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Capital Campaign Dollars Still at Work!

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This fiscal year is our final of the Capital Campaign, which secured over $4 million in pledges and about $900,000 in bequests. Over 95% of these pledges have been realized!  Pledge payments began in 2014 and are scheduled to continue through June 2020.   God bless the families who support the parish through regular Sunday giving AND the 125th Anniversary Capital Campaign, investing in these wonderful parish facility enhancements!

We have a couple more things to do as pledges are fulfilled from the Capital Campaign.  One is to complete our commitment to St. Agatha Parish’s Education Endowment Fund (final contribution of about $105,000 to be made in June 2020).  With the closing of the elementary school at St. Agatha’s, the Fund can be used to provide scholarships for St. Agatha’s parishioners at other Catholic elementary schools or high schools.  In fact, some of the recipients are attending Nazareth Academy!

One final project, Phase Two of our upgraded fire alarm system, is scheduled for summer 2020.  The fire alarm system was required by the Village of La Grange in order to approve the permit for our entire scope of the project.

Here are highlights of your investment of capital campaign dollars AND church savings from donations, built up over years of sound financial management:

Our Investment in SFX Facilities (over $5 million from 2014 – 2019):



New addition to our worship space, with two bathrooms, an accessible lift, meeting space, and just a whole lot of beauty!

Digital Audio Visual System, including the ability to view the church’s sanctuary services


New family/accessible bathroom

Partitioned walls which allow for two additional meeting rooms

Ductwork, floor tile, paint

Acoustical ceiling to dampen sound transfer from gymnasium, with dimmable LED lighting

Asbestos removed

New, Digital Audio/Visual System


LED lighting

Higher ceilings, new ductwork, fresh air returns under stage

Wood floor, with new concrete subfloor (added to accommodate all thresholds in the gymnasium)

Asbestos removed

Digital AV System

Accessible Gym Bathrooms, updated office space

Accessible Viewing area during sporting events


New fire alarm annunciator panel and control panel

Interior Accessible Handicap ramp from gather space to gym

Second buzzer system added to interior Education Building doors

Roof over Third Floor

Video-recording cameras at entrances

Fire detection devices in all school classrooms


Renovated entrance to Unity Hall from the south (Unity Garden) with engraved brick pavers

Ramp and stairway between school and church

New retaining wall between school and church; south retaining wall renovated

Tuck pointing of all buildings on our campus

Exterior parking lot lighting and Dumpster enclosure

Garage for Priests’ cars and storage

Church Cooling Tower replacement


West Transept Plaster Repair and Paint


Parishioners  still have the opportunity to purchase an engraved brick paver.  Please CLICK HERE for additional information!

WE STILL NEED YOUR SUPPORT!   We welcome financial contributions to support the added scope of the outdoor renovations.  We still have some fire alarm improvements that will be covered by donations to the Capital Campaign. In addition, we continue to honor our commitment to the education endowment for St. Agatha Parish students who wish to enroll in Catholic schools.  If you would like to pledge to the capital campaign, or increase your current pledge, please click here, or feel free to email me.

Do not hesitate to contact me by calling the rectory at 708-352-0168 or email me if you have any questions! 

Jennifer Zeisloft, Business Manager