Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It has been my privilege and joy to serve as Pastor of St. Joseph Church & School for these past
seven years. Across our many parish ministries, we have kept our mission to strengthen marriage and the family through the sacramental life of the Church front and center. I believe it was our strong sense of community and reliance on the Lord’s grace that enabled us to respond with ingenuity and trust during the pandemic, evidenced by the outdoor Masses we offered on the upper soccer field and the way in which we reopened our school for in-person learning.
At the heart of all that we do here is the worship of our Triune God, as we come together as the Mystical Body of Christ, fed each week through the gift of the holy Eucharist. After more than
fifty years of use, our beloved church needs some attention. Much of the interior of our church
has not been updated since it was built in 1971. Investments in upgrades, interior and exterior repairs, and up to date technology are necessary. In addition, the heating and cooling system needs to be replaced.
After much prayer, study, and in consultation with our Pastoral Leadership team and Facilities Committee, and with an eye to the needs of the future, the Building on the Past, with Hope for the Future campaign seeks to enhance our beautiful church not only for our good, but that of future generations. Just as our existing church is the result of the generosity and stewardship of thousands of past and present parishioners, we too have a responsibility to ensure that our church is set on solid footing for future generations.
With this renovation project, we are making a statement that St. Joseph Church & School is not stuck in maintenance mode or short sighted. Rather, we are acknowledging that our parish is alive in the Holy Spirit, and that we take the practice of our faith, rooted in worship, seriously. To reach our goal of $2.5 million, we will need every family to commit to this campaign, each at the level that works within one’s personal budget, but also with a spirit of sacrificial giving. We have an opportunity to do something beautiful and great for God the Father, which will not only bless our experience of worship, but that will also attract new members and provide for future generations. I entrust our efforts to the intercession of St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
With Deepest Gratitude,
Capital Campaign Committee Members:
John Markley, John Schmuff, Jim Hamilton, Jim Dougherty, Debbie Rouse, Thelma Sam, Siony Placiente, Linda Canestraro, Connie Savage
The total investment required to refurbish our church and replace the HVAC systems is $2,500,000,which we seek to raise through this campaign. The following projects will be addressed:
OPPORTUNITIES FOR GIVING
Building on the Past, with Hope for the Future campaign offers a wide range of opportunities for giving. You can participate in the campaign by making a commitment that permits both flexibility and time to complete payment. Pledges may be fulfilled within a three-year period. We hope that most commitments will be completed within 36 months. However, we understand if you require a longer period of time.
INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE
The investments in our facilities at St. Joseph Church are vital to our future as a parish and larger faith community. We eagerly accept the challenges that face us as we become involved in this campaign, and we will strive to reach our goal through the support of our parishioners. Each of our situations and resources are unique, yet our collective success in this campaign will require all of us to give with a “sacrificial mindset.” I ask for both your prayers and your enthusiastic support as we continue to work together Building on the Past, with Hope for the Future.