faith. We thank you for the faith we’ve received from our ancestors who came to Thunder Bay seeking a harbor of refuge from the storms of life. Bestow on us, we pray, an abundance of your peace through the prayers of so many intercessors of all the Saints in heaven. Give us the courage to continue the work of evangelization, worship and charity so that through the merits of your Son’s death and resurrection we, too, may be all saints in the making. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Center for Evangelization:
Encounter the Risen Lord
The Former St. John campus is to become the Center of Catholic Evangelization, including All Saints Catholic School and St. John Church.
We will develop and maintain programs aimed at Evangelization in the heart of the Gospel for all the people of God, but especially young people.
This will include:
- Relocating the school from its current location to the Center for Evangelization.
- Making significant investment to upgrade classrooms and create better learning and recreational spaces, such as new gym flooring and playground equipment, so that children can receive the best care and education in faith.
- Investing in resources to create more opportunities for faith formation and evangelization for the community.
Center of Worship
Being Transformed by God’s Grace
The former St. Anne campus is to become the Center of Catholic Worship, including the parish offices and community center.
We will bring all generations together around the altar of the Lord.
This will include:
- Increasing participation in the sacred liturgy, especially in music ministry with a new director of sacred music.
- Continuing to encourage participation in Perpetual Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
- Repairing the bell at St. Anne Church.
- Emphasizing evangelization by calling all to worship through marketing communications.
Center of Catholic Charity
Responding as Disciples of Christ
The former St. Bernard Campus is to become the Center of Catholic Charity, including programs and the church building.
We will create a space where all are welcome to respond as disciples by serving Christ in each other. The Center of Charity will house the Friendship Room, Children’s Closet, Alcoholics Anonymous, Madonna House, Baby Pantry, and St. Bernard Church.
This will include:
- Making significant investment in capital improvements to the Center, such as a new roof and kitchen.
- Starting an Emergency Warming Center by winter 2023.
- Forming a Charity Council to coordinate all charitable outreach.
How to Make a Donation:
All sizes and types of gifts are meaningful and important for All Saints to successfully complete the $3.33 million campaign goal. Structured and well-planned gifts from total wealth can dramatically elevate the ability to make a more generous gift.
The most common and simplest method of funding is a cash gift from your income stream. To achieve our goal, we encourage financial commitments over a one year or multiple years, up to a five year pledge. Pledges can be paid through monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual gifts.
There are also other methods of giving that allow donors to contribute larger gifts at lower costs. Theses include transfer of stock or securities or a qualified charitable distribution through your IRA.
You can share your intentions to give through a “Commitment to Give” pledge form. Thank you for your generosity for the future of our faith community!
As with all legal and financial matters, we recommend you consult with your personal legal, tax, and/or financial advisors before funding your gift.
Stock and Securities:
To transfer stock or securities, contact Angie King (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions and for the information you need to give your stockbroker.
IRA Mandatory Distribution:
You will need to contact your IRA to make this gift and give them All Saints FEIN (#81-2077276). Contact the parish office for more information. Please also let us know when your gift is on the way – not all IRAs include the donors name when mailing the gift.
Cash Gifts / Pledges:
Complete the pledge form. Please indicate the length of your pledge and your preferred form of payment. Checks should be made out to All Saints of Alpena with “Capital Campaign” in the memo line and mailed to 817 Sable Street, Alpena, MI 49707.
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