Seek the well-being of the city to which I have sent you. Pray for it to the Lord. For in seeking its well-being, you shall find your own. - Jeremiah 29:7
The Basilica of Saint Mary aspires to be a:
- Home of Spiritual Nourishment - We aspire to be a place where all may be touched by beauty, be nourished in their faith and be inspired by truth.
- Beacon of Hope - We commit to welcome everyone with respect and dignity and to provide help and care, especially to those most in need.
- Advocate for Change - We pledge to work toward justice, peace and equality for all and to promote the protection of all of creation.
As a community rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we profess values critical to our parish culture and character. As we strive to achieve our vision and mission, these values form the basis of our behavior and are a motivational force.
Spirituality: knowing that everything comes from God we seek God's will in all we do and we find inspiration in the communal and personal search for and experiences of God.
Biblical Stewardship: based on our biblical calling we care for all God has entrusted to us including our material and spiritual blessings, our communities, our earth and environment, our relationships and our selves.
Compassion: aware of our shared brokenness we deeply respect all of creation as God's own and we gratefully welcome all as Christ in our midst as we share hospitality, love, acceptance and care.
Community: because Jesus calls us to be one we invite and encourage meaningful interaction among parishioners, our staff and the broader community as we work toward greater understanding of and respect for one another.
The spiritual life of the Parish consists of three essential components:
The way in which we express our faith and the way in which we are rehearsed in our faith; the celebration of discipleship and the effective rehearsal in discipleship.
The way in which all of us, young and old, learn about our Catholic faith through the study of Scripture and tradition; the ongoing clarification of the meaning of discipleship.
The way in which Christians live out their faith, both within the community and in the broader world, through justice and care for one another; the day-to-day life of disciples of Jesus Christ.
- Live Biblical Stewardship
Encourage all parishioners to embrace Biblical Stewardship as a way of life.
- Increase Engagement
Invite parishioners into full and active participation in the life of the parish and the proclamation of the Gospel.
- Provide Excellence in Ministry
Provide ministries that are inspired by the Gospel and are relevant in our day.
- Enhance the Experience of Belonging
Welcome everyone as Christ and offer a sense of belonging.
- Strengthen our Brand
Communicate our mission ever more clearly in our complicated and sometimes challenging world.
- Steward our Resources
Manage our human, financial and physical resources with respect and responsibility.