As this new year begins, I find myself spending more time than usual in both reflection and planning. Looking back, I am in awe of all the unexpected challenges we have navigated as a community. Together, we have developed our ability to adjust, adapt and pivot the ways we serve and support one another. Looking ahead, I am hopeful and cautiously optimistic that vaccines will provide us a gradual return to some normalcy. We are busy preparing for more in-person opportunities as the promise of a brighter future is just around the corner.
Given the challenges of 2020, we are profoundly grateful for your ongoing financial support of The Basilica Fund which provides for 79% of our annual operating budget. Your faithful generosity empowers our mission, allowing us to minister to our parish and broader community. We thank you for the contributions you have provided this far and ask you to prayerfully consider continuing your support in 2021.
If you have not done so already, we encourage you to make a recurring gift commitment to The Basilica Fund. You can give anytime online at mary.org/give or by texting “GIVE” to 612.249.7559. Taking the time to inform us of your giving plans offers the parish the most financial stability and allows us to make informed budget decisions throughout the year.
The Basilica Landmark is also grateful for your ongoing financial support that helps provide for the preservation and restoration of our historic buildings and campus. Because of your generosity, we were able to complete several projects in 2020. A few of these include the masonry restoration on the west façade of the Church, necessary maintenance on our treasured organ and the installation of air purification systems that remove air borne viruses and bacteria from the Church, Theresa of Calcutta Hall and choir rooms. You can make a gift to The Basilica Landmark at basilicalandmark.org/give.
Our traditional events had to be cancelled last year, but I am delighted to share that our annual Landmark Spark gala will be held virtually on Saturday, May 15. For the first time ever, we will be livestreaming the event straight into your home. You will be able to participate in an online auction and support our 2021 Fund-THE-Need which will benefit all areas and projects that preserve, restore and advance The Basilica. Please plan to join us and share the opportunity with your friends and family. You can learn more about this special evening at basilicalandmark.org/spark.
We hope to hold more in-person events as the year unfolds and things start to reopen more fully. We will be eager to share those opportunities with you later in the year as our planning continues. It will be so wonderful to find ourselves reunited again.
While the past year has kept us physically distant, it has provided powerful reminders of how interconnected we truly are. On behalf of all of us at The Basilica, I want to offer each of you our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support and commitment to The Basilica of Saint Mary and The Basilica Landmark.
Director of Development
The Basilica of Saint Mary