To Teach Who Christ Is is a capital campaign to benefit important ministries and parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago, including ICSJ.
UPDATE: We beat our campaign goal by over a half a million dollars!
That's amazing news, but we're not finished. We're aiming for 100% participation from parish and school families, so if you haven’t made your pledge yet, please consider what you're able to give and make your contribution today!
An Introductory Message From Fr. Larry
Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish is participating in To Teach Who Christ Is, a capital campaign to benefit important ministries in the Archdiocese of Chicago and parishes, including ours. We join with faithful from across the Archdiocese who are also pledging their commitment to ensure our local Church is strong and vibrant for generations to come.
Our parish has existed, and thrived since the mid-19th century, because of the generosity of many. As your pastor, I am amazed at how parishioners have always worked together to meet needs that arise, such as the ability to share our time, talent and treasure for the mission of Jesus. Truly, we have created an inspiring community at Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish.
To Teach Who Christ Is gives us the opportunity to once again band together — not only as a parish but as an Archdiocese. We form a community of faith with 2.2 million Catholics in Cook and Lake counties and, therefore, we share in meeting the needs of our local Church. The majority of these needs affect us all, but a few address challenges for the economically distressed among us. What an opportunity to live out our call to serve as Disciples of Christ!
In an act of great generosity, the Archdiocese has agreed to match every dollar raised towards our share with $11 in debt relief.
Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Parish will also have the opportunity to meet needs through To Teach Who Christ Is. Our goal is $1.3 million of which $1,000,000 will be directed to reduce the debt to the Archdiocese we accumulated during the construction of our school buildings and renovations to St. Joseph and Immaculate Conception. $300,000 of the goal will go towards the Archdiocese programs outlined on the following pages. In an act of great generosity, the Archdiocese has agreed to match every dollar raised towards our share with $11 in debt relief. What a tremendous opportunity for our newly combined parish to move into the future with financial security and a strong position for growth and vibrancy! You can read details about our plan on the following pages.
Please join me in thanking Archbishop Blase Cupich for his leadership and dedication to completing this important effort that Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., initiated.
Please take a moment to review the impact To Teach Who Christ Is will have both in our parish and in the Archdiocese of Chicago. This campaign has my full support and, as your pastor, I hope you will embrace this opportunity for our parish.
Yours in Christ,
Donor Honor Roll
We are profoundly grateful to all the families who have made our campaign such a big success. (View the list in the March 12 Bulletin)