FAQs

Why are we having this building campaign?

The St. Jude Parish community has out-grown its current building and the maintenance costs for an aging building are rising each year.
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How big will this building be?

The new building will have seating for 830 people, an increase of nearly 300 seats over our current facility.
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What will this building cost?

The preliminary estimate is $8 Million.
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How will we manage this effort?

The parish leaders, including clergy, Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Council, have created a campaign organization to manage this project.
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How is this campaign being organized and managed?

There are 4 major groups managing this project. 1. Campaign Committee (Co-Chairs: Frank & Adeline Orloski, Gary & Graceann McNealis) 2. Marketing / Communications Committee (Chair: Nichole Josefowicz) 3. Building Committee (Chair: Allen Foust, P.E.) 4. Campaign Administration (Tracie Machalick, Beth Cappellini)
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Do we have support from the Bishop and Diocese?

Yes - the Bishop and Diocesan officials have reviewed the campaign plan and are committed to supporting the parish with this effort.
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How will we pay for this new building?

In our proposal to the Bishop, we laid out a plan that included pledges for the 50% and a mortgage loan for 50% that the Diocese will help us secure. The Campaign Committee has shared the details of the pledge program with parish leaders during the Summer 2012, has solicited their support and participation, and now rolled out a parish-wide program to reach the $4 Million goal.
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What will the new church look like?

The new building will have a beautiful worship space, with a spacious entrance area and, a bell tower, St. Jude Shrine, Adoration Chapel and more. Architectural renderings are available.
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Will the church be modified or replaced?

The current building cannot structurally support renovation. Several architects and engineers over the past 20 years have all agreed that renovation is not possible. The current building will be razed to make room for the new building.
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Will parts of the current church be incorporated into the new building?

The new building will reflect the history of the church on the mountain, including artifacts from the current church, restoration of an original painting from St. Catherine's and beautiful stained glass windows reclaimed from closed churches.
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How will the pledge program work?

It would be impossible to raise money enough through cash donations or “gifts of convenience.” We must rely on everyone to plan a personal three-year goal and then accomplish it, one step at a time. This is a faith promise! The spirit of equal sacrifice – not equal gifts – will enable the parish community to make this church a reality. Some have already come forward with their equal sacrifice and many have stated they are ready to do so.
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What are my options for this faith promise?

Once you have prayed and reflected upon your commitment, you will sign a pledge card with the amount of your sacrifice. You can choose to pay it over time, using a monthly, quarterly or annual contribution.
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What happens once I sign my pledge card?

When the Campaign Administration team receives the pledge card, a confirmation package will be sent to you via U.S. Mail. This package will include a Commitment letter reflecting the amount of your pledge and the duration and frequency of payments. If you choose to use the Electronic Payment option, a member of the Campaign administration will contact you with information on enrollment for Online Giving. If you choose to use envelopes, a quantity will be sent to get you started.
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Will my name be included in a list of donors displayed at the church?

There are a number of opportunities for donors to have their name associated with parts of the church, from stained glass windows, to pews and more. Ask your Campaign Solicitor for details.
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When will the new church be completed?

The current plan is to collect the $4 Million in pledges (over 3 years), then secure a $4 Million mortgage with assistance from the Diocese. Once funding is in place, pre-construction activities (permits, testing, regulatory approvals) will begin and ground-breaking will occur as soon as weather permits.
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Where will Masses be said when the current church is torn down?

Masses will be held in the School Gymnasium or at St. Mary's.
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Can I use my credit card for monthly pledge payments?

St. Jude now accepts MasterCard and Visa for pledge payments.
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