Parish fundraisers yielding positive resultsHeritage of Faith featured in the Catholic Standard & Times
Capital campaigns are never easy, and it is remarkable that the Heritage of Faith — Vision of Hope archdiocesan campaign that ended in early 2011 surpassed its stated goal of $200 million in pledges. It took a lot of grassroots effort in the parishes, and probably more so in the 18 parishes where planned parish campaigns combined with the archdiocesan effort.
One of these parishes was St. Jude in Chalfont, where they had recently had a campaign to build an addition to the school. Now it was time to look at the church because, although the building is just a quarter-century old, it is big; holding between 800 and 1,100 worshippers, depending on who is counting, and updates were put aside to concentrate on the school expansion.
For example, a new HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system was needed, as well as improved lighting and general decoration. The outside of the church needed new walkways and a handicap ramp.
By Lou Baldwin