We, the people of the Catholic Community of St. Jude, are followers of Christ. Empowered by the Holy Spirit and under the guidance of our bishop and pastor, we strive to use our diverse skills and unique vision to build the Kingdom of God in our hearts and in our world. We strive to live the Gospel and reflect the compassion and love of Jesus to all people.
Matthew 7:7 says,
“Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.”
After the mini-feasibility study conducted by Greater Mission they reported back to us that there was overwhelming support to proceed with the campaign in order to meet the needs of the parish and diocese. However, of the families who filled out a survey form (180), not one family indicated that they were willing to donate more than $25,000 over a five year period. Based on that, Greater Mission has reservations about our ability to raise $3.25 million dollars. Their statistics and algorithms indicate a goal somewhere between $2 to $2.5 million dollars unless we receive indications of larger donations. With that information, we asked architect Dave Swanson to revise the drawings to fall within the range of $2 to $2.5 million dollars. Dave Swanson is currently finishing his revisions and reports that he has been able to achieve the goal of adequate facilities that meet the needs of the parish and costs of around $2 million dollars. Upon completion they will be examined by the councils for approval and then brought before the parish. This should occur by the second or third week in August.
In the meantime we had the pleasure of meeting Michael Bluemling who is our Witness to HOPE Campaign Director from Greater Mission. Michael is energetic and eager to get started on what he believes will be a highly successful campaign. Michael will be working behind the scenes currently with a few of the staff in order to lay the groundwork necessary for a highly successful campaign. You will all have an opportunity to meet Michael once we are ready to launch the formal campaign which should occur sometime during August. The timeline for the Capital Campaign will be from now until around December 15, 2016.
Having given you the current details of what has transpired, our focus needs to be on the spirituality of this mission. This will be a very prayerful campaign. This is not what we will achieve but what God will achieve through us. We are not seeking to build an office building, a grocery store, or a bakery. We are seeking to build another room in God’s house. We are seeking to build His Kingdom. A place where God’s grace will bring evangelization, catechesis, and service. A place of discipleship and where all are welcomed.
The time is now to ask God for His blessing on this campaign, to seek His wisdom in conducting a successful campaign, and to knock on each other’s doors so that each of us may participate, to the best of their ability, in this worthy mission.
Click here to read the full report on the Feasibility Study
Join Fr. Bob Irish on a celebratory pilgrimage to Italy! Pilgrimage includes visits to Rome and Assisi in November 2017! Celebrate Mass in historic churches, roundtrip airfare from Detroit & daily sightseeing including the sites of St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Catherine and the highlights of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, the basilica's of Christian Rome, the ruins of Ancient Rome, and the Papal Audience with Pope Francis!
Please join us on October 4 at 7pm for a pilgrimage information meeting and presentation. More Information