Renewing Our Community of Faith Campaign
We at St. James are socially-minded Catholics who value every human being as a gift from God. We cherish our traditions and sacraments; and , provide our children an education that emphasizes out Catholic faith, exploration and openness. We take seriously our impact on the environment and the need to sustain our community and world for subsequent generations. We combine our strengths and unique perspectives to work collectively to achieve the mission of our parish and serve one another and out community.
How You Can Help
For more than 100 years we have been blessed with a strong family of faith. We now take this very important step of approaching you, our congregation, to seek your support for Renewing Our Community of Faith. Recognizing that all of our treasures are gifts from God, we are asked in the Gospel to give back part of the gifts in thanksgiving for God's generosity and goodness to us.
“Renewing our Community of Faith” Campaign Project Update –
We are nearly half way through our 3 years of improvement projects at St. James being funded by the Campaign. We have completed the Church improvements and several smaller projects around the campus including: replacing roofs at the School, landscaping
project in 14th St. parking lot, exterior repairs at the Rectory, technology upgrades in the Memorial Center, painting the exterior of the Memorial Center, and design work for upcoming interior renovations at the Rectory and for School expansion of the TK and Kindergarten programs and Administrative office.
Parishioners may notice two new projects completed very recently at St. James. We
have renovated the exterior water fountain which has been out of operation for several years and have replaced our original heavy wood Church front doors with newer metal framed glass doors. The Church front doors had been problematic for years as the weight of the doors continued to cause the locking mechanisms to fail.
While the replacement of the front doors is actually being funded outside of the Campaign through normal Church repair funds, the new doors will provide an updated look to more closely match those at the Memorial Center and will be much more functional than our original doors.
Many thanks to the Parish for funding these renovation projects!
*Pew & Kneeler Replacement
* New Baptistery
* Church, Chapel & Vestibule Flooring Replacement
* Reupholster Chairs in Church & Chapel
* Video Projection System
*Chapel Stained Glass Lighting Repair
* Repaint Exterior & Clean Brick Wall
*Memorial Center Exterior Repainting
*Water Fountain Improvements
*Landscape Back Parking Area
*Memorial Center Appliance Replacment
*Repair Parking Lots & Play Areas
*Refurbish Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
*Dry Rot Repair
Rectory Renewal - Projected Cost: $246,000
As residence and place of respite for our parish priests, our rectory just like your own home requires attention - to maintain its livability. It has been several years since any improvements were undertaken to the rectory, thus today it requires considerable remediation, to enhance the comfort of our clergy and protect our investment. Renewing Our Community of Faith will fund:
Solar Array & Energy Efficiency - Projected Cost: $531,500
Renewing Our Community Faith seeks to reduce our carbon footprint-harnessing the Valley's abundant sunshine, drawing energy from an array of solar panels Slated for installation atop newly constructed covered parking area, the solar array will light our parish facilities, offsetting more than $61, 000 in annual utility expenditures.
Mirroring the new solar array are planned improvements in energy efficiency of our parish campus. Our plan entails replacing fluorescent and incandescent lighting with LEDs; motion sensors; retrofitting outdoor lighting; and, other energy-saving initiatives.
A loan from the Diocese of Sacramento is financing the solar array and energy efficiencies. Proceeds from Renewing Our Community of Faith are allocated to retire our debt by early 2021, thus avoiding $57,500 in interest expense had repayment been extended over the loan's scheduled ten year term.
School Renewal - Projected Cost $330,000
Renewing Our Community Faith will support advancements to the long-range vision for St. James School. Our Vision entails curriculum enhancements; expanded educational resources for school faculty; and, facility improvements providing our students the tools and resources to meet the demands of tomorrow.
Renewing Our Community Faith will invest $330,000 over the next three years with proceeds earmarked for building a small group/collaborative learning center; expansion/re-purposing for the faculty/administration center; renovation of junior high school restrooms; building a covered walkway; and roof/gutter replacement.