Building For Community

Building for Community Update: March 2018


 Click here for a pledge form to update our pews!

Thank you to all who have given their time, talent, treasure, and prayers for our building project! It is exciting to see our new building nearing completion, with the soon to be remodeled classrooms and worship space soon to follow.

Fundraising Update: Together, we have nearly  $1,900,000 committed to the project! This total includes pledges of $1,620,000 and parish savings of $280,000.  Furthermore, the payment total received on our pledges stands at $1,135,000. This broad support by our faith community is a testament to the faith we nurture at St. Patrick's. 

What is left to do?  As we finalize plans for the remodeling of the church worship space, we really want to include new pews in the project. In order to do this, we need to raise an additional $130,000 in pledges by April 15, so that new pews can be ordered in advance of the August renovations. With 56 pews in the church, that breaks down to around $2,300 per pew.

Would you be willing to make an additional commitment to allow us to update our pews? Use this Pew Pledge Card to make your commitment for a pew or half pew. Please return to the St. Patrick office at 1001 9th Ave S, Clear Lake, IA 50428 or email to

March Construction Photos

It takes a whole lot of drywall mud to finish off these walls! Workers continue to make progress on completing the drywall in preparation for painting, which will start in a few weeks. These photos show the kitchen area and the north wall and skylight.

Drywall   Drwall


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Construction has started: We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused and also for the short notice on the sudden elevator and parking changes.  With the variance request to the city, which was successful on September 5, it caused the need for many things to happen quickly.

Elevator: The elevator has been removed and the new one will not be installed and available until around June 1, 2018.  We sincerely regret this situation.  For those who have difficulty with steps, we do have an accessible live streaming video of the 4:00 Mass every Saturday at One Vision (formerly Opportunity Village).  Enter One Vision, at 1200 North 9th Street West, from the east doors, and it is the first room on the right. It will accommodate up to 75 people and communion will also be offered.

Parking: With limited parking, the Clear Lake Schools have offered the use of the Clear Creek Elementary parking lot to us.  We encourage those who enjoy walking to park at Clear Creek Elementary so that those that need to park closer to church have space available.

Updates on our Building for Community Project:

We began with a building budget of $1,550,000 based upon initial donations received and pledges made.  As Father Gossman explained in August, this figure grew to $1,750,000 because the initial budget did not include several things that we later found out were required or essential to the project, including but not limited to: an asphalt parking lot and larger storm water retention pond (as required by the City of Clear Lake), an additional family restroom (as required by the Archdiocese), a full-size elevator and more. The construction bid of $1,750,000 does not include our assessment from the Archdiocese for money raised in a parish, an estimate for change orders or other contingencies, which brings the total project cost to $1.9 million.

The Good News is ….. we currently have $1,750,000 in pledges, donations and in-kind contributions. To realize this dream, we only need to raise an additional $150,000. Ideally, we would like to raise an additional $420,000. 


The Three Tiers of our Building for Community Project:

Tier 1: The Base, the bottom line we need to complete this project. Includes: a 220-person gathering space, an education center, a new full-size elevator, new carpet and painting in the main church, a safety rail in the choir loft, an asphalt parking lot, our assessment from the Archdiocese for money raised in a parish, an estimate for change orders (typically associated with projects of this magnitude) and other contingencies. To finish Tier 1, The Base, we need an additional $150,000.


Tier 2: The Complete Remodel of the Main Church. Includes: everything in Tier 1: “The Base”, plus removal/replacement of asbestos tiles in the main church, new pews and a total remodel of the choir loft. To finish Tier 2 we need an additional $150,000 plus $120,000 or $270,000.


Tier 3: The Extras. Includes: everything in Tier 1 and Tier 2, plus all of the Extras for the new gathering space: including a state-of-the-art sound system, audio/visual equipment and more. To finish Tier 3 we need an additional $270,000 (Tier 1  + Tier 2) plus $150,000 or $420,000.


St. Patrick's religious education video showing a typical Wednesday night

This group of Religious Ed families are excited to see the church grow. 
Please join them and help us as we Build for Community.