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I am most grateful for the incredible privilege of serving God’s Church with each and every one of you every day.
Years ago, the founding members of our parish were inspired to build “A house for the Church of St. Gregory.”
Now is the acceptable time for us to fulfill this dream cared for by our pastor emeritus Monsignor Louis by expanding our present Church facility to include gathering spaces that will enable us to facilitate our strategic plan built upon the ministry of Word, Worship, Community and Service.
We hope to raise a minimum of $2.5 million in the coming months to fund the expansion of our Church for a new Ministry Center.
Your support is essential to the success of this building campaign Forward in Faith. May the following pages inspire and encourage your generous participation. I believe with all my heart the parish is, first, a people, and the most effective instrument of evangelization is the parish’s visible hospitality, its vitality, and its own faithfulness to Christ.
The Church of Saint Gregory stands ready to build on some forty years of life and experience and recommit itself to the all-important ministry of Evangelization in the 21st century. We are a people called together by God to build for God’s community as stewards of God’s gifts.
I invite you to share the vision.
On Pentecost Sunday, June 12, 2011, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera authored a Pastoral Letter, “Wounded and Loved, Re-gathering the Scattered—A Pastoral Vision for the Church of Scranton”. A notable element of this Pastoral Letter is the call of all the baptized to be servant leaders and to lead lives rooted in service to God, neighbor, self, and creation.
The Pastoral Council of the Church of Saint Gregory spent a year reflecting on Bishop Bambera’s pastoral plan and our roles and responsibilities as servant leaders. This refection culminated in a long range strategic plan titled Forward in Faith. In developing this plan, the Council invited all parishioners to share their ideas, hopes, and dreams. Through surveys, focus groups and meetings, we received over 400 responses. These responses formed the basis of the twelve goals of the strategic plan. Through the support of three coordinating teams, our parish has already taken steps to implement many of these goals. Parishioners identified a critical need for additional space given the current limitations of our current parish campus. In building our new Ministry Center we hope to accomplish a goal of the strategic plan to build a space that facilitates and enhances community gatherings, faith formation, and liturgical celebration.
Our Ministry Center will be a beacon that calls the community to the inner life of the Spirit.
The Ministry Center will provide space to meet our increasing needs and opportunities for worship and sacramental celebrations; days and evenings of reflection; reconciliation and healing; prayer and private devotions; sacred music and education; and religious formation, including RCIA, children’s liturgy of the Word, faith sharing, study groups, VBS, and retreats.
Building additional space at the Church will enable our parish family to expand upon the liturgical and sacramental center of our parish, and support the parish’s desire to fulfill Christ’s call to service in new ways.
The new space should extend sacred spaces from the Church and serve at the crossroads of Church and everyday life.
The new ministry center will enhance the spiritual life of our parish by creating flexible space in various configurations supporting parish life in the areas of Word, Worship, Community and Service as defined by our long range strategic plan Forward in Faith.
Renovations & Updating: Approx. $500,000
After 40 years of service since its dedication in 1976, our beloved church is in need of the following repairs and updates to meet the needs of our evolving parish community in the coming years:
Ministry Center: Approx. $2,500,000
The new meeting and gathering spaces will accommodate and facilitate special liturgies. The new and expanding ministries of the parish’s four coordinating teams will include:
Renovation and Expansion: Approx. $500,000
Our parish campus infrastructure will be updated and expanded to accommodate the Ministry Center expansion
THE EXTENSION OF OUR CHURCH WILL FURTHER OUR MISSION TO FORM SERVANT LEADERS AND INTENTIONAL DISCIPLES IN:
The Campaign for The Church of Saint Gregory calls for support from the entire community. With your help, we can build our own history and prepare for a bright future.
Donations to The Church of Saint Gregory are tax-deductible and may be made in the following ways:
CASH: Cash given over a multi-year pledge is the most common and popular way of giving. You may find that you will be able to increase the size of your gift if you extend payments over the full 3-year pledge period. Parishioners wanting to make a gift with our online giving program can make a gift annually, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly.
MATCHING GIFTS: If you, or your spouse, are affiliated with a company with a matching gift program, you may double the impact of your gift. Please investigate this opportunity with your employer or contact The Church of Saint Gregory for more information.
SECURITIES: Please contact The Church of Saint Gregory. Federal tax laws provide for a charitable deduction for the full market value of securities gifted as of the date of your gift. If you would like to make a year-end gift of appreciated stock for tax planning purposes, please call the Office for the information you will need to provide your broker to complete a stock transfer transaction. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
David Tressler (Chairperson), William Burkavage, Yvonne Cronkey, John Devine and James Fleming.