Beyond Sunday

Dear Parishioners,

By now, some of you may have heard of the capital campaign, Beyond Sunday, that the Archdiocese of St. Louis in conjunction with the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri is spearheading. This capital campaign has a two-fold dimension to it.

The first part is to transform Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in three important ways:

  • Financial help for lower-and-middle -income families to attract and keep children enrolled in our  Catholic schools.
  • Funding to develop more competitive educational programs in the areas of science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics.
  • Innovation grants for system-wide implementation of groundbreaking ideas that will change the operational and business model and ensure growth and success.

The second part is strictly oriented to St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville.  Our dream is to purchase property near the church and build a much needed multi-use Parish Hall.  This building will serve our growing needs for many years to come.  Currently, when scheduling various events throughout the year, we find ourselves in frequent conflicts concerning space and time.  By constructing a Parish Hall, we would be able to have receptions following Confirmations, graduations, anniversaries, for various parish groups, etc.  This facility would provide more meeting space for our parish organizations, our seniors, our teens, etc.  This facility would not be for wedding receptions or fish fries because we do not want to conflict with the Knights of Columbus.

Following Sunday Masses, we could have pancake breakfasts or coffee and donuts in the Parish Hall.  This will be an ideal place for funeral luncheons.  We plan to include a preschool which is in great demand among our younger parents and will serve as a feeder to our elementary school.  Blood drives would be held here, more office space, more storage space, etc.

Our new Parish Hall will be built on property next to our church.  It will be within easy walking distance from the church. Constructions will start in approximately a year.

The Archdiocesan goal for this capital campaign is $100-120 million dollars.  Our parish goal is a little over $3 million dollars. We would receive 40% of what we raise.  If we raise over $3 million dollars, the parish would receive approximately $1.3 million dollars.  That amount along with our parish savings would be used for our Parish Hall.

During the next six months, we will be embarking on this capital campaign.  Parishioners will visit with you or call you to make a 5 year pledge to this campaign.  I hope that most of you will be willing to make a sacrificial pledge to this campaign.  A few of you may be able to contribute over $25,000 over five years.  Many of you will be asked to consider contributing $5,000 to $10,000 over five years.  Others will be requested to consider contributing under $5000.

Finally, I would ask that everyone pray for the success of this campaign, Beyond Sunday. Try your best to make a sacrificial pledge to the future of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and to a much needed Parish Hall.

If you would like to make a pledge, please bring a pledge card into the parish office!

God bless,
Msgr. Callahan

Pledging for Beyond Sunday!
Thursday, January 07, 2016

We ask you to consider a sacrificial gift to the campaign – one that is right for you.

We are happy to report that we have now achieved 73% ($2,195,156) of our parish target ($3,015,000) from 501 of our parish families!  The first two Commitment Weekends brought in more than $625,000 in pledges. We have the remarkable opportunity to build a multi-purpose parish hall here at St. Joseph and to help St. Louis families send their children to Catholic schools.

Archbishop Carlson has asked each of us to consider a small amount each month over a three-to-five-year period.  The suggested giving plans listed below are an example of how a pledge can have a profound impact on our parish and Catholic education.

Please thoughtfully consider your sacrificial gift for the future of our Church, in this present moment of grace, with reflection on the gifts you have been given by God.

Please fill out your pledge card and bring it to the St. Joseph room after Mass next weekend.  Complete a pledge card!

Total

Sacrificial

Pledge

Five

Annual

Payments

Ten

Semi-Annual

Payments

Twenty

Quarterly

Payments

Sixty

Monthly

Payments

$15,000

$3,000

$1,500

$750

$250

$12,000

$2,400

$1,200

$600

$200

$10,000

$2,000

$1,000

$500

$167

All pledges may be made over a three-to-five year period.

Total

Sacrificial

Pledge

Three

Annual

Payments

Six

Semi-Annual

Payments

Twelve

Quarterly

Payments

Thirty Six

Monthly

Payments

$6,000

$2,000

$1,000

$500

$167

$3,000

$1,000

$500

$250

$83

$1,800

$600

$300

$150

$50

 

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