In 2009, parish members completed a questionnaire to address parish needs for the future. Over the past 3 years the Parish Council and other parish committees have addressed many of the needs you identified. It is now time to address the larger goals.
The results of the questionnaire indicated that almost 70% of you felt a strong need for additional facilities to accommodate special events, classes, bible studies, and social activities such as wedding receptions and parish-wide gatherings.
Finance Committee Creation Father Athanasius created of a group of parishioners to explore the possibility of creating a building large enough to meet these needs and investigate whether a Parish Life Center was feasible for our parish. Over the past 3 years, this committee has been discussing and researching the practicality of a Parish Life Center.
Members considered alternatives to building a brand new building. They also weighed the practical needs and financial capabilities of our parish. They examined
whether existing buildings were being used wisely,
what kind of space would meet the needs you identified, and
whether the parish is financially able to support pursuing a major building project.
They found that existing buildings and spaces are either too small or completely inappropriate for meeting the needs identified on the survey.
Past St. Paul Parish Building Projects Below is the building projects of our forefathers:
In 1900: church building
in 1948: current school building
In 1957: current convent
In 1963: rectory In 1974: existing gymnasium
Considering our forefathers’ major building projects, we feel a sense of responsibility for our generation to provide facilities for following generations. Therefore, the Parish Council, the Building Committee, and the Finance Committee, are proposing the construction of a Parish Life Center to meet the current and future needs of our large and growing parish. Perceived Uses The Parish Life Center will have many uses including the following:
Church overflow for large masses such as Christmas and Easter
Parish potlucks and gatherings
School fundraising like the Bazaar
School activities and events
Financial Feasibility Regarding the financial feasibility, the committee feels comfortable pursing such a large building project for two reasons.
The church and school are each in good financial shape. Any repairs or maintenance needs already have funds set aside for that explicit use.
One of our parish families has generously offered a $500,000 matching donation for the specific purpose of building a Parish Life Center. However, this donation will not be offered indefinitely and is not available for any other project.
We are enthusiastic about and committed to this opportunity to improve the facilities at St. Paul parish, allowing us to better serve our growing parish family and renew our sense of community.