‘Buy a CD, build a church’

Editor Renee Webb of The Globe, newspaper of the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa, writes that pastor Father David Hemann is putting the profits from sales of a CD he recorded — his seventh — toward construction costs of his parish’s new church. He even has a slogan: “Buy a CD, build a church.”

The new church is for Sacred Heart in Ida Grove; he also is pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Holstein and St. Martin Church in Odeboldt.

Sacred Heart has about 240 families, and the parish is in its second three-year fundraising campaign; they still have $1 million to raise for construction of the church and parish hall, which will cost more than $2.8 million.

Father Hemann and his parish's new church under construction. (Photo courtesy of The Globe)

“With a small group of people, building a church is a huge task,” Father Hemann told The Globe. So he is contributing 100 percent of the profits of his new CD to the project. Titled “Oasis,” it is the seventh CD he has recorded. It’s his first instrumental-only release. There is a big call for “peaceful, spirit-filled, anointed intrumental music that puts you in the presence of God without the distraction of words.” Check out his CD at his website.

He said he thinks the title “Oasis” is especially fitting, as he believes “a church is an oasis,” The Globe reported. It is “where you can come out of the dryness of the desert, the world, and get your canteen filled up with grace so you can go back into the world,” the priest explained.

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