Our parish has a lot to be thankful for and a lot to be proud of. It’s no secret that one of the things we are most proud of is our beautiful building. Our building was primarily constructed to be a place that would welcome all to come and worship before God in the fellowship of His people. It certainly has served and will continue to serve that purpose.
From the custom-made presider’s chair and ambo made from six different types of wood in the Grand Hall to the beautiful ledgestone and cobblestone exterior, each detail of our craftsman-style building was carefully conceived and constructed for the greater glory of God. The professional-grade kitchen, the wall sconces and walkway pendants that bear our logo, even the bathrooms are things in which we take great pride.
So much attention to detail has granted us a beautiful place to call our home. However, each detail came with a significant financial investment as we knew this building would continue to be a beacon of light in Aliso Viejo. The reality is that, while this place is our home, it is still not really ours. This building will not really be ours until all $5.8 million remaining of our building debt has been eliminated.
Over the years, we have continued to use the annual Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA) to service the debt. Recently, the PSA and other fundraising has not been enough. We have been forced to pull money out of the parish’s reserves to cover the difference and meet our monthly mortgage payments. As anyone with a mortgage knows, that is not a recipe for a sustainable future.
Furthermore, at the current rate our mortgage will not be paid off for another 40 years.
These financial constraints hurt our ability to fulfill our mission. It hurts our ability to plan for and invest in the future growth of our parish and it hurts our ability to function in our day-to-day operations.
A successful campaign will allow us to do all of this, but we need your help.