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Capital Campaign Introductory Letter from Pastor Dear Parishioners and Friends: On the fateful night of Sept. 13th, 2008, our parish hall was severely damaged by Hurricane Ike. We have not been able to use it for meetings or events since that day. The loss of this ministry and fellowship space has put a severe strain on our ability to carry out the mandate God has given us to serve his people. Something needed to be done. Our parish Pastoral and Finance Councils decided to carefully study our options. One option was to use the insurance money and simply patch up our old hall and carry on. But the problem with this solution is that the hall is already an old building. It would amount to a `temporary' fix at best. Instead, why not consider using the insurance money as a down payment on a brand new facility? Perhaps the Lord is providing us with an opportunity here? This is what our Councils decided to study, with the aid of our Building Committee, and guidance from the Archdiocese. With help from HBL architects, plans for a new, much larger facility were drawn up. Our old hall was 4,500 sq. feet in size. Our new `Community Center' will be 13,450 sq. feet. Why so much more space? Because it will have two floors, instead of just one. It will occupy the same corner of our campus, but blend in far better with its surroundings. Most importantly, it will provide us not only with a new, larger hall, but with much more needed office, storage, and meeting room space. This will greatly enhance our ability to carry out all manner of needed outreach and ministry. It will be a tremendous blessing to present and future parishioners of Queen of Peace. Most of us were not around when the founding generation of parishioners began the parish in 1942 and then sacrificed to get the existing church, school, rectory and convent built in the 1960s. Theirs is a legacy of faith and witness that we all now enjoy. We believe that the Lord is calling on this present generation of Queen of Peace parishioners to continue this legacy with the construction of this envisioned `Community Center.' This new facility will replace the original church of the parish (which was later converted into the hall). Hence our campaign motto: "Honoring Our Past; Building our Future, in Faith." Won't you please give generously to support this worthy and much needed project? Prayerfully discern what you can do. Support us with your time, treasure and talents as best you can. The rest is in God's hands. Our fundraising goal may seem daunting at first glance. That is why we are planning for not just one, but two `back-to-back' capital campaigns. But if everyone does their part, in love, we will succeed.

The objective of the campaign is to obtain commitments from parishioners over the next few weeks. Pledges can be made over the next three years. Our goal is to raise $1.5 million in gifts and pledges in the first campaign, with the remainder needed in the second campaign (for a total of $2.8 million). We will be applying $113,000 of the insurance settlement and $100,000 of our own savings towards our goal. And the Archdiocese's contribution of another $200,000. So we already have 15% in hand of our overall goal! This brochure is an integral part of the process of letting you know how you can help. Please read it carefully and prayerfully. For in order to build our new Community Center, we must all consider making major sacrifices by giving as generously as we can and encouraging others to do likewise. Obviously, because resources and obligations vary, not every person or family can pledge the same amount; however, all can make the same size sacrifice. Indeed, the basis of our campaign is equal sacrifice, not equal gifts. May our gifts, therefore, be a true reflection of the gifts God has given us. "For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 3:10-11). Respectfully,

Rev. John Vandenakker Pastor


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