A Roman Catholic presence in the Shenandoah Valley since 1932

Our Church Building Project

Our Church Building Project

building project

December 1, 2018

My fellow Parishioners,

Your continued prayers and support for our new church has borne great fruit. On September 4, 2018 Bishop Knestout approved our project for construction with a total budget of approximately $12 million. On September 27, 2018 Bishop Knestout signed our construction contract with Nielsen Builders Inc., and on October 8, 2018 the city of Waynesboro granted us an approved building permit. Your Building Committee has been working diligently with our contractor to bring all of our subcontractors under contract and resolve last minute issues to clear the way for actual construction.

As many of you may already know, Nielsen has moved their construction trailer on site. Even though our site work is at 40% completion, the building pad is ready for construction. Soon Nielsen will survey the pad and stake it out for constructing our foundation and footings. Between now and the New Year, the beginnings our new church will start to rise from the ground. Please continue to pray for good weather so our construction work can continue without further delay.

As I mentioned earlier, the Diocese approved our Phase I budget of approximately $12 million.  Breaking this amount down into its components is beneficial for understanding the work which has been completed and work still remaining:

  1. Purchase of our land cost us approximately $510,000.
  2. All our planning and pre-construction & engineering efforts cost about $770,000.
  3. Our site work, when completed, will cost us about $710,000.
  4. Payments to the Diocese from our capital campaign, and expected interest payments add up to approximately $750,000.
  5. The furnishings and interior beautifications we intend to purchase will cost around $570,000.
  6. And the actual construction of the church, chapel and bell tower will cost approximately $8,700,000.

Wow, what a price tag! Price escalation in our construction costs over the last two years is directly related to the growing strength of our economy. Material costs, such as for steel and lumber, have significantly increased, as has labor costs under a near full employment market. Increased demand for new construction in our area has bid up prices for scarce subcontractor support.

I am sure everyone is now asking themselves, “How are we going to pay for this project?” Well, quite simply, the funding for this project is coming from three sources:

  1. Our parish will be contributing about $5,200,000, which comes from savings, our capital campaign, and the potential sale of our parish office building.
  2. Another $5,000,000 has been pledged from anonymous donors outside of our parish.
  3. The remaining approximate $1,800,000 will come from the Diocese in the form of a loan.

We need to be very thankful for all of our donors, both within the parish and outside the parish, for their awesome and wonderful generosity. 

We ask that you please continue to pray for the success of our building project. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance and your support we look to complete construction by late Spring 2020.

I welcome any feedback you would like to give. I promise to contact you as expeditiously as possible so that you have the opportunity to ask additional questions. I also welcome your continued prayers and support.



Phillip Thorpe

Chair, St. John the Evangelist Church Building Committee

Update: Bishop Knestout signed our Building Contract on 27 September 2018. We have now entered the construction phase.

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