Stewardship Committee borne of parish To Teach Who Christ Is campaign

Pillars at Most Blessed Trinity’s Immaculate Conception worship site are being restored with campaign funds.

Campaign Executive Committee members at Most Blessed Trinity were so dedicated to seeing the Waukegan parish exceed its To Teach Who Christ Is goal — which it did by 252.6 percent — that their pastor asked them to continue their service.

“After our successful campaign, we gathered them and said, ‘I think there is an important ministry called forth from this group,’” says Father Jacque Beltran, Pastor. “So, we decided to form a Stewardship Committee.”

Most Blessed Trinity — a consolidated parish that welcomes parishioners at three worship sites, Immaculate Conception and Holy Family in Waukegan, and Queen of Peace in North Chicago — received $3.245 million from nearly 1,400 pledges and gifts. The new committee is now working to ensure pledges are fulfilled so the parish receives its share of campaign funds for the local projects and ministries detailed in its case statement.

The parish has started restoring the pillars at Immaculate Conception, and will begin replacing the roof there this spring. “People are seeing the improvements, and they’re very happy,” Father Beltran says. “We are constantly reminding people that these projects are made possible through their generous donations.”

Sister Laura Goedken, OP, has been helping lead Most Blessed Trinity’s stewardship ministry since arriving in the area to live with two fellow Dominican Sisters during retirement. Formerly the development director for the Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, she realized parishioners were beginning to fall behind on their pledge payments and advised the parish to act quickly.

The Stewardship Committee recommended Father Beltran update the parish on payments to the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign through monthly bulletin inserts and pulpit announcements. “Members of the stewardship ministry are then available after those Masses for people who have questions or need an envelope,” Sister Goedken says.

In addition, five Stewardship Committee members spent a recent Friday evening together at the parish calling those who have fallen behind. According to Sister, some of those contacted promised to pay on their pledges immediately, while others needed to contact the campaign office to update their addresses or arrange a new payment plan. “We felt very positive about our phone calls and getting the messages out,” she says.

Most Blessed Trinity will receive more than $2.5 million when its pledges are paid in full. Besides the work at Immaculate Conception, parish plans include increasing the narthex and lobby and adding seating at Holy Family, investing in a fire safety system and a new parking lot at Queen of Peace, and creating a Generational Fund for long-term needs at all three worship sites.