This letter is to provide you with an update on our capital campaign and the work we have been able to do because of your generosity. We currently have pledges of $2.2 million and have collected over $1.1 million so far. Thank you! Our pledge commitment to the Diocese has been fulfilled, and now every dollar donated or pledged stays right here at Christ the King Parish.
With these funds, we have completed – an upgrade to the Church sound and audio visual system; Constructed a fence to secure the playground around Christ the King School (cost shared with the school) and re-roofed the Parish Hall.
Next up. We are getting ready to launch a significant project for Christ the King (CTK) Ministry Center. The project is to remodel this building to provide offices and added meeting space to serve CTK ministries. Lack of meeting space has been one of the chief concerns of many ministries that CTK sponsors. This remodeling project has been estimated at $1.7 million, including contingency, and is based on initial architectural plans as well as environmental and engineering assessments used to define the scope and cost for the effort.
Thanks to your ongoing support, all funds for this project have been collected and are on deposit in our parish savings account. We expect to start construction next year and complete the project towards the end of 2017. We are working through the permitting process now and will have a better schedule once we have all the permits approved.
The Ministry Center was originally built in 1961 as a convent for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet who provided Catholic Education to the CTK School children. This 6,000-sq. ft., two story building is no longer used as a convent and currently has limited use for meetings due to the poor layout of the building. The second floor of the building is not used except as temporary storage.
The CTK Parish office is currently located in a separate building that also serves as the rectory for the parish. Use of the rectory for both office and living space has been a significant challenge as there is no suitable space for group or private meetings. Our St. Vincent de Paul ministry also serves the poor from the rectory. For a parish the size of CTK, the public nature of the parish office in the rectory makes it difficult for residents to maintain a reasonable level of privacy and run the day to day operation of the parish.
The objectives of the Ministry Center remodeling project are as follows:
Our next priority for capital investment is to remodel the gym bathrooms and parish hall kitchen. We initially thought we could do a low-cost upgrade to just the gym bathrooms, however, our facility experts have advised us that we will likely need to invest in improvements to our sewer line at the same time. Since this sewer line also serves the kitchen, we want to combine the two efforts. The kitchen and bathrooms are showing their advanced age. The kitchen improvements are needed to make it more useable, efficient and up-to-date with appliances that better meet our needs. Looking beyond the kitchen and gym bathrooms, we have a need to update the gym itself, improve the HVAC for the Church and repave our parking lot.
Funding for the gym bathrooms and kitchen remodel will be dependent upon the next phase of our capital campaign. We paused our campaign efforts after the initial push so that we could solidify our plans and cost estimates. Early next year, once we have hard cost estimates, we will be renewing our campaign efforts and asking for your help to achieve our original $4.5 million campaign goal so that we have the funds to continue our capital improvements that support our parish, school and ministries.
We are always open to questions and comments. Email is the best way to ask a question but a phone call is OK. You can contact Greg Thornbury, Finance Committee Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-671-9935 or Fr. Paulson is available at the phone or email address in the bulletin. Fr. Paulson will get your question to either the Facility Committee or Finance Committee and we will get back to you promptly.
Thank you for your continuing generosity in supporting our parish.
Fr. Paulson Mundanmani
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