The Archdiocese of Boston has announced a second phase for 90-Days Now, For Your Parish, a first of its kind initiative started by a member of the laity and now boosted by a $100,000 matching pledge from an anonymous donor. 90-Days Now is an online supplemental offertory giving program that is helping parishes respond to the immediate needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative offers a simple on-line giving tool for parishioners or members of the community to support their parish, or a parish of their choice.
During the first phase of 90 Days Now, the Archdiocese reports that more than $450,000 in gifts and pledges has been raised from 1,500 donors benefitting 236 parishes which have experienced reduced offertory due to the pandemic. Funds raised go directly to the parish.
This new phase has a goal of reaching $1 million with the generous assistance of a matching pledge from an anonymous donor. The plan is to raise an additional $450,000 for a total of $900,000. For every $2 raised above the $700,000 level, the donor will match it with a $1 contribution, up to $100,000, bringing the overall total raised to $1 million.
John E. Corcoran, a local businessman, active lay leader in the Church and parishioner of Saint Paul Parish in Hamilton who developed the concept of the initiative, said, “We believe we can achieve something even more impactful for our parishes during these challenging days. Basic monthly financial obligations still need to be met at a time most parishes have experienced a significant reduction in offertory. While we are thrilled that Churches are now re-opening, the process will be slow and steady in the weeks and months ahead. Parish needs will only increase, which ultimately impacts programs and basic support for parish life. With the launch of this new phase, we can do our part to continue to support our parishes at a critical time.”
“We have been inspired by the tremendous dedication and commitment of our priests, parish staffs, deacons, religious and laity to meeting the pastoral needs of our parishes. Today, more than ever, we need everyone’s help as we face the immediate and long-term needs of parish life,” said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap.