Parishioners from Quincy's Catholic churches will be asked to lend their financial support to help Quincy Notre Dame High School during "Commitment Sunday" activities this weekend.
Members of each parish will be asked to contribute to QND's annual fund drive, which has total goal of raising $411,000.
The fund drive helps finance the school's daily operations, defray the cost of tuition and provide financial aid to families. QND officials say the cost to educate one QND student is $5,850. Tuition this year is $4,800. The fund drive bridges the gap between the education cost and tuition.
Since 1977, the annual fund has raised more than $10 million.
The first phase of this year's campaign kicked off Jan. 18 with volunteers seeking contributions from area businesses, corporations and industry sources. More than $132,000 has been collected to date, representing 67 percent of the first phase's $198,000 goal.
The second phase of the fund drive begins this weekend when QND seeks to raise $146,000 from parishioners. More than 4,500 Catholic families will be asked to make pledges and donations on Commitment Sunday.
Volunteer chairmen and workers from each parish assist with the effort to request and receive donations during the weekend and to make follow-up calls as needed.
The following individuals are serving as chairmen of this year's Commitment Sunday:
º St. Anthony -- The Rev. Tom Hagstrom, Shawn and Tina Peters, and Brent and Gina Whelan.
º St. Francis -- The Rev. Don Blaeser, Jeff and Cathy Coy, Roger and Camille Donaldson, Shaun and Sue Carey, and Bruce and Theresa Alford.
º Blessed Sacrament -- Monsignor Michael Kuse, Jerry and Julie Smith, Shawn and Jennifer Dickerman, and Russ and Anna Hinkamper.
º St. Peter -- Monsignor Leo Enlow, Randy and Michelle Gengenbacher, Darren and Melissa Brinkley, and Doug and Janie Reed.
The third phase of the fund drive -- the national alumni campaign -- will begin in April with the annual "phonathon" May 6-16.
Anyone interested in donating to QND can do so by contacting Kurt Stuckman, executive director of the QND Foundation, at 224-2598 or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifts also can be made online at www.quincynotredame.org.