About two years ago, Lacke [John Lacke, the layman who sparked the project'] was sitting in a parish council meeting in Sheboygan as the pastor detailed how membership was down, giving was down, expenses were up and people were becoming disenchanted.
..."And I knew that people had this big hunger inside of them to ask the big questions of life: 'Is there a God? Does he love me? What does he want me to be doing?' Those kinds of questions can be answered in a Catholic community."
This goes against the conventional wisdom that the big hunger is for a fund drive. If your parish has had a major building project, compare the effort put into that compared to the effort put into evangelization.