Our community is excited to participate alongside all parishes, missions and Catholic centers in the Archdiocese to strengthen and renew our Church for the future. Please continue reading to learn how this campaign will benefit us.
Most Churches in our Archdiocese were built more than 50 years ago. Overtime, many buildings have fallen into disrepair. In 2018, the Archdiocese launched a remarkable campaign entitled Called to Renew which seeks to secure funds to renew or renovate much of the deferred maintenance that the Sunday collections do not cover.
I am sure you have seen many a bulletin where a parish posts their weekly collection as this much and their expenses as so much more. What suffers in the end are the physical buildings that our ancestors have built and without due care will not be preserved for our children. So yes, this campaign is truly needed.
Every parish in the Archdiocese will participate in the campaign including St. Vitus. The goal for our campaign is $1,000,000, of which $312,500 will go to support poor parishes and the other needs outlined in the brochure. Everything we raise over and above will remain right here with our parish.
Truth be said, we need to fundraise to purchase a large permanent church and campus. A few years ago, we had the Founder’s Campaign. These generous Founders raised the money to get our parish established and to purchase our current church. Many people donated to the building fund, but the fact is that we need to all pitch in and start another campaign if we ever want to get out from under this tent! Called to Renew is a perfect opportunity for us to start a much-needed campaign.
If we were to engage a fundraising company to run a campaign, the cost will be quite similar if not more than $300,000. What would otherwise be a fundraising fee will help other parishes and the Archdiocese, while we can use the Called to Renew fundraising framework for our own campaign. It’s a win-win!
I hope that you will consider a sacrificial gift to our campaign. A five-year pledge will put us in the best position to achieve our goal. Please take a moment to review the materials on the following page.
Pledged over 5 years for the Called to Renew Campaign.
Our Parish Receives
To renew our parish and strengthen ministries.
Our need is clear. We need a larger church that can give shelter not only to Christ but to a growing parish. Somewhere where we can pray indoors, where children are safe to play, where a future school can be established, where we can have gathering spaces for our different parish groups.
While we have been raising funds for a few years now, we need to raise much more before we can purchase or build a permanent home. Therefore, we will use our funds from Called to Renew for the new Church.