The vision is to expand our Narthex in order to provide:
- A multi-purpose space that will enhance and secure the gathering opportunities for our parish ministries and activities;
- Comfortable worship alternative for the needs of our young families during Mass;
- Improved accessibility;
- “In-building” restrooms;
- Accommodations for the needs of our funeral ministry, including the viewing and the respite;
- The ability to expand worship space, as needed;
- Additionally, improved parking and traffic flow;
From the Building Committee
To Our Corpus Christi Parish Family:
Thank you for your patience – we have been slow to inform you about the status of our building project and we’d like to let you know what has happened with the project presented at a town hall meeting in 2017.
After initial ideas received from individual parishioners in 2015 and after a town hall meeting and parish survey in 2016, Father Rodriguez recognized the need to address our campus challenges. A concept study committee was formed to look at concerns raised by our parishioners. That led to the hiring of Beers & Hoffman Architects (after interviewing five firms) to help us develop a master plan for our campus. Beers & Hoffman helped us to get underway but financial boundaries were soon discovered. After two versions of a $20 million and $15 million plan, we told them that was beyond our means. The plan presented at town hall was just over $7 million. Our feasibility study results put our financial capability to be a little over $2 million. At the same time, as we started to run the plan through the various stages of development, we learned that Chambersburg borough raised safety and fire concerns connecting the church and school, because it would eliminate access to emergency response vehicles. This combination of factors resulted in us ending our relationship with Beers & Hoffman to consider a different approach.
We interviewed three firms last summer to pursue a design-build project. We selected a local company, Brechbill and Helman. The first thing they asked about was our budget! We are excited to let you know together we have found a truly beautiful, affordable solution. It answers our space and quality of life issues, as well as addressing most of our parking lot problems. We and the architect will be sharing the details with you in the next couple of months.
Our committee has been taking our time to be very thoughtful about the decisions regarding this project. Our goal is responsible committing of resources while bringing something to you that will enrich the faith life of the parish. We know you will be as excited as we are when the final unveiling happens! Bless you!
The Corpus Christi Building Committee,
David Sciamanna, Pam Gaudiose, Bob Rynecki, Tony Kakiel, Justin Doty, Jim Kase, Renee Galvan, Father Luis Rodriguez
Dear God, you are the giver of all good things human and Divine. The people of Corpus Christi beseech your benevolence upon our Capital Campaign.
As we look to the past our hearts are full of gratitude for the faithful generosity of our ancestors. They built a holy house for your glory, the celebration of your Holy Word and Sacrament.
Today, we look to meet the needs of the People of God and the desire we have to improve this holy house for future generations. Inspire us to walk in faith as we look forward to the fulfillment of our hopes and plans.
Affirm us in the commitment we make to Know Jesus, Love like Jesus, and Live like Jesus, who gave his life as a living sacrifice for others.
May the temporal sacrifices we make today become our legacy to evangelize the future generation of Catholics within this holy house.
Give us trust in place of fear. Give joy to sharing our gifts with our parish family. Grant us the blessing of your Mercy upon our Capital Campaign.
Frequently Asked Questions
We are continuing with our Capital Campaign plans. The coronavirus pandemic has made our timeline tentative. We plan on soliciting funds in the fall. However, a final decision will not be made until September if moving forward in the fall is appropriate.
All funds collected for our Capital Campaign will be used when we do move forward. Planning for our future is essential more than ever as we feed our faith and not our fears. Given the enormity of the impact in the economy no one knows what the future holds, but we all hope and pray for the best.
1. WHY are we undertaking this type of project?
- The expansion of our current building will serve as an attached community space, before and after mass, to foster friendship, support and fellowship.
- It will create a more welcoming experience for all of our parishioners and any guests or visitors to Corpus Christi.
- It will provide easier access to our funeral ministry as well as serve as a more accommodating viewing space and respite following the funeral.
- It will provide modern, multi-stall, fully accessible restrooms that do not require you to go outside (especially during inclement weather).
- The design will allow controlled access to improve security. It will also allow us to add 130 additional seats for Easter, Christmas and other special liturgies which addresses parishioners and visitors from standing in the aisles and lobby of the church.
- It will include additional parking spaces and improve the traffic flow before and after mass.
2. Why was the original construction plan changed?
- The original construction plan’s price was just too high (more than double the amount of the current project). This would potentially cause our parish to incur high debt.
- Additionally, an evaluation was conducted by the Borough of Chambersburg and concluded that there were several violations to local code restrictions for emergency vehicle response.
3. Will this project affect the current historical church?
4. Is the Corpus Christi Catholic School included in this plan?
No, the current project addresses priorities that were identified by the completed parishioner surveys. Any school construction concerns will be addressed at a later date in a different phase.
5. What about the church owned land in Fayetteville?
That land currently has deed restrictions which limit development. There are no current plans for construction on that land and it is currently being rented for farming purposes.
THE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
1. What is the total cost of the Project?
The estimated cost is 3.6 million dollars. So far, we have already raised approximately $600,000.00 via contributions made to the 21st Century Fund. This has allowed us, among other things, to purchase the adjoining real estate needed to start this project.
2. How will we make our contributions?
Parishioners will be asked to make a “Faith Promise“. A “Faith Promise“ is a gift commitment that represents a sacrifice to support God’s work. The total amount you pledge may be given over a three-year period. You will be presented several “Share Plans“ from which to choose. Please decide the “Faith Promise“ that best fits you or your family‘s ability to contribute. Once you have made your choice you will receive specially marked envelopes which you will use to make your contributions.
3. What is meant by a faith promise?
A faith promise is a gift that represents sacrifice to support God’s work. It is up to you to decide, with prayerful thought, the appropriate faith promise from you or your family.
4. Is the faith promise in addition to my regular offerings?
Yes, this is in addition to your regular contributions. Our annual budget is for carrying on the ministry of our church and does not include funding for a new building project.
5. When will my faith promise contributions begin and how long will they last?
The Capital Campaign will start sometime after the Town Hall Meeting which will take place on Monday, October 21st from 7pm-8pm in the Parish Center. The campaign itself will cover a three-year period. However, you may fulfill your commitment at any time that God enables you to do so.
6. How much am I expected to give?
This is a personal decision that is entirely up to you and should be reached only after prayerful consideration. Our prayer is that all of us view this campaign as an opportunity to more completely trust God with our finances and to grow in our personal journey of faith.
7. What happens if my personal circumstances change?
You are only committing to make these gifts as God provides resources to you. It is understood that your gift may change if your circumstances change.
8. Are faith promise contributions tax deductible?
Yes, if you itemize charitable contributions on your federal tax return.
9. Can I give assets other than cash?
Yes. There are other ways available to you, such as property, stocks, or other tangible assets. Please contact the Corpus Christi Finance Office for further information.
10. Can I make a planned gift as part of my estate plan?
Yes. Please indicate your interest in donating a planned gift and a professional with experience in estate planning will contact you to set up an appointment.
11. Can I make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)from my traditional IRA?
If you are over 70 1/2 with a Traditional (not Roth) IRA you can make a qualified charitable distribution to our capital campaign and reduce your taxable income by that amount even if you take the new standard deduction. Contact your financial advisor or your IRA custodian to learn how to make QCD from your IRA. Do not transfer money from your IRA to your personal checking account for a QCD. Remember the QCD counts as part of your required minimum distribution for the year. You must collect a receipt from Corpus Christi indicating you received no goods or services for the donation similar to what you did when you itemized your donations. Again, please contact the Corpus Christi Finance Office for guidance on this type of donation.
12. Can I support our capital campaign in other ways than a monetary “Faith Promise”?
Yes, especially with your prayers! We will need all of our parishioners praying throughout the campaign for a successful result. Here is the Corpus Christi Campaign Prayer which we are asking everyone to pray throughout the campaign:
Campaign Prayer: Dear God, you are the giver of all good things human and Divine. The people of Corpus Christi beseech your benevolence upon our Capital Campaign. As we look to the past our hearts are full of gratitude for the faithful generosity of our ancestors. They built a holy house for your glory, the celebration of your Holy Word and Sacrament. Today, we look to meet the needs of the People of God and the desire we have to improve this holy house for future generations. Inspire us to walk in faith as we look forward to the fulfillment of our hopes and plans. Affirm us in the commitment we make to Know Jesus, Love like Jesus, and Live like Jesus, who gave his life as a living sacrifice for others. May the temporal sacrifices we make today become our legacy to evangelize the future generation of Catholics within this holy house. Give us trust in place of fear. Give joy to sharing our gifts with our parish family. Grant us the blessing of your Mercy upon our Capital Campaign. Amen.
13. Will any of the funds raised go to the Harrisburg Diocese?
No. All funds raised will go directly to the Capital Campaign and stay within the Corpus Christi Parish.
1. When will construction begin?
This will depend entirely on the generosity of our church family.
2. How long will the Capital Campaign last?
The campaign will cover a three-year period and the proposed project will be completed in 4 Phases:
- Phase 1: Acquisition of property to accommodate the project; Development costs; New Chiller; Upgrade to Organ (COMPLETED PHASE due to Century 21 funds and private contributions)
- Phase 2: Site Demolition and New Parking Plan
- Phase 3: New Gathering Space
- Phase 4: Upgrades to Historic Church