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STM Capital Campaign: 
Building the City of God –
Here and Now 

  

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PARISH-WIDE CAMPAIGN MEETING (JANUARY 21, 2021)

This summer, we will begin construction on Phase II of our Capital Campaign! At this parish-wide Zoom meeting, we gave an update on the project and provided details about our plan of finance. We will need our entire community's full support to make this project happen. Download PPT >

 

 

MAKE 2-YEAR EXTENSION PLEDGE



CAPITAL CAMPAIGN EXTENSION DETAILS


Over two years ago, Saint Thomas More launched the Building the City of God – Here and Now Capital Campaign. The campaign’s purpose is to fund a remodeling of our undercroft, make Saint Thomas More’s campus fully accessible, as well as replace the school building’s exterior windows and electrical facilities. Through this effort, our parish successfully raised $4.1 million. As our three-year campaign concludes at the end of 2021, additional funding is needed to complete all projects that were initially proposed. In order to address this, Saint Thomas More’s leadership has decided to extend the campaign two years with a goal of raising an additional $2 million. 

The Campaign Committee wants to thank all parishioners who have contributed! We would not have been able to accomplish so much without the many people who gave through time, finances and prayer.

Completed Projects


School windows – By replacing our original windows, we greatly enhanced the school building’s appearance, comfort and energy efficiency. Total project cost: $1.1 million.


School electrical
– Replacing the original electrical at our school included new circuit breakers and a control panel. Total project cost: $88,000. Total project cost: $88,000.

School lighting – All classroom lighting was replaced with new LED lighting, improving the brightness and look of our classrooms, while significantly reducing energy costs. Total project cost: $200,000. 

School Accessibility – The previous elevator was decades old and often malfunctioned. A new elevator was installed to ensure accessibility for all who enter our school. Total project cost: $140,000.  

Ongoing Projects

 

Church Accessibility & Bathrooms – Accessibility improvements to our church and parish center are central to the design of a new entrance and gathering space. This new structure will connect both buildings, provide accessibility to all levels and include much needed bathrooms.


Church Undercroft – This project will enhance the existing beauty of our undercroft by upgrading lighting, flooring and fixtures. Plans also include new serving and meeting areas, as well as a catering kitchen for funeral luncheons and other activities. When completed, the project will provide a fully functioning space for meetings, gatherings, and programs, immediately adjacent to new bathrooms and elevator. With the new addition, this space will be accessible to all.

Total project cost for church accessibility and undercroft: $4.2 million.

Assistance to our Sister Parish – We have established a twinning relationship with our sister Jesuit parish - St. Francis Xavier (SFX) - in NE India. STM parishioners have made two visits to SFX including one last year that included Fr. Warren, Steve Thomas (then Parish Council Chair), Barb Koenig (third grade teacher at STM grade school), and Mary Fratto. SFX is building a new church, and we would like to help them with that effort by providing a gift of $10,000 from our capital campaign. SFX is in a poor, tribal area of NE India near Bangladesh. Their current church building has a dirt floor. 


Project Funding

 

After paying for our school building projects, as well as architectural and campaign expenses, Saint Thomas More has approximately $2.1 million left for the remaining initiatives. Raising an additional $2 million through a campaign extension will enable us to complete our entire vision.


Construction Start


A successful campaign extension will enable us to begin construction in Summer of this year (2021). Using the funding we already have in place and pledges from the construction, we plan to take out a bridge loan for the remaining projects to complete them as soon as possible and then pay off that loan as pledges are paid. If everything goes to plan, we hope to have a grand opening celebration of the addition and undercroft in Summer of 2022. 

 

Thank You


Thank you to those who have supported these projects financially and through your gifts of time! As we keep momentum going on our capital projects in the coming year, please remember that gifts made in support of the capital campaign are tax deductible. Thank you for your financial support, help and prayers for this campaign! Together, we are making a major impact for generations of parishioners and students.

 

 

 

CAPITAL PROJECTS COMMITTEE


Campaign Co-Chairs: Bill Griffith & Tiernee Murphy

Committee: Carol Arend, Paul Humbert, Dan Kelly, Pat Lofton, Eric Morin, Mike Sarafolean, Gary Sauer, Fr. Warren Sazama, S.J.  & Paul Zenner

Campaign Consultants: Michael & Whitney Davy - Mark Davy & Associates





Q&A

1. Why are we doing a capital campaign extension?


Over two years ago, Saint Thomas More launched our Building the City of God – Here and Now Capital Campaign. The campaign’s purpose is to fund a remodeling of our undercroft, make Saint Thomas More’s campus fully accessible, as well as replace the school building’s exterior windows and electrical facilities. Through this effort, our parish successfully raised $4.1 million. As our three-year campaign concludes at the end of 2021, an additional $2 million is needed to complete all projects that were initially proposed. Parish leadership considered securing a loan for the remaining amount, but believe it is more prudent to conduct a campaign extension, which will result in borrowing less money.  

 

2. What projects have been completed through the initial effort?

 

  • School windows – By replacing our original school windows, we greatly enhanced the school building’s appearance, comfort and energy efficiency.

  • School electrical – Replacing the original electrical at our school included new circuit breakers and control panels.

  • School lighting – All classroom lighting was replaced with new LED lighting, improving the brightness and look of our classrooms, while significantly reducing energy costs.

  • School Accessibility – Our school elevator was decades old and often malfunctioned. We refurbished the elevator to ensure accessibility for all who enter our school.


3. How much money is left from our campaign’s first three years and what projects will be completed through the extension?


After paying for school building projects, as well as architectural, construction preparation and campaign expenses, Saint Thomas More has approximately $2.2 million left for the church and undercroft. Raising an additional $2 million through a campaign extension will enable us to complete our entire vision.

 

  • Church Accessibility and Bathrooms – Accessibility improvements to our church and parish center are central to the design of a new entrance and gathering space. This new structure will connect both buildings, provide accessibility to all levels of the church and parish center and include much needed bathrooms.

  • Church Undercroft – This project will enhance the existing beauty of our undercroft by upgrading lighting, flooring and fixtures. Plans also include new food serving and meeting areas, as well as a catering kitchen for funeral luncheons and other activities. When completed, the project will provide a fully functioning space for meetings, gatherings, and programs, immediately adjacent to new bathrooms and elevator. With the new addition, this space will be accessible to all. 

  • Assistance to our Sister Parish – We have established a twinning relationship with our sister Jesuit parish - St. Francis Xavier (SFX) - in NE India. STM parishioners have made two visits to SFX including one last year that included Fr. Warren, Steve Thomas (then Parish Council Chair), Barb Koenig (third grade teacher at STM grade school), and Mary Fratto. SFX is building a new church, and we would like to help them with that effort by providing a gift of $10,000 from our capital campaign. SFX is in a poor, tribal area of NE India near Bangladesh. Their current church building has a dirt floor. 

4. When will construction begin on the remaining projects and how long will it last?

A successful campaign extension will enable us to begin construction in Summer of this year (2021). Using funding already in place and campaign extension pledges, we plan to secure a construction loan for the remaining projects and complete them as soon as possible. It is our plan to then make payments on that loan as pledges are paid. As use of our building has decreased, due to the pandemic, it is an ideal time for construction. Our plan is to have a grand opening celebration of the addition and undercroft in Summer of 2022. 


5. Why has the total cost of projects increased from $4.5 million to $6 million?

 

  • Additional school projects were added to our vision at the request of a major donor who funded much of those projects.

  • The church project scope has changed after determining there was a better design for Saint Thomas More’s future. We will remove the garage and construct a new entrance with gathering space that connects our church and parish center. The addition will include a five-stop elevator for accessibility to every floor in the church and parish center.

  • There has been upward pressure on construction pricing in the past two years, since we began our campaign.


6. Why were the school projects completed first?


A major donor funded much of the school projects, which enabled us to get started immediately. Additionally, the school projects (electrical, lighting and elevator rehab) could be done quickly, while our church plans will take longer to complete.

 

7. Will we use any money from the West Campus (formerly Immaculate Heart of Mary) sale for these projects?


Saint Thomas More does plan to use this fund for capital campaign improvements and parish leadership recently approved the transfer of $250,000 from this fund to the capital campaign. The remaining funding acquired from the sale of Immaculate Heart of Mary property is designated to maintain our facilities.

 

8. When will parishioners be asked to give and how long is the extension?


Parishioners will be receiving a commitment packet in the mail in March of this year. We encourage households to prayerfully consider a two-year pledge extension. Although the extension officially begins in December 2021, we ask parishioners to begin payments on their pledge as soon as possible. This will help decrease the amount Saint Thomas More is required to borrow.

 

9. How much will parishioners be asked to give?


For those who gave to the initial effort: We are extending the campaign two years and asking parishioners to use their first commitment and consider a minimum gift of two/thirds that amount, payable over a two-year period. Example: A household that gave $3,000 to the capital campaign is now being asked for a minimum extension commitment of $2,000, spread over two years.


For those who did not give to the initial effort: If you did not participate in the capital campaign, we ask that you consider a two-year pledge and give to the best of your ability. All gifts are appreciated and kept confidential.


 

 

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