If you are interested in the Development Ministry, contact the Parish Office at (904) 849-1256
The Development Team bridges the gap between all ministries and volunteers and parish allows for common work with common goals as we work together in developing the church community while facilitating meaningful involvement for partakers. The St. Francis of Assisi community is inviting and welcoming, and continues to grow through different programs that encourage participation from current and new parishioners. Working with Fr.Rafal, other committees, and the Pastoral Council, the Development team continuously assesses and updates plans that will improve the parish, both now and in future. As part of this planning, we assist other programs in developing positive spiritual messages by addressing their needs and assisting with resources.
The Development Ministry is divided into six areas: Community Image, Internal Communications, Administration, Volunteer Network, and the Building Group.
We are proud Members of the Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach/Yulee Chamber of Commerce. As members of the Chamber, we are thrilled to participate in community related meetings and events. These events allow us to network within our local community, get the word out about our mission, and assist in identifying potential areas for further outreach.
We assist with and provide support for such things as our website, printed materials, and communication through other social media outlets.
Working with Administration allows us to offer assistance with the organization of data and the streamlining of record keeping. With the Volunteer Network team, this area has established consistent methods in many parishioner related matters such as electronic parishioner registration and other parishioner related ministry areas. The Volunteer Network is the team who follows up with newly registered parishioners regarding the areas of parish life in which they are interested in participating. Volunteers can be found in the lobby before and after mass, answering questions and registering new members.
The Building team brings a multifaceted group of people together to brainstorm ideas regarding our needs from concept to reality, putting them into a practical, useful, and fiscally responsible structure. This is a tedious task that is perhaps one of the most labor intensive, yet very rewarding, as you can literally see the hard work come to fruition right before your eyes. Thanks to the generosity of parishioners, friends, families, and other benefactors, our first worship building is completed. Before we know it, the process will begin anew with the next expansion.
PROJECTION and UPCOMING PROJECTS
Our goal, which was inaugurated on Easter 2016, was to organize a Capital Campaign between 2015-2017 to raise $2 million for the the church hall which seats 340 people and serves as a facility for worship purposes, meetings, gatherings, and perpetual adoration.
Mass is offered at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m (Spanish) on Saturday, and at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. (family) on Sunday. Religious Education from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m began in September 2016.
Close to 100 parishioners turned out for the Town Hall Meeting. Wayne Munson and Bob Eggleston presented a slideshow outlining our current financial status and the feasibility of projects which had been discussed and established in our initial five project plan. Upon the completion and mortgage satisfaction of our current Parish Hall, it was assumed we would move into the next phase of building our Church, Middle School, and rectory. At the meeting we learned that the Diocese has purchased a new tract of land in Wildlight and our future development will be influenced by their decisions regarding the land. We currently do not have sufficient land to build a new church and middle school on the Parish Hall site. Substantial development is planned in Wildlight and the Diocese believes that the location will make a Catholic Complex easily available to a greater number of parishioners. Since there currently are many unknown factors, it was decided by a vote of those present at the meeting to focus on finishing up our current “It is in Giving That You Receive” Capital Campaign and devoting future resources to improvement of our drainage system, parking, and build a pavilion type structure to serve as an outdoor social gathering place for events.
FROM FR. RAFAL
What Are We Going To Build And When? Approximately 80 St. Francis congregants attended the October 22, 2017 meeting regarding this subject.
Following a condensed history and financial performance for St. Francis since our early inception in August 2007 at Yulee United Methodist Church, several facility options were presented and discussed as possible next steps for our Mission Church.
Options included a permanent Sanctuary, an “owned” Priest residence, additional Administration and PRE space, Social Gathering space, and completion of deferred items from our original building project (mainly roadways, parking and drainage).
The potential impact of the Terrapointe Wildlight Development was addressed, and information obtained earlier in the week from the Bishop and Diocesan Leaders was shared. In addition to the previously announced decision to locate an Early Development Center and a Catholic Elementary School in Wildlight, the Diocese has now concluded that they want to build a Sanctuary in Wildlight as well. They are uncertain if an additional Sanctuary will be needed in Yulee, and want to let the demographic growth dictate that decision. Since it would take almost 8 plus years for the current St. Francis community to raise the required 50% down payment for a Sanctuary (assuming that we could continue to duplicate our current Capital Campaign results), it seems prudent to hold off on the decision to locate a Sanctuary on our current property and let the population growth over the next few years guide us here.
With the Sanctuary removed from consideration, the decision about where to locate a permanent Rectory is also in flux. Therefore, the Diocese wants St. Francis to continue to rent appropriate housing for our Pastor, and to remove this from consideration as well.
The Diocesan position is to not construct any additional permanent structures on our current site, but to wait for the population development and growth to help steer future permanent structures on our site. To that end, should additional Administration and/or PRE space needs develop, we will rent portable buildings to meet our needs.
With that information in hand, the meeting attendees reached consensus around the following 3 top priority needs for future facility expenditures:
- Construct the paved parking and drainage on the east side of our building (behind the altar/stained glass windows) that was deferred from the original project. This will minimize water intrusion into the building during heavy rains, and provide a solid surface upon which attendees can park and walk.
- Construct (after raising funds) a covered outdoor pavilion to facilitate Social Gathering events. The Diocese is okay with a simple structural addition like this.
- Install a “millings” roadbed around the east and north sides of the building to provide a more automobile-friendly surface upon which to drive. Some of these projects will require additional funding, and we will apprise you of those needs as both the scope and estimated costs are developed.