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CAPITAL CAMPAIGN & BUILDING

Q: How are parishioners helping with the campaign?  Can I volunteer to serve on a committee?
 
A: We have over 70 parishioners who have committed their time and talent to the Open Wide the Doors to Christ capital campaign committees.  Our committees are continually accepting new volunteers to help us reach our goals.  Find out more here.  Want to volunteer?  Contact Dan and Helen Biller, campaign chairs at campaign@jp2kc.org.
 
Q: What is the fundraising goal for phase one?

A: The total cost estimate for phase one is $12 Million dollars.  
 
Q: Where will the dollars come from to build on the parish property?

A: Every parishioner of St. John Paul II Parish will be asked to participate financially in the Open Wide the Doors to Christ capital campaign.  Commitments and donations from our parishioners will be maintained by the parish office.  Funds received for donations to the capital campaign are restricted for that use only.  These funds can not be used for the general operations of the parish.  So it is important to support the parish for both general operations (an annual commitment) and the capital campaign (three year commitment).
 
Q: I already donate to St. John Paul II, do I need to make a commitment to the capital campaign?
A: A commitment to the capital campaign is different than a commitment to the general operations of the parish.  A capital campaign commitment is an addition commitment to the parish that exclusively funds the capital campaign.  This commitment is over and above a commitment to the general operations of the parish.  Both commitments are important since the commitment to the general operations covers the cost of the day-to-day operations of running a parish.  
 
Q: I've already made a commitment to the Open Wide the Doors to Christ capital campaign, do I need to complete a new commitment form?

A: We are grateful for your generous commitment you have already made.  Your foundational gift lays a solid course upon which others can now add their generous support for this exciting effort of our parish.  This is no need to complete an additional commitment form, however if you wish to make a change to your commitment in any way, please contact the parish office.
 
Q: Why are we praying the rosary before or weekend Masses?

A: Our capital campaign began in June 2019 by consecrating our parish and the Open Wide the Doors to Christ capital campaign to our Blessed Mother Mary.  This is why we recite our campaign prayer, the Memorare, at each Mass. We are also praying the rosary before weekend Masses for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our parish and on the capital campaign.
 
Q: Where is the parish property located?  How was it acquired?
A: The parish property is located on the northeast corner of 167th Street and Ridgeview Road in Olathe, Kansas.  The land was given to St. John Paul II Parish from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.  
 
Q: What is needed for construction to begin? 

A: Permission from the Archdiocese will be needed prior to beginning construction.  The Archdiocese looks to the parish to provide sufficient evidence that the parish can afford to pay for the construction and ongoing maintenance of the property.  Two of the main criteria to begin building include having obtained 100% of the projected building cost committed by the parishioners of St. John Paul II Parish and at least 50% of the funds in our savings account.  
 
Q: When will construction begin?  How long will construction take? 

A: St. John Paul II Parish must have sufficient pledges to cover the total cost of construction and half of the funds collected before construction may begin.  It is estimated that construction will take 18 months.  This estimate is contingent on many variables including permits, availability of materials and labor, and weather, among other items. 
 
Q: Why was the original plan for phase one changed?  Is a school still in the plans for our parish?

A: The unexpected pause in the capital campaign due to COVID19 allowed us time to reassess the needs of the parish and take a closer look at the anticipated growth of our area so that we could determine the best use of our facilities.  Our new analysis did not support the original plan.  Therefore, Fr. Andrew Strobl, Pastor requested permission from Archbishop Naumann to propose an alternative building plan for phase one.  Archbishop Nauman gave permission for St. John Paul II Parish to submit an alternate plan for phase one.  A school will remain in the master plan for our campus.
 
Q: Who will be asked to contribute to the Open Wide the Doors to Christ capital campaign?

A: Every parishioner of St. John Paul II Parish will be asked to participate financially in the Open Wide the Doors to Christ capital campaign.  Commitments and donations from our parishioners will be maintained by the parish office.  Fund received for the capital campaign are restricted for that use only.  The funds cannot be used for the general operations of the parish.  So it is important to support the parish for both general operations and the capital campaign.
 
Q: How does leasing a building (JP2 Southside) impact the capital campaign and our building plans?

A: Leasing a building allows us to celebrate weekday, weekend, and Holy Day Masses without the possibility of reservations being cancelled due to weather or a worldwide pandemic.  The space will also provide much needed office space for our staff, classrooms to offer faith formation for both adults and children, and meeting rooms for ministry groups.