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St. Mark's needs your help

Sep 12, 2017

Dear Parishioners & Supporters of St. Mark's,

As the pastor of a vibrant and faithful community, it is an ongoing goal of mine to keep improving St. Mark's so that it remains a place where individuals and families of all ages can encounter Christ, grow in their discipleship of Christ, and engage in ministry with their parish community.

As your pastor, I am reaching out to you because I need your help in reaching our capital campaign goal. Paying off the West Campus debt is critical in order to not only continue our mission of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to all God's people in word and action but to move forward as we grow as a family and as a part of San Antonio's Catholic community. Currently, West Campus is being used at 75% capacity by our ministries and parishioners.

St. Mark's is not just where you come to Mass every week or where you send your kids to pre‐school. It is where you have baptized your children. It is where you come to the banquet table and share the feast of God's love with your community. It is where you kneel broken before God and experience His mercy and forgiveness. It is where you come to bid farewell to your loved ones. It is where you deepen your hunger for communion with Christ in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Contributing to the capital campaign is more than just paying off a loan; it's preserving our faith, our ministries, and our parish community.

We, as a parish, have so much to be grateful for. We have an energetic parish community with 70 ministries that fulfill our mission and give parishioners the opportunities to be instruments of God. We have the staff, clergy, ministries, and volunteers to proclaim the Word of God, celebrate the sacraments, and exercise ministry. We also have many generous parishioners who have given above and beyond their regular offerings so that we may pay off the West Campus loan and give generations‐to‐come the spaces and opportunities to follow Christ, grow in Christ, and share Christ with each other.

I pray that every household will be involved in some way to help us meet our capital campaign goal. Each and every contribution (no matter how big or small) is valued, and all gifts are critical. If you are presently contributing to the capital campaign, I humbly ask you to extend your commitment. If you have not contributed, I ask you to please consider making a sacrificial gift now.

Having paid more than half of the loan so far, I know we can pay off the balance—we just need your help.

• Capital campaign goal: $5,000,000 (includes $900,00 for repairs)
• Original loan amount: $4,100,000
• Current loan balance: $1,754,445

Thank you in advance for anything you can bring to the table. Together, we will grow St. Mark's campus and community so that we may give generations‐to‐come the spaces and opportunities to follow Christ, grow in Christ, and share Christ with each other.

May God's blessings be with you,

Msgr. Kevin E. Ryan

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