Preserving Our Legacy – Why Now?
Since 1952, Catholics have gathered on the campus of St. Joseph Parish to worship God and to be formed in the faith. In 1954, our parish began a school ministry to provide an opportunity for the Catholic education of children. For more than 60 years parishioners have supported ministry here, through their hard work and through the gift of their hard-earned financial resources.
In the very beginning, Fr. Pitsch, our founding pastor, organized parishioners to clear the land, and a group of Guamanians from a tug crew volunteered to help and cleared the land with machetes. Daily Mass was celebrated in the basement of the old rectory and Sunday Mass was celebrated at the McLoughlin Heights Housing Project auditorium.
St. Joseph Catholic School – A Beginning
In 1951, Archbishop Connolly requested the Sisters of Providence staff a new school at St. Joseph and in less than three years, a convent, a ten classroom school, a cafeteria and a gym were built. On July 11, 1954, the first Mass was celebrated in the gym, which was to be the permanent site of the Church for the next 38 years.
St. Joseph School opened two months later on September 8, 1954 with 302 students in grades 1-8. The parish then had 574 registered families and about 2000 members.
Our Community – Growing
Today our parish has more than 1900 registered families and about 5000 members. Our school, celebrating more than 60 years of faith, academics and service, currently enrolls more than 300 students in grades K-8. Several additions to both the school and parish campus have been completed over the years, including a new wing for the school and a new house for the priests.
The new century provided more growth at St. Joseph Parish. By the early 2000s it was clear that the community needed a larger space for faith formation and social gatherings.
Thanks to the generosity of many parishioners, more than $2.5M was pledged toward the construction of Marian Hall, with another $2M financed to open Marian Hall in January of 2009.
Although several generous donors have helped reduce the debt on the more than $4M final cost of Marian Hall, currently debt on the hall is still about $650,000.
Annual service of this debt is not sustainable through current operations and fundraising. St. Joseph must completely retire the debt on Marian Hall to have the resources desperately needed to put to other critical and timely projects.
Now Is The Time
Today, we must follow in the footsteps of those parishioners who have come before us to ensure that St. Joseph Parish and School has the resources and facilities needed to sustain our growing community.
In order to plan for our future and meet our immediate facility needs, St. Joseph has launched the OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER Campaign – a $2 million, three-year capital campaign to alleviate debt on the existing facility; make critical repairs to the school roof and parking lots; and build up parish reserves.
By establishing a capital maintenance fund with a goal of $725,000, St. Joseph will be able to fully address the often deferred, and upcoming facility maintenance needs of the Parish and School.
The illustration below shows that current annual contributions to the Parish by parishioners will not cover the immediate maintenance needs of the Parish or School without fully depleting cash reserves/savings past 2016.
The time is now to reach out to the St. Joseph Parish and School community for support!
If you would prefer an offline donation, and to receive envelopes for your donation, please use the Pledge Form page.
CAMPAIGN FOR SUSTAINABILITY
The St. Joseph OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER Campaign is a $2M, three-year campaign to resolve outstanding debt and position us for long-term sustainability.
Marian Hall Debt Retirement: $650,000
- Retire the remaining debt on the building
New Roof for School: $500,000
- Structural engineering review
- Tear off and replace to code
Parish Main Parking Lot Repair: $125,000
- Overlay and re-stripe parking lot
- Repair potholes and catch basin/dry well issues
- Improvements to school playground drainage system
Capital Maintenance Fund: $725,000
- HVAC System Upgrade (Energy Efficient)
- Upgrade to Energy Efficient Lighting
- Future Deferred Maintenance from Master Plan