As we welcome the start of a new year, we are geared up and ready to begin our capital campaign. For several months, Fr. Leo has been working with the consultants at the Steier Group, a professional services firm that specializes in helping Catholic parishes facilitate successful capital campaigns. On the weekend of Jan. 13-14, we are excited to kick off the active fundraising phase of our campaign!
“The consultants at the Steier Group helped us identify the most pressing needs we have as a parish right now and then, through the feasibility study they conducted, we assessed which needs we could most likely address through a capital campaign,” Fr. Leo says. “Initially, the feasibility study listed five or six projects that would greatly benefit the parish, and from there, we narrowed it down to three that we are going to set out to accomplish.”
Through this capital campaign, we are hoping to build a new school cafeteria.
“We have been using the basement in the church as the school cafeteria for years now, and that creates multiple concerns — not the least of which is a safety issue,” Fr. Leo says. “The students have to walk down to the church every day for lunch, and that comes with many security risks.”
What’s more, as the basement currently functions as the school cafeteria, we are using the school gym as a makeshift parish center when our Funeral Dinners Ministry needs to host an event. Beyond the logistical issues created by functioning this way, this also adds yet another security risk for our children.
“People are simply walking into and out of the gym when the ministry is hosting a lunch,” Fr. Leo says. “It does not allow for an overly tight sense of security for our children.”
Using the gym accordingly creates logistical problems for the school when they need the gym for physical education during those periods. Our hope is that building a new cafeteria will alleviate all of this current shuffling. With the cafeteria built, we then plan to convert the parish basement into a parish center that can be used for funeral dinners and many other events.
With both of those projects taken care of,
Fr. Leo says that, if finances allow, the next goal of the campaign is to add more classrooms to the school.
“Last year, it was brought to our attention that we would need a third kindergarten class this year,” he says. “However, we didn’t have the space for that. So we had to move the school library to the church and convert the library into another classroom.”
Needless to say, this move involves yet more shuffling and security risks for both our children and our school staff, and addressing this need is vital.
Vital though it is, all of this can only be accomplished with the help of every one of us. This is our parish family and our parish school — as good stewards of the gifts God has given to us, it is our responsibility to do what we can to take care of it! Let’s all band together in the coming years to see that this capital campaign is a huge success.
So much of this capital campaign’s goal is focused on the lives and education of our children. As you consider pledging to the campaign, keep them on the top of your mind. Their safety, their faith formation, and their lives matter more than we can adequately express, and our work together through this capital campaign will undoubtedly serve them greatly.
Our goal is to raise between $5.5 and $6.5 million to fund the campaign, and we need every parishioner to help make it happen. You will be contacted in the coming weeks if you have not yet been, and we ask that you prayerfully consider contributing.
“There are annual, semi-annual, quarterly, and monthly ways to pledge throughout the 36-month campaign,” says Sean McDonough, our parish’s personal consultant from the Steier Group. “And, of course, there’s always the option to give a one-time gift.”
But in whatever way you choose to do so, be sure to get involved. Take ownership of this parish family of ours and make it a priority to participate in 2024!