Here’s an inspirational story of sacrifice! Fr. Greg McCallum, pastor of St. Patrick Parish, decided to donate his childhood comic book collection to the Gladhander Auction this year. The collection of Marvel comics, valued at approximately $4,300, sold for $6,300 and a single framed edition was sold separately for $1,050 — netting more than $7,000 for the campaign to build a new elementary school at Immaculate Conception.
It’s official. The Our Faith, Our Future, Our Time campaign was publicly launched on September 9, 2016, at the Outdoor, All School Mass. More than 2,000 people, including 13 priests, 3 deacons and Bishop Steven J. Raica, participated in this historic event, which was held on the site of the new Immaculate Conception Elementary School. It was a spectacular day in every way.
To read the full recap of the day, click here.
September 9, 2016 at 8:30 am
The construction of a new in-town elementary school is BIG news for our community. What better way to celebrate the historic proportions of this great initiative than with Mass, outdoors, and on the site of the new school building?
That’s right! The September 9, 2016 All School Mass will be held outdoors, beginning at 8:30 am, in the parking lot of Immaculate Conception Elementary School.
Bishop Steven J. Raica will preside over the Mass, with other priests as concelebrants. More than 1,500 faithful are expected to be in attendance, including the more than 1,000 students and staff who comprise the GTACS school system.
Campaign co-chair Pat Heintz could not be more excited. “With this Mass,” he says, “We are going to let the world know what’s happening at our school system, and how proud we are of our Catholic faith.”
On July 20, 2016, the GTACS Capital Campaign celebrated achieving $7.65 million in pledges with a Champagne and S’mores reception at Immaculate Conception Elementary School. More than 50 campaign supporters were on-hand for the event, which was held on the parking lot overlooking the future construction site.
“We are thrilled with the success of the campaign thus far,” says campaign co-chair Connie Deneweth, “but we know that there is ‘s’more’ work to be done.” Prospective donors may contact Wayne Mueller to obtain a pledge packet.
As we learned when St. Clare Chapel was built inside St. Francis High School, there is immeasurable value in having sacred space within our schools. It gives students and staff a quiet place for prayer. It can be used for small group services, or for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Most importantly, it reminds us all our eternal destiny and our mission to form hearts and minds.
Last night, the City Commission approved our Schools’ request to abandon a portion of Vine and Second Streets. This means that the proposed site plan can continue to the next phases of planning and development. Thank you to everyone who offered prayers or letters of support during this critical point in the campaign’s progress!
Record-Eagle Article, February 17, 2016