“What we raise over our parish
goal is returned to the parish
for our own needs.”
– Fr. Bill
Parish Rebate from this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal
When I am out and about shopping in Federal Way, where I live, I am surprised by the number of boarded up windows and wall sections of businesses where an out-of-control car ran through. At my bank, a car smashed through a wall and entered the bank lobby, barely missing an employee’s desk. A recent safety inspection of our parish campus highlighted that same risk to our buildings. Our parking lot also has seen an increased number of incidents of people speeding around, doing donuts.
Back in February, our parish hosted a weeklong Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design(CPTED) workshop for the city of Covington. Our parish received a set of design principles to reduce the incidence of crime and malicious behavior by manipulating the environment in a way that creates a safer space.
Based on our safety inspection and our CPTED report, we are using this year’s rebate from the Annual Catholic Appeal to add planter boxes to protect our building from runaway cars and parking curbs/stops and speed humps to discourage reckless driving in our parking lot. Improved lighting to the parking lot and the exterior of the buildings would also be added.
Your support of the Annual Catholic Appeal funds many important ministries in the Church throughout western Washington. What we raise over our parish goal is returned to the parish for our own needs. This year that rebate will improve the safety of our parking lot while increasing a little more green around the blacktop. Thank you for your support.