Pastor Father Perreault stated in his message to the parish that lay leaders have been meeting since this past march to create the "case statement" for St. Joe's, which has been since approved by the diocese. The statement announces a goal for the parish to raise a minimum of $1.16 million, of which $812,000 (70%) will go directly to efforts in the parish.
The Case Statement has identified 4 main target areas for the project.
Here are some brief details:
(the Case Statement can be read in full on the Parish website.)
1. Spiritual Life Center: St Joe's plans to create a Spiritual Life Center.
The new Spiritual Life Center will be built on the site of the Old Church (currently unused), which the parish has deemed to be too costly to renovate, update and upkeep the current aged building.
"This new building will complement the new church and serve as a place for fellowship, gathering and meeting. The facility will offer a convenient space for new and existing programs. It will meet all ADA requirements to be welcoming to all parishioners and instill a spirit of hospitality throughout our faith community, embodying the mission statement of our parish."
2. Technology: St Joe's plans to upgrade technology throughout the parish buildings.
Some upgrades includes enhanced security systems and cameras to protect parish assets as well as setting up a system allowing the ability to live-stream Sunday mass, for those in the community who are unable to attend as well as to stream to possible "over-flow" space during busy weekends.
3. Senior Ministry: St Joe's plans to create new programs and activities that address spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs for our parish community.
4. Auditorium Improvements: St. Joe's plans to make minor improvements to the Auditorium. The auditorium is used for large gatherings currently, the plans call to update the bathrooms to ADA compliant, as well as "modest improvements" to the kitchen for safety purposes.
Additional details on the campaign can be found by visiting St. Joe's website at http://www.stjosephsic.org/catholic-strong/