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- Are we making an effort to individually contact those who are not pledging to the capital campaigns? November 2, 2019 There are many meetings and conversations when we struggle with this question. What is the right amount of contact versus when does it become badgering and pestering? For those who feel called to share their time, talent and treasure it is difficult to stay silent when others are not responding. At the same time we try to recognize that everyone is not on the same path in their faith journey. There is also the logistics and costs of delivering messages that are personal and not intrusive. Telephone calls from unknown phone numbers are not welcomed and usually ignored. Postal mailings are expensive when you are talking about 500-1000 pieces. One thing we will be doing is sending out reminder emails to those families who are on our email list. Other than that we all need to pray that circumstances change for those families who are not pledging to the capital campaigns and that they will harden not their hearts when God calls to them.
- Were we over-crowded in the old church or was the decision based upon future projections. “If we build it they will come.” November 2, 2019 At almost every Sunday during the 9:15 AM, 11:00 AM, and the 6:00 PM masses the Narthex had anywhere from 10 to 40 chairs being used by our parishioners due to limited seating in the old church. If you attended mass at other times perhaps you did not see this situation but that does not mean it was not a problem for the parish as a whole. Not having adequate seating and forcing people to sit outside of the worship area is not very welcoming and creates an unnatural division. There definitely was a need to have a more expansive sanctuary space. A Master Plan was commissioned which looked at the cost / benefits of enlarging the old space versus building a new church. There were many considerations to take into account not the least of which is to make sure that we had a viable solution for the future as well as the present. The Diocese had commissioned a population growth study a few years earlier and it was determined that Clay County will be the fastest growing area in the entire metropolitan vicinity for many years to come. While adding onto the old church would have fixed the current ...
- Most homeowners require 20-30 years to pay off their loan, why is it different for our church? November 2, 2019 We are in a very similar situation as most homeowners in that starting in January 2020 we will have a mortgage with a set payment schedule. It is set up on a 15 year amortization schedule not 20-30 years but other than that, it is the same. The Dioceses of Kansas City / St.Joseph holds the note and we will be making monthly payments there. Most financial advisors tell their clients that it would be a very wise move is to pay more than the minimum mortgage payment when possible. Why do they say that? It is because it shortens the length of time needed to payback the loan and the savings in real money is tremendous. Just look at how much we will save if we meet our goals
- Shouldn’t future members be responsible for helping pay off the loan as well as current members? November 2, 2019 The implications of that question are a bit more far-reaching than what might appear. On the surface the answer is: that as new parishioners join our congregation we do have a plan to appeal to them to pledge to help pay down the loan. It is important to state that we are not looking to grow our parish family because it will help us financially. We want to grow because that is the natural result of a vibrant, Christ-centered parish. Christ is the vine and we are the branches. We have built the vineyard and tilled the soil. We now pray that new shoots will spring forth, not to help us pay down the debt but because this is what Christ calls us to do – Go Forth and Spread the Good News!
- During the weekend Masses will the chapel be available for quiet reflection time? November 1, 2019 It is certainly proper and desirous that all who about to enter into the sacred mysteries prepare themselves for such an experience by centering themselves upon the Lord. During the weekend masses the proper place for this silent reflection is in the main sanctuary. We hope the architecture, and the artistry will help elevate everyone’s thoughts towards the Divine simply by being present and quietly absorbing the beauty. It is equally important that we not separate ourselves from each other. We gather as the body of Christ and in that gathering we know that Christ is present in our midst. He assured us of this when he said “where two or three are gathered in my Name there I will be in the midst of them”. In our old facility the Narthex was not large enough to handle all of the people who wished to greet friends and others before entering the sanctuary. This resulted in greetings and conversations being brought into the sanctuary when it would have been better if they were conducted elsewhere. We hope that the expanded gathering space in our new complex will moderate or even eliminate this noise “spill over” into the new sanctuary. Once we enter ...
- The Listening Post March 15, 2018 The Listening Post is your forum to ask questions questions about the new church, about the capital campaign or any other questions about St. James that you may have. Ask questions and also find answers here. We may not be able to give you an answer immediately but we can promise you that we will continue to research the question until we have arrived at the best information we have at the time. Read Volume 1 – December Issue of The Listening Post click here https://www.stjames-liberty.org/listening-post/?preview_id=12582&preview_nonce=bb796d1160&_thumbnail_id=-1&preview=true