St. Laurence Catholic Church
PARISH LIFE CENTER
My dear parish family,
I am happy to launch May Your Glory Shine, a capital campaign to build a Parish Life Center!
As your pastor, I invite you to be a part of this effort, to do what is necessary for St. Laurence today and for the people who will come after us. Together, we will create a place, not only for religious education for all ages, but a true “life center” that will be the primary meeting location for our 80+ parish ministries and groups.
The Parish Life Center will be double the size of our existing Religious Education Center, with 3 large gathering rooms, a dedicated Youth Room, 4 large meeting rooms, 15 classrooms and a kitchen adequate in size to serve large groups. It will have an elevator and improved mobility to give people who are wheelchair-dependent full access to both levels of the building, and the new structure will comply with VIRTUS© guidelines, offering secure access so we can hold programs for adults and children simultaneously.
Fifteen years ago we purchased the property across the street from Williams Trace Baptist Church, and we have been good stewards and used every square inch as our Religious Education Center since that time. But the growth of our RE programs and the multiplication of parish groups and ministries over the years demand space that is better suited to meet our parish needs.
Our goal is to raise $9 million of the $16.5 million projected cost of building and furnishing the Parish Life Center. We enter this 12-week fundraising period in strong financial shape: offertory collections are up 10%, the current parish and school debt will be paid off in March 2014, and we have set aside $4 million in reserve specifically for this project.
Please join with me in making our Parish Life Center a reality! I ask every parishioner to get involved and to prayerfully consider making a sacrificial pledge, according to your means. I love what the Book of Sirach says in Chapter 35:
“With each contribution show a cheerful countenance,
and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy.
Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
generously according to your means.
The just man’s sacrifice is most pleasing,
nor will it ever be forgotten.”
We will be so happy in two years when we behold what God’s grace and your generosity have generated. Thank you for being the people of St. Laurence, in whom God takes great delight!
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. Drew Wood, Pastor