Our vision for our Stairway to the Future is a unified parish campus with a worship and gathering space, a social hall, kitchen, religious education classrooms, and offices. In 2017, we embarked on a combined capital campaign, Witness to Hope/Stairway to Unite. Please review the brochure below to understand more.
Witness to Hope
We are in our final year, 2020 of our 3 year capital campaign with the Diocese of Lansing. Please read the information below to understand the Diocese of Lansing Witness to Hope Campaign.
Forming Our Youth and Families: $15.2 Million
(Jeremiah 29:11) “For I know well the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future hope.”The future of our faith revolves around the evangelization of our children and young families. To support this effort these funds will be used in the following manner:
Catholic School Financial Aid Endowment: $12.5 Million
Making a Catholic education available to those families who cannot afford one is a priority of the Diocese of Lansing. These endowed funds will be used to provide need-based financial aid to students attending Catholic schools from grades K-12. This endowment will augment the funds from the current school assessment and provide substantially more resources to assist families who desire the blessing of a Catholic education. Funds will be provided on a need basis and will be capped at $1,000 per child until the growth of the endowment allows for the cap to be raised.
Religious Education and Parent Formation: $2.7 Million
Most children are formed in the foundation of their faith in the family and at the parish level. These funds will be endowed and used to provide each parish in the diocese with more resources to provide religious education through online programs such as “Formed.”* In addition, these funds also will allow parishes to provide the parents with a parallel online program that will more fully engage them in the religious formation of their children and inspire their deeper commitment to live their own faith within their families and parish community. The Evangelization Endowment will complement this effort by providing parish leaders with training to engage and actively involve parents in the religious education of their children and the life of their parish.
Evangelizing and Living Our Faith: $13.5 Million
(Matthew 28:19) “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit.”Evangelization is considered the Church’s essential mission. We must find creative new approaches to present the timeless truths of our faith and inspire people to live in and for Jesus Christ as a part of a vibrant faith community. The Holy Father also has called us to provide support for those who live on the margins of our world. Living the Gospel message to care for those in need is an important evangelization effort that must be continued. These funds will be provided in addition to existing support from the DSA.
Catholic Charities Endowment: $6.5 Million
The annual distribution from this endowment fund will be used to support ongoing and new direct service programs at the five Catholic Charities agencies. Each agency would receive funding every year, but the total amount provided to each agency would be determined based on proposals submitted to the Board of Directors of the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Lansing, and would be awarded based on funding need and service priority.
Catholic Charities Capital Needs: $3.5 Million
The five Catholic Charities agencies serve the 10 counties of the diocese. Each of the Catholic Charities agencies and two important parish-based social ministry programs, with broad outreach, will benefit from capital support to improve their facilities so they can continue providing their vital services.
These funds will be distributed as follows:
- Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1.175 Million
- St. Vincent Catholic Charities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.175 Million
- Livingston County Catholic Charities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$500,000
- Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $250,000
- Catholic Charities of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale Counties . . . . . . . . . .$200,000
- Cristo Rey Community Center (Lansing) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$100,000
- St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center and Faith-in-Flint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$100,000
New Evangelization Initiatives: $3 Million
Supporting evangelization at the parish level, especially in the areas of leadership, youth, and young adult ministry, and Hispanic ministry are essential to the future of the Church. These funds will support these ministries in the following ways:
- Parish leadership training to increase the effectiveness of paid parish staff
- Subsidies for lay and deacon training, especially Spanish-language training
- Increased tuition subsidies for training for youth, young adult and Hispanic leaders
- Evangelization grants to assist parishes in implementing cutting edge programs
- Technology grants to allow parishes and the diocese to spread the Gospel of Jesus
- Stipends for four evangelization coordinators from parishes who will serve as regional resource and support agents for ongoing evangelization efforts
Distance Learning and Ministry Training Centers: $500,000
Taking advantage of the latest communications technology, Witness to Hope will fund the creation of Distance Learning and Ministry Training Centers throughout the diocese. These will bring broad access to excellent programming for evangelization programs, leadership training and formation, and the support of other ministry activities for parishioners, staff, and volunteers at parishes and schools throughout the diocese.
Caring for Our Priests: $7.5 Million
(2 Timothy 4:7) “I have competed well, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Priest Pension Fund: $4.5 Million
After a life of service to the Church, it is right to honor the sacrifice of our priests and show our appreciation for their service by helping them retire and live their lives with dignity and required health care. As our priests are now living longer, these funds will bring the funding to an appropriate level for the present and future number of elderly priests in the Diocese of Lansing.
Seminarian Education and Formation Endowment: $3 Million
St. John Vianney Endowment for Collegiate Seminarians: $1 Million
The income of this endowment would be used to provide financial aid for collegiate level (undergraduate) seminarians on a need basis, which will be determined through the process currently used by the Board of Directors of the Bishop Joseph Albers Trust.
St. John Paul II Major Seminary Education and Formation Endowment: $2 Million
The income from this endowment fund also will be used for tuition, fees, and formation programs for seminarians of the Diocese of Lansing attending major seminary (pre-theology and graduate level), as assigned by the bishop of Lansing.
Supporting Our Shared Ministry: $6 Million
(2 Corinthians 9:7) “Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
The 2017 Diocesan Service Appeal: $5 Million
Witness to Hope will sustain the operating costs for the essential ministries and programs funded by the DSA for the fiscal year 2017-2018. There will be no direct solicitation for DSA in 2017. The DSA will resume in 2018.
Support for the Cathedral of St. Mary: $1 Million
These funds will be used to update the heating system, install air conditioning, and improve the sound system in the Cathedral.
Stairway to Unite
Please read below to understand more about the Stairway to Unite Campaign.
We currently have the responsibility to maintain two campuses. Parish activities are held at both locations, yet there are new parishioners who are unaware of the village facilities. A single campus, where all parish activities can be held and is fully accessible to those with disabilities, will enrich our faith community.
In order to take the next step toward our vision of a unified campus, we conducted the Continuing the Journey capital campaign to eliminate our debt before we begin to plan Phase II — a social hall, kitchen, and religious education space adjacent to the church.
In the fall of 2000, St. Joseph Parish participated in the Diocese of Lansing VOICES sessions to seek parishioner input as we planned for the 21st century. Recognizing that we were quickly outgrowing our village facilities and with little room to expand, it became necessary for the parish to build at a new and larger site.
Our vision for our Stairway to the Future is a unified parish campus with a worship and gathering space, a social hall, kitchen, religious education classrooms, and offices. When our parish facilities are completely on one campus, we will be able to:
- Improve classroom space for our children during Religious Education.
- Expand our space for First Communion and Confirmation receptions.
- Have an office space and social hall accessible to all people.
- Improve our funeral lunch ministry by offering the liturgy and a meal on one site.
- Host once again parish breakfasts to strengthen our community spirit.
- Reduce maintenance and utilities costs due to managing two campuses.
- Expand our Festival by reuniting the Flea Market with the Festival weekend.
- Provide adequate parking for all activities.
Our Shared Future
Our forefathers in faith laid a foundation of love for God and our Catholic Church. Now, today, we must, as they did, plan and invest in our Catholic community’s future. Equal sacrifice, not equal giving, was the campaign’s basic premise. Recognizing that all of our talents and treasures are gifts from the Lord, we are called to give back part of these gifts in thanksgiving. Moreover, gifts to a campaign are an opportunity to share the wonder and love of our faith with our children, grandchildren, spouses, friends, neighbors, and future generations.
Thanks to the pledges and gifts we received, we were able to “burn” our mortgage before the planned date of December 2015. Your support allows the parish to build a financial foundation for our future.