We currently have the responsibility to maintain two campuses. Parish activities are held at both locations, yet there are new parishioners who are unaware of the village facilities. A single campus, where all parish activities can be held and is fully accessible to those with disabilities, will enrich our faith community.
In order to take the next step toward our vision of a unified campus, we are conducting the Continuing the Journey capital campaign to eliminate our debt before we begin to plan Phase II -- a social hall, religious education classrooms and office space adjacent to the church.
In the fall of 2000, St. Joseph Parish participated in the Diocese of Lansing VOICES sessions to seek parishioner input as we planned for the 21st century. Recognizing that we were quickly outgrowing our village facilities and with little room to expand, it became necessary for the parish to build at a new and larger site.
Our vision for our Stairway to the Future is a unified parish campus with a worship and gathering space, a social hall, kitchen, religious education classrooms, and offices. When our parish facilities are completely on one campus, we will be able to: ·Improve classroom space for our children during Religious Education. ·Expand our space for First Communion and Confirmation receptions. ·Have an office space and social hall accessible to all people. ·Improve our funeral lunch ministry by offering the liturgy and a meal on one site. ·Host once again parish breakfasts to strengthen our community spirit. ·Reduce maintenance and utilities costs due to managing two campuses. ·Expand our Festival by reuniting the Flea Market with the Festival weekend. ·Provide adequate parking for all activities.
Our Shared Future
Our forefathers in faith laid a foundation of love for God and our Catholic Church. Now, today, we must, as they did, plan and invest in our Catholic community’s future. The goal of the Continuing the Journey capital campaign will be reached and exceeded with the financial participation of every parish family. Equal sacrifice, not equal giving, is the campaign’s basic premise. Recognizing that all of our talents and treasures are gifts from the Lord, we are called to give back part of these gifts in thanksgiving. Moreover, gifts to this campaign are an opportunity to share the wonder and love of our faith with our children, grandchildren, spouses, friends, neighbors and future generations.
Thanks to the pledges and gifts we have already received, we hope to "burn" our mortgage by December 2015. Please prayerfully consider what a sacrificial gift means to you. The types of pledge redemption options offered by our campaign afford flexibility both in terms of payment type and frequency. Pledges and outright gifts may be paid by cash, check, stock, or online giving. Payments can be made monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually, and all gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Your support allows the parish to plan for the elimination of our debt and to build a financial foundation for our future.