Letters of Thanks

Thank You from MEG’S Gift!


With the help of the generous parishioners of Holy Trinity Church, Meg’s Gift awarded $55,000 in support of mental health awareness, education, and intervention for our most valuable assets, our children.

The major portion of the 2017 proceeds were donated to sup- port the work of the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), as well as Monroe County’s Consortium on Trauma, Illness, and Grief (TIG). Both organizations focus on the emotional health of children.

News of the 2017 awards as well as pictures of the event can be found on our website at: http://www.megsgift.org. Meg’s Gift also supported events at East House, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Veterans Outreach Center, all of whom support our mission of mental health advocacy and wellness.

Shadow Lake will again be hosting the golf outing, silent auction and dinner to be held August 11, 2018. It has been almost four years since our Megan went home to the Lord. We know that she is now with the angels guiding our organization to demonstrate through word and deed, the compassionate and giving spirit shown throughout her life. As always, to borrow Meg’s words: “(We) love you from the top, middle, and bottom of (our) heart!”

— Deacon Ray & Kathy Garbach

Note of Gratitude: The Center for Youth


Dear Center Friends:

The Center for Youth’s Crisis Nursery would not be possible without community members like you. Thank you for your contribution of $2,454 to support babies and children we serve.

During some of the most difficult times, the Crisis Nursery keeps children safe. When Laquanda needed respite care for her young son and assistance finding permanent daycare, the Nursery stepped in. When Jason was homeless and working two shifts, the Nursery cared for his two children while he looked for a place to live. And when Ashley needed to be with her baby boy at the hospital during his final hours, the nursery was there in the middle of the night for her 1 year-old son.

Each year we rely on fundraisers, foundations, corporations, the United Way and individuals like you to give families this safe haven they have nowhere else to turn. Thank you for believing in them and our work.

Elaine Spaull, Executive Director

Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach


Dear Fr. Tim and Holy Trinity Parishioners,

We want to thank you for your generous donation in the amount of $6,000 made to Mary’s Place. We are overwhelmed and incredibly grateful to receive this gift, which will allow us to continue our outreach services and programs for refugees including food and clothing distribution, English language classes, job skills classes, and casework services.

Fr. Tim, in your letter, you noted that Holy Trinity “has been much blessed with a material well-being that can only mean God’s will for us to share it with others.” We often hear these sentiments, and it is truly humbling to witness everyday the incredible faith, kindness and generosity in our community. We are privileged not only to serve refugees, but to witness God’s love in the boundless compassion of our supporters.

By any measure, Holy Trinity’s gift is extraordinary. And we are keenly aware that without the support of people like you, Mary’s Place would be unable to continue our ministry. Again, thank you so much for helping us to continue to be a safe, inclusive places where all are welcomed with open arms.

Warm Regards,

Charlsey Bickett, Ececutive Director

Mark Hare, Board Chair

Note of Gratitude


Dear Father Horan and the People of Holy Trinity Parish:

I was overwhelmed with great joy when I received such a generous check in the amount of $4,855.51 from your parish com- munity for the Missionary Childhood Association. In their name, I wish to extend my deepest gratitude for the warm hospitality afforded me during my visit with you.

You are a beautiful faith-filled community. It was a pleasure being with you.

May God reward you a hundredfold for reaching out to children in the third world.

With best wishes, I am

Sincerely Yours,
Rev. Robert C. Bradler, Diocesan Director

A Meal & More, Inc. Note of Thanks


Dear Fr. Horan,
On behalf of the Board of A Meal & More, Inc., I write to express our gratitude to Holy Trinity Church for their very generous April Penny Sunday donation of $1,824.68 in support of our mission to relieve hunger in Rochester. We so much appreciate this support.

As in the past, we continue to provide a hot nutritious meal each Sunday and Wednesday for those in need. Our guests are people of all ages, including the homeless, the disabled, the unemployed and the elderly. We see an up- swing in the number of children when school is out during the summer months. Many of our guests regularly express their thanks for all that we provide.

Thank you again for this support of our mission.
L. Janet Morse, Board Member

Note of Gratitude


Dear Fr. Tim and Parishioners of Holy Trinity.
We have not yet properly acknowledged your generous donation of $1,734.53 collected during your parish Penny Sunday Collection in April and so, on behalf of the local Project Rachel Team, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, we wish to extend our sincere gratitude for this donation and the remembrance of our ministry in your prayers, especially during that timeframe.

As you may be aware, Project Rachel was founded in 1984 by Vicki Thorn in Milwaukee and is widely recognized as the post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church. The ministry’s seeds were planted in the Roch- ester Diocese just over 20 years ago by Father Jim Hewes and several men who suffer from the negative emotional, physical, and spiritual effects of abortion. Numerous individuals have been helped in our diocese since that start, but many more remain to be reached.

The Catholic Church celebrated the magnificent Jubilee Year of Mercy last year, and we have been reminded by Pope Francis that we are all sinners and need God’s mercy. Your substantial donation will greatly help us to be more effective in our efforts.

Thank you again.
Deacon David Snyder and Ms. Suzanne Stack

Mary’s Place: Thank you Note


Dear Friends at Holy Trinity Church:
My name is Charlsey Bickett and I am the new Executive Director of Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach. I would like to thank you for the generous donation in the amount of $2,000. I am overwhelmed and incredibly grateful to receive this gift of support which is essential in helping our organization to continue to thrive. Your thoughtful dona- tion allows us to continue our outreach services and pro- grams for refugees including food and clothing distribution, English language classes, job skills classes, and casework services.

Without the support of community members like you, Mary’s Place would be unable to continue providing ser- vices. Again, thank you so much for helping us sustain our ministry to serve the refugee population in our community.

Warm regards,
Charlsey Bickett,
Executive Director
Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach

Note of Gratitude: Catholic Family Center


Dear Father Horan,

We are always so heartened when someone encourages the success of another. We could not be more appreciative of your recent gift helping us provide services to those in need of just that. Thanks to the support of parishes like Holy Trinity, Catholic Family Center has reached an extraordinary milestone—a Century of Service! For 100 years, Catholic Family Center’s mission has been to partner with people, particularly those most vulnerable and those facing poverty.

We are so grateful for your generous donation of $1,967.24 on April 6. Thank you also for your compassion and commitment to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors whom we serve.

Most Sincerely,
Marlene Bessette, President and CEO of Catholic Family Center

Letter of Gratitude

Bishop Matano has sent a letter of thanks to Holy Trinity for helping with the Parish Building Fund Appeal. We were asked to donate to this special fund for our less fortunate parish communities.

Dear Fr. Tim and Parishioners of Holy Trinity,

Thank you for your very kind contribution, in the amount of $2,600.00. As you are aware, we invited all parishes to submit a list of their most urgent needs to be prioritized and addressed by this fund. The five parishes selected by the Building Fund Committee were Saint Stanislaus, Holy Apostles, Holy Cross, Saint Katherine Drexel and Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.

Kindly express my sincere gratitude to the parishioners for their generosity, which is most appreciated.

Please be assured of my prayers and I ask a continued remembrance in your good prayers.

With cordial regards,
The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano

Red Cross Blood Drive

This note came from the American Red Cross.

I’d like to thank you for allowing us to utilize your facility for our blood drive last week. I’m so happy to let you know we collected 47 units of blood which will impact and save up to 141 lives! Your church family and the Webster community should be so proud!

Sincerely, Meredith Gallinaro/American Red Cross

A Note of Thanks

Fr. Robert Bradler, Diocesan Director sent us a thank you note for our World Mission Sunday offertory.

Dear Co-Worker in the Lord:

“Today, we need to see the Light of Hope, and to be men and
women who bring hope to others.” Pope Francis

Your people have truly brought hope to the mission church by their prayers and generous financial gift on World Mission Sunday. I am most grateful for your offering of $1,894.00 for the support of the Church’s missionary work.

World Mission Sunday is celebrated once a year. I hope that in the months ahead you will continue to remember the missionary work of the church through prayer and generous support.

May we walk in newness of life leading those in darkness to follow the Light. May you and your loved ones experience His faithfulness and love during this Christmas season and the com- ing new year.

Devotedly in Christ,
Robert C. Bradler



A heartfelt thank-you to the parishioners of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity for your support of Meg’s Gift! In spite of the rain, our August 13th Golf Tournament, Silent Auction, and Dinner events were a huge success. Through your generosity and participation, Meg’s Gift awarded the Veteran’s Outreach Center (VOC) $55,000 in mid-October to further their efforts in providing compassionate medical and mental health care to our soldiers returning home. The news of the award as well as pic- tures of the event can be found on our website at: http:// www.megsgift.org.

Success in events like these simply cannot be possible without a strong leadership team which we are so blessed to have. But the real credit for our ability to reach out and assist those most in need goes to you, our sponsors and supporters. So, many thanks for your warm and caring spirit and your generosity. May God bless you all as we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event on Saturday, August 12, 2017. In Meg’s words: “I love you from the top, middle, and bottom of my heart!”
— Deacon Ray & Kathy Garbach

Without Your Support


On behalf of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers Foundation, and speaking for each of the Brothers, we thank Holy Trinity parishioners for their very generous gift of $4,899.20. The gift will support the Mission Ministries for the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Strengthened and encouraged by your continuing prayers and financial support, we will continue our ministry of education and service to the poor, while opening ourselves to new initiatives.

We would also like to thank you for the generous gift in the amount of $1,590 for the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy working in the mission areas of Brazil and Chili. We thank you a hundred-fold for reaching out to the beautiful people of Brazil and Chile with your love and generosity.

…”Charitable works of mercy lead us to the Lord because it is in the needy brother and sister that we see the Lord himself.” Pope Francis

Note of Gratitude

A letter of gratitude came from Rev. Robert C. Bradler, Diocesan Director for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Please accept our deepest gratitude for your parish response to the 2016 Missionary Cooperation Appeal for the benefit of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. We have received your checks totaling $4,799.20. What a great response.

This letter gives me an opportunity to express my own thanks for your support of our mission programs. Thank you for receiving these missionaries in the name of the Lord Jesus. It is always a great joy to hear from our visitors how warmly they had been welcomed into our Diocese and into our parishes. That is because of you!

“Where does Jesus send us?”
“There are no borders, no limits. He sends us to everyone.”
Pope Francis

Again, I thank you for your missionary support and your warm hospitality, in welcoming these missionaries into your parish community.

Sincerely yours,
Rev. Robert C. Bradler.

Note of Gratitude

Our St. Joseph’s table recipient this year was Mary’s Place, a refugee outreach center.

Dear Holy Trinity Church,
Thank you very much for the generous donation made by Holy Trinity in the amount of $172.53. As you may know, many of the refugees that are served by Mary’s Place have been forced from their homeland to live in refugee camps as a result of war, persecution, and/or fear of death. They come to our country with very little in the way of basic material goods needed to survive and most often without the English literacy skills need- ed to thrive in our society. Your very thoughtful donation to Mary’s Place enables us to provide various relief and outreach services and programs to refugees including food and clothing distribution; English-as-a-Second language classes; Pre-K classes; casework services; green card/citizenship assistance; and our beading/jewelry project.

Please know that we are very grateful for your caring and im- portant contribution to our refugee community. Without the support of generous community members like your congregation, Mary’s Place would be unable to provide the above ser- vices. Thank you once again for joining in our mission to welcome and help settle refugee families into our community.

Warm Regards,
Maria Perticone,
Assistant Director Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach

Note of Gratitude

Last year one of our Penny Sunday Collections was for Mercy Community Services. We have received a thank you note from them.

On behalf of the Mercy Community Services, staff, board, and service recipients, we thank you for your contribution of $1,718.05.

Each day, Mercy Community Services staff and volunteers sup- port the most vulnerable in our community. Homeless teen mothers are taught the independent living skills necessary to live successfully with their children. Individuals may receive dental health screenings and care that they may not have been able to afford.

Thank you again for your gift. The lives of many people will be better because of your generosity.

Nikisha S. Johnson

A Note of Thanks

On February 15, the American Red Cross sponsored a blood drive at Holy Trinity Church. They were very pleased with the drive overall, and the willingness of the donors to share this life saving gift.

With the efforts of Holy Trinity during this crucial time for blood donors, we had 41 donors registered, 4 donors were deferred and 42 units were collected. We also registered 2 first time donors! They were thankful to all who donated and supported this community program.

House of Mercy: Note of Thanks

Dear Holy Trinity,
Many thanks are extended from the House of Mercy for the ten generous Christmas Baskets we received from your parish. You are very helpful in making Christmas a joyous celebration for our needy families. Thank you for your compassion.

Peace, Sister Rita Lewis

This note of thanks came from St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish. On December 12, we held the Christmas Carol Event in the Gathering Space and the proceeds were given to this parish.

On behalf of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish family, I would like to thank you for your kind note and donation of $300.00 to our Parish. I can assure you that your gift will be used very appropriately in our various ministries for those who are most needy. This includes our St. Andrew’s and Sr. Regis Food Cupboards, Matthew’s Closet Clothing Ministry and our affiliated ministry of St. Vincent DePaul Society.

Words cannot express the sincerity of the level of appreciation we have for your assistance and support. In addition to facilitating service to our parishioners, many less-fortunate individuals in our community will also benefit significantly from your sharing of this gift.

Again, I thank you for your kindness and generosity,

Jim Kinsman, Director of Finance & Administration.

We had a wonderful note from the Wayne County Rural Ministry/Come-Unity Center in Williamson.

Dear Friends,
“As soon as we have enough to live, we should help the rest of the world. How sad it would be to live a life of (plenty) with-out contributing to the happiness of those who are less fortunate…” Dalai Lama

You have established a strong pattern of helping less fortunate people through us. Whenever we ask for your assistance in helping our friends in need, you respond, not only with funding, but often with inspirational notes. Both keep us going.

God bless you and everyone you love,
Janis Thomason-Mussen, Executive Director

Note of thanks from Fr. Bradler (9/2015)

Many thanks for your recent check for the sum of $4,063.78. This amount represents the 2015 Missionary Cooperation Plan collection taken up in your parish this year for the benefit of the Catholic Migrant Ministry.

I am especially grateful to you for your kind reception of our Missionaries. We have had a great tradition of hospitality to visiting Mission Priests, Sisters and Lay people. I rejoice that you are keeping this spirit of charity alive in our diocese.

As co-workers with Christ, we are engaged in missionary activity, which Vatican II called “the greatest and holiest work of the Church”.

With every good wish, I remain
Rev. Robert C. Bradler, Diocesan Director

We have received a note of gratitude from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for our Diocesan Mission Sunday recipients.

Dear Pastoral Leader,

“To love another person is to see the face of God!” Les Miserables. Your people have seen the face of God in the love and lives of their brothers and sisters in Brazil and Chile. You and your faith community have responded generously to the cry of the poor by your gift in the amount of $1,783.00.

“I never stopped thanking God for you and recommending you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:16

In the name of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy, we thank you a hundred fold for your generous partnership in building God’s kingdom. May the Lord bless you and smile upon you always for all that you do for God’s people in the Missions.

With every good wish, I remain

Rev. Robert C. Bradler,
Diocesan Director

This note came from St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality (Rochester Catholic Worker) for the monies received from the St. Joseph Table.

Dear Friends:
On behalf of St. Joseph’s Catholic Worker House, we wish to thank you for your $210.00 gift. Generosity such as this makes our ministry possible and we are most appreciative of your support.

Your gift helps ensure that our guests will continue to receive at least a meal a day as well as the use of a telephone, washer & dryer and showers.

Again, thank you for your generous gift,
Very truly yours,
Rachael Morlock
& The Community at St. Joseph’s House

We have received a note of gratitude from Birthright of Ontario for our February Penny Sunday Collection.

Dear Amazing, Holy Trinity Staff and all the people of Holy Trinity,
Thank you for your generous gift of $1,355.00. This will help as we are serving more people and babies than we ever anticipated.

May God bless you for all your pro-life endeavors.
Nora Craft, Director of Birthright

RAIHN – Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc.

We have received a note of gratitude from RAIHN – Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. RAIHN was the recipient of our January Penny Sunday. It was sent to our Director of Hope – Margery Morgan.

Dear Holy Trinity Church,
Thank you so much for Holy Trinity’s Penny Sunday January gift of $1,946.55 received by RAIHN recently. It is donations such as yours which help us survive these tough financial times and to offer our services day in and day out to homeless families in Rochester. We are glad RAIHN has been able to serve some Holy Trinity families in need.

Last year in 2014 we had double the number of inquiries for shelter from families needing help. In 2012 there were 239 inquiries; 2013—265 and this past year well over 300. Although we can only accommodate 5 families at a time, RAIHN served 27 families in 2014, 320 families in our 10 1/2 years of service. We are able to follow graduate families for a year and assist them in staying out of homelessness. Very few FAIHN families return to homelessness after participation in RAIHN.

Nearly 2000 volunteers serve to make this program a warm and caring environment for families in crisis. We are proud of the gracious hospitality they provide on a daily basis. Thirteen hosts and twenty-five support con-gregations work together seamlessly to be a caring back-ground for the families. RAIHN is one of 186 affiliates of the national Family Promise organization which serves homeless families all over the USA.

Thank you again for your wonderful gift to the RAIHN Program.

Sincerely yours,
Bill Tierney, RAIHN Board Chairman

April 2015

Letter from Bishop Matano

I write to express my most sincere gratitude to you and your very dedicated parishioners for exceeding your assigned goal in the commitments for the 2014/2015 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). Your very significant contribution is a great help to the Fund, and such generosity must never be taken for granted.

But, your success is really no surprise. In my travels, I have come to appreciate more and more the goodness and kindness of our wonderful people who make up the Diocese of Rochester. Where there is a need, you respond wholeheartedly. Through you and because of you our charitable agencies, programs and services will continue, and our diocesan ministries will be confirmed and even strengthened.

Fittingly, the theme of this year’s CMA is “Attitude of gratitude.” This theme is not only a recognition of the extraordinary spirit of generosity among our parishioners, but, also serves as a reminder that each of us must begin each new day with gratitude for all the blessings our Heavenly Father has given us. I truly consider you and your parishioners a blessing in my life.

I pray that the Lord will continue to bless your parish family, and I ask for a memento in your prayers in order that I may be a Good Shepherd in service to you and all the faithful in our be-loved Diocese. Congratulations upon such a fine accomplishment!

Devotedly yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano,
Bishop of Rochester

January 2015

Mission Sunday Offerings

Below is a note of gratitude from Fr. Bradler, Diocesan Director for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Dear Co-Workers in the Lord:
With a deep sense of gratitude, we have received the Mission Sunday offerings from your faith community. We acknowledge your check in the amount of $1,375.00

“Love begins at home, and from there love will spread to my neighbor, in the street I live, in the town I live, and in the whole world.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Your people, through their prayers and generous response to World Mission Sunday, have truly given witness to Mother Teresa’s statement by touching the lives of our brothers and sisters served by our dedicated missionaries in distant countries.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “I will build my Church”, you have helped in a special way the world’s youngest Catholic Church in Mongolia and elsewhere.

Thanking you again for your enthusiasm and generous participation in this year’s celebration of World Mission Sunday, I am

Most gratefully in Christ,
Rev. Robert C. Bradler

January 2015