Why does the church need a 15,000 square foot building to provide programs?
For a parish and school of our size, we only have two rooms and one parish hall for program use. In addition, there is limited space for staff to do their work. The Parish Life Center will have a large multi-purpose room, seven meeting rooms, an enlarged Gathering Area for use before and after Masses, and a full basement.
What is the timeline for construction and completion of the new building?
Construction of new building will take approximately 10 to 12 months. We plan to break ground in the Spring of 2020 with approximate completion in early 2021.
How many parking spaces will be added, and will there be an increase in handicapped parking?
140 new parking spaces are being added which includes more than a dozen additional handicapped spaces.
Will the new building have an elevator?
Yes, all three floors of the Parish Life Center will be accessible by an elevator.
How will the Gathering Area be changed?
The Gathering Area will be doubled in size with multiple areas to socialize and meet people. There will be a refreshment area offering coffee, tea, and water before and after masses as well as for other occasions.
Will the Church or Chapel be impacted by the construction?
No, the Church and Chapel will not be touched or changed in this project.
What will the 2nd floor look like? How will it be used?
The 2nd floor will be a wide-open flexible space to provide for a variety of events. This may include senior luncheons, specialized programs for youth, receptions after funerals and baptisms, speaker presentations, educational and bible study sessions. There will be a service area equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, and counter space.
How much more money do we still need to raise?
We need to raise $400,000 to completely fund this project.
When will the entire parish and our school families be asked to participate in the campaign?
We are in final phase of fund raising. In February 2020, Father Walsh will request support from all parishioners.
What types of donations are needed to fully fund the project?
With $740,000 to our fund-raising finish line, campaign success will come from donations across multiple levels. We will be asking for gifts that range in size from $25,000 to $100. And of importance, each gift, no matter the amount, will be needed and greatly appreciated.
Will any funds raised for this project go to any sexual abuse lawsuits against the diocese?
No, not a cent.
Can my donation be fulfilled over multiple years?
Yes, to allow parishioners to support this project to their potential, commitments may be fulfilled over multiple years. Many of our donors have chosen a three-year period to allow their current level of parish giving to be maintained.
If I wish to begin supporting the project before the anticipated February 2020 request, may I contact the office?
We welcome your support whenever you are ready. Please contact the parish office to discuss your intentions.