Fundraising Update - Mary Cook
- Sunday, 22 July 2018

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa

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For those of you who don’t know me my name is Mary Cook. I am a member of the Steering Committee and am here to talk to you about our Parish Church and Parish Centre.

Our parish prayer, based on St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 3, was developed when Our Lady of Kapiti Parish came into existence five years ago. We recite it at Mass every Sunday. I would like to focus on one sentence from our prayer:

Glory be to God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.

Five years ago who would have imagined that;

  • we would have purchased the land behind the Z service station off Milne Drive
  • we would have a new purpose built parish school built on it
  • the parish and school would co-own the new St Patrick’s Hall
  • all of this would be debt free by the beginning of 2017. 

This demonstrates that God’s power working in us enables us to do far more than we can ask or imagine. 

We are now ready to embark on the next stage of our parish journey to build our new parish church and parish centre and I am here to ask for your help as we are all part of this journey together as members of the family that is Our Lady of Kapiti parish.

To move to the design stage the Steering Group will be meeting with the Board of Administration of the Archdiocese next Thursday evening 26 July, to seek their approval to proceed.

While the dream is to build both Church and Parish Centre together we have to be realistic in funding this project. The Church will be Phase 1 and the Parish Centre Phase 2

Phase 1 and 2 are estimated to cost $7.5 to $8 million

To begin Phase 1 we need $4million dollars ( the equivalent cost of 4 new Houses)

So how much money do we have and how do we get the remainder?

Total cash and pledges in hand $1.6 million. This includes $400k for a chapel and a recent pledge of $225K

Community fundraising led for the last five years by Paul Reiher and his team have raised $0.1million and have been, and continue to be, invaluable in bringing our community of Our Lady of Kapiti parish together, as well as aiming to raise a further $0.1 million towards the building of our new parish church and parish centre.

Last week Bob Houston spoke to you about the plans for two community fundraising events and the parish outdoor Mass planned for the week-end after Labour Day.

Velma Knight has invited parishioners who are interested in community fundraising to a brainstorm session on Monday to look at further ideas for community fundraising events.

These events continue to be about building community.

During the Archdiocesan Synod last year the focus was on identifying that we are a missionary people building for the future. While this is not just about buildings, the revisioning of all parishes has identified the need to look to the future and the future needs of each parish as a community.

Here at Our Lady of Kapiti we are ready to build with vision, BUT WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT to make this happen.

This weekend we are launching a new pledge campaign which is especially aimed at parishioners who were waiting to see plans before making any financial commitment.

How much to pledge? As much as you can afford depending on your household income. The following table is a guide to the number of pledges needed to reach our target.

Possible pledge donations from $5 to $500 per week to demonstrate how we can achieve $4million in 2 years.

No of Donors Weekly Payment Total in 2 Years
20 $500.00 $1,040,000.00
20 $250.00 $520,000.00
40 $200.00 $832,000.00
50 $150.00 $780,000.00
20 $100.00 $208,000.00
40 $50.00 $208,000.00
50 $20.00 $104,000.00
100 $15.00 $156,000.00
100 $10.00 $104,000.00
100 $5.00 $52,000.00
TOTAL   $4,004,000.00

All gifts are tax deductible

  • Pledges allow donors to make a more substantial commitment than may be possible with a one off donation
  • We are asking for sacrificial pledging to make our new Church and Parish Centre a reality
  • We want to ensure that our Parish Church and Parish Centre is affordable, buildable, maintainable, modest, welcoming and debt free


During the coming week all households will be receiving a letter from Fr Michael and myself inviting you to join this new pledge campaign.

Please consider carefully and make a sacrificial commitment for 2-3 years.

We all expect to be able to use the new church and accompanying facilities.

We all have a responsibility to contribute to its development

We can no longer leave it to others nor be bystanders on the journey

Thank you