A website for providing information on the Future Home Building Project at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Harrison, Ohio.
Groundbreaking Ceremony – 9/17/17
Groundbreaking for the new church occurred on September 17, 2017. Following is a description of the groundbreaking that was printed in the bulletin (click on “Groundbreaking”):
Extended Campaign Update – 7/21/17
We thank everyone for their contributions to the campaign! Here is the status of the extended campaign.
Pledge Goal $8,735,594
Original 2014 campaign $6,270,741
Pledges 2017 campaign $1,890,830
Total Pledges $8,161,571
Pledges Still Needed $574,023
Updated Architectural Drawings – 3/26/17
Campaign Kickoff Announcement – 3/25,26/17
Future Home Update –
General Contractor Selected
The STJB Future Home committee has selected Maxwell Construction to be the general contractor for the preconstruction and phase one. During the preconstruction phase, Maxwell will be working with our architect, Entheos, for the phase one design.
Future Home Update – 12/22/15
Click on the link below for a full page view of the above timeline
St John Future Home Timeline 12-11-15
Pulpit Announcement – 09/19/15-09/20/15
It has been a busy summer for the St John Future Home Committee, but if you aren’t a Committee member you might wonder what the heck has been going on. So I am here today to provide you with an update.
We have continued our fundraising, reaching out to those we have not yet heard from. Those efforts are ongoing. To date we have heard from 911 families and received 505 gifts. Pledges and funds raised to date total $6,123,951. 445 Families have not responded as of yet. If you and your family have not yet made a gift to the Campaign please prayerfully consider it. We need you!
We have also met with contractors interested in building our Church. Following the initial interviews we prepared a proposal request document for interested contractors. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati assisted us in preparing the “Request for Proposal” document.
Contractor bids were received this past week. The Committee is now in the process of selecting 2 or 3 finalists who will be individually interviewed by Fr Kemper, Paul Roell and our committee members. We hope to select our contractor sometime in October. Then we will work with the contractor, and the architect to begin the design and specification process. The goal is to begin site improvement work next spring. The next step after that is Church construction. That is planned for 2017 if things remain on schedule.
We’ll report back to you after the contractor is selected. Thanks for your time and attention today and for your contributions and prayers.
God bless you all.
Campaign Update – 05/10/15
From the Pastor’s Printer
May 10, 2015
FROM WHERE AND TO WHERE ~ sometimes I ask myself what life was like before we began our Future Home Project. In some ways it seems like we have been at it forever, and that it will take forever. I think the chart below, prepared by a mastermind “chartist” on our Future Home Commi3ee, shows how far we have already come. If you have not participated in the campaign, we encourage you to do so. While we have successfully raised $6,000,000 in gifts and pledges, if we meet our challenge goal of $7,800,000 we will be able to complete many more elements of the church, reducing the amount it will cost to add these elements later. Thanks to all who have participated in prayer, time, work, and treasure.
Click on the link below for a full page view of the above timeline.
St John Future Home Timeline 5-4-15
May 9-10, 2015 – In Church Announcement
Recently, Fr. Jeff announced that we have surpassed our initial goal of $6 million pledged and donated for our new church. As Fr, Jeff reminded us, this is a tremendous accomplishment that is attributable to the generosity of our parish community in concert with prayer and submission to the Holy Spirit.
As we reflect on this accomplishment it is important to remember that it has taken us three years to get to this point. In that time we have retained an architect to develop alternative concepts for building at our current property, or on the Carolina Trace property. These concepts were then presented to parish council, the parish finance committee and the parish community at large in a town hall meeting. Votes were taken and the parish overwhelmingly supported the development at the Carolina Trace property.
Next we interviewed architects to help us develop a Master Plan for the Carolina Trace property. The firm of Entheos from Indianapolis was selected. During the first six months of 2014 interviews were conducted with about 60 parishioners and staff from every aspect of parish and school operations. This work was overseen by the St John Future Home Committee. The resulting Master Plan was presented to the parish community at another Town Hall meeting last July and was greeted with enthusiasm and support.
As a result approval was sought and obtained from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to conduct a capital campaign to build our new Church. The firm of CCS was retained to assist us in our fundraising efforts. Under CCS’ direction an initial fundraising goal of $6 million was established and fundraising was actively conducted during the fall and winter of 2014-15. As you know that initial goal has been achieved. We have certainly come a long way in the past three years!
So when will we break ground for the new Church? That is the question I get asked most frequently. The good news is that the Archdiocese has given us permission to move forward. (I am assuming this will have happened by then). Soon we will begin meeting with our architects to design detailed plans. Bidding and city/county approvals will then be obtained. While it is difficult to place a precise timeframe on these steps they will likely consume the balance of 2015. Once designs are finalized, contracts are let and plans are approved we will break ground. Of course we will continue to keep you apprised of our progress every step of the way.
We are thrilled to have achieved our initial goal of $6 million raised, but would ultimately like to raise $7.8 million. If we can reach this goal we will have a church of greater beauty and reverence and will save money in the long run. More than 800 of our parish families have responded to raise $6 million. More than 500 families have yet to make their commitment to the project. If you are one of those families please consider the level of support you can offer to help us achieve our ultimate fundraising goal of $7.8 million.
We have accomplished much through prayer, hard work and sacrifice. Much work, sacrifice and prayer remain, but we will have a new Church. I know that our St John community will remain up to the remaining challenges to build our Church. Thank you and God bless you for all that you continue to do, and Praise be to the Holy Spirit! AMEN!
Campaign Update – 04/26/15
From the Pastor’s Printer
April 26, 2015
We’ve reached our initial goal! I am so happy to announce that, as of last Tuesday, we’ve passed the goal of $6,000,000 – that’s right; six million dollars in pledges and donations for our new church. It is because of your generosity and the diligent work of volunteer solicitors that we have come this far, and the campaign committee and I cannot express our thanks to you. Thanks a million! No, make that thanks 6 million!
As I have explained a number of times, the goal of $6,000,000 will allow us to build a church, although one that will involve a simpler look and require us to postpone a number of features that can be added later, but at a greater cost than if installed at the time of building. This is why we also have the challenge goal of $7,800,000, $1,800,000 beyond our immediate goal. If we can reach this goal, we will be able to have a church of greater beauty and reverence and save money in the long run.
We certainly are not going to launch another campaign to reach this goal, and I know that those who have pledged and donated already have done so to the best of their ability. There a number of parishioners who have not yet pledged or donated, and I am urging you, if you have not, or if you feel you can increase your pledge, to step forward. If a little over 800 people raised $6 million, we can raise the additional $1.8 million through the generosity of people who have not yet pledged.
If you wish to donate or pledge, please call the parish office (513) 367-9086 ext. 217) for information on how to pledge or donate. You can make all the difference in our church which will allow us to worship in a place of the reverence and beauty God deserves, for us and our future generations to grow in holiness and grace, and to show forth the presence of the Lord in the Harrison community. As we have benefitted from the sacrifices of our parish forefathers and grandmothers, we now have the opportunity to do the same.
Thanks again for your time, talent, and treasure on this great project so far, and thanks for your continued dedication to this endeavor. The Lord looks with kindness on those do His work in this world.
With prayers for you and your family, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Jeffrey M. Kemper
If you would like to make a donation to our Future Home Campaign, please send your donation to our parish office at 509 Harrison Ave, Harrison, OH 45030 or contact our business manager, Paul Roell at 513-367-9086 ext 211 or email at email@example.com to make a pledge or donation. Donations can also be made electronically through WeShare at the by clicking below.
If you would like to make a pledge from 1 – 4 years, please click on the link below to download a pledge card. Complete the card and return it to our parish office.
I have a long history with this church. All my important events happened here, my baptism, 1st Communion, Confirmation and my wedding. I don’t want to leave this church, but I know we have to if we want to continue to grow and thrive. We didn’t ask for a priest shortage but we have one and we must address a future with fewer masses.
I feel privileged to be a part of this campaign, especially since my grandparents and great grandparents were a part of building this church. I wonder how they felt about taking on such a huge endeavor and how they felt about leaving the church they were worshiping in.
I have loved visiting and calling families to discuss this campaign and I ask you ALL to become a part of it with me by making a pledge, so together we can build our new home. If only 27% of our parish has pledged $5.4 million dollars, just think what we could accomplish if everyone made a pledge. No pledge is too small. I personally ask everyone to make a pledge, even a onetime donation means something.
From the Pastor’s Printer 12/28/14
WHICH IS IT, $6M or $7.8M?
Several weeks ago, when I announced the official start of our St. John’s Future Home capital
campaign for our new church, I mentioned that our goal was $6 million, and that we have the
challenge goal of $7.8 million. You might be wondering why we have two goals. If we need $7.8
million, why don’t we just go for that? The reason is twofold. First, we need at least $6 million to
build a church which, while being completed enough to use as decent church, would not have all the
finishes when we move in. We would complete the unfinished work and raise additional money
over time. Our fundraising experts feel that we can raise $6 million, and that it is important that we
have a goal which will take effort, but also one that is realistic. Secondly, the $7.8 million would
allow us to complete all the finishes by the time we would begin using the church, a much more
pleasing option, but one which will require an extraordinary effort by our parish. This is why we
have two goals.
I have to say I am amazed at the generosity of people in this parish. There are people who are
truly sacrificing for the new church. This does not surprise me, but it humbles me that I should serve
such good people. I am also extremely grateful to the volunteers who are, with great commitment
and enthusiasm, contacting so many people. We will need even more people to help in the weeks
ahead. It is important but not difficult work to do and we will give you the training you may need.
It’s also a great way to meet more people in the parish. Look for information in next week’s bulletin.
Campaign Kick off Announcement
From the Pastor’s Printer 12/7/14
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
If you have been anywhere near St. John’s in the past two years, you have heard that we are earnestly moving towards the construction of a new church to meet the growth and changing needs of our parish.
Today, St. John the Baptist Parish happily, and formally, announces the St. John’s Future Home campaign for the construction of our new church!
Through this campaign, we will be accomplishing several major objectives necessary for Phase I of the Master Plan – building a new church:
¨ Building the new church with greater capacity and accessibility.
¨ Paying off the mortgage on the land that will be the site for the new church.
¨ Contributing to the One Faith, One Hope, One Love, Archdiocesan campaign.
¨ Maintaining and improving of our current buildings.
Through early commitments by a small group of parish families, we have already raised over $3,700,000 in donations and pledges toward our goal of $6,000,000, and our challenge goal of $7,800,000. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of those households who are already participating in the campaign and our volunteers! As was the case with our first church and our present church, St. John’s parishioners willingly sacrifice for the love of God and His Church.
The working principle of this campaign is that of sacrificial giving, which has three characteristics to it: 1) that all we have comes from God and is given not only for our own use, but for building up the kingdom of God; 2) that because of this, we gratefully sacrifice what we can to do the work of His kingdom; and 3) that through prayer between you and God, you alone determine what you can give.
Between now and the end of February, 2015, our capital campaign volunteers will be contacting every member of the parish to invite them to join the campaign.
I ask that you pray for the success of the campaign, welcome phone calls and visits from fellow parishioners, and prayerfully consider how you might honor God and serve our faith community through this campaign.
With a grateful heart to God and to you for your generosity, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Meet our Campaign Consultant
Eric Heininger, from CCS, joined us in early September to lead our capital campaign process for our Future Home. Eric comes to us from Chicago and will be on site until late February 2015. He has an office in our parish office. We welcome his expertise and the resources that will be provided by CCS.
Master Plan and Phase One Presentation
July 27, 2014
The links for Master Plan Slide Presentation:
Click Here to see the slide presentation.
A video of the July 27th presentation can be viewed below.
To review the list of Questions and Answers from the July 27th meeting, please click on the link below.
Click here for the July 27th Questions and Answers
Update and 20 Year Master Plan Meeting
You might be wondering if anything has been happening with the development of the master plan for our new church and parish center. The answer is a hearty YES! The Future Home Committee has been meeting almost every two weeks with Entheos architects, Kevin Stuckwisch and Toby Winiger, who presented a total of eight options for the location and situation of parish and school buildings, driveways, parking lots, and sports fields. (Remember, the master plan looks at the long range, final arrangement of the elements mentioned above.) From these eight plans, the FHC decided on the plan that they feel will best serve the parish overall, as well as facilitate the flow of traffic from street to property and on the property itself. At this point, the architects are refining the plan.
Meet our Architect
Entheos Architects from Indianapolis has been selected as the architects for our Future Home project. Kevin Stuckwisch, Principal and co-founder, will be leading our master plan and design phases. Entheos was established in 1999. The firm specializes in church and school designs. Their mission is to lead ecclesiastical communities to create environments that inspire worship, education, and fellowship. Past and ongoing projects include: St. Mary’s, Greensburg, IN, St. Malachy, Brownsburg, IN, St Mary of the Knobs, Floyd Knobs, IN and St. Ann, New Castle, IN.