Adjust. Adapt. Pivot.
These three words have been our motto over the past year and a half as we have continued to serve our parish community throughout the pandemic. We have transitioned in countless ways including livestreaming liturgies, Zooming wedding prep and other classes, and distributing Holy Communion outside to people in their cars. In these very challenging times, we have looked to our faith for hope and guidance as we made and continue to make decisions that impact our liturgies, programs, and services.
In reflecting on the past fiscal year, concluding on June 30, 2021, it is good to review the accomplishments as well as the challenges of this year. One of our major accomplishments this past year was that we continued to build our virtual ministries and adapt other ministries so that they could be safely held in-person. The support and connection of our parish community during this time has been a blessing.
We reopened for in-person Mass in July of 2020 with new health and safety protocols for the common good of our community. And earlier this year, we were able to return to our full schedule of liturgies as we welcomed back many of our parishioners for in-person worship.
In addition to adapting to each new pandemic challenge, we also continued to emphasize and develop the Areas of Focus, identified in our Strategic Plan. Our commitment to the Arts, Inclusivity, and Homelessness has remained crucial to our community. As a sign of this commitment a few months ago we launched our parish Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity (EDI) initiative and we continue connect with our community partners.
Please know of my gratitude for your commitment to our parish community. As we move forward, our primary concern, as always, will be the safety, security and well being of all those who come to our campus.
Please remember, no matter what brings you to The Basilica, virtually or in-person, and wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome here.
Rev. John M. Bauer
Pastor, The Basilica of Saint Mary