I posted this in a post on Phatmass but I realize some of my readers may not be on there and might not be able to give some feedback so I'm posting here as well.
Today at about 11:30 I will be getting on the road to drive four hours to Orlando (where my parents live) to meet with the pastor from my old parish to discuss possible financial assistance. This meeting has been in the making for about 3 months now and I cannot wait. I am anxious and nervous and scared and excited and everything you can possibly think of.
My dear sweet mother spoke to Fr briefly about him helping me and he was open to the idea and asked to meet with me and talk to me. I am hoping that at the very least father is able to help me get in touch with some donors who are able and open to assist young vocations in the church.
I have realized that it takes complete and utter trust in the Lord in order to truly lay it all out and rely on others' kindness and open heart. Please pray that the Lord continues to guide me and that I continue to grow in humility and trust in Him. I am thinking that I might also speak to father about organizing a dinner down there or even some kind of pledge drive to work with donors who might want to pledge some monthly contributions to my loans. I found out that I would be able to enter even if my loans were not completely paid off, as long as they were pledged for (so let us pray for that)
I meet with father at 5pm so I hope it all goes well and that I have a safe drive (I have to drive back to Tally after the meeting because I teach tomorrow) This is going to mean missing my standing meeting with my Spiritual Director today but I am trusting that it is all for the best.
I have never had such an important meeting in my life. This is my plan
- Arrive by about 4:00 (go home, change real quickly and eat something)
- Go visit Christ in chapel (the church is litterally down the street from me so.... - and they have adoration till evening mass!! )
- meet with father and discuss the following
- Getting financial assistance from parish if possible
- Working with Serra Club and K of C to put together a dinner of some sorts or get some kind of sponsorship
- Work with them to do a pledge drive or a fundraising drive.
Do you guys have any other ideas of what I should talk about or how to say these things? I am sooo afraid that I will get too nervous to remember anything. I am getting really nervous now just thinking about it. (maybe I should bring my notebook)
In other news.........
(drum roll please)
I have managed to get my loans to under $50,000.00 Actually with fundraising from rosaries, my dinner and other in kind donations, it is almost at $46,000 (which is a HUGE deal - I mean I didn't think it would ever get below $50,000 so soon and now it might be possible to get it below $40,000 before the year is out) Thank you all so very much for your prayers, your contributions and your words of encouragement.
Please continue to keep me in your prayers as I continue to keep you in mine. I will be sure to give as detailed of an update as I can when I return.