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Archives: April 2020
March and April have been filled with much uncertainty and worry. I find myself asking the following questions: Is it safe to go the grocery store? How will my husband and I balance working from home with an energetic toddler underfoot? Will our loved ones get sick? Will The Basilica community tune in and watch services online and continue to give? What will the financial impacts be to The Basilica Landmark without our annual gala Landmark Spark?
I have always been a cautious person, and I tend to calm my own worries using facts and data, which is proving to be not as easy in our current climate. But over the past decade that I have worked at The Basilica, I have come to understand that facts and data can only tell you so much. I have learned to trust faith and to never underestimate the strength and power of our community.
During these unprecedented times, I find strength in our community’s incredible spirit and resilience. I find myself again overwhelmed with gratitude in what I have seen. Our parishioners, staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to support one another, offering outreach to the greater community and adapting our ongoing ministries and services. This past Sunday, 25,000 people tuned in to watch Easter Sunday Mass and this doesn’t include those that listened to the broadcast on the radio. Many members of our parish answered Fr. Bauer’s request to help sustain our operations during this economic downturn.
These contributions, as well as the ongoing commitment from many others, are making a significant difference during this difficult time. If you have made a gift, we thank you greatly. If you have not done so already and would like to help, please make a gift to The Basilica Fund at mary.org/give.
In addition to the needs of The Basilica’s parish, The Basilica Landmark needs your support more than ever. The critical yearly maintenance on all of our buildings cannot continue without your help, particularly in the absence of this year’s fundraising gala.
The Basilica campus and historic buildings provide an essential foundation to the ministries that serve thousands with countless physical, mental and spiritual needs. As we shelter ourselves in a pandemic of unthinkable proportion, you can help preserve our physical and spiritual shelter with a gift to The Basilica Landmark annual fund at thebasilicalandmark.org/give. Your donation ensures that the building of hope remains strong and can continue serve as a haven for all.
We know that these are trying times for many. If you find yourself needing financial support, we invite you to connect with our Saint Vincent de Paul ministry.
This past month has reaffirmed what I have known for the better part of the last decade. Although the months and years ahead may not be easy, I will never underestimate The Basilica community, especially in times of great need. Please know of my deep gratitude for your ongoing support of our community.
To the 1,300 people who help in volunteer ministry at The Basilica
Our staff wanted to share their deep gratitude this Volunteer Appreciation Week. We look forward to when we can gather together again; until then, please stay home, stay safe, and stay connected with our spiritual family here at The Basilica.
A body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also is Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12)
During our Stay at Home self-quarantine I saw a meme on social media that said “This is the Lentiest Lent I ever Lented.” That saying often popped into my head through days of struggle when I was trying to maintain calm through changes in so many facets of life at one time: remote work environments, school lessons from home, increased hygiene and cleaning routines, distance from family and friends, and an inability to worship with all of you physically in our Basilica church. While the meme was about Lenten sacrifice, it implied that it was imposed, unwelcome and too severe.
In Holy Week I realized the saying grown for me from “This is the Lentiest Lent I event Lented” to “This is the Holiest Lent I ever Lented.” In this unprecedented time of global sacrifice and solidarity for the common good, we have stripped back the extras in our lives and focused on the fundamentals. I found that core to be family, friends and neighbors, the most vulnerable in our society, and spiritual communion with Jesus in His Lenten suffering (so much more significant than my own).
Leading up to Easter, I was able to virtually attend far more services than my previous schedule allowed. I was able to spend time in prayer and reflection, checking in on family and friends, sharing meals and household supplies with those who didn’t have enough, and sewing masks to offer safety and peace of mind to loved ones.
The greatest gift of this pandemic Lent and Holy Week was being accompanied. I felt the presence of all of you, and hope you felt the presence of our Basilica community. Most of all, I felt accompanied by God. Whenever I felt scared, overwhelmed, impatient, and weak, I found comfort in God and the death and resurrection of Christ.
Today Peter tells us “In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith…may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” May we all rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy!