Ways to Donate
Donations may be made to the Lourdes Shrine in Litchfield, Ct. We do count on your financial and prayerful support as we strive, as a community, to bring the Good News and God’s healing grace to the thousands of people who visit the shrine every year.
Some are able to help support us through their treasure and we are grateful to those who are able. Others are able to help support us through their talents and volunteer at the Shrine in varying capacities. We are grateful to all for the generosity that is shared with us.
There are a variety of ways to give to help support the Lourdes Shrine here in Litchfield. Listed below are the most common ways in which our benefactors and donors make financial donations.
You may donate on line or send a check to Lourdes in Litchfield at:
Lourdes in Litchfield
PO Box 667
Litchfield, CT 06759
Checks may be made out to Lourdes in Litchfield
We can accept credit card donations from your Visa or Mastercard or you may pay through PayPal. This may be done by going to the Donate through PayPal button and follow the prompts.
Donations may be made in memory of a deceased person or to honor a person still living. These donations will be published on our web site unless you specify otherwise.
A bequest is a gift made through an individual’s will and is a time-honored way to make a difference in the lives of others well into the future. You can include Lourdes in Litchfield in your will and make a bequest in several different ways. Please always consult with your attorney and/or financial advisor before making a bequest
There is a tree at the Shrine that is always the first to change its leaves in August, and it signals the coming days of autumn that brings a striking beauty to the Litchfield Hills. It is also a reminder that the heating season at Lourdes and at Montfort House is on the horizon.
Last year it cost $50,000 to heat the Shrine buildings and Montfort House from September 2022 to April 2023. Thanks to your generosity, our Fuel Fund during that period garnered $29,000.
We have taken some steps to reduce our heating costs in the coming months. We converted the Sacristy House from oil to propane fuel, and we are doing the same in Pilgrim Hall. This will reduce our dependence on higher priced oil. Going forward, we negotiated a lower price for oil and propane for 2023 – 2024, thus reducing our heating costs even further.
We are initiating our annual Fuel Drive now in hopes that you can continue your generous support. Some of you have already stepped forward with contributions for the coming heating season. Thanks to those of you who have already anticipated our needs. We are grateful for your ongoing concern and generosity.
As you would be aware the cooler months tend to be financially leaner at the Shrine, with fewer people visiting the Shrine and Gift Shop, and our cash flow always slows down. If you have not already contributed to our Fuel / Energy fund, would you consider lending a hand to keep the fires burning for the rest of the winter? Any donation, large or small, would be a help. Thanks for considering this.
If you are able to help us, please send your check to Lourdes in Litchfield, P.O. Box 667, Litchfield CT 06759. Make a note on your check that your contribution is for the Fuel / Energy fund. Alternatively, you can make a cash donation using an envelope marked with Fuel / Energy fund.
Thank you for all you do to make Lourdes in Litchfield and Montfort House a place of peace and prayer for all those who come here. Blessings on you and your loved ones.
Fr. Don LaSalle, S.M.M.
Some of you may be looking for ways to get involved in supporting our ministry here. Here are a few possibilities for you to consider.
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer – once a week, or once a month, or once a year? Go to the Volunteer Page on our website (shrinect.org) to see some ways you can help. Fill out a Volunteer Application to let us know what you are interested in.
Are you willing to lend some financial support? Here are some options.
Consider contributing to our Energy Fund and help us keep the lights on and the buildings warm during the winter. January through March are leaner months for us financially since there are fewer visitors to the Shrine and the Gift Shop during this time. We have made some improvements to keep our energy costs down, but your contributions to the Energy Fund would have a major impact.
Amazon Wish List
If you want to donate something specific that we need, take a look at our Wish List on our Donate Page. When you are doing some online shopping, you can add an item that would benefit the Shrine and Montfort House.
Do you want your donation to commemorate a loved one who is deceased or to honor someone who is living? When you specify this with your donation, the person’s name will be listed on our Memorial Gifts Page. Trees, items used in our liturgies, and other objects can also be memorialized. Go here to learn the specifics.
If you are considering a remembrance of Lourdes in Litchfield in your will, give us a call and we can provide the information that you need.
How to Make a Donation
Donations can be made through our website, please use any of the links provided to the left, by check, or by credit card.
On our website, you can use our PayPal donation button. (You will get a notice about your contribution to the Missionaries of the Company of Mary. That’s us! It’s the official incorporated name of the Montfort Missionaries.)
Checks can be made out to Lourdes in Litchfield and mailed to our address:
Lourdes in Litchfield
P.O. Box 667
Litchfield, CT 06759
If you want to use a credit card, call our office at 860-567-1041, and we will process your card using our Square system.
Thank you for your support. You have a place in our daily prayer.
Fr. Don LaSalle, SMM