We have been blessed with two beautiful churches that help us to connect to God and one another through the sacred celebrations carried out within them. Built in 1867, our St. John church is one of the oldest Catholic church buildings still in use in our entire archdiocese. Our St. James church is a much newer structure, but it too has been built on the sacrifices of our forebears and remains the place of divine worship in Oakfield. Now it is up to us to preserve, beautify, and pass these historic buildings on to our kids. At St. James, to give a number of examples, peeling paint and the stucco all around the exterior needs repair and re-painting. The interior of St. John is in desperate need of new flooring to replace the worn, wrinkly carpet, and plans are in the early stages to beautify the entire interior.
Fostering Catholic faith locally and worldwide is a key element of our mission at Sons of Zebedee. As we strive to continue the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ, our outreach and evangelization efforts (including the Oakfield Food Pantry and our Faith Formation Programs) are key elements of parish life by which we strive to serve our Lord by serving others. In addition, we hope to lead others to know, love and serve God with us! To this end, we will bolster our life-long Faith Formation opportunities, offer support for all forms of Catholic education, and be able to fund different opportunities (speakers, parish missions, pilgrimages, etc.) that will help inspire us to follow Jesus. These elements of our parish campaign case are especially exciting, since they offer direct assistance to realize the heart of our mission and purpose as a parish: the salvation of souls.