Katy, TX – Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community has announced the public phase of its Faith in Our Future…Investing in Catholic Education Capital Campaign. This major fundraising effort is designed to acquire the funding needed to build a Catholic school on the parish campus located at 1530 Norwalk Drive in Katy. The school would be the first Catholic elementary and middle school in Katy.
“We are excited to begin the public phase of our campaign,” said the Rev. Thomas Lam, pastor at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community. “We are thrilled to accept this opportunity to invest in the future of our most valued resource, our children. As Catholics, we are called to build God’s kingdom, to teach others who God is, and spread the Gospel message. For our parish, this is the next step in fulfilling that directive.”
Plans call for a new school featuring two classrooms for grades Pre-K-8 with a capacity of 550 students. The $12 million project cost covers the construction of the new school. In addition, the project seeks to expand and relocate the parish’s Outreach Program which serves the community through a wide variety of social outreach activities, including the parish’s St. Vincent de Paul facility.
“The value of a Catholic education is priceless,” said Denny Dellinger, campaign co-general chair. “It is an education based upon our Catholic morals and values, designed to build a strong foundation academically and socially. It is an education that offers a child a chance at a successful future and we are grateful to be associated with this exciting project.”
Epiphany Campaign Underway
So far, more than $2.7 million in gifts and pledges have been received from 162 families. The parish will continue inviting families to make leadership gifts throughout the duration of the active fundraising for the campaign which will run through May of this year.
“I am thankful for the response we have received thus far,” Fr. Lam said. “The sacrifice of our families in the silent phase has placed us in position to realize our goals, but I am encouraging, and humbly asking, everyone in our parish family to make a commitment. If this school is to become a reality, we need everyone to identify their sacrificial commitment. I firmly believe this school will help build a stronger community for all our families at Epiphany.”
The pledge collection phase of the three-year capital campaign runs through May 2019 with preliminary plans for the school opening scheduled for September 2018.
Established in 1981, Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community is a member of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The parish serves more than 6,000 households, and the Katy community through a wide variety of social outreach, ministries and faith formation programs from early childhood through adult.