BUILDING FOR ST. MARY’S
In an effort to care for St. Mary Priests and attract future priests to St. Mary, it is a clear priority to provide the priests a dignified and private residence. To accomplish this, certain infrastructure modifications and necessary improvements for the Rectory are required. Some have been completed and others will be made available through the Building for the Future Campaign. Renovations to the Rectory will include remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms, new finishes throughout, upgrading mechanical systems, and creating a new guest suite.
BUILDING FOR ST. MARY’S
Responding to the need to make the priests’ home a dignified, private residence, the parish offices will also need to be relocated. To accomplish this, parish operations will move into a newly constructed office space. With an understanding that the current Rectory space is frequently used for a variety of group meetings, the newly constructed space will include a meeting room to support the mission and ministries of this active parish community. The new addition will provide accommodations necessary to ensure St. Mary’s administrative functions will continue to meet the needs of the community. Specifically, the new office space will include a welcome area, a Pastor’s office, an Associate Pastor’s Office, four private offices, four open office spaces, and a conference/meeting room.
Enhancements will be made to the outdoor Campus Master Plan including a signature bell tower, landscaping, new signage, and a resurfaced parking lot.
Addressing the needs for increased meeting space to carry out the mission and ministry of the church and to make improvements to the St. Mary Education Center, the first floor of the original school building will be renovated. The renovated space will make classrooms multifunctional: spaces that can be used by children enrolled at the day school for music or language classes, but also to expand those offerings for extra-curricular activities and after school care. In the evenings and on weekends, these centrally located spaces can be used for meetings and events by parish organizations. The renovation will also include new heating and air conditioning.
The Building for the Future Campaign will answer St. Mary Parish’s call to reach out to those in need and fulfill our $463,000 commitment to the “To Teach Who Christ Is” Campaign that is being conducted at every parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago. At our request that parishioners know exactly where funds raised in this effort are used, Archbishop Cupich has agreed to the following allocations:
- $250,000 will help replace the roof of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church – South Shore.
- $213,000 will be directed to the “To Teach Who Christ Is” Catholic Education Scholarship Trust, needs-based scholarship funds available to families seeking Catholic education.
CAMPUS MASTER PLAN—PHASE ONE
NOTE: The Rectory, new office/meeting space and welcome area addition, and the renovations to the original school make up Phase One of the Campus Master Plan. Phase Two includes a new, more conveniently located, entry to the Education Center building, administrative office space, an additional classroom, and new renovated preschool space. Phase Two is not included in this Building for the Future Campaign.