Strategic Plan

Vision

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.

Values

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:

Liturgy

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.

Learning

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.

Life

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.

Strategic Directions

  • 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.

Upcoming Events

School supplies
Jul 23
2017
Sunday
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The Basilica Refugee Committee is sponsoring a School Supply Drive to benefit Ascension Catholic School students.Donations can be dropped off at weekend masses through Sunday, August 6th. Then...
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Jul 23
2017
Sunday
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1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Join volunteers from all ministries of The Basilica for a summer gathering. The Basilica will provide meat to grill (and vegetarian options). Guests are invited to bring a dish to share.Vespers for...
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School supplies
Jul 30
2017
Sunday
at
(All day)
The Basilica Refugee Committee is sponsoring a School Supply Drive to benefit Ascension Catholic School students.Donations can be dropped off at weekend masses through Sunday, August 6th. Then...
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School supplies
Aug 6
2017
Sunday
at
(All day)
The Basilica Refugee Committee is sponsoring a School Supply Drive to benefit Ascension Catholic School students.Donations can be dropped off at weekend masses through Sunday, August 6th. Then...
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School supplies
Aug 13
2017
Sunday
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7:30 AM to 2:00 PM
The Basilica Refugee Committee is sponsoring a School Supply Drive to benefit students attending the Church of the Ascension Catholic School.Supplies Needed: Drop-off Deadline Sunday, August...
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Aug 13
2017
Sunday
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8:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Join us for Mass on  Sunday, August 13, as our choirs return to celebrate the Basilica’s Solemn Dedication.  Stay after Mass for an ice cream social and celebration of the amazing work being done in...
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Sep 8
2017
Friday
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6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Reformation Commemoration Panel DiscussionFriday, September 8, 6:30pmTeresa of Calcutta Hall, Lower LevelFree of charge, open to the public October 31, 2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of Martin...
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Sep 10
2017
Sunday
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11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Parish Picnic 2017Save the Date-September 10 Join us for great food, games and activities for families and children. 
Martin Luther
Sep 21
2017
Thursday
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6:00 PM
Luther, the Reformation, and the Question of Christian Unity Saint John's Theology DayThursday, September 21, 6:00pmTeresa of Calcutta Hall, Lower LevelFree of charge, open to the...
Oct 27
2017
Friday
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8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
The National Lutheran Choir presents a premier performance of Holy Spirit Mass by Norwegian composer, Kim André Arnesen.Commissioned for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, this new work for...