1. What is the difference between the offertory, building fund, and the capital campaign?

The weekly Offertory is a fund that pays for routine operations of the parish.  It includes salaries, rent/mortgage, maintenance, utilities, and day-to-day expenses.

The Building Fund is an ongoing and long term, regular savings account to which parishioners contribute and have contributed to since the Mission was formed in 2002 – and will continue even after this project is completed.  It funds building, and improvement projects, but most of the funds will be used to build a permanent Church.  The current account balance is about $500,000.

The first and second Capital Campaigns are designed to raise funds rapidly to build a permanent Church.  Parishioners are asked to pledge an amount that can be paid at once or over a period of up to 3 years.  The expectation for a Capital Campaign is to raise significant amounts quickly, like a burst, as opposed to routine, weekly or monthly contributions.

Funds from the Building Fund and Capital Campaign will be used to build a permanent Church.

2. How can I contribute to the building fund? Capital campaign?

You can contribute to the Building Fund via Faith Direct, monthly envelopes, or mailing a check to the Mission Office. Similarly, you can contribute to the Capital Campaign though the pledge form on the website.

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3. Can I use Faith Direct to make building fund and capital campaign contributions?

Yes, it’s the most convenient way to support our church.  Faith direct allows you to link payments to bank accounts and/or credit cards.  You can schedule payments to automatically occur monthly or you can make them on a one time basis.  Please sign up at www.faithdirect.net/. The St. Katharine Drexel code is VA786.

4. What happens if my financial situation changes and I can’t fulfill my pledge?

Don’t worry. Give what you can, when you can, if your financial situation changes.

5. What other activities are being pursued to raise money?

We are pursuing a full range of fund raising activities – internally and externally. These include parish events, like the Mardis Gras Gala and smaller events. However, we expect that most of the needed funds will be raised through the building fund and the capital campaign.

6. When will the Church be built?

The Special Use Permit approved November 2015 requires us to complete Phase 1 (Parish Center, what we will use as a church) by November 2023.

7. What happens to the money pledged if we fail to raise enough during the capital campaign?

If we fail to raise enough money then we will continue fund raising until we have enough to start construction.  The funds are retained in a Diocesan account until such time as enough money has been raised to complete the project.

8. Why does it take so long to build the Church?

There are several reasons that completion will be in 2023 and not sooner.  First, the Building Committee was formed in early 2014 and the initial step was to assess what the Mission needed, what it could afford, and where the church could be sited. In concert with that effort, it took over a year to find the right piece of property. Then it took another year to prepare the master plan, Special Use Permit Application, and obtain approval from Prince William County – all of which were required to complete the land purchase. Second, it takes considerable time to raise the funds. For example, the first Capital Campaign started in 2015. As of May 2018, we’ve raised 43% of our minimum goal. and we need until at least 2020 to raise the remaining funds. Third, it takes at least 2-3 years to complete the design, obtain the necessary permits, and complete construction (2 years approximately for construction).

9. Why does the Church cost $8M?

The capacity of the Phase 1 Parish Center (which we will utilize as the church) is at least 350 seats – about the capacity of the temporary facilities at Bull Run Middle School, and the size is the most significant cost driver along with the site work. The cost includes the design of the Church, extensive site work to prepare the undeveloped land for a building, construction, fit out, and Prince William County permit requirements such as landscaping, paved parking lots, sidewalks, utility work, and entrance and exit lanes.  The cost estimate was professionally prepared, checked, and validated. The estimated cost of our project well within similar recent projects in the Arlington Diocese and the Mid-Atlantic area.

10. How does our status as a Mission versus a parish affect construction of a permanent Church? When will we become a parish?

Our status as a Mission does not affect our project.  We will become a parish when the Mission exhibits enough support (membership and financial) to warrant the appointment of a full-time priest by the Bishop. The Diocese purchased the land at a cost of $1.5M, which demonstrates that the Diocese is fully committed to our project.

11. How big will the Church be?

The cost estimate assumes that the Phase 1 Parish Center (which we will utilize as our initial church) will be 5,000-12,000 square feet to accommodate 350-550 people.  The size and capacity will be dependent on funding.

12. Why can’t we just use a tent or other temporary building for services?

We can’t do that for two reasons: 1) Temporary buildings and tents are not allowed by the county; and 2) Holding Mass on the site before the work is done is very unsafe due to lack of parking, lack of facilities, adjacency to a major US highway, and the extremely rough terrain on the site.

13. Will the Church have pews?

Our intention is to have pews and other furnishings, dependent on funding. The first and most important priority though is to construct a permanent and fully functional church building.

14. Where will we have Religious Education classes when the Church is built?

It is unlikely that the Phase 1 Parish Center (which we will use initially as our small church) will be large enough to accommodate Religious Education classes so we will likely continue to rent space for the 8-10 required classrooms.

15. What is being done to expand the number of registered SKD families?

A significant number of families living within SKD boundaries attend Holy Trinity Church, All Saints, and even St. John the Evangelist in Warrenton.  We plan to reach out to those families as part of second Capital Campaign.

16. How much money was raised by the first capital campaign?

$1.2M was raised in the first Capital Campaign.  We have approximately $500K in the Building Fund as well.

17. How much more money is needed?

We need to raise $2.3M in addition to the $1.7M on hand and pledged for a total of $4M. We intend to borrow $4M from the Diocese to satisfy the $8M budget.

18. How can I get involved?

We would love for you to be an active part of our growing church community! To get involved, please contact David O’Flynn, Chairman of the Building Committee.  David.oflynn@comcast.net / 571-261-2663. To get involved with our various church ministries, please see our Ministries and Organizations page.

19. What is the status of design?

Site design for Phase 1 is currently underway and is expected to be complete by August/September 2018.  It will then be submitted to the County for review and approval.  Based on that review and approval, the building design can commence thereafter.

20. Will there be a school, community hall, a larger Church?

The Special Use Permit approved by Prince William County proscribes 2 Phases: 1) Phase 1 has been  permitted to be a combination Parish Center (which is effectively a small church) of up to 550 seats and other support space; 2) Phase 2 is permitted to include a school (K-8) and a larger church (up to 1000 seats).  Based on our priorities and affordability, Phase 1 resources will be focused initially on constructing a space for worship (i.e., a small church that can later be converted to a parish center after Phase 2 is constructed).

21. What will the church look like?

The conceptual design was completed in December 2015.  It will be a very appealing and functional church. The renderings (which represent one potential configuration) are available to view at the Mission Office and online at www.katharinedrexelcc.org/help-build-our-church/.

22. How can I get more information and what if I have more questions?

The website is frequently updated to provide the latest status.  For additional information, please contact David O’Flynn, Building Committee Chairman, david.oflynn@comcast.net / 571-261-2663.