Announcement 10-14/15

Our capital stewardship campaign has launched!  We are raising money to address important needs in our church and school.  This is an exciting time for our faith family as we make plans that will benefit us now and for generations to come.  Our campaign cannot be a success without the participation of all our parishioners.  Please consider saying YES if a campaign cabinet member asks you to volunteer time for the campaign.  If you see them around, please thank them for their time and commitment to our parish and for their commitment for a successful capital campaign.

Let us all pray that we keep our hearts open to the call of Jesus in our lives.  Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us.

Campaign Volunteer Positions Available

We are in need of much help during this campaign.  Several of the positions have already been filled, however we are hoping that you might be able to help fill some of the others:

Campaign Commitment Leaders- Will recruit and oversee a team to make follow up phone calls to any households who have not made a commitment/pledge after an appropriate amount of time.  This does not involve pressuring people or asking for money- just asking that pledge/commitment cards be returned registering their intentions..  The team will be trained and given a script by The Breton Group for telephoning households to encourage completion of commitment cards. Desired: 8-10 individuals

Children & Youth Leaders- Will recruit and oversee a team to plan and implement activities designed to enhance children and youth’s understanding of the campaign.  A separate team is working with the school, this team would work with Faith Formation and Parish families. Desired: 2-3 individuals

Hospitality & Event Team Leaders- Will oversee the recruitment of a team that will provide any hospitality and event needs of the campaign.  The team may also make courtesy phone calls prior to a campaign event to ensure awareness and build enthusiasm.  Desired: 2-3

Please contact Nickie Wentworth-Holton (nwentworth@olcparish.net) if you are interested in learning more about these positions or to volunteer to help.

 

Announcement 10-7/8

Our Rooted in Christ, Growing to Serve capital stewardship campaign is beginning.  We are raising money to address important needs in our church and school.  This is an exciting time for our faith family as we make plans that will benefit us now and for generations to come.  A successful campaign will eventually necessitate everyone to review financial priorities in determining what a sacrificial pledge means—one that is over-and-above regular offertory—for the capital needs of OLC.  By now, all parishioners should have received a campaign “Special Edition Newsletter” in the mail.  The newsletter provides some initial information about the campaign and offers some answers to questions you may have.  If you haven’t received the newsletter, please contact the parish office.  Please continue to pray for our parish as we examine our own fiscal responsibilities and how it effects sacrificial giving.

Let us all pray that we keep our hearts open to the call of Jesus in our lives.  Our Lady of Consolation, pray for us.

Mass Statement 9/16-17

As we have evaluated the growing needs of our faith community, it was determined in our feasibility study that our church project should focus on additional parking, relocation of the rectory, expansion and renovation of the Education Center, and a new, multi-purpose Parish center/ gymnasium. Striving for fiscal responsibility, we will avoid long-term debt. we have evaluated future revenues and operating costs for the next two to three years. Soon all parishioners will receive a campaign “Special Edition Newsletter” in the mail. The newsletter provides some initial information about the upcoming campaign and offers some answers to questions you may have.

Please continue to pray for our parish as we, too, examine our own households’ fiscal responsibility and sacrificial giving.

Letter from Fr. Tony 9/10-11

Sept. 9/10, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

In a time when many talk about a diminished Catholic Church, there are parishes across the country that are receiving the light of Christ and are transforming themselves into shining stars of hope that defy the skeptics and the undiscerning.

I’m glad to continue to share with you more background details of the Master Plan process and a proposed parish project that is beginning to take shape. Specifically, I’d like to address questions that came up before and during the Feasibility Study, regarding the finances of a project and the impact on the parish in the short and long term.

Our priority is to address the needs of the parish for the next 20-30 years based on the mission of Our Lady of Consolation. As we examine the growing needs of our faith community, it was determined during the Feasibility Study that we should primarily focus on additional parking, relocation of the rectory, expansion/renovation of the Education Center and a revamped Parish Center/gymnasium. Expansion of the church, which is part of our Master Plan, is a low priority at this time and won’t be considered for many years.

What has been mentioned of utmost concern by parishioners is the future operating costs of the parish. Be assured, part of the plan includes an organizational, mission-driven budget, projecting expenses and revenues for the next two to three years based on the impact on staffing, utilities and maintenance increases. Our emphasis will be on avoiding long-term debt and being fiscally responsible.

In the coming weeks, we’ll share more details about the campaign, including its leadership and a calendar of next steps. This project is our responsibility to the entire diocese as a flagship parish in this area of Kent County. Thank you for your ongoing interest in this project and helping to make Our Lady of Consolation a joyful, vibrant faith community.

God bless,

Father Tony

Mass Statement 9/7/17

As you may be aware we are moving forward with the next steps of the Master Plan process, however we have received questions from a few parishioners about the background of this project.

I want to take a moment and share a brief history of the process with everyone, and let you know that more information can be found on the parish website by clicking on the Facilities Master Plan button on the left menu.

In 2009, the Diocese started a planning and development project and named Our Lady of Consolation as the “flagship” parish of northern Kent County. As a parish, this is a serious and sacred responsibility that we have. So we were asked to develop a 20-30 year plan to address the expected population growth and the growing needs of our faith community.

Through the past several years we’ve been moving toward making our plan into reality with the help and support of many of you. If you look around the parish right now you will see many areas that need to be addressed as quickly as possible. Parking is becoming increasingly tighter; office space is at its capacity and classroom space has also reached its maximum.

At the beginning of every school year, all departments schedule their facility needs for the entire year and have them reserved on the calendar. This year, we have nearly no remaining meeting rooms or times available to host potential new ministries. These are the best kind of problems to have. Our Lady is growing. We are doing amazing things in our parish and in our community, but we are outgrowing the space we have.

In the 12 months of 2016, we had 50 new families register with our parish. In only the first 7 months of 2017 we have had 65 families register. This success is because of you; how you welcome people, how you are spreading the Gospel and how you are inviting people to join us.

I am asking that you pray for our parish as we grow, and as we move forward with this Master Plan process and the proposed parish project.

We will be updating you frequently with the progress being made, however all information is also available in the website. I encourage you to read through the material on the website and to reach out to the parish office with any questions you may have.