Over the last year we’ve been able to take some huge strides on campus for some immediate needs: for example, increased enrollment in the school, and much needed improvements to the sound system in the church.
As you may know, we’ve also been studying St. John Neumann’s long-range needs. Through that process we’ve identified a priority we must address to keep our parish strong into the decades ahead.
Our priority involves addressing debt our parish has accumulated. The debt stems from:
o Important projects we have carried out over the past 25 years that have made our parish stronger, such as construction of this beautiful church and our school, which has over 100 new students this year.
o An operating deficit, mostly from helping fund school expenses not covered by tuition.
To address the debt, our parish is considering a major fundraising effort. Clearing our debt will help us move forward as a parish, and free up vital funds for other priorities such as providing additional tuition assistance at our school and enhancing and adding ministry programs.
Now we need your feedback. We will soon begin a comprehensive survey of our entire parish community. The survey will gauge support for a potential major fundraising campaign. The survey is part of a process called a planning study.
In the coming weeks, we will share more details about the study, our priority, and the possibility of a major fundraising effort to address our debt. Your participation in the survey is essential for the success of this planning process.
Fr. Joe Reed