August 23, 2018
For more than 100 years, parishioners have enjoyed the spiritual comforts offered by Sacred Heart Catholic Church. As a cornerstone of our Catholic faith, the parish serves as a place of worship, providing the opportunity to grow closer to Christ through active church ministries, while building a faith community.
It is in that spirit that we now look to the future. After careful study, prayer, and review of the visioning project, members of a leadership team have defined a plan that would be completed in two phases, depending on the outcome of this feasibility study.
Phase I calls for removal of the old office building on Locust Street. to construct a memorial garden and a columbarium; and the construction of a new activity building to replace the old building.
If the feasibility study shows support for a Phase II, the current office building/rectory would be removed to make room for the expansion of the newly constructed activity building, providing additional meeting and classroom space.
Previous discussions called for remodeling the Education Building. However, it was determined that replacing the current office building was a more cost effective option.
Before we consider these changes, we need to hear from you. We have retained the services of the Steier Group, a Catholic development consulting firm, to conduct a comprehensive planning study. Along with gathering your opinions regarding the proposed plans, the study will also determine whether there is sufficient support to move forward with a major fund-raising effort to accomplish some, or all, of these goals. The extent of the building enhancements to the parish grounds will be dependent upon the success of the feasibility study.
Should we embark on a capital campaign, the study will help us determine a realistic fund-raising goal and identify campaign leaders and potential major donors.
Please take a few minutes to review the enclosed master plan fact sheet. Once you have read about the proposed plans, please share your thoughts by completing the accompanying survey and return it no later than Tuesday, Sept. 4. You may also place completed surveys in the collection basket during weekend Masses.
If you would like to complete the survey online, visit steiergroup.com/survey. Click on Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and enter the password sacredheart2018.
As we look to add to Sacred Heart’s history, I hope that you will agree to share your time and thoughts. Your participation is crucial as we plan for the continued success of Sacred Heart Parish.
Fr. Francis Doyle, Pastor