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Elyse Rethlake

You Make Ministry Happen at The Basilica

Every day I come to work, I see faith in action at The Basilica.  Last week a group of young adults had gathered around a fire pit in the parking lot for Bible Study.  From choir members streaming in to sing at Sunday Mass, to our catechists helping children learn and grow in their faith, volunteers are present and make our community a place of inspiration, hope and welcome.  Everywhere I look, I experience the strong partnership that exists with volunteers helping in countless ways.

Recently, I hope you received The Basilica’s Annual Report in the bulletin mailed to your home.  The report shares a snapshot of some of the wonderful activities, ministries and beautiful liturgies that you helped make possible in the past year.

As volunteers, participants, and as financial supporters, you make Basilica ministry happen . . . Thank you for all you do. 

As we look to the future and start to make plans for 2023, we do this with a new leader, Fr. Daniel Griffith, who has been with us since July 1st.  I hope you have met him, and if you haven’t yet, that you will join us soon for a liturgy and some of the fun events coming up this fall to say hello to him and get acquainted.

We are blessed to have a new pastor who is excited about The Basilica’s vision and mission. 

“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

It is clear to me that Fr. Griffith is already demonstrating his commitment to support, sustain and grow the many ministries and connections with community partners that so many of you have built through the years.    

The possibilities for strengthening and expanding our impactful ministries are right in front of us.  We need to sustain our beautiful liturgies, faith formation and support those facing life’s challenges.  But we also need to move ahead with opportunities for deeper relationships and partnerships, inspiring speakers and teachers, and expanded ministries and outreach. 

To take on these challenges and grow, we need your financial commitment for 2023.  Only you know what you can commit to support our ministries.  I’m asking you to do 3 things:

  • First, prayerfully consider what The Basilica means to you and what financial commitment works for you in 2023.
  • Second, when you hear from Fr. Daniel or from one of our parish volunteers, please respond, and make a financial commitment for 2023 to The Basilica Fund that works for you.  If you are giving now, we ask you to consider an increased commitment to help us keep up with increased parish expenses to grow our ministries.  If you don’t have a financial commitment at this time, please start one today.
  • Finally, please consider choosing the option to give through your bank account or a credit card – Its easy and secure, and really helps us with our planning and budgeting.

Thank you for considering my request for your financial support.  If you have questions, or need more information, please feel free to contact me or our Development Office at 612.317.3407.   




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