Shall we build a new church or remodel the existing church?
In 2012 the parish created a Master Plan to guide the future improvements of the campus from physical, spiritual, educational, community, functional and economic perspectives. The plan included building a new church, parish office, youth center and school in phases over several years. The fundraising feasibility study completed in 2014 indicated the parish was not willing to support the cost to build a new church and offices. In the meantime our church continues to age.
Last February, Fr. Jeronimo and the Finance committee held a meeting which included the Master Plan Leadership and Feasibility Committees and other parishioners to review the results of the 2012 Master Plan and posed the question of whether the parish should build a new church or expand and remodel the current church. While most people expressed a desire for a new church they did not have confidence that the parish could raise the funds to build a new church. In the end the group asked to see how much a renovated church would cost and what it could look like.
As a result the Finance Committee studied the cost to expand and renovate the church so that it would meet the needs and be comparable to the proposed new church. They formed a sub-committee who:
Engaged a structural engineer to determine if the existing church could be expanded
Engaged an architect to prepare conceptual layouts of an expanded church with seating for 780-1,000
Engaged a firm to prepare a cost model of an architect’s conceptual design options
Reviewed the cost assumptions associated with the new church proposed in the original master plan
Examined an alternative of making the parish center the church and visa versa.
The Master Plan sub-committee will present its findings Wednesday, January 18th at 7pm in the Parish Center. The presentation includes:
-A conceptual design for a renovated and expanded church
-A cost comparison of a renovated versus a new church
-A discussion of developing the timing to form a Building Committee and a Fund Raising Committee
All parishioners are invited and urged to attend this important meeting. If you have questions, please contact Jeanette Thatcher or Deacon Phil Flowers.