A Message from Fr. Matt
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of our Open Our Hearts in Welcome Campaign. As of today, together, we have raised a total of $8 million to renovate the church, provide more parking, and improve lighting and technology in our facilities. Raising $8 million within six months was the result of a lot of hard work and effort and the selfless generosity of many people. This is an exciting accomplishment. I know that each donation to the campaign was the result of thoughtful discernment and sacrificial giving, and St. James is blessed by your generosity.
To Those Who Asked to Extend the Campaign
Because we reached our goal within a relatively short period of time, some people asked if we could pursue the original plan that included increasing the size of the church. This was the plan that would increase church seating from 500 to 824 and create more meeting and storage space in the basement. The additional cost to do this is $2.5 million. After consulting with parish leadership and meeting with parishioners at two town hall meetings in January, the decision was made to pursue raising the additional monies to increase the size of the church. The majority of people who attended these meetings raised their hands in support of an extended campaign.
The Extended Campaign
If you are someone who has not yet had an opportunity to make an initial gift to the campaign and would like to do so, or someone who indicated you would increase your pledge if we decided to extend the campaign, we will be collecting commitments between now and June 8th. If we are able to raise $1.25 million, the parish finance committee has committed $1.25 million from current parish assets which will bring us to our goal of $2.5 million. If we are not able to raise the $1.25 million by June 8th, we will return all gifts and pledges that were made to the extended campaign and move forward with our current plan.
If you have any questions regarding the extended campaign please feel free to call me or Mary Lederer at 224-345-7200 . To download a pledge commitment form click on the link below this letter. Thank you.
Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Matt Foley
(Please see opposite page for renderings of what the larger church would look like.)
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