Our Dream Continues- In service to all Campaign Update
When our campaign ended in June of 2016 our outstanding loan from the Dioceses for the construction of the Religious Education Center was $849,235.64. Pledge payments and “Pink Envelope” contributions have allowed us to repay $170,519.88 as of February 9th. Our current balance is $678,715.76.
In addition to the amount we have repaid we also incurred and paid $19,480.12 in interest charges.
Thank you to all those who made pledges and are fulfilling their commitment, and parishioners who continue to use their “Pink Envelopes”.
Bishop Soto’s ONE CAMPAIGN Update
Our campaign had two parts the repayment of our loan and a required contribution to the Diocese ONE campaign conducted to provide support for Catholic education, care for retired Diocesan priest, improve our ability to communicate with our Spanish speaking community, and provide for social services and expand youth ministry opportunities. Our allotted contribution is $158,600. As of February 9th we have paid $36,650.01, leaving us a balance of $118,949.99.
Your commitment to our Parish is truly outstanding. Thank You!!
We are pleased to announce the launching of a very special campaign effort for the benefit of St. Paul Catholic Church. It's entitled the "Our Dream Continues - In Service to All Campaign" and has as its aim, raising the funds required to pay off our debt on the Religious Education Center and to support the Diocesan ONE Campaign
Our Minimum Goal is $600,000 which will enable us to pay off half of our existing Religious Education Center debt and to support the Diocesan ONE Campaign. A Miracle Goal of $1,000,000 has also been set which, if met, will enable us to almost completely pay off our debt
Commitment Weekend was held May 21 & 22, when parishioners were asked to visit with volunteers in Rooms 7 & 8 of the Religious Education Center, learn more, and make commitment decisions.
For those people we did not connect with last weekend, our volunteers will be following up and attempting to contact members and others either in person or by phone over the next few weeks to more fully explain our campaign effort and to invite people's investment. In the ensuing weeks, we will be listing the names of all those who have done their part and made campaign gifts and commitments in a special bulletin insert we have planned. If you would like to be included on this special list, all you need to do is do your part and make your gift.
|Chart of Gifts Needed|
|In order to reach our financial objectives, we will need both a substantial number of givers and a few, fairly substantial gifts as this chart of gifts illustrates|
|Size of Gift||Needed||Minimum Needed|
|$60,000 or more||1||$60,000|
|$30,000 - $59,999||2||$60,000|
|$15,000 - $29,999||4||$60,000|
|$5,000 - $7,4999||12||$60,000|
|$2,500 - $4,999||24||$60,000|
|Less than $2,500||752||$240,000|
Follow these links to learn more about our campaign (or just scroll down)
Special Lead Gifts Needed As Advance Gifts Phase Begins
Kick Off Event a Grand Success
Campaign Purpose and Goals
Creative Giving Seminars Schedule
Campaign Launch Information
How You Can Help
Our Dream Continues - A History
A special team of volunteers has recently been recruited and trained and is now out actively seeking critical Advance Gifts for our campaign. This phase of our effort has as its aim securing up to 80% of our overall goal from a select group and some of our most active and generous members.
What we need and are ultimately hoping for from this important initial phase are some significant, sacrificial and truly inspirational gifts - gifts that will help set the pace for the entire campaign effort and serve as a strong and motivating example for others to follow.
So if you are contacted during this important initial phase of our campaign, please say, "yes" to our request for a personal appointment. We've asked our volunteers to not request final gift commitments during these important initial visits. Rather, we've simply asked and want them to more fully explain the campaign, the different ways that gifts can be made and to answer people's questions. We've also asked them to work with you to determine appropriate follow-up steps and to arrange future follow-up visits, if needed, where they will gratefully accept your gift decision - whatever it is. Thank you and God bless you for your generous response in advance.
Excitement was in the air last Sunday at the Our Dream Continues - In Service to All Campaign Kick-ll Celebration which signified the official start of our Campaign and its critical Advance Gifts Phase.
Over 80 members were in attendance and enjoyed the food, fun and fellowship. People listened enthusuastically as more detailed information about our case and campaign was disseminated and in other ways shared.
Now outreach to a small group of our members and some select others has begun. These people will be asked to prayerfully consideer special gifts to the campaign prioir to everyone else in the church being asked for their gift on Commitment Weekend, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, 2016.
All membersa are asked to consider gifts above and beyond what they give in their regular offerings and other contributions. And there are a variety of ways that gifts can be made.
Pledges payable over three (3) years are easier for many, enable most to make larger gifts than they otherwise might outright and are therefore essential to meeting our goal. Gifts may be made in monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual installments at the donor's discretion. A 10% initial investment toward your total pledge is also encouraged.
Non-cash gifts are an additional or alternative way you can support our cause. Yoyu may, for example, wish to consider gifts "in kind" such as labor and materials; gifts of securities such as stocks and bonds; gifts of real estate or even personal property such as artwork, automobiles, jewelry and antiques.
Deferred gifts are another option you may wish to consider. These are gifts that can be given or arranged for now, but will not be received until later, and include gifts through a person's will by bequest, gifts of life insurance policies or annuities, and gifts in trust.
The main purpose of our campaign is to raise the funds required to:
- Retire our debt on the Religious Education Center
- Support the Diocesan ONE Campaign
- Begin saving money to construct our much needed Parish Administration Center.
Minimum Goal = $600,000
Miracle Goal = $1,000,000
The following people have expressed their willingness to become involved in our campaign. Names with an asterisk are volunteers who are already members of our team with assigned tasks!
|Ernesto & Carlota Agard*||Gerald Fong*||Martha Pacheco|
|Ricardo & Zenaida Ambrocio||Guily & Natividad Fontillas||Lenard Pennisi*|
|Gustavo Azcarate*||Robert & Flora Galban||Paul Pham*|
|Brent Baginski||Rafael & Olga Guzman||Kristan & Kim Pimentel|
|Toni Bamford*||Patricia Harp*||Enoc & Juana Pineda|
|Tony & Nellie Basquez Jr. *||Lennie & Clara Heimericks*||Sr. Katrina Quidlat, RVM*|
|Norma Bolante*||Johnny & Merlita James||Tom & Billie Raczkowski|
|Larry Budney||Henry Loret de Mola*||Antonietta Ramos|
|Clarissa Bulan||Evangelina Lovett*||Gustavo Rodriguez|
|Paz Cajucom||Judy Maffei||David & Russiel Roper|
|Joe & Gladys Carrasco||Hilario & Christine Mamaril||Juan San Miguel|
|Diana Castro||Jose Martinez||David Santos|
|Manuel & Sonia Cervantes||Joyle Martinez*||Basilisa Saquiton|
|David & Ann Chiguina*||Esthr Medina||James & Elizabeth Solari|
|Edna Clegg*||Joseph Monteagudo*||Roger Tafoya*|
|Marcella Columna||Grace Montiel||Lourdes Tavora*|
|Evaristo & Carmen Cortez||Imelda Nanca||Ross & Charlene Valine|
|Victoria De Jesus||Alice Navarrete||Dee Vendeiro|
|Philip De Leon*||Vincent & Maria Neuburger*||Marciano & Evangelin Viado*|
|Juan & Bianca Delgadillo||Tony & Lan Nguyen||Dale & Kit Yamamoto*|
|Rich & Grace Dulay||Renato & Juliana Oineza*||Emila Esguerra|
|Zenaida Oriel*||Tina Fejarang*||Luis & Isabel Ortiz|
There are also several, specific gift opportunities that exist and give donors of qualifying gift amounts the unique chance to designate their gift to a particular portion of the project and dedicate it in honor or memory of those they choose. These special gift opportunities include:
|Religious Education Center||$1,000,000|
|Classrooms (7)||$ 50,000 each|
|Special Sections and Selections|
|Plaza (4)||$ 25,000 each|
|Religious Ed. Ctr Wi-Fi||$ 15,000|
|Plaza Lighting||$ 15,000|
|Classroom Furnishings (8)||$ 10,000 each|
|Classroom Technology (8)||$ 5,000 each|
|Plaza Landscaping (8)||$ 2,500 each|
|Classroom Initial Supplies/Environ.||$ 2,500 each|
|Electronic Security System||$ 1,000 each|
We have scheduled a couple of special Creative Giving Seminars to educate members and others about the many various and very beneficial ways people can make gifts to our campaign...ways that can offer special benefits to the campaign effort at our parish as ell as our donors.
Topics to be explored and explained in depth include the methods and benefits of giving cash, securities, personal property, real estate, life insurance policies, retirement savings as well as gifts through various trust arrangements and bequets. We'll discuss how to minimize or avoid taxes and generate income through various giving vehicles that you or we can help you to arrange.
Additionally, we'll have a panel of experts on hand to answer questions and to help further explain and explore various gift-giving strategies. We can even continue to work with you and your advisors to help arrange for these special "creative gifts" where an interest exists.
So please plan to attend one of these special Creative Giving Seminars if you can. Two separate seminars are planned. The first one is scheduled for Monday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Religious Education Center Room 3 here at our parish. The second seminar is set for Monday, May 16th, at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Religious Education Center, Room 3. No reservations for these special seminars are needed but it would be helpful if you could call the Campaign Office at 916-376-7792 to let us know you plan to attend. You'll be happy you did.
A special Kick-Off Celebration to mark the official start of the Our Dream Continues - In Service to All Campaign is scheduled for the weekend of Sunday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m. This event will be held in the Parish Hall and all parishioners and their families are cordially invited and encouraged to attend.
The event will feature fine desserts and refreshments that are being specially prepared. More detailed information about our project and campaign will be shared. You'll have the chance to meet and mix with fellow parishioners and to hear from parish, project and campaiagn leadership about our needs, our plans, the campaign and the various ways you can become invested and involved. Our newly printed campaign brochure will be distributed and our recently completed campaign DVD will be shown. In addition, project and campaign leadership will be on hand to answer any and all questions that people may have.
In short, our Campaign Kick-Off Celebration promises to be an informational and inspirational event that you definitely don't want to miss! So please plan to attend if you can, and remember that we absolutely will not be asking people for their gifts at this special event.
The campaign officially commenced with a special "Kick-Off Celebration" on Sunday, April 3, 2016, and will culminate on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 - 22, 2016 - Commitment Weekend - when members will be asked to make their campaign gift commitments.
Campaign Leadership Enlisted
We are pleased to announce the launching of a very special campaign effort for the benefit of St. Paul Catholic Church. It's entitled the "Our Dream Continues - In Service to All Campaign" and has as its aim, raising the funds required to pay off our debt on the Religious Education Center and to support the Diocesan ONE Campaign.
Our minimum goal is $600,000 which will enable us to pay off half of our existing Religious Education Center debt and to support the Diocesan ONE Campaign. A miracle goal of $1,000,000 has also been set which, if met, will enable us to almost completely pay off our debt.
The campaign will officially commence with a special "Kick-Off Celebration" scheduled for Sunday, April 3, 2016, and will culminate on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 & 22, 2016 - Commitment Weekend - when members will be asked to make their campaign gift commitments.
Our campaign leadership "cabinet" is now in place. This critical core group of leaders will give guidance and drive the overall campaign.
Our NeedsServing as Chairpersons of this special effort are Dale and Kit Yamamoto and Phil De Leon who will assume primary responsibility for the Advance Gifts Committee phase of the campaign and Lennie and Clara Heimericks and Henry Loret de Mola, who will oversee the Community Gifts Committee and phase.
In additiion, we have also been blessed with an excellent supporting cast who are tasked with leadership of the various support committees needed. They are Joe Monteagudo; who will lead our Prayer Committee, Norma Bolante, who will lead our committee for Hospitality; Sister Katrina Quidlat, RVM, who will lead our committee for Youth and Children's Gifts; Paul Pham, who will lead our Communications Committee; and Dan Cairns, who will lead our Creative Giving Committee.
Finally, we are also blessed to already have the following people strep us and agree to serve on our Advance Gifts Team - the group of volunteers that will be visiting a select group of members in advance of Commitment Weekend and inviting them to consider their gifts. Serving on the Advance Gift Team so far are: Ernesto and Carlota Agard, Edna Clegg, Patricia Harp, Karen Hurskainen, and Marciano and Evangeline Viado.
Many more leaders and workers are also needed to help with this important effort, so please say "yes" to volunteering when you are asked, or call the Campaign Office at 916-376-7792 to say that you'll happily help!
In 2011 St. Paul Catholic Church launched a three phase master plan to construct a new Religious Education Center, a Parish Administration Center, and two additional multi-use classrooms and meeting areas. Our "Together We Dreamed - In Faith We Build" Capital Campaign, whose pledge period we recently completed, raised $1.2 million as a result of the generous support of our parishioners. Combined with our $1 million in the bank and a loan from the Dioicese, we were able to build our $3.2 million Religious Education Center.
And, while it may be tempting to rest on our laurels or take a break from fundraising, we have not yet reached our ultimate goals. More funds are needed not only to retire the debt we incurred in building the Religious Education Center, but also to pay our share of the Diocesan ONE Campaign and ideally even have some money left over that will serve as seed money for the next phase of our Master Plan which is our much needed Parish Administration Center.
We are blessed to have our new Religious Education Center, an impressive place to study, to learn, and to meet. In 2013 we dedicated the building, and we now offer adult and youth education programs and provide meeting space for the 30 different ministries that our parish offers including faith formation, social, liturgical, philanthropic, and leadership ministries. The impact of this facility on the life of our church has been positively significant, and we have seen an increase in the number of parishioners who have become involved in our various ministries and, as a result, our ability for outreach.
The Religious Education Center allows us to offer ministerial services in a modern, air conditioned and heated facility where we had none before. Yet, while the Diocese offered favorable loan terms, we still have an $884,455 debt to them. The Diocese loaned us $1.0 million with a variable interest rate loan that currently is 3.75% over ten years with six years left on the loan. Interest payments alone cost us $32,000 a year, money that could be used for other purposes such as further accelerating pay-down of our debt or saving for the much needed Parish Administration Center.
Diocesan ONE Campaign
Appropriately, we also need to support the larger church and the many programs and services it provides to countless people in our broader, local community. The Diocese has been good to St. Paul Parish by providing guidance and financial loans. Now, they need and are asking for our help in supporting the Diocesan ONE Campaign which is designed to provide support for Catholic education, care for our retired diocesan priests, improve our ability to communicate more effectively with our growing Spanish speaking community, provide support for the Sacramento Food Bank and other social services, and expand youth ministry opportunities.
Parish Administration Center
We also need eventually to have a new Parish Administrative Center, a more ample and professional place for our offices that is separate from the rectory so that our pastor will have a private place to live. Additionally, we need appropriate and adequate office space for our administrators, ministers, and volunteers.
We have exciting and achievable plans to address the needs.
We plan to pay down at least half of our existing $884,455 debt. This will free up and enable us to save at least $16,000 per year in interest or $48,000 over the next three years. This will allow us to accelerate our debt payments. Once that debt is fully handled, our efforts will focus on the much needed Parish Administration Center.
Diocesan ONE Campaign
Additionally, we plan to fully fund our assessed Diocesan ONE Capital Campaign goal of $161,222 to provide our share of support for their campaign to give needed additional support for Catholic education, to care for our retired diocesan priests, to improve our ability to communicate more effectively with our growing Spanish speaking community, to support the Sacramento Food Bank and other social services, and to further expand Diocesan youth ministry opportunities.
Seed Money for Our New Parish Administration Center
Finally, we also hope to fulfill our dream - Phase 2 of our Master Plan - by building a Parish Administration Center, and we hope to begin saving for that now. Therefore, any money raised above and beyond our most immediate needs of retiring the debt and fulfilling our obligation to the Diocesan ONE Campaign will be set aside in a special restricted account to be used exclusively for the construction of the Parish Administration Center.
In preparation for this important event, we ask that you do three important things:
First, please pray for our campaign's soccess. Our future depends on your prayers.
Second, please volunteer your time to the campaign effort. Over 125 volunteers will be needed to assure that the campaign runs as efficiently and effectively as possible and that the job of volunteering is a relatively easy and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Finally, please consider a generous financial contribution to the campaign. Long-term subscriptions, or pledges payable over three years in addition to your annual stewardship offerings are encouraged and essential to meeting our ongoing and this special project need.
Your support will assure our campaign's and church community's future success!
The first part of our campaign slogan is "Our Dream Continues." Since our dream began a while ago, perhaps e should look at the dream, and see what it really is.
In October 2003 Father Rey Bersabal became pastor of our parish. The parish had built a new church in 1993 and converted the first church to the parish hall in 1995. When Father Bersabal became pastor of Saint Paul, it was evident that the parish physical facilities were inadequate and drapidly deteriorating.
The results of numerous meetings and obtaining input from parishioners was what eventually developed into the parish dream.
The first step was to develop a means of saving funds which would allow the accomplishments of the plans that were laid out. In order to raise funds for these parish upgrades, we began using the "pink envelopes," and we instituted a special collection on the first week-end of every month, in October of 2006. This source of funds permitted the upgrade of the sound system in the church in July 2008. Additionally, in late 2008 the parking lot was expanded to accommodate the increasing number of new parishioners.
Once these two essential physical upgrades were accomplished, Father again gathered his parish advisors and the dream of a new parish campus came to shape. Our facilities for teaching our Catholic faith to our young people were inadequate. The old classrooms were hot in the summer and cold in the winter and the lighting was inadequate. In addition, the old parish hall was literally falling apart. After falling tiles in the ceiling barely missed hitting a student, the building could no longer be used to teach classes.
The dream, in its first phase, called for replacement of the old classrooms with a state-of-the-art education facility. The second stage provided for a parish administration center to allow the office functions to be removed from the rectory and to provide for a private residence for our priest. Two additional classrooms would be constructed to meet all our classroom and meeting space reuirements. The last phase of the plan will replace the current residence, which is composed of three buildings which, like the original buildings, were purchased and moved to the campus.
Father Vicente Teneza became pastor in July of 2010. Father Vic reviewed the "Field of Dreams" plans and approved them. The savings from 'Pink Envelopes" was almost $1,000,000. Father approached and received permisssion from Bishop Soto to begin planning the first phase of the dream - a Religious Education Center.
Architectural plans were approved and construction bids were recived. The new Religious Education Center construction bids came in at $3,000,000. A capital campaign - Together We Dream - In Faith We Build - was undertaken to raise funds for the construction. This Campaign raised a little over $1,000,000 and the Bishop approved a loan to complete the construction.
Construction of the Religious Education Center began in 2012 and was completed in June of 2013. When construction was completed the Parish had borrowed $1,249,672.89 from the Diocese. The parish has continued to use "Pink Envelopes" and contribute to the building fund collection. The balance as of April 1, 2016 is approximately $868,000.
Father Joyle Martinez became Pastor in July of 2014. Father Joyle quickly embraced the parish dream and immediately began to work on reducing the loan the parish has with the Diocese. With Father's guidance and with the approval of the Bishop we have undertaken the Our Dream Continues - In Service to All Campaign. In addition to reducing by at least half and hopefully eliminating the Religious Education Center debt, Father's goal for the campaign is to omeet the Bishop's request to assist the Diocesan ONE Campaign.
Realizing dreams, as we all know, is often difficult. But with the guidance and perhaps gentle prodding by the Holy Spirit, we will completely pay for the Religious Education Center and begin saving for construction of the Parish Administration Center.
God bless you all for your support and please pray for the success of the Our Dream Continues - In Service to All Campaign.