IGNITE Campaign to help parishes address their needs, accomplish their goals

July 10, 2018

Monsignor Leo Wleczyk, right, pastor of St. Michael Catholic Church in Lake Jackson, is pictured at an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the parish community. St. Michael participated in the $150 million IGNITE: “Our Faith, Our Mission” Capital Campaign in the spring of 2017. The parish has been able to move ahead on many of their “parish needs” projects with IGNITE funds. As of today, St. Michael has installed video surveillance equipment in the church, the Family Life Center and the Spiritual Learning Center. IGNITE funds have also been used to update their Adoration Chapel including the addition of a new sidewalk leading into the building from the parking lot. IGNITE is scheduled to relaunch this fall. photo courtesy of St. Michael Catholic Church in Lake Jackson.

HOUSTON — Every parish in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has its own unique challenges and goals. Some parishes require new construction or building renovations while others may need to reduce debt or establish endowments for parish and school staff. 

The $150 million IGNITE: “Our Faith, Our Mission” Capital Campaign will play a key part in parishes addressing these parish-specific issues. IGNITE is set to relaunch this fall and at the conclusion of the pledge redemption for parishes, provided the IGNITE Campaign goal is reached, it is anticipated that $50 million will be returned to parishes for local needs. In the end, these investments will enable parishes to better proclaim to parish families the teachings of Christ and the mission of the Church.

A financial return to each parish has been incorporated into this campaign. Every parish will have a financial goal based on a three-year rolling average of Total in Church Giving (regular offertory and holy days). This average will then be multiplied by 92 percent to arrive at the parish goal. Of the funds collected in each parish, 33 percent will be returned to the parish on a quarterly basis while 67 percent is designated for the five Archdiocesan case elements of IGNITE: St. Mary’s Seminary ($30 million); Catholic Education ($20 million); Faith Formation ($10 million); Disaster Recovery Fund ($20 million); and Rebuilding our Parishes and Schools in Light of Harvey ($20 million).

Once a parish reaches its goal, 67 percent of the funds collected over goal are returned to the parish with 33 percent funding the Archdiocesan case elements.

St. Mark the Evangelist Church in Houston will be one of the parishes participating in the fall kickoff of the IGNITE Campaign.

“We are eager to support our Catholic witness and presence by investing in the formation of future priests, faith formation and Catholic education,” Father Oscar Castro, pastor, said. “Our mission is to enrich our faith and to pass it on as a gift for many generations to come.”

In Lake Jackson, St. Michael the Archangel Church participated in IGNITE prior to the Archdiocesan capital campaign being postponed due to Hurricane Harvey.

The parish has been able to move ahead on many of their “parish needs” projects with IGNITE funds. As of today, St. Michael has installed video surveillance equipment in the church, the Family Life Center and the Spiritual Learning Center. The parish is currently seeking bids to install fiber optics to these three buildings to provide better internet service and networking.

This past year, IGNITE funds were also used to provide a free meal for parishioners on Wednesday evenings in the Family Life Center.

“This was a time of fellowship for families before Children’s Faith Formation, RCIA and Adult Faith Formation classes,” Monsignor Leo Wleczyk, pastor, said. “The meals will continue again this fall and an invitation will be made to non-parishioners who may be looking for a meal and a church home.”

In addition, IGNITE funds have been used to update the Adoration Chapel including a new sidewalk leading into the building from the parking lot.

“There were lighting issues addressed, a new restroom vent installed, new candles installed and furnishings that were updated,” Msgr. Wleczyk said.

Plans have begun for a more extensive renovation of St. Michael’s Adoration Chapel based on final payments received from the IGNITE Funds.

As of March 2018, more than $735,000 of IGNITE funds has been distributed back to the parishes to use for their projects.