Frequently Asked Questions
Why is St. Elizabeth embarking upon this campaign now?
St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish is 100 years old and its buildings are all 50 to 75 years old. After a comprehensive visions process and a facility planning process, we discovered that we are in urgent need of updating our church and campus for the next 100 years of ministry.
What will we be asked to consider through the Building Our Legacy campaign?All of us will be asked to reflect prayerfully upon God’s countless blessings, to join in the ongoing mission of St. Elizabeth, and to consider prayerfully a generous financial response to update our church and campus.
Can I consider a gift of stock or securities?
Yes! All parishioners can make stock or security gifts. Also parishioners age 70.5 or older are able to direct their required minimum IRA distribution to the parish tax-free, allowing the parish to receive an even larger gift. Everyone wins!
Will we borrow any money for the projects?
That will depend on the proceeds from the campaign over the years. If we are close to a certain goal, then we may wish to borrow money to complete a project. It also depends on timing of gift receipts and construction projects. It may be the case that we wish to take out a small construction loan to start a project. But our ultimate goal is to incur no long-term debt.
When can we start construction on the first project?
According to diocesan policy, we can break ground on our first project when we have 70 percent of funds pledged and 50 percent of funds on hand for each project.
Are the images presented here the final design for the project?
No, what you see here is the work that has been done to date. It visually represents concepts from Straub Construction, Hollis and Miller, and St. Elizabeth. Over the coming months thee team will proceed with the design process.
Are we able to make matching gifts?
Yes, by all means check with your employer. Many employers make matching gifts for educations projects such as the Early Childhood Center. A few make matching gifts for religious projects.
How does the look of the new ECC building tie into the rest of our campus?
The stone first level will draw from our history with a look similar to our oldest buildings, the original 1928 school building and the rectory. To visually connect with the current church, the color of the stucco on the second level will be painted to match the limestone. Our newest building will represent the past, present, and future of our parish community.
What about other needs around the campus?
The 2016 Facility Utilization Study identified additional needs beyond the scope of this campaign. The resulting long-term Master Plan includes other campus-wide projects that will be addressed in the future.