Faith, Our Church, Our Future
A Challenge from
Dear St. Jude
Supporters and Parishioners,
“To whomever much is
given, much will be required; and to whom much is
entrusted, more will be asked.”
The Lord calls us to
be responsible stewards of all the good gifts He
entrusts to us. He expects us to give back in some
manner from the blessings we have received, whether
that is our time, our God-given talents, or our
treasure. Throughout my time at St. Jude you have
taken this call of God to heart, and for that I am
In 2014 St. Jude
launched an ambitious fundraising campaign to secure
funds for building a new parish community center.
Thanks to nearly 700 St. Jude parishioners, we
raised enough funds to allow that construction to
begin, and now we enjoy that beautiful new community
In these past three
years just over $1.5 million was pledged, raised,
and used to reduce the construction loan and
associated expenses. Today, as we approach the end
of the three-year pledge period, we are announcing
that the parish is undertaking an effort to reduce
and, we pray, eliminate the remaining loan balance
of $2.8 million.
Securing our Future
by eliminating the
debt and moving forward in a strong financial
position is essential to a bright future for St.
Jude parish. I pray that you will join me in helping
to make this happen.
Christ himself invites us to be good stewards as an
integral part of our faith journey. As we walk this
road together, let us be mindful of our stewardship
responsibility, particularly during this Easter
Fr. Mark Reasoner
Questions About Giving
much should I/we give to St. Jude’s
Securing Our Future
good steward of the gifts God has entrusted to us means we
in turn trust the Lord to guide us in these types of
decisions. As faith-filled Disciples of Christ it is
important to turn to Him to help us arrive at the answer.
us to sacrificially give to all those in need, as well as to
help achieve the mission of His Church. Since the inception
of St. Jude Parish many have sacrificed to start the church,
build the school, build the worship space and now get the
Community Center completed. So, now it is our turn to ensure
a strong parish, free of debt, is there for generations that
will follow us. We are asked to prayerfully consider how we
are being called upon to make a sacrifice for present and
future generations. Finally, your pledge isn’t legally
binding, but rather a covenant with God, so please make it
with full faith and intention.
three-year pledge period?
enables members to make a more significant investment than
might be possible with a single cash donation. Members can
realize optimal tax savings by spreading their contributions
over a period of several years.
payments fully deductible?
general rule, payments on your pledge are tax deductible in
the year they are made. As with all tax questions, you
should have your accountant review your specific
I make my gift?
be simpler? During the 3-year campaign period you can
fulfill your pledge weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually
by using church envelopes.
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) directly from my checking or
savings account -Electronic
pledging is a commitment that is automatically deducted from
your checking or savings account on a regular basis. This is
an optional way in which to pay on your pledge.
The donor form has a place where the
information can be securely entered. There is a link on the
St. Jude website where the pledge can be securely entered as
well. All information is stored off site by an independent
financial firm that specializes in this type of gift.
Securities or real estate that has appreciated
- By donating appreciated securities or
property there are opportunities to avoid capital gains tax.
are 70 ½ or older may consider donating all or a portion of
their required minimum distribution up to $100,000. IRA
distribution can also be used to pay a pledge. If interested
please contact the St. Jude Business Office for the proper
forms that need to be completed BEFORE making the
often will I have to pay my pledge?
pay weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. A
chart will be available to help you consider your pledge to
- FAQ’s -
Frequently Asked Questions
Did parishioners pledge enough to cover the
entire cost in the first campaign, Building for the Future?
No. The first campaign resulted in nearly $1.4 million
committed, of which 93% has been collected to date. The
remaining balance is primarily from those who will complete
their pledges by June 30, 2017. The total cost of the
Community Center was $4.1 million. The parish owes $2.8
million to the Archdiocese of Dubuque on a low interest
Why did we build if we could not cover Financially?
The parishioners during the various listening sessions
identified a new parish center as a significant need. The
Archdiocese agreed with that recommendation and approved the
loan, provided there was at least $1 million in pledges. Now
it is our responsibility to honor their faith in us to pay
off the loan in a timely manner. The goal is to work hard to
pay off the loan by June 30, 2020.
What is the money from the second campaign going towards?
All proceeds from the Securing Our Future Campaign will be
used to pay down the low-interest loan from the Archdiocese.
What value have we seen from new Community Center?
Chief among the value is increased pride in the parish and a
strong demonstration by parishioners in the future of St.
Jude Parish. It is a more inviting space both inside and
There has been extensive use of the new Community Center.
This includes parish usage for faith formation, meetings,
Sweet Corn Festival General Store, breakfasts, fish fries
(where attendance has nearly doubled), and so much more.
Rentals for wedding receptions, parishioner private parties,
and other outside groups are way up.
How do we fund improvements to Community Center and the rest
of the parish facilities?
The general parish budget now includes all costs related to
operating and maintaining the Community Center. No funds
from this campaign will be used for those purposes. At this
time no other improvements will be funded until this debt is
What are we doing with original Parish Center? How is it
being used now?
It is used in conjunction with the Community Center for
meetings, faith formation, RCIA and other activities. In the
absence of traditional conference rooms, this allows for
simultaneous meetings with the many parish committees and
What do we charge for Community Center rental?
The parishioner rate is $115 per hour. The non-parishioner
rate is $190 per hour. These rates are very competitive with
other parish center rentals. If interested in renting the
space, contact the parish Business Office.
Does Archdiocese provide any funding? How much?
The Archdiocese backed the initial loan of $2.8 million but
it is expected that St Jude Parish will pay off the loan in
a timely manner. The Archdiocese is only charging 1.5%
interest on the balance.
first, I didn’t think that new community center was
necessary, why should I pay for it?
There were many parishioners who did state in 2014 they were
not in favor of St. Jude proceeding with construction.
However, since it has opened, many parishioners who at first
expressed skepticism have stated how much they enjoy the new
space. In fact, many who originally did not pledge a gift
have now stepped forward and contributed. The Community
Center is and will continue to pay dividends for our parish
for generations to come. Keeping our parish strong in all
ways is all of our responsibilities.
Didn’t I hear something about Phase 2 of building upgrades?
When will we be starting that?
The plan is to address the debt incurred before making any
other substantial changes to the facility.
Can’t we just get the people who can afford it to pay for
No matter the size of the gift it is important for all to
prayerfully consider the many gifts God has blessed us with
in this life. We are responsible to be good stewards of all
those gifts. Giving sacrificially to support the day-to-day
work of the parish as well as its capital improvements
requires all of us to pull together and participate in
closing the debt
How much are we paying to a consultant to run this campaign?
This campaign is being run entirely by parish volunteers.
Please pray for their continued efforts to secure the
funding needed to continue the ongoing mission of the St.
Download 2017 Pledge Chart (PDF)
View Our Community Center Slide Show