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St Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church is a light set on a hill amidst the darkness. Scripture says, ‘You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden....your light must shine before others, so that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly father.’

Our parish family has been abundantly blessed to literally be set apart upon a hill on this beautiful campus. But it all started in 1998 when 233 people met at Mountain Ridge Elementary School to celebrate Mass, and grow closer to our Lord through the Sacraments. Those 233 people took a leap of faith, and answered God’s call to lay forth a foundation for future generations of Catholics in this diocese. Their generous “Yes” to the Lord’s call is in many ways the reason we all have St. Gabriel as a place to call a spiritual home.

To keep pace with our growth and inspired by the Holy Spirit, it is now time to invest in a special way in our mission, by giving ourselves over to Jesus. We desire to grow our presence in the lives of our families and the community around us as we did when we began 19 years ago.

As we prepare for this growth, we must also remember that the form and function of a church building can help promote our mission to evangelize and bring the hope of Jesus Christ to the world. It will help us practically to expand our worship space and to have facilities in which our community can gather together in fellowship, and explore new opportunities for faith formation and ministry.

Ours is a community that has so faithfully taken up the mission of the Church, to proclaim the joy of the Gospel and bring the light of hope to the world. It is our hope that as we build for our future, our parish, as a beacon of faith upon this hill, will shine even brighter in the years ahead. What God asks of us is to trust in Him – because when we place our trust in Him, when He asks great things of us, He will give us the grace to respond in ways only He knows we are capable of...even beyond anything we might imagine possible.

Project Timeline

Here you will find an overview of our Beacon of Faith timeline, and also the specific steps that we are taking along the way.  Through consultation, the timeline was developed to help us best succeed in our Beacon of Faith goals.


Historical Timeline of St. Gabriel's Building Planning

Nov 7, 2013 - Diocese of CS Feasibility & Planning Study For Proposed Cathedral Project - CCS Fundraising Development Services and Strategic Consulting

Nov 30, 2013 - Introduction of Feasibility Study Presented to the Parish

Sep 16, 2015 - Leadership Dinner with Bishop Sheridan and Rob Faughnan

Sep 22, 2015 - Property Evaluation by Team Members

Sep 24, 2015 - Planning Meeting

Oct 28, 2015 - Planning Meeting and Meeting with Bishop Sheridan

Oct 30, 2015 - Cathedral Team Meeting

Nov 3, 2015 – Meeting with Mike Faricy the Chairman of the Diocese Capital Campaign/Cathedral Team and Bishop Sheridan

Dec 2, 2015 - Bishop Sheridan & Rob Faughnan share the results of the study from 2013 with parishioners and state the plan going forward with a new feasibility assessment by Fulcrum Philanthropy (Richard Blackmon & Greg Ring)

March 2016 - Bishop Sheridan Announces Cancelation of Cathedral Project

March 4, 2016 – Meeting with Fulcrum for Diocesan Campaign Assessment and St. Gabriel Position Moving Forward

April 22, 2016 - Father Kirk Presentation to St. Gabriel Planning Team of Revised Planning Vision for St. Gabriel as the “Mission Forward, a Beacon on the Hill” – Leadership Supported and Encouraged to Move to Next Step.

May 4, 2016 – Combined Pastoral Council/Finance Council Presentation of “Mission Forward” – Leadership Supported and Encouraged to Move Ahead with Planning.

May 17, 2016 – Meeting with Bishop Sheridan and Diocesan Building Committee – Discuss Proposal for St. Gabriel Moving Forward – Agreement that St. Gabriel Should Move Ahead

June 16, 2016  – Finance Council Approved Expenditures for Contracting with Consultants/Architect)

June 23, 2016 – Contract Signed with Fulcrum – Campaign Consultants

June 23, 2016 - Leadership Team Training – Fulcrum

June 2016 – Parish Building Committee Re-formed

June 30, 2016 – Building Committee Interviews with Architect Firms

July 5, 2016 - Meeting of Capital Campaign Team and All Leadership - Training with Richard Blackmon & Greg Ring - Father Kirk Introduces the Parish Prayer

July 6, 2016 - Building Committee Architect Interviews – Decision Made to Contract with Adam Hermanson & Summer Schaller from Integration Design Group (IDG)

Aug 9-11, 2016 - Individual Training for Team leaders with Richard Blackmon & Greg Ring

Aug 19, 2016 - First Working Meeting with IDG Architect Adam Hermanson and Building Committee – Introductions and Initial Goals/Needs Evaluation

Aug 24, 2016 - Web Site Development Meeting

Sept 8, 2016 – Second Meeting with IDG and Building Committee – Initial Land Use Evaluation

Oct 12, 2016 – Graphic Artist Contracted – Dave Kottler – Work on Campaign Theme Resources for Website and Print Material

Oct 15/16, 2016 – Fr. Kirk Briefs Parish at All Masses on Project Progress and Introduces Prayer for Our Parish Effort

Oct. 15, 2016 - Third Meeting with IDG and Building Committee - Bubble Diagram for Needs Assessment

Oct. 26, 2016 - Graphic Artist Contracted - Dave Kottler APEX Communications, Inc. - Campaign Logo Design Follow-up

Nov. 5, 2016 - Fourth Meeting with IDG and Building Committee - Review of Preliminary Site Designs

Nov. 12, 2016 - Mission Forward presentation by Fr. Kirk SLattery at Fall Ministry Leadership Meeting

Nov. 16, 2016 - Fifth Meeting with IDG and Building Committee - Review of Site & Church Design Concepts

Nov. 29, 2016 - First meeting with Seth Demoor, - campaign video story board meeting

Dec. 10, 2016 - Architect presentation to parish - Adam Hermanson, IDG - Video available on parish website

Jan. 10, 2017 - Sixth Meeting with IDG and Building Committee - Review of Site and church Designs Concept

Jan. 11, 2017 - Graphic Artist Meeting - Dave Kottler APEX Communications, Inc. - Double Gate Brochure, Prayer Card, Banner design.

Jan. 17, 2017 - Leadership meeting with Fulcrum

Jan. 17, 2017 -  Meeting with Seth Demoor, - campaign video story board meeting.

Jan. 21-22, 2017 - Video Recording of Parish and Interviews

Jan. 24-27 / Jan. 31-Feb 3, 2017  - Information Meetings to members

Feb. 7, 2017 - IDG Architect meetings with Ministries

Feb. 9, 2017 - Seventh Meeting with IDG and Building Committee - Review of ministry responses.

Feb. 9, 2017 - IDG Architect meetings with Ministries

Feb. 28, 2017 - Eighth Meeting with IDG and Building Committee - Review of ministry responses.

March 14, 2017 - Properties and Building Committee at Diocese

March 4-5, 2017 - Capital Campaign Kick Off Weekend

March 25-26, 2017 - Commitment Weekend

April 8-9, 2017 - Celebration Weekend

October 17, 2017 –  Diocese Properties and Building Committee meeting. Bishop Sheridan approved moving forward with Architectural Design.

December 31, 2017 -  $660,751 has been collected from the Capital Campaign.

January 10, 2018 – Building Committee meeting with Architect

October 15, 2019 - Meeting with the Diocese Building & Properties Committee

October 31, 2019 - Received permission letter from Bishop Sheridan to move forward with construction.

November 17, 2019 - Construction Shovel Ceremony

November 20, 2019 - First weekly OAC construction planning meeting.

January 17, 2020 - Grading plan approved

January 24, 2020 - Approved Development Plan

February 2020 - Approved Building Permits

February-April 2020 - Over dig, Grade Work, Forms and Foundation Work

June 2020 - Concrete pours, electrical and plumbing work.

July 2020 - Framing, Roofing Deck installed.

August 2020 - Electrical, plumbing, sidewalk and interior framing, exterior framing continues.