- As of April 8, 2018: Over $6.4 million has been pledged toward our $8 million goal by more than 730 families!
- AMAZING: Our current average pledge is $142 per month. This is one of the highest averages in the Diocese!
Witness to Hope Campaign: a new Ministry Center!
[Source: February 25, 2018 Forum bulletin insert letter.]
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
RE: Update on our new Parish Ministry Center and our 5-Year Pledge Campaign
First of all let me express my thanks to all who have pledged to our campaign to build our new Parish Ministry Center. As of now we are over $6 million towards our $8 million goal but as a parish of 2,800 families I am still very optimistic about reaching that goal in time for construction at the end of the 5 year campaign – but that will ultimately depend on all of us making a pledge!
This month, Greater Mission, whom we employed to oversee our campaign has completed its contract, so the task of raising the outstanding amount now falls to the parish leadership and our Building Committee. We have met our obligations under the Diocesan Campaign and so our sole focus is now on meeting the needs of our parish and our plans for the new Ministry Center. And this is why I now call on all remaining parishioners to join us in this great project.
After several conversations with parishioners I feel it is useful to affirm a few things:
First, our plan to build the Ministry Center is continuing. This is no longer an option but now a necessity for our parish. Our current gathering spaces especially our PAC no longer meet the needs of our community- we need extra space! We need a hall that can accommodate events as diverse as school plays/musicals, common conferences, funeral luncheons, wedding receptions, spiritual direction and the myriad of small groups that meet here. I know that there are some who ask why? But just look at the volume of activity that happens here each week as well as the many events and activities we have to postpone or defer indefinitely.
Secondly, let us remember that we are not just meeting current needs but preparing our parish for the future. As past generations made their gifts so now is the time to make ours! That is why this project is the responsibility of all and not just the few. So I ask you- have you made a pledge?
I know some are waiting to see if it truly happens – hopefully this letter now answers that question- yes, it is happening! Within 5 years our parish campus will look considerably different from today. Next to the Church we will have our new Ministry Center with a modern hall and small rooms for groups – our current offices will then become part of the school.
Thirdly, this coming spring time we will bless the site on the west side of the church to symbolize our firm intention to proceed and to begin the initial stages of our project.
Finally, it is not too late to join our campaign. Remember that your gift will make a difference. It will not only reflect your commitment to our parish but make a bold statement that you truly value the work that we do here in the name of the Gospel. Remember you can make your pledge by using the pledge card in your personal family packet, or you can pick up a new pledge card as you leave Mass this weekend, or visit us online at www.witnesstohope.net.
However you decide and whatever amount you pledge, know that together we are building something very special that will meet the needs of our growing community.
So once again I ask you – will you join us in this great project?
I pray God’s blessings upon you this Lenten season.
Fr. James Conlon
QUESTIONS? Call the parish office @ 734-821-2100 and ask for Pam.