We need your input!
Beginning March 20th we will be conducting a comprehensive survey of the entire parish. This planning study follows an extensive process that helped produce our parish master plan back in 2010. Before we make any final decisions regarding the long-range plan for our church, we would like to hear from you.
You will all be asked to share your thoughts regarding our needs and your potential involvement in a major fundraising effort. Your feedback will enable us to determine support for projects yet to be realized in our master plan. The planning study will also provide us with information to identify prospective campaign leaders and to formalize a realistic campaign goal.
The Steier Group, our development firm, will compile this information and present it to our parish leadership. At that time, we will make an informed decision regarding the implementation of our master plan.
I believe that this process is extremely important, and I encourage each parish family to participate. Your input is of tremendous value as we plan for the future of Saint Theresa Catholic Church.
Below is a list of questions and answers which help define this planning study.
Q. What is a planning study?
A. It is an assessment used to gauge support for a possible capital campaign to address some, or all, of our capital needs at Saint Theresa.
Q. Why are we doing this study and potentially starting a campaign?
A. The Archdiocese is conducting a diocesan-wide Capital Campaign and is asking all parishes to participate (see the latest Catholic Herald). Parish leadership recently completed a review of our facilities, revealing that now may be a good time to simultaneously address local needs to ensure we are positioned to fulfill the mission entrusted to us by God.
Q. How will the study be conducted?
A. The study will be administered by the Steier Group, a development firm. The survey will reveal critical details such as which projects are deemed most urgent and the potential support in our parish for a fundraising campaign.
Q. Who will be asked to participate?
A. Every registered household listed at Saint Theresa will be asked to participate.
Q. When is the study being conducted?
A. Data will be collected from now until April 12. A comprehensive final report will be presented to leadership the week of April 17. We will, of course, share the findings with the entire parish.
Q. What do you expect of me?
A. At this time, we ask only for your feedback and your prayers. Your input, participation and support will help us make prudent decisions as we move forward. If you have questions, you are welcome to contact me at any time.
With gratitude for your gracious support, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Eurel Manzano
Great news! We exceeded our goal for the 2016 Diocesan Services Fund by more than $50,000! Half of those funds which exceed our goal go back to our parish, while the other half goes to the Aid to Poor Parishes Fund of the Archdiocese. To all who helped make this past year’s DSF a smashing success for our parish: Thank you!
If you’d to make a pledge for this year’s Diocesan Services Fund (2017), please do so now! There are over 60 ministries in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston that depend upon your continued support.