Dear Fellow Parishioners,
This week I received the results of our feasibility study in relation to our plans to build a new Hall and Ministry Center to meet the growing needs of our community of faith. So let me first of all thank you for your prayers and opinions on this important parish matter. I would especially like to thank you to all those who participated in our town hall meetings, online and pew surveys, and one on one meetings with the folks from Greater Mission. The results of our study are now available on our parish website and parish office highlighting the main conclusions and recommendations.
I am delighted to announce that over 18% of our community shared their thoughts and views on this proposal. Of which, over 84% of those were in favor of building a new Hall and Ministry Center. Indeed, many indicated that this initiative was long overdue and would enhance the overall ministry of our diverse and very active community of faith and so were wiling to support and contribute to realizing this goal.
I am happy to announce, based on the results of the Feasibility Study and our newly formed Building Committee, we will be seeking an $ 8 million combined campaign for Witness to Hope and the new Hall and Ministry Center of 15,000 – 20,000 sq. ft.
Taking into account all your suggestions and thoughts, the proposed new Hall and Ministry Center would consist of a large hall with a commercial kitchen which would be about 2x the size of our current PAC and would be available to all of our ministries within the parish and school. There would be additional flexible meeting room space and parish offices located within the new Ministry Center. Our architect and Building Committee are currently developing a program model of what will be going into the new Hall and Ministry Center and will be seeking input from parishioners, committees and ministry leaders as we progress further.
Thank you again for your feedback and support of the new Hall and Ministry Center. I invite you to read the Feasibility Study and Executive Summary and to note its recommendations and findings. It sets a very positive tone and provides some clear advice on how we can go forward to achieve our goal. Again, I am restating my commitment to keep you fully abreast with each step of the process with transparency and clarity.
Please continue to pray for this initiative.
Fr. James Conlon