Our Basilica church and its campus inspire beauty, art and spiritual growth and are home to outreach, community, interfaith dialogue, centering prayer, education, amazing volunteers and worship. Entering this magnificent space, I am reminded of why I joined the Catholic Church, because this community exemplifies and affirms all that is good in the Church. The building embraces and centers our prayers, music and fellowship. I’m grateful to be a part of it, as a parishioner and staff member.
The Basilica Landmark
Outstanding leaders are committed to the mission of The Basilica Landmark to “preserve, restore and advance the historic Basilica of Saint Mary for all generations.” On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to share some exciting updates.
The annual Masqueray Ball will be Saturday, May 3, and we would be honored to have you attend. Co-chairs Jack and Laura Lee promise a fun evening of socializing and celebration!
Basilica Block Party
The Basilica Block Party will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 and we would love to have you join us.
An anonymous donor has offered The Basilica Landmark an unprecedented $2,500,000 matching challenge gift! New donations of at least $1000 will be matched, as well as increased gifts from current donors. On April 26 and 27 we will have a second collection for The Basilica Landmark annual fund and hope you will consider a special gift to be matched by this inspirational challenge. Meeting the matching challenge will allow us to modernize our campus buildings, enabling our parish to meet the current and growing needs of our community.
In 2013 and 2014 The Basilica Landmark will spend more than $4.5 million on projects, led by The Reardon Rectory Accessibility project, with an addition to the building and new elevator, the new copper roof for the school, replacing the 1913 church and school boiler system with a highly efficient hot water heating system, adding central air conditioning to the school, and removing current window units resulting in significant annual energy savings.
The Landmark will remove insulation from the stone walls above the nave’s plaster ceiling, material that for decades has held moisture, accelerating the decay of our church. Drying the stone will make possible a future interior restoration of our beautiful Basilica, our long-term vision.
Only five years ago, our goal was to “keep the building ahead of the curve.” Today, we have turned a corner. Through the generous challenge of the match, we are able to address the crucial needs of our parish today and in the future.
Find more information at www.thebasilicalandmark.org. I feel deep gratitude to our community for your ongoing investment in our beautiful historic landmark and campus projects and I ask for your generosity to meet the matching challenge. You will make a great legacy possible, ensuring that The Basilica of Saint Mary and its campus are preserved for all generations.