“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason of hope.” With every successful capital campaign, there is a strong faith in stewardship and confidence in a clear achievable vision and a mission (plan). As we embark on our Capital Campaign for the One Community Center (Parish Hall), it is my responsibility, as your pastor, to affirm and encourage you to “give an explanation to anyone who asks for a reason for your hope.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Since 2014, our parish has embraced stewardship as a way of life and took stewardship formation, at all levels of parish life, seriously. We learned that all our gifts of time, talent and treasure are God-given, and in return, a portion of these gifts are given back to Him according to what He has given each of us. As a result of your stewardship, our parish has grown in the number of people praying, participation in various ministries, and giving in treasure. The stewardship formation we continue to receive will inspire us to have confidence in the succession of the our campaign.
In our capital campaign, we have been guided by Catholic Stewardship Consultants (CSC) in a professional way, keeping in mind that we are a stewardship parish. Our faith and confidence in reaching our goal is attributed to both our parish commitment to stewardship and the professionalism of CSC.
Through Stewardship, we have discovered many skilled parishioners with leadership talents in our parish. For an example, we are very blessed to discover that a retired construction engineer, with over 40 years of experience, will assist us in this process. The Leadership Advisory Council (LAC) is a group that I have assembled for assistance and advice with the direction and operation of our parish. In the last three years of planning our One Community Center, we have moved quite fast and saved money in the process because of their guidance.
Robust Plan and Operation Strategy
We have constructed a strong plan and operation strategy for a successful capital campaign. With professional architects/engineers, the design plan is near 100% complete, it should be completed by July 2017. The design rendering and operation strategy will be in the campaign brochure that you will receive in the mail. The operation strategy estimates our timeline with construction cost estimates to ensure that we will stay on task with our capital campaign goal. Such details on our timeline are crucial in a three-year capital campaign.
What You Need to Do? Join hands with me and other parishioners who have sacrificially pledged and help us make our One Community Center happen. I have a lot of confidence in your commitment to our wonderful parish. There is no doubt that we need an additional place to gather, connect, engage and prepare for witnessing the Gospel (evangelization). Please consider pledging sacrificially to the capital campaign. With our parish coming together as a community, this gives me great confidence and conviction that we will succeed. I begin with my own sacrificial pledge. Join me.