Campaign Questions & Answers

 At each campaign event, St. Paul parishioners asked questions regarding the new campus facility and building process.  Listed below are several of those questions with answers.

Adoration Chapel:
Is there an Adoration Chapel?
Yes. It is in a room off of the Narthex in the temporary worship space.
Why no basement?
Even though we do not have a basement, there is a shelter that can fit 450 children.  The plan is to have be a basement when we construct the new church in Phase 2.
Building Order:
Why did we build the school/Multi-Activity Room before the church?
This is the process determined by the building committee as the best path forward.  Building the school and Multi-Activity Room first allows the parish to move together – and not have two separate campuses with Mass at one location and all ministries at another.  Also, the church will be more expensive to build than Phase 1.  We do not have enough parishioners to support building a church at this time but we will in the future as more families join our parish.
How did the building committee decide on the number of classrooms?
To plan for future growth, the committee decided on two classrooms per grade.
Is there a gym included in Phase 1?
No. We have access to the current gym until we build a new gym on the new campus in a later phase.
Is the building handicap accessible?
Yes. There is an elevator between floors.
Knights of Columbus:
Is there a Knights of Columbus room?
Yes, although it may be shared by other groups.
Multi-Activity Room and Athletics:
Will the Multi-Activity Room be used for athletic events?
No.  It will not be set up for basketball or volleyball.
Where will our CYO youth teams play?
We currently have access to our former gymnasium.
Why did we move rather than just upgrading?
Remodeling and upgrades did not address the real prospect of parish growth.
Temporary Worship Space:
What will the temporary worship space be used for when the church is built?
Cafeteria for the school, with partitions to create space for parish meeting rooms and other purposes.

Does the archdiocese contribute to the campaign?
No. This is a parish responsibility.  The archdiocese did gift us the land, worth over $500,000.
How much of my pledge goes to the archdiocese?
Zero.  All campaign contributions stay at St. Paul.
Average Donation:
Is there an estimated average donation per family?
Every parish family is in a unique economic position from every other family.  We are asking every household to consider committing 3% to 5% of their household income for each year of the campaign to this project.  We need a high level of participation we will reach our goal.
Collection Percentage:
What percentage of pledges can we expect to be be paid?
Historically, 97-98% of pledges are paid in full in a church campaign.
Archbishop’s Call to Share:
How will this impact the Archbishop’s Call to Share?
It won’t. St. Paul will be asked to fully support the Archbishop’s Call to Share.
Donating Stock:
Can we donate stocks, bonds or mutual funds?
Yes.  Please talk to your accountant about the benefits.
Donation Percentages:
What percentage of families will give?
Data suggests that on the average 60 to 65% of families will contribute.  Not every family will be on board or will contribute.
Excess Pledges:
What will we do with excess pledges?
Excess pledge receipts will be rolled into Phase 2 (the new church).
Multiple Phases:
Why split the campaigns into phases?
St. Paul Parish does not have the base of support to run a higher dollar campaign to build everything at once.  Few, if any, Catholic parishes can accomplish that.
New Parish Families:
Will new parishioners be asked to support the campaign?
Yes. We have developed a process to approach new families.
Other Parishes Donations:
Will other parishes be contributing to our new Church? We pledged to build Prince of Peace.
No.  We are not building a new parish, we are moving.
Other Pledge Commitments:
What do we do about other pledges we have made, now that we are in a campaign here?
We encourage everyone to honor a current pledge elsewhere and pay it off first.
How often do I pay on my pledge?
Each family will determine its frequency of pledge payments.  Monthly, quarterly, etc.   All are acceptable.
How are payments set up?
Payments can be made online, dropped in the offertory basket at Mass, or mailed to the Parish Office.  Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is also available.
How soon will we know the pledge totals?
Immediately.  Also, campaign totals will be shared with the parish on a continuous basis.
Is my pledge legally binding?
No.  It is not a contract.
How long is the pledge period?
Typically, for 3 years, but can be extended to 5 years.
Pledge Reminders:
Will we receive pledge reminders?
Yes.  Statements are sent out quarterly.
Can we donate stocks, bonds or mutual funds?
Yes.  Your accountant can explain the benefits.
Are contributions to the campaign deductible?
Yes, please consult your financial advisor.

Construction Order of Building:
Why aren’t we building the church first?
1. We don’t have the infrastructure (base of support to build the church).
2. The 2012 Feasibility Study did not support building a church – with a potential of raising only 20% of the projected cost in a campaign.
3. Building in this phased approach allows the parish to move together, to grow the parish and to build the base of support needed to raise the necessary funding to build our church.
Future Campaign:
Will there be another campaign for the church?
Phase 2:
When will Phase 2 begin?
When Phase 1 is paid off.
Does Phase 1 have to happen before Phase 2?
Yes, because of our anticipated growth of children in both our religious education program and the school.  Continuing to grow these programs helps to grow the parish.
Phase 2 Plan:
How well developed is the Phase 2 plan?
It is not developed.  As we get closer, we want to engage as many parishioners as possible in discussing the needs and necessities of a new church.
How soon will we begin working on Phase 2?
We need to pay off Phase 1. Then there will likely be a break before starting another campaign.
Church – School:
Will the church and school be physically connected in case of bad weather?
Yes, for security and safety reasons.

Former Buildings:
What will happen to the former buildings?
The buildings have been sold and the proceeds will support the building phase that we are in.
What about the Gym?
The gym has been sold.  We will have access to use it for CYO games.
Sales Proceeds:
What happens to the proceeds from selling buildings on the former campus?
All proceeds will support the current phase of the master plan St. Paul is pursuing.

All Phases:
What would be the cost to do all phases at once?
Estimated $20-$25 million.
Building Money:
Where does the money go when we pay our pledges?
The archdiocese has a savings account that we use.
Pledge Credit:
Is there a pledge credit for payments already made to the building fund?
No.  The pledge to this campaign is in addition to what might have already contributed to this project.
If I donate stock, when is it sold?
Immediately.  All gifts of this type are sold upon receipt.  For your tax records the legal gift amount (the amount you can legally claim as a donation) is the average of the high and low prices of the security on the day it is sold.
Tax Statements:
Will our year end statements detail campaign contributions?
Yes.  It will list stewardship, campaign and special donations.

Other Schools:
Did the building committee take into the account the number of schools in the area?
Yes.  We built a Catholic school with faith formation and discipline.
Needy Families:
Will we be able to take care of our families in need while we are in Phase 1?
Yes.  We will work together with Catholic Charities and continue to find a way to serve those needs.

Where does the priest live?
We occupy a new rectory on the west side of the campus. The new rectory is funded by the sale of the former rectory and Fr. Hubbard Center.

How many families are in the parish?
There are over 2,500 registered families at St. Paul.   There are also over 800 Catholic families living within the parish boundaries registered at other Catholic parishes.
What is the expected growth of the parish?
We know there are over 3,200 Catholic families currently in the parish boundaries.  In the next 10 years, with new housing growth, and 20% expected to be Catholic, we could grow to 4,000 families.  This was one of the primary motivators to make the move to a new campus!

Where will weddings be held until the church is built?
The temporary worship space will accommodate all sacramental and special events, including weddings, funerals, First Communions, Confirmations, quinceañeras, etc.
Funeral Dinners:
Where will we have funeral dinners?
In the Multi-Activity Room.  For funeral dinners, the school children will eat in their classrooms.  We will honor the corporal works of mercy and respect grieving families.

How did the building committee decide on the number of classrooms?
To plan for future growth, the committee decided on two classrooms per grade.
How many children are in the school?
There are currently 230 students.
What is the long term projected enrollment?
The school will cap enrollment at 450.
What is planned for daily gym classes?
We have athletic fields on campus and the Multi-Activity Room will be available for light recreational use.
Will the Multi-Activity Room be used for athletic events?
No.  It will not be set up for either basketball or volleyball.
Could we use the temporary worship space in Phase 1 as the gym for our new facility?
No.  It will not serve in that capacity.  We will have access to our former gym until the new gym is built.
Where will the CYO teams practice and play without a gym?
We will maintain access to our former gym for our teams.
Why didn't we build the Multi-Activity Room to gymnasium dimensions and convert it when Phase 2 is complete?
It added too much expense to the Phase 1 project, meaning delays in Phase 2.
How is this addressed?
Safety is at a premium.  Only one entrance to the school is accessible during school hours.  Visitors need to be buzzed in.
Is there a safe spot for hazardous weather?
Yes.  The tornado shelter will hold 450 people.
Will there be a tuition increase?
Tuition increases are a reality in covering costs and maintaining reasonable staff salaries. St. Paul will continue to work with every family in making this Catholic education affordable.  Any future tuition increase will not be connected to the new school building.

Do we have room for sports fields, soccer, football, etc.
Yes. The new campus is 22 acres and has room and a plan for athletic fields.

Do you have a question or would like additional information not listed here? Let us know!


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