St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., has reached some $778,000 in pledges and gifts for its capital campaign with a goal of $875,000. The campaign is in its final stages and will wrap up in February.
Funds will be used to renovate and restore the church building on the city’s South Side and to renew and sustain the parish into the future. Measures inside the church include the restoration of the main stained-glass window in the church and the stained-glass windows on the north side of the sanctuary.
The parish intends to install a completely new HVAC system in the church that will only air-condition and provide a more energy efficient system throughout the year. The parish also plans to upgrade both the organ and lighting systems in the church as part of this effort.
The parking lot and the north steps leading into the social hall also will be upgraded.
The church also will hire an evangelization coordinator to direct outreach programs intended to promote the awareness of the parish’s many ministries in order to continue and accelerate the parish’s growth.
Four parishioners — the Rev. Ed Hawkins, Dr. Joan Boyd, Robert Droege and Dr. Fred Kurz — and more than 25 volunteers are working on the campaign. The Rev. Edward Noga is pastor.
The parish is conducting this campaign through a twofold approach. Parish volunteers and the pastor visted parishioners to seek their support through pledges. These pledges can be paid over a three-to-five-year period on plans selected by the donor — either monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually.
The second component included a series of presentations during Masses that culminated in an opportunity for parishioners to make pledges directly from the pews.
The campaign offers different memorial opportunities at various gift levels; this allows a donor to select an item that has special significance to the family or individual.
The campaign has been directed by the Cunneen Co. whose vice president of consulting, Harry Colin from East Palestine,, is providing on-site counsel.