Caring for Our Beautiful Parish Property
Our beautiful parish home is now 7 years old, and like any of our homes will require an ongoing investment to maintain and improve it over the years.
On May 21st, and repeated twice a year in December and May, thereafter, we will take up a second collection from which all donations will be placed in a special reserved fund to ensure we can maintain our buildings and grounds in optimal condition.
These funds will be 100% exempt from any diocesan assessments. Thank you for making a prayerful gift to this semi-annual collection and helping us keep our parish campus beautiful for years to come!
SUMMARY OF WELCOME CENTER PROCESS
Our parish leadership with the Diocese of Orlando has begun to discern whether we are ready to move forward with a permanent Welcome Center.
The discernment has several steps:
1.The first step is to determine the need. We do need more classroom and meeting space for our 65 ministries. We need long-term stewardship of parish finances rather than continue to pay $80,000 annual lease for temporary modular buildings.
2.The next step is to evaluate our finances. We are successfully paying our $30,000 monthly mortgage on the Parish Life Center so that our original $5.3 million debt is now less than $4 million. The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida will help us determine what we can afford to build.
3.Once we know what we can afford to build, the Office of Design and Construction of the Diocese of Orlando would help us scope and cost such a project.
4.Finally, the Finance Council of the Diocese of Orlando would make a recommendation to the Bishop whether to approve breaking ground. The discernment has already involved many parishioners: our Pastoral Council, led by Angelo Guevara; our parish Finance Council, led by Larry Calise; our Facilities Committee, led by PJ Sutch and Bert Karpinski; and our parish staff.
If you have questions or thoughts about this process, please feel free to email Deacon Dave, Director of Operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org Pray for prudence and guidance. Challenge rumors with the facts. Above all, pray that the Lord build what he wills in service to his kingdom.
Welcome Center Process Update – April 8th, 2018:
The evaluation of our parish’s readiness to move forward on the steps to construct the next phase in our site Master Plan, a Welcome Center that includes sufficient classrooms and meetings rooms to meet our diverse parish needs as well as permanent office space, continues to move forward. Since Fr. David’s pastoral letter in February, we have engaged the services of the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida who are assisting us in determining our financial readiness. An initial assessment of this readiness should be complete by May. We have also met with the Diocesan Office of Design and Construction to understand the required steps for scoping the size and cost of such a project. Once we have these two pieces of data, we will determine if there appears to be the potential to fund the required construction. If the results appear favorable, we will proceed to the next level of detailed review. We will continue to update you on the progress of this evaluation on a monthly basis. If you have any questions or comments in the interim, please contact Deacon Dave at the Parish Office.
Site Development commenced in August 2009 and was completed in April 2011. We have cleared thirty beautiful acres and installed the infrastructure for future build out of our campus. The property is divided into three areas: the Bethlehem Courtyard (the center of the campus and where we meet Christ through worship and formation), the Nazareth Field (playing fields and open space located in the northeast corner of our property), and the Galilee Meadow (to include walking trails and future outdoor devotional areas around the pond in the southeast corner).
Phase I construction included the Parish Life Center and installation of modular units which house our administration and ministry needs. The Parish Life Center seats over 1000 people and includes a Blessed Sacrament Chapel and kitchen facilities. The modular village includes the Parish Office, Youth Center and Meeting Rooms.