- to host Archbishop Emeritus John G. Vlazny's 80th Birthday Celebration, February 11, 2017
- to enhance our parish mission as a Center for Catholic Life in the Valley
Some Mileposts in Our Journey
1. The Boiler Project (2014-16). With $450k in Parishioner donations, and $250k from Salem
Catholic Schools Foundation, our final payment was made in May 2016. Deo Gratias!
2. Balanced Budgets (2016-17) for Parish and School. By its nature, prudent stewardship requires
providing mission essentials in a cost-effective way within the framework of the Faith
Community's commitment, and by the grace of God. We are doing what we can to hew to this
norm. Parishioners are invited prayerfully to consider what the gifts they have received from God
are calling them to do to advance the Gospel here at St Joseph Church in Salem.
a. Parish: Thanks to a 10% increase in offertory in 2015-16, if sustained, we should be able to
have a balanced budget with minimal adjustments in 2016-17.
b. School: A "jewel" of a school! Each year 20% of our parish offertory, in accord with
archdiocesan guidelines, goes to St Joseph School (about $235k), as well as another $60k
from pink envelope gifts (for school, tuition assistance, endowment, etc.), about $50k in
parish funding of some programs and personnel (Children's Choir, Office staff time, Gym
maintenance, Development Director, etc.), and wonderful help from Salem Catholic Schools
Foundation (this year $89k for hallway flooring and curriculum needs).
3. Parish Restoration Project (2016-17): a joyful archdiocesan-wide effort, to host Archbishop
Vlazny's 80th Birthday Mass and Reception, and to enhance our own parish in its mission. During
the last few weeks we received $200k in new gifts (with prior gifts of $100k also on hand), and
we have not yet begun formal outreach to potential major donors! The St Joseph Hispanic
Community has pledge to work toward raising funds for the church and parish center painting,
and the Vietnamese and Filipino Communities are fundraising diocesan-wide among their ethnic
groups for the pipe organ. Other efforts are being organized to fund the fresco. We are especially
looking to major donors and outside gifts from around the archdiocese in view of the February
11, 2017, event! The funds for the Restoration Project are completely separate from Parish and
School operations, and, so far, largely from outside the parish, but will benefit everything we do.
a. Gym-Parish Center (2016-17): We will spruce things up by re-doing gym bathrooms and
foyer, painting the gym, returning the gym stage to its original purpose (drama, panels,
concerts, etc.), adding strong A-V systems in gym and parish center, getting new appliances
in the kitchen, repainting the parish center, improving its lower level flooring while
strengthening the second floor and replacing carpet there and on the stairs with better, more
durable, easier-to-maintain material. Already restricted gifts of $75k on hand for this project.
b. Fresco Project (2010, put on hold in 2013 for the Boiler Project). The back wall of the
sanctuary, around the marble, will hold before our eyes St Joseph's faithfulness to his
vocation to which God called him as the Foster Father of our Lord, and Spouse of the Blessed
Virgin Mary. The fresco technique is like that in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican (application
of plaster and pigment). The project includes a new church-interior color scheme integrating
harmoniously the fresco and all the disparate fixed-color elements in the church (floor, pews,
stations, stained glass windows, various marbles, ceiling, lighting, etc.). Cost is around $225k
(could be less or more, depending on options). About $25k in restricted gifts already on hand.
c. The Pipe Organ Project (2012, put on hold in 2013 for the Boiler Project). The magnificent
Casavant pipe organ donated to us in 2012 by Pacific Lutheran University is here on-site,
waiting for about $450k in gifts for refurbishing, rebuilding, and installing as a like-new
instrument. "Casavant" is to pipe organ, as "Stradivarius" is to violin. We hope to enhance
our ability to glorify God through sacred music, in a way long encouraged by the Church for
worship. Already $85k in restricted funds on hand (increasing daily from Adopt-a-Pipe gifts).
All are invited to help, especially by identifying resources for major gifts, and considering how you can pitch in as we pull together, a united parish, in this time of joyful preparation.